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Dec 29, 2009 02:18 PM

Suggestions for Grazing with 2 Teen Girls in LA

I'll be in LA (staying in Santa Monica) with 2 teenage girls for 5 days. I'm a bit of a foodie and want good eats for all. Modest budget, no pomp except if they can see some celebs :)Burgers, Asian, and everything in between. I'm open to all suggestions!

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  1. Strongly suggest taking them to Mozza for Pizza. They will love it.

    1. The Farmer's Market and Grove at 3rd and Fairfax. When I had a 20 year old wanting to see celebrity relative visit us, I was surprised at how excited she was to go there. I got to eat Loteria, she got feel like she was in the know.

      With all the photos on Perez Hilton, it's a pretty recognizable place. (Also, I spotted Pete Rose in Nordstrom's shoe department!)

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      1. re: cjla

        That restaurant at Fred Segal on Melrose would be fun for a couple of teens. Celeb spotting is probable and the shops are fun to look at.

        1. re: cjla

          Thanks for the suggestions...what's Loteria? I'm not familiar.

          1. re: BFoodie

            Loteria is a Mexican eatery in the market. Definitely try the potato tacos if you end up going.

        2. They might like Ketchup on the Sunset Strip for burgers and that teen Hollywood scene.

          8590 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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          1. re: wienermobile

            I was at Ketchup once. This was definitely not a "teen hollywood scene." Actually, there was no scene at all. This was at lunch several months ago and the place was nearly empty. The burger was good.

            1. re: maudies5

              I thought Ketchup had closed? If not, it's definitely been on the deathwatch for a long time. I wouldn't put that on a to do list for visitors. My one meal there was a big disappointment, and like you maudies, the place was empty.

              Almost anywhere else on Sunset would be a better call. As are the recs for Fred Segal and Robertson. Though like most of the posts so far, those are more geared at pointing you toward celeb sightings than toward any kind of "foodie" food.

            2. re: wienermobile

              Don't know about the scene.. but they'd love the menu! Thanks

              1. re: BFoodie

                Bring just enough $$ for your meal. Otherwise, those girls will drive you nuts as the shopping at Fred Segal is pretty fabulous, particularly in their age group. Restaurant prices are reasonable. Even without a lot of money, it is fun to peruse all of those little shops. Good entertainment factor.

            3. I don't know if I've ever gone to Cafe R+D on Montana in SaMo and not seen a celebrity. Maybe a fun place to grab lunch and browse the shops on Montana. It's owned by the Houston's restaurant group and the salads are really delicious.

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              1. re: mollyomormon

                Good suggestion. OTOH, I had a pretty crummy lunch at Blue Plate, just up the street, and was literally 2 feet away from Patrick Dempsey. As there is no guarantee of a PD. sighting, I agree with the recommendation of Cafe R+D on Montana and all of the prior recommendations.

                1. re: maudies5

                  I think midweek on Montana there's a pretty decent chance of a celebrity sighting. I am with you; would love for Blue Plate to be better than it is, but it is consistently mediocre and sometimes just plain bad.

                  1. re: maudies5

                    funny i've seen dempsey at Blue Plate maybe 4 or 5 times!

                2. For burgers or brunch near you try 26 Beach.

                  26 Beach
                  3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292