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Sep 16, 2010 01:25 PM

Couldn't get res at Mozza-Other recs with kids?

Planning to visit LA for a museum weekend with the kids. Couldn't get dinner reservations at Pizza Mozza. Staying near the Getty but have evening plans at the Griffith Observatory. Can anyone recommend a good Sat night dinner location.. my kids are 7&8 (somewhat picky eater, can do long dinners at high end). Looking for a location between the Getty and Griffith, good food and atmosphere, up to $30 for entrees. Maybe a gastropub or something similar to Mozza? Animal too strange for the kids and Church and State was also booked. Something unique to LA (no chains!!).


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  1. One good choice would be Barbrix in Silver Lake (maybe 3 miles from the Observatory).

    Barbrix Restaurant and Wine Bar
    2442 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    1. Would your kids like to eat in a Moroccan Palace? Dar Maghreb on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood is a little cheesy but fun and it's half price for kids 5-11 and you get to eat with your fingers.

      Or maybe an adventure at Park's BBQ in Koreatown. Some of the best short ribs and meats in LA are cooked right at your table at this Korean BBQ star. Great Food and service and not too far from Observatory.

      Park's BBQ
      955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

      Dar Maghreb
      7651 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

      1. Another idea might be Susan Feniger's Street in Hollywood. It's like taking a tasting trip around the world.

        742 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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        1. re: wienermobile

          My kids like Kitchen 24 in Hollywood, which is a hipster diner with surprisingly good food. Around the corner is the Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio store which has an old fashioned ice cream soda fountain right next to the El Capitan Theater. Angeli Caffe, 8 oz Burger Bar or The Foundry might fit the bill, all on Melrose Avenue or we also enjoy Ciccone on Melrose, which is more chic dining, but they also have flatbreads, pastas and great meatballs which all ages appreciate. Yamashiro Hollywood is a historic LA building with a great view and right in the neighborhood you are searching. Also, close to where you are staying is The Brentwood, on Barrington, which offers classic American Fare.

          Kitchen 24
          1610 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

          1. re: holleygolitely

            sorry but i would definitely avoid The Brentwood. this place always feels/felt to me like somewhere illicit couples meet. what's more, it's so loud either due to the live music or speaker music. and honestly, their food never impressed me.

            i too was going to suggest Angeli, due to kid friendliness.
            Umami is not a bad rec below either, or even Golden State for burgers...
            kids also might like Grub.
            for burgers and other fare, Lucky Devil's or 25 Degrees might work well for everyone.
            gastropub ideas:
            Village Idiot


            Village Idiot
            7383 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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

            Lucky Devils
            6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            The Golden State
            426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

            M Restaurant - Hotel Metropole
            205 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704

            1. re: Emme

              Yes, if you want to do good, kid friendly Italian between the Getty and Griffith Park, Angeli Caffe is it. The Burger suggestions are also good.

        2. If you want to go for great burgers Umami Burger on Hollywood Blvd is close to the by the Observatory.

          or Hollywood's oldest classic restaurant Musso and Franks Grill also on Hollywood Blvd since 1919.

          Musso & Frank Grill
          6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

          Umami Burger
          4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          1. Someone posted on the pizza at Terroni recently - lower-key alternative to Mozza and good for kids due to loud music (which they refused to turn down the last time we were in, so we won't be back, at least w/o kids!).

            Downtown's way out of your way, so I wouldn't bother; I wonder if kids are even allowed into Village Idiot?? (they aren't permitted in Father's Office, for ex.). You'll probably just be coming down Sunset the whole way, so maybe hit Thai Town (Palm Thai maybe?). Ita Cho (back near Terroni, on Beverly) would also work - been there w/ kids, and it's a pretty unique little spot.