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WannaBe May 15, 2009 04:37 PM

taking the teen to celebrate her birthday with a couple of friends. we've got reservations at ketchup (i already know the chowhounds' opinion of this place, but they're excited about the celebrity element). i considered 8 oz too, but they don't take reservations and we're going on saturday at 7pm.

oh, and the teen is a vegetarian, so there must be veg options on the menu.

any other suggestions for somewhere in the west l.a. area that's somewhat age appropriate?

  1. lotta_cox May 18, 2009 07:17 AM

    Honestly, while I don't love the food at Ketchup, I took my godaughter there for her 13th bday party and she was thrilled. Several celebs and she loved the food.

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      lolabelow May 16, 2009 03:40 PM

      Gardens of Taxco in W. Hollywood could be good...campy, fun and I think you could have a cocktail. Always a plus when surrounded by teens...

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      1. re: lolabelow
        sdv231 May 17, 2009 01:32 PM

        more of a MUST than a plus

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        schrutefarms May 16, 2009 08:31 AM

        I know I've suggested this on this board before...but the Porch restaurant at House of Blues might be really fun-it's lively, the food is decent, there are veg options (i.e. mac and cheese, pizza, pasta), and depending on the show, you can probably get sat right away.

        1. goodhealthgourmet May 15, 2009 05:56 PM

          it's not West LA, but Lucky Devils in Hollywood might be fun for them...or even a Korean BBQ place.

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
            westsidegal May 15, 2009 10:49 PM

            korean bbq places often have nothing for a vegetarian teen to eat.

            1. re: westsidegal
              ipsedixit May 15, 2009 11:16 PM

              Most of the banchans are meat free.

              1. re: ipsedixit
                westsidegal May 16, 2009 10:19 AM

                imho, the banchans , by themselves, are not enough to be a birthday meal for the honoree. they certainly would never have sufficed for my daughter nor would they suffice for me.

                imho, it would be like having a hamburger party and just serving the birthday girl the bun and condiments. . . . .

                1. re: westsidegal
                  goodhealthgourmet May 16, 2009 01:10 PM

                  i've seen tofu dishes on the menu at one or two places, but i guess it's not a standard offering. my bad.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                    westsidegal May 16, 2009 03:53 PM

                    it's no big deal.
                    99.9999999999999999999% of the time you are spot on.
                    that's plenty.

                    1. re: westsidegal
                      goodhealthgourmet May 16, 2009 05:50 PM

                      i think you give me too much credit...i'll settle for 98% ;)

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