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Killer French Food w/o the Killer Pricetag?

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I want to introduce my kids to french food. Can anyone suggest a restaurant in the LA area- I live in Westlake Village, that's very good but not priced to break the bank? Thanks-

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  1. Cheval Blanc and Bistro de la Gare, both in Pasadena, would be good "gateway" French restaurants.

    1. This recent (and on point) thread ought to be helpful: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/773249

      1. We liked Le Saint Amour in Culver City, felt quite Parisian on the sidewalk, and the food was decent, although I have seen some mixed reviews on the boards recently.

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        Le Saint Amour
        9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

        1. Lilly's French Cafe on Abbot Kinney in venice would probably fit the bill for you.

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          Lilly's French Cafe & Bar
          1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

          1. So far the suggestions are quite a schlep from Westlake Village. Why not try a few in the valley? Two come to mind immediately: La Frite and I can't quite remember the name of the other, although I've eaten there. Best sweetbreads around. It's located on Ventura just east of Hayvenhurst. Maybe someone else here can come up with the name.

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            La Frite
            15013 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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            1. re: mucho gordo

              Maybe the other is Mistral?

            2. I just remembered the name of the other place: Cafe Bizou, on Ventura just east of Hazeltine

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              Cafe Bizou
              14016 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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              1. re: mucho gordo

                Wow! Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'm a newbie to Chowhound and it's so great to get the 'real deal' info from you guys. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again.