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Jan 21, 2013 10:04 AM

Late lunch or early dinner in Westchester?

Told my kids I would take them to the movies on their day off from school today. The movie they want to go see is only playing in the Howard Hughes complex. The only restaurants I am familiar with in that area are the Five Guys & BJ's in the mall across from the freeway, and that Dinah's fried chicken place that's in the parking lot across the street from said mall. I cannot even recall what is offered in the HH complex itself....

Movie is at 4:25, so I'd rather not stray too far from the area, as in Ladera Heights or Venice. Hoping there was a hidden gem close by. Thanks!

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  1. Great food court at the Westfield Culver City Mall including 101 Noodle Express & Kyochon Chicken. For Venice my kids love the sausages at Wurstkuche. But remember Pann's is just minutes away from the the Howard Hughes Center.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Thanks wiener, appreciate it. I thought Pann's was nearby but wasn't sure. Been to the food court, and my kids are not into funky Asian food, they want something familiar. They didn't enjoy Wurstkusche, either, not sure why, they were expecting non-chowish hot dogs, I guess ::sigh:: thanks for the reminder about Pann's.

      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

        Can always do Mendocino Farms in the Marina or Pitfire Pizza on Washington Blvd. in Culver City.

        1. re: wienermobile

          True, but it just seems like I'm driving a bit out of the way for either.....

      2. re: wienermobile

        The Kyochon in Culver City seems to have flown the coop. I was at the mall today (101 Noodle Express) and the Kyochon location was boarded up.

      3. if your kids eat Thai food:

        one blok south of manchester
        one block east of sepulveda

        my advice is to completely forget about Dinah's.
        for many years it was one of my go-to places, but the food quality has taken a nose dive in the last 5 years or so.

        if you are limited to absolutely plain, predictable, chain-restaurant, food, keep in mind there is a johnny rockets in the movie shopping center, the Howard Hughes Promenade.

        for somewhat more healthful and well-prepared simple food (turkey burgers and the like), the cafe at the Spectrum Club (the gym across the street from the HH promenade) does a good job.

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        1. re: westsidegal

          Thank you for these recs, all of it is god to know, even for when I am on my own.

          1. re: westsidegal

            When was the last time you were there? I've had their fried chicken two times in the last couple of months and it has much improved. I'll get up the courage to have their German pancake in the near future. One can only hope that they have a new chef. I think with all the programs on TV about great restaurants and their great food some of the slacking restaurants ie Dinahs, the Buggy Whip, Petrelli's Steakhouse might start thinking about improving. I'm a member of Spectrum and they do have unusaly good food.

            1. re: Baron

              for the last couple of yearsi haven't eaten anything at Dinah's other than the german pancake.

              i had a period of profound mourning when their chile relleno omelet, which had been my dieting mainstay for well over a decade, went into the crapper.

              i don't think it was the cook that was the problem.
              i believe that they stopped discarding food that was still edible but way past it's prime.
              the chile relleno omelet, in the good days had a light tomato ranchero-type sauce that was very good. after the decline, the sauce was more like caramelized brown onion sludge.

              when the decline first happened, i remember posting about it (more like wailing in pain about it) on this board.

          2. In & Out is right there and the Humble Potato on Lincoln might be a hit with your kids.

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            1. re: Servorg

              +1 for Humble Potato. Very original take on burgers and fries & run by very nice people. Really liked their Battle Royale burger with fresh Angus beef, “fried egg-splosive”, avocado, romaine, thick cut tomato, onion, Applewood smoked bacon, HP spicy sauce. Good stuff.

              1. re: wienermobile

                Thank you both. I'd really love to try Humble Potato, but afraid that the kids who are expecting cheeseburgers will be disappointed they are not the kind they would like. One of them loved the cheeseburger at Plan Check, the other, not so much, and we ordered them plain, so go figure.... In & Out is an obvious favorite, but we go there often enough, and I'm trying to branch them out a bit, as slow and painful as it seems.... I think we'll hit up Pann's as we at least know they are open all day, and have a variety of things they like. Appreciate the info, I will try some of these spots on my own.

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  The "Pick of Panns"

                  Patty Melt if medium rare with onion rings

                  Wings & Waffle or Wings plate with mashed potatoes

                  Turkey Dinner

                  And I like their brownie shake

                    1. re: Servorg

                      I ordered the first one. Killer. In more ways than one.

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        No one lives forever, so you might as well not obsess about slips in moderation overly much...

                        1. re: Servorg

                 was a worthy indulgence indeed.