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3 days in LA with kids -- restaurant recommendations?

sfwork Dec 8, 2011 10:08 PM

Just after Christmas we'll be in LA (staying near Beverly Hills but will travel for food) with the kids. One kid will try anything, the other is more picky. They love all Asian, especially Japanese, Italian, and California. And need one dinner rec near Universal Studios -- would love to avoid chicken fingers if we can.

  1. Emme Dec 13, 2011 08:08 PM

    not sure how old your kids are, but near Universal, i'd also recommend Ca' del Sol. if that's too much, then i agree Caioti is a good choice.

    given the Asian preferences, i'd recommend Musha if you make it to Santa Monica. also, definitely look into and explore Sawtelle Blvd. lots of good options there.

    for italian in beverly hills, i like both Porta Via and Piccolo Paradiso (keeping the kids in mind).

    so many options for "Californian," 26 Beach in Venice, Westside Tavern, etc.

    burgers of interest? ...lots to choose from.
    decadent breakfasts with portions to amuse the kids? griddle cafe.

    have a great visit.

    1. mucho gordo Dec 12, 2011 05:29 PM

      For dinner near Universal, I would suggest the Smokehouse. It's a reasonably priced, old-school landmark. Their garlic bread is classic. You might even see a celebrity there.

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        cls Dec 9, 2011 09:10 PM

        Travel how far? Dim Sum is not too far away.
        Korean BBQ. even closer.

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          wienermobile Dec 12, 2011 01:21 PM

          My kids love Park's BBQ in Koreatown. Wonderful meats and wonderful Korean flavors all cooked at your table. Their short ribs are worth the trip by them self. Great service too.

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

          1. re: wienermobile
            ns1 Dec 12, 2011 01:35 PM

            x2 for parks

        2. wienermobile Dec 9, 2011 07:31 AM

          For finer dining my kids love Fogo de Chao (Brazilian BBQ carved at your table by real Gauchos and LA's best salad bar) , Lawry's The Prime Rib, Scarpetta (you can eat right in the kitchen) and Pizzeria Mozza. All are very kid friendly and in or very close to Beverly Hills.

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

          Pizzeria Mozza
          6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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

          Scarpetta Beverly Hills
          225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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            ebethsdad Dec 8, 2011 11:35 PM

            Near Universal I recommend Caioti (it will pop up on the map I'm sure). Good pizza, salads and other Italian dishes. As their salad dressing is an urban legend for inducing labor in overdue pregnancies every time I have been there I have encountered families with babies...thus children are obviously welcome. Plus the food is good and the people are nice. Enjoy.

            1. wienermobile Dec 8, 2011 10:58 PM

              The Original Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax is open every day and is like a taste of LA. Tacos, Gumbo, Burgers, Korean, Donuts and everything in between. Everyone can have something different and still all eat together. A true Los Angeles landmark. Welcome to LA.

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

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              1. re: wienermobile
                sfwork Dec 8, 2011 11:07 PM

                Oh great - I was wondering about that place! Thanks for the recommendation.

                1. re: sfwork
                  wienermobile Dec 12, 2011 01:32 PM

                  Here's an older Chowhound link that might also help you:

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