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Where to take young kids in Hollywood?

jimmyhaha Jul 17, 2009 07:05 PM

My Cousin is in town with his wife and two kids, aged 5 and 7. I'm looking for somewhere in Hollywood with good food, but somewhere that kids that age will not be a problem. By that I mean A - no where so quiet that two younger kids will disrupt everybody else's meal, and B - somewhere with food that a kid that age will eat. I don't know the kids well enough to know how adventurous they are, so I'd like a place that will have things they'd recognize. I like Cambodian food. Most 5 year-olds don't. Any suggestions? My Cousin and his wife love all types of food, but I don't want the kids to be left out.

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  1. Servorg RE: jimmyhaha Jul 17, 2009 07:51 PM

    Maybe something like Lucky Devils or 25 Degrees?

    25 Degrees Restaurant
    7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    Lucky Devils
    6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    1. MikeLee RE: jimmyhaha Jul 17, 2009 08:20 PM

      There's an Italian place near 2nd. I can't remember its name. It's a red sauce joint but a pretty good red sauce joint.

      Maybe somebody else knows what I'm talking about?

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        wutzizname RE: MikeLee Jul 18, 2009 12:10 AM

        Not sure what Italian you're thinking of near 2nd, but Miceli's on Las Palmas might be a good option.

        Miceli Restaurant Hollywood
        1646 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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          MikeLee RE: wutzizname Jul 18, 2009 08:42 PM

          Miceli's that's it! That's where I would take little kids.

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        Cucinamore RE: jimmyhaha Jul 18, 2009 09:47 PM

        Got to Loteria on Hollywood Boulevard. Fantastic Mexican food, very informal and noisy. They have an extensive menu of gourmet stuff that you will love and tamer stuff for the kids. You will thank me for this suggestion.

        1. ipsedixit RE: jimmyhaha Jul 18, 2009 11:42 PM

          The Bowery? Or The Hungry Cat?

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            designjb RE: jimmyhaha Jul 20, 2009 09:48 AM

            UWink in the Hollywood and Highland complex has video game screens at the table. Food is not great, but it's not funky either. Kids would fit in fine there.

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              MikeLee RE: designjb Jul 20, 2009 02:03 PM

              I think that space used to be a Wolfgang Puck restaurant.

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                Servorg RE: MikeLee Jul 20, 2009 02:06 PM

                Just thinking about that give me Vert(igo)... ;-D>

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                  Dommy RE: MikeLee Jul 20, 2009 02:11 PM

                  No, Vert was on the other side... I think they mainly use it now for a catering kitchen...

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                    MikeLee RE: Dommy Jul 20, 2009 04:14 PM

                    I'm sure this is the spot. Right around the corner from The Grill

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                schrutefarms RE: jimmyhaha Jul 20, 2009 12:41 PM

                The Porch restaurant at House of Blues, or most of the places at Hollywood/Highland. Shakey's Pizza? You can get your Mojo potatoes on. You can draw on the paper tablecloths at Cheebo. There are a lot of kid friendly places on the Promonade. Too bad there's not a Casa Bonita in California-I never had so much fun at a restaurant as a kid.

                1. Thi N. RE: jimmyhaha Jul 20, 2009 04:38 PM

                  La Pupusa Loca.

                  First, latin-american family restaurants are *super* kid friendly.

                  Second, the food is unimaginably kid-friendly. Corn masa tortillas, stuffed with bean and cheese? Empanadas: mashed plantain, stuffed with sweet-cream-like substance, and deep-fried? They're basically plantain Twinkies.

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                    Thi N. RE: Thi N. Jul 20, 2009 06:04 PM

                    Also, peruvian places: like Mario's and Los Balcones. It's new, but also: lomo saltado is steak and french fries, stir-fried together. Come on, everybody loves steak and french fries. And fried rice.

                    Los Balcones also has dishes like chicken-fried steak and pesto spaghetti. Very newb friendly.

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                    annapurna7 RE: jimmyhaha Jul 20, 2009 04:42 PM

                    I would probably go to Mel's Drive In. That would be fun if you want to do the touristy thing.

                    1. dotrat RE: jimmyhaha Jul 20, 2009 10:29 PM

                      Mozza Pizzeria

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                        NAspy RE: jimmyhaha Jul 20, 2009 10:58 PM

                        Farmer's Market is a great idea!! There are so many different food stalls plus little tchochke shops that the kids will love and it is one of the few authentic LA institutions/landmarks left. The kids can get pizza or chinese take out and you and your friends can get Brazilian BBQ, NAwlins food, fallafel or anything else.

                        As a parent who used to have two small children (who have grown into foodies) I can tell you that the adults won't have a good time if the kids are unhappy. FM will please everyone.

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