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Apr 30, 2010 11:04 AM

Dinner suggestion for Russian visitor on Eastside to get a sense of the "other LA?"

Husband has a colleague in town from Russia and wants to take her out on for dinner Saturday night. She's doing the beach and Westside thing on Sunday and we're Silverlakers, so we want to give her a sense of the LA out of towners don't always think of (ya know, within reason). Great if we can take a bit of walk after dinner, so neighborhood that supports that would be great. Oh, and he wants to bring along the kids -- 5 and 9 and very unadventurous food-wise. Was thinking Cliff's Edge and walking around Sunset Junction, but thought I'd reach out to the Hounds and see if you have any better suggestions...TIA.

Cliff's Edge
3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

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  1. Maybe some pizza at Masa in Echo Park.

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    1. re: mc michael

      I'm thinking, if not Silverlake, or Vermont in Los Feliz, then J-town, or Montrose, or even the busy part of Monterey Park/Alhambra.

      While I like C.E., I just don't think of it as very kid-friendly, particularly on weekend nights.

      1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

        I know -- they are pretty well-behaved and CE has fried calamari, which they both love. Mostly my husband wanting to include then (plus I can use my one word of Russian -- all I can remember from house guests 20 years ago -- super random). Thank you!

    2. You said Eastside --so-- hello new Chinatown- San Gabriel
      Take them to Bamboodles and let the kids watch them make fresh noodles in a large kitchen window - using a long bamboo pole where they sit on the end and bounce up and down. It’s fascinating! They will probably enjoy the delicious noodle soups that are not too spicy. Afterwards go about 4 or 5 blocks down to Pa Pa Walk. The sign is hidden from the street (It’s in the Hilton Strip Mall behind the elevator). Order Mango Shaved Ice. It’s a huge treat. Afterwards I like to take visitors to walk around the Ranch 99 across the street. Kids enjoy trying fresh lichee and other exotic fruits. Or without kids, we go for soup dumplings at Mei Long Village then get a Chinese Foot Massage for $15 – next door.

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      1. re: sassille

        Dude, I love the SGV as much as you do, but it is *so* not the place to walk around with out-of-towners with kids who are unadventurous eaters. Echo Park is an awesome walking neighborhood these days (as long as you're out not too late) - so yeah, try Masa or The Park, and if the churro truck on Echo Park Ave south of Sunset is still there, get some fried doughy goodness.

        Masa Restaurant
        2063 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

        1. re: sassille

          Not sure it's right for this occasion, but I think it a fantastic idea for our family -- especially since we're trying to learn Mandarin together and looking for excuses to try our mediocre skills out. Thank you!