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LA next week with kids, where to eat good?

DH and I are bringing the kids (8&10) to LA next week and need help! Tried to find best restaurants for kids but mostly found kid menu threads.
Need to know what places are the MUST eats in LA, from casual and cheap to fine dining. Include it all; breakfast, lunch, dinner and even best snacks.
We are adventurous, the kids not so much, but just want the whole LA experience. Basically looking for fantastic memories AND meals!
(Staying at Sunset Marquis on Sunset Blvd, but have a car.)
Thanks CH'ers, can't wait!
lakgrs

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  1. Definitely for one meal is Carney's almost across the street from the Sunet Marquis. You can't miss it, it's a train car.
    http://www.carneytrain.com/menu/

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    1. re: monku

      In a train! Oh my kids are going to flip out! Thanks Monku, perfect suggestion since w/kids its equally about the experience AND the food.
      Anything else?
      lakgrs

      1. re: lakgrs

        There's a Mel's Drive down the street too. Not the most Chow worthy place but kids like it.
        http://www.melsdrive-in.com/

        1. re: lakgrs

          I remember when I was their age visiting the original Farmers Market on Fairfax and 3rd and really digging the place.

          1. re: monku

            A big second vote for The Original Farmers Market. Open everyday with something for everyone from tacos to donuts and everything in between.
            http://www.farmersmarketla.com/

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            Farmers Market
            6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            1. re: wienermobile

              Monku & wienermobile, I love a farmer's market anyways, and one with lots of neat spots to grab a bite that the kids will enjoy, with something for everyone- sounds perfect for us, thanks!

      2. Some of the favorite dinner places of my kids are Park's BBQ, where you cook prime meats with Korean flavors right at the table,
        http://www.parksbbq.com/

        Pizzeria Mozza with their wonderful pizzas,
        http://www.pizzeriamozza.com/LA/home.cfm

        Lawrys The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills very welcoming to kids,
        http://www.lawrysonline.com/

        and Fogo de Chao's great Brazilian BBQ carved at your table.
        http://www.fogodechao.com/home/

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        Fogo De Chao
        133 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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

        Pizzeria Mozza
        6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

        Lawry's Prime Rib
        100 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Need some help here wienermobile, checked out Parks BBQ & Pizzeria Mozza and think they are both really cool spots with kids. Doesn't hurt I can order a glass of wine! Adding both to my list.
          As for Fogo De Chao, we have one in Atlanta so skipping this spot.
          Onto Lawry's, if we are to have at least 1 fine dining experience with the kids, is this THE one or just a finer dining option open to kids? Really need some help here, and its not like we have to go out to eat very fancy, but mom and dad wouldn't mind either.

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          Fogo De Chao
          133 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

          Pizzeria Mozza
          641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          1. re: lakgrs

            Lawry's is a very nice night out and I have been taking my kids there since they were 5. Salad tossed at the table. Good prime rib carved at your table. Creamed spinach. Hot fudge sundaes. I know it's not the most adventurous dining and I don't know what your kid's will try but for most kids roast beef is an easy upscale dinner. A great introduction to fine dining. I have always enjoyed my family evenings at Lawry's. Great service.

            Also for Mozza get an early reservation, I find that's best for the kids.

        2. Most asian places are pretty child friendly, I'd search the threads for chinese restaurants in the SGV and vietnamese in westminister.

          1. For huge pancakes, Griddle Cafe. For Chicken N Waffles, Roscoe's House of Chicken. For Italian, Angeli Restaurant. For pretty good pizza, Prizzi's Piazza. For an alternative to In N Out with a good juke box, Fatburger No 115. For a divey spot with a really good juke box, 101 Coffee Shop (featured in "Swingers").

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            In-N-Out Burger
            7009 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            Roscoe's House of Chicken
            1518 N Gower St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            101 Coffee Shop
            6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            Prizzi's Piazza
            5923 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            Griddle Cafe
            7916 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

            Fatburger No 115
            7450 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

            Angeli Restaurant
            7274 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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            1. re: mc michael

              mc michael,
              I don't think I can talk my husband into giving up In-N-Out over Fatburger No 115, and I think Carney's is going to be a hit with the family, and that's about all the burgers I can stand in a couple of days, but thanks.
              Griddle Cafe sounds great for breakfast. (We have a chicken & waffles here)
              101 Coffee Shop, loved Swinger's!

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              101 Coffee Shop
              6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              Fatburger No 115
              7450 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

            2. and be on the lookout for food trucks, the most famous of which is Kogi.

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              Kogi
              Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA