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May 23, 2011 09:35 AM

One week's worth of meals traveling with Teenagers?

I have been scanning the posts for suggestions and I am overwhelmed. Alot of the places sound fantastic, but I will be traveling with 2 teenagers that love to eat, but are pretty picky and only eat the basics. My searches didnt quite hit the mark.

I need suggestions that are not too pricey (20 or so meals being eaten out) and accomodate simple tastes or special requests. My 13 year old is notorious for "hold that or this on the side". I dont mind splurging on a meal or two, but it will add up. I am hoping my husband and I can get away for a couple of dinners to some of the more popular recommendations.

These are the types of places I envision us frequenting:

Diners/Breakfast spots
Traditional Italian
Burgers and any other good LA fast food
Baked goods, ice cream, desserts

We are staying in West Hollywood, but anticipate a lot of driving around. All of your suggestions are appreciated.

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  1. Are you trying to restrict your driving to one or two areas of the greater LA basin? This is a really BIG and horizontally spread out city/county. Do you have a "tentative" list with ANY places that seem as though they are likely candidates for what you are seeking? If so it would be very helpful if you would list them. Just as a for instance, I would strongly suggest that you take your kids to eat at Clementine in the Century City area and also cruise the food offerings across the street at the outdoor Century City Mall food court/restaurant offerings (such as Obika).

    1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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    1. re: Servorg

      We have family in West LA, so will probably be frequenting that part of town, but are willing to drive for a spot that is worth it. Our itinerary is pretty open most days. The only places we talked about going to are Roscoe's Chicken and In and Out Burger (my hubby has fond memories).

      1. re: shell22

        Great, thanks. For gourmet burgers on the West side Rustic Canyon Wine Bar in the number one spot at this moment in time. If you want to sample something along the beach then you can sit and dine right on the sand at Back on the Beach in Santa Monica. Great baked goods at Amandine or Huckleberry (within a few minutes of each other). The brand new Crossroads BBQ has very good ribs if your kids like the thought of picking something up and gnawing on it... ;-D>

        Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
        1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Back on the Beach
        445 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica, CA

        Crossroads BBQ
        2927 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      2. re: Servorg

        i LOVE LOVE LOVE obika.
        dunno if the teens would like it though.
        my 20 year old daughter prefers c&o (very sad for me).

        would absolutely recommend obika for the 'adult' dinner.

      3. I can pass along some of the places that my teenage son loves:

        Wurstkuche in downtown LA ( and soon Venice) for wonderful one of a kind sausages.

        Park's BBQ for great grilled prime Korean Meats cooked at your table

        Umami Burger is his favorite burger in town.
        5 locations all over LA including Santa Monica.

        Pizzera Mozza for great artisan pizzas.

        Santouka Ramen for great noodles. Located in Mitsuwa Market in West LA.

        Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica for great sandwiches on fresh hot italian bread.

        The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax for a taste of LA and everyone can try something different and still all eat together. They are open everyday.

        and Carney's in West Hollywood the train car on Sunset Blvd for chill cheese dogs and burgers.

        Welcome to LA and enjoy your trip.

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

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

        3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

        Carney's Restaurant
        8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

        800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

        Umami Burger
        850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
        1517 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Excellent list. I would add these places for your kids:

          I like the idea of the Farmer's Market

          I would add Golden State for great hamburgers. They also serve Scoops Ice Cream and Let's Be Frank organic hot dogs.

          Scoops Ice Cream would be a fun, inexpensive treat. Many diverse flavors that change daily, and you can try them all. Two locations: Hollywood and Culver City.

          Vito's in West Hollywood is known for the best New York style pizzas around, also great calzones and sandwiches.

          I think the best fast food place is the Oinkster in Eagle Rock. They are know for burgers, pastrami, pulled pork, frites and great ice cream shakes.

          Some non-Chowhound places I would take young people: Tommy's for classic chili burgers and The Hat for pastrami. Beware of Tommy's pretenders, like Big Tomy's or Tommies. The original is on Rampart and Beverly just southeast of Hollywood.

          Happy chowing.

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

          2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA

        2. Pizza and burgers are a widely debated topic on this board. I don't know if your kids gravitate more to Domino's and McDonald's, or yearn for the archetype Napolitano code of pizzas and ground Wagyu/white truffle burger. If they're somewhere in between that huge span, then it's truly an open field.

          For burgers, The Counter might be a good choice for your kids. I personally find the burger meat to be just okay, but the wonder about this place is there are so many configurations that just about anyone can realize their ideal burger. Your kids' pickiness will be to their advantage. The Counter also offers some pretty good beers and wines, so if you adults want something more for you, then you're set. The prices are reasonable given the locations, atmosphere and offerings.

          For breakfast spots, my go-to place is Metro Cafe in Culver City. The food is excellent, the subtle twists on breakfast plates are refreshing, and the almost ever-present owner is very inviting. If you like pancakes and bananas, please do not pass on their sauteed banana pancakes. The downside to this place is that it is on the small side. Some also complain that the food takes a little long to arrive.

          Another place that may or may not appeal to you is Pann's. No one will leave hungry, they menu is quite broad, and the Googie architecture is impressive and becoming more rare as time passes. Chicken wings and waffles are a standard here as well. The one detraction I can think of for your case is that it is probably about a 15-20 minute drive from West LA proper.

          Steaks - great steaks - can get pricey in LA. Places like Cut, Mastro's and Wolfgang's will probably cost per diner what you have listed as a price range for the entire table at other meals. Because of this, you may want to either pass on a splurge steak meal, or maybe consider an alternative like Korean barbecue in Korea Town. I've rarely had something more carnivore-oriented, and the cuts are of excellent quality. Poster wienermobile has suggested Park's - I think he's spot-on.

          Baked goods, sweets and desserts around West LA area would be Amandine, Jamaica's Cakes, Platine, Lady Chocolat, Sweet Rose Creamery, Primo's Westdale Doughnuts, Huckleberry, SusieCakes and La Maison Du Pain. I don't know how well your kids would take to more exotic ice cream offerings, but Scoops, Mashti Malone, Saffron and Rose, and Super Sun are probably unlikely to zero in other towns.

          For traditional Italian, I think on this board that that can be a loaded term. But for solid food that most would consider to be Italian, I'd rec Brunello Trattoria. It is technically in Culver City, but it's location is more like Midtown - kinda between Hollywood and West LA. You could easily access this off the 10 freeway or Venice Blvd, which will probably be your main routes between West Hollywood and West LA. The owners are brothers from the old country, they're cordial, take a lot of pride in their food, and will gladly deal with your kids' requests.

          Amandine Patissiere
          12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
          6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

          712 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029

          Mashti Malone's
          143 N Maryland Ave, Glendale, CA 91206

          La Maison Du Pain
          5373 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

          SusieCakes Bakery
          11708 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          Metro Cafe
          11188 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90232

          2918 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          Jamaica's Cakes
          11511 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

          The Counter
          4786 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

          Brunello Trattoria
          6001 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

          Huckleberry Cafe
          1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Platine Sweets & Savories
          10850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

          Sweet Rose Creamery
          225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049

          Scoops Westside
          10640 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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          1. re: bulavinaka

            +1 for Pann's for the best Patty Melt and diner food in LA. (They have chicken and waffles too).

            and another vote for the homemade ice cream at Sweet Rose Creamery. Try that fresh mint

            Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
            6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

            Sweet Rose Creamery
            225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049

            1. re: wienermobile

              Just went last Thursday night and had my obligatory Patty damn good.

            2. re: bulavinaka

              FYI: Mashti Malones closed their Glendale location, but still have one in Hollywood near Sunset and La Brea.

              Mashti Malone's
              143 N Maryland Ave, Glendale, CA 91206

            3. If you are visiting museums there is surprisingly good food at the Getty Center.

              Getty Center
              1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

              1. wow...these are some great suggestions so far!! Thank you very much :o)

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                1. re: shell22

                  i would also stop by ricky's fish tacos for a delicious and economical treat. he is set up in th los feliz area. you can follow him on twitter for hours, ect...