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Special Request: Picky Eater, High School Freshman, Birthday Dinner

noahbites Oct 24, 2009 12:23 PM

My little sister is a high school freshman whose food tastes veer more in the direction of things like buttered noodles, cheese pizza and teriyaki chicken. It's her birthday tomorrow, and she wants to go somewhere that feels both fun and special. The adults in the group would like to enjoy their meals as well.

Any suggestions?

  1. Phurstluv Oct 24, 2009 01:02 PM

    You don't give us an area to work with.

    What about a Chinese buffet type place, or a Benihana's? That way everyone can find something they like.

    1. JackonCrack Oct 24, 2009 01:06 PM

      Somewhere she can control the food... like Shabu Shabu (you can control the sauces and how long you cook it and with what you cook it) or perhaps a Brazilian Buffett where many party attendees (including herself) can get what they like?

      1. Jennalynn Oct 24, 2009 01:32 PM



        1. Chowpatty Oct 24, 2009 02:12 PM

          Long ago my mom took me to the Magic Castle on my 14th birthday, and I liked it. You could get in by calling ahead and saying you're press. My son likes the Brazilian buffets but he's a big meat eater. Ketchup is probably a good suggestion. C & O seems popular with everyone.
          Here's a thread with a couple of choices:

          1. wienermobile Oct 24, 2009 02:31 PM

            Everyone likes lawry's prime rib. Don't they?

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              jesstifer Oct 24, 2009 03:07 PM

              How about Bucca di Beppo? It's festive, fun, family style, surprisingly decent food, and buttered noodles and pizza are both options. And there's probably one near you.

              1. J.L. Oct 24, 2009 06:23 PM

                Noah, you've eaten your way through over 90+ countries, and yet you're stumped by your little sis?

                possibility #1: High end, with buttered noodles - Crustacean, in Beverly Hills.

                Caveat emptor: The Chowhound board has been (rightly) cruel to this place, but the a high school freshman just might enjoy those buttered garlic noodles.

                possibility #2: FuRaiBo on Sawtelle has tatami mat rooms - The teba saki are quite good.

                3 Replies
                1. re: J.L.
                  noahbites Oct 24, 2009 08:53 PM

                  Hahaha. Yup.

                  Thanks for all the help guys. At the end of the day, they chose Katsuya. I've never been. Should be interesting...

                  1. re: noahbites
                    J.L. Oct 25, 2009 12:14 AM

                    Which location? Brentwood? Hollywood? L.A. Live?

                    1. re: J.L.
                      noahbites Oct 25, 2009 08:00 AM

                      Hollywood. I think she'll have a lot of fun there.

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                  NAspy Oct 24, 2009 10:28 PM

                  Try Wilshire in Santa Monica. It's hip n happenin and they will do more conventional versions of their menu...she can get buttered pasta, or a steak, and your other diners will have a lot of nice selections. The food is excellent, though not in the knock off your socks range.

                  I suggest it because I think this really was the restaurant that got our (then) 11 y ear old rigid eater into some new things. It's different, not too different,and stylish enough that they'll think they're un hip if they DON'T like it.

                  1. Emme Oct 24, 2009 10:59 PM

                    Would somewhere like Fogo de Chao work? Chicken or Beef...

                    Angeli Cafe might be a nice option...

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