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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.

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  1. 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.
    http://www.farmersmarketla.com/

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

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    1. re: wienermobile

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

    2. 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. 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.

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        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

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

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          1. re: cls

            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.

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

          2. 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.