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

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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 (http://www.encounterlax.com/)?

      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 http://www.micelisrestaurant.com/ for singing waiters and waitresses.
        Musso and Frank Grill http://www.mussoandfrank.com/ for old style Hollywood dining
        94th Aero Squadron Restaurant Van Nuys, watch planes take-off and land while enjoying your food
        800 Degrees Pizza http://www.800degreespizza.com/- order your Pizza ala Subway (made and put together in front of you
        )Tokyo Delves Sushi Bar- http://www.tokyodelvessushibar.com/ (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.

              1. Fogo de Chao. Gaucho's with flaming stakes of meat carved at your table and guess what the food is actually good too.

                Papa Cristo's Big Fat Thursday night Greek Dinner. Thursday nights only for a giant Greek Party with live music & belly dancing. Really fun for all ages. One seating only at 6:30pm.

                The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery. Locations in Los Angeles, Long Beach & Orange County, Must be minimum of 15 years old to attend.

                Sunset Ranch Hollywood Hills BBQ and horseback ride. This four hour ride takes you from Sunset Ranch over the mountains to a restaurant in Burbank. Viva Fresh Mexican Restaurant . Age restrictions: all riders must be at least 16 years old. There is also a 4 hour lunch ride and minimum age is 8 years old.

                Pirate Dinner Theater and no I am not kidding,

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                1. re: wienermobile

                  Great suggestions!!!! Thanks so much!!!

                2. You can get a few dishes made with bugs (silkworm larvae, scorpions, and crickets) at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport.

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                  1. I'll get this in before Chino Wayne does (g): http://www.friscos.com/

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                    1. re: Servorg

                      Servorg ---- Friscos or Tokyo Delves ???? Do you know what they mean by "family entertainment" on Sat. notes at Frisco's? Just wondering if it's worth the drive from West Hollywood.

                      We're looking for food & fun (with the fun probably more important than the food.....)

                      1. re: rk1

                        I've never been to the early seating at T Delves so I don't know what that would be like. It's a fun place if you're drinking (which I figure won't be case for your kids most likely). I would call Frisco's and inquire directly about what they mean by the word "entertainment" and see what they say. I would bet that someone (or several someones) have You Tube Videos up showing it...but that's just a guess.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            Got it. Very helpful. thanks!!

                    2. Sometimes just great food is enough of a show,,,,take them to Langer's Deli and let them taste what Pastrami really is. A life changing sandwitch.

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                      1. re: wienermobile

                        Very good idea.
                        Then take them all over to MacArthur Park for a true lesson in LA history.

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          Then perhaps a stroll to see if there happens to be a cake melting in the sprinklers over in MacArthur Park (please don't do this "in the dark" even if you think the cake might be melting - as you may run into other issues after the sun goes down)? Or walk over to Mama's Hot Tamales, just around the corner on 7th Street, or at least buy some paletas from one of the mobile cart vendors, if nothing else.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            I once left the cake out in the rain
                            I don't think that I can take it
                            'Cause it took so long to bake it
                            And I'll never have that recipe again, oh no

                        2. Three obvious must choices in the summer in LA are a picnic at The Hollywood Bowl, a trip to Neptune's Net in Malibu and a Dodger's home game but please have a Cool-A-Coo and skip the Dodger dogs.

                          Also everyone loves a trip to LA's Original Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax. Open everyday and something different for everyone to eat from tacos to Brazilian BBQ to burgers (New Umami Burger in the Grove) to pie and donuts. A taste of LA. (be sure not to miss Littlejohn's english toffee) Great for people watching too,

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                          1. re: wienermobile

                            Umami Burger at The Grove Opens Today.

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              Skip the Dodger Dogs?

                              Your post saddens me (fails to see bigger picture)

                              Kids and Dodger game = Dodger dogs.

                              1. re: burntwater

                                I love Dodger Stadium But the Dodger Dogs are so bad now . When was the last time you had one? When I was growing up they used to grill them and they were ok. But now they are just tasteless limp and salty meat logs that you need to add mustard just to give them some flavor.

                                1. re: wienermobile

                                  Two days ago Dodgers vs Cubs.
                                  Yes, the dogs are not the greatest that is besides the point (fails to see bigger picture)

                                  I watched a row of kids in front of us enjoying the hell out of their Dodger dogs.
                                  It would be funny to see you explain to these kids why they are not enjoying themselves.

                                  There are times when you have to let your Chow guard down. Kids, baseball and hotdogs = one of those times.

                                  1. re: burntwater

                                    I would never deny a kid a hot dog This is just my opinion as a long time Dodger Fan, it's more a warning to their parents. Just try the tasty sausages at AT&T Park in SF and you'll see what we're missing in LA.

                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      I'm sure you would not have the heart to deny a kid their youthful right to baseball and hotdogs.

                                      If this was a normal conversation about the best hotdogs in LA I would have not chimed in. The OP stated they are not looking for a foodie experience.

                                      The Dodgers swept so it was a good weekend with bad Dodger Dogs. :]

                                  2. re: wienermobile

                                    I think they still have grilled DD's don't they? They've moved the grilling stands to the back wall so the smoke tends to drift out into the surrounding parking lot.

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      a few stands still grill them, but it's not always easy to find them during the game and they are not available on every level

                                2. re: wienermobile

                                  Weinermobilie -
                                  Great suggestions... I added them to our itinerary.


                                3. Second Palms Thai, Tokyo Delve's and Korean BBQ...

                                  for outrageous breakfast, The Griddle Cafe, but go early to avoid the waits. outrageous combos and ridiculous portions (kids can share...)

                                  shabu shabu at kagaya or shabu shabu house

                                  eat with your hands Morocan at Moun of Tunis or Dar Maghreb

                                  if magic is of interest, Magic Castle

                                  or dine in the dark, Opaque - Dining in the Dark

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                                  1. re: Emme

                                    Under 21 is not allowed at Magic Castle (although they do family days a few times a year for members and their guests only).

                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      Nor is under 21 allowed at Tokyo Delve's. At one time they had an under 21 for the early show/dining time. But no more.

                                        1. re: Emme

                                          To All,

                                          (OP here....) Thank you thank you for all of the wonderful ideas... We have a lot to choose from : )

                                          I checked on Magic Castle - they do offer a weekend brunch option for families.. so I am trying to get us guest passes....

                                          The Griddle Cafe - sounds good.... what is the address/ website?

                                          And lastly - I made a reservation at Le Parc Suites on N. West Knoll Drive, in West Hollywood and am now concerned about the location/ neighborhood. I originally picked it because I thought it was walking distance to the Farmer's Market, Grove, good shopping, etc.

                                          And now i have second thoughts.... any opinions?????

                                          1. re: rk1

                                            Just know on weekends the Griddle Cafe on Sunset Blvd has at least a one hour wait.
                                            Mon-Fri: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
                                            Sat & Sun: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

                                            7916 Sunset Blvd.,
                                            Hollywood, CA 90046

                                    2. So where did you go? what did you think? What would you recommend to a group looking for something similar?