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Aug 5, 2012 03:49 PM

ISO Fun/ Quirky/ Outrageous Restaurant in LA area for kids/ Teens. Please Help : )

We will be in the LA area at the end of August. We are looking for restaurant suggestions for any places that are "out of the ordinary", or have a crazy theme or the wait staff dresses up or sings, or a wild setting or view .....etc. etc.

The style of food is not important nor the the price. We are just looking for a unique dining experience. (for ex: Maybe it's an Asian restaurant & the staff is dressed as Ninjas or the food presentation is so over the top, that it's not to be missed. etc. )

We're not looking for the typical foodie experience that I normally seek ( & love ) on chow hound.

Rather, we're looking for the fun recommendations that you'd give to your out-of-town family or friends coming into town with their kids.

All suggestions welcome. Thanks!!!

(P.S. If you know of any older threads that cover this...... please forward the links... thx!!)

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  1. There's a Thai restaurant in Hollywood called Thai Palms that has a Thai Elvis performer. I hear that he may be taking a break....but I'm not sure that's current. You might contact them and check it out.

    1. Would Korean bbq or Japanese teppanyaki or similar cook-at-table restaurants not be out-of-the-ordinary enough?

      Encounter at LAX (

      Hooters? J/K Restaurants with belly dancing? Carhops? Medieval Times too on-the-nose?

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      1. re: PeterCC

        Agree with PeterCC. Highly recomend Park's BBQ. Wonderful cuts of beef cooked at your table with wonderful Korean flavors. One of my kids favorites in LA.

      2. Miceli's for singing waiters and waitresses.
        Musso and Frank Grill for old style Hollywood dining
        94th Aero Squadron Restaurant Van Nuys, watch planes take-off and land while enjoying your food
        800 Degrees Pizza order your Pizza ala Subway (made and put together in front of you
        )Tokyo Delves Sushi Bar- (don't know if OK for kids)

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        1. re: selfportrait93

          I'd forgotten about 94th Aero Squadron. That's a surprisingly fun place....with interesting plane and people watching.

          1. re: perk

            For the airplane viewing element, there's also Typhoon at the Santa Monica airport, and maybe that will be more convenient geographically. It's a pan-Asian place, that is kind of funky with decent food. I think of it when my 12 and 13 year old come to visit (but I also take them to Tsujita).

            1. re: Wayno

              I believe Typhoon has been closed for a while now.

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                No Typhoon is still open with bugs and all (the eatable kind). You must be thinking of The Hump, that was the restaurant and sushi bar above Typhoon that is infamously now closed.

                1. re: wienermobile

                  Ah, yes that is right! I guess I heard Typhoon went along with it.

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    i was told that they are owned by the same people.

          2. re: selfportrait93

            Tokyo Delves allows children at the first seating. I found out the hard way.

            Edit: I just saw Servorg's post down thread. Sorry for the misinformation. They had it in February of this year, the last time I went.

            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

              I don't think they do any longer (at least if you believe their website).

              1. re: Servorg

                I called Tokyo Delves - They do allow children. If they're under 16 they must be accompanied by an adult. If they're 16 -20 yrs old... they can attend on their own. At least that's what they said when I called.

                If we went - we'd go for the 1st seating... 6:00pm on a Friday. Do you recommend it????

          3. Midieval Times sounds like a good choice to me too. Not great food but it is an experience.

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            1. re: chuck

              To save the drive from LA, you can try Excalibur Medieval Restaurant in downtown LA.