3 days in LA with kids -- restaurant recommendations?
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.
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.
6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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.
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
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
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.
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.