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Would appreciate any help. Looking for delicious and at least marginally kid-friendly places in/near Santa Monica, Griffith Park, Hollywood, the Getty, the tar pits, Paramount Studios, Catalina island. Mexican, Thai, good Chinese, non-sushi Japanese would all be great. Thanks.

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  1. how much money are you willing to spend?
    how much time are you willing to spend just driving with the possibility of getting stuck in traffic?
    how old is/are the kid(s)?
    what, in more detail, do you mean by "marginally kid-friendly?"
    where will you be staying?

    los angeles is a big place that offers cheap ethnic eats to terrific, but very expensive, formal eats.

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    1. re: westsidegal

      Thanks for replying-we're looking for delicious less expensive ethnic rather than expensive. Kids are 9 and 11 and well-behaved (at least in restaurants!). Kids and husband are vegetarian. We're staying in Santa Monica. Willing to drive for amazing, do-not-miss, but hoping for some finds near SM and the sights too. Catalina looks grim, so really hoping the other days will make up for it. Definitely want what we can't get here-great Mexican, Asian of various kinds. Trucks, markets and picnics also good.

      1. re: bougouni

        You don't go to Catalina for the food, but there's an OK Mexican place whose name escapes me. That said, it's a nice place to visit for a day or two. And Joe's has decent burgers.

    2. Catalina threads:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871140

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774297

      1. for Venice & Santa Monica Cafe Gratitude
        http://cafegratitudevenice.com
        Wurstkuche in Venice has many vegetarian sausage sandwiches.
        http://www.wurstkuche.com
        the Wednesday Farmers Market on 3rd St and Arizona
        Good sandwiches at Mendocino Farms in neary by Marina Del Rey and Salads at Lemonade in Venice.
        http://mendocinofarms.com
        http://lemonadela.com
        & for ice cream treats Sweet Rose Creamery is great.
        http://www.sweetrosecreamery.com

        Build your own custom pizza at 800 Degrees in Westwood.
        http://www.800degreespizza.com

        The Veggie Grill has locations all over Los Angeles including Santa Monica.
        http://www.veggiegrill.com

        For the hollywood area a pancake paradise at The Griddle Cafe.
        http://www.thegriddlecafe.com

        The Getty has very good food in both it's restaurant and cafes.

        Also recommended a visit to LA's Orginal Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax. Open everyday with food stands for every taste. http://www.farmersmarketla.com

        and dozens of food trucks across from LACMA and the tar pits on Wilshire Blvd. at lunch.

        Welcome to LA

        1. Mercado: http://www.mercadosantamonica.com/ in Santa Monica (Mexican) is certainly teen-friendly, probably quite child-friendly, too. Also, very good and well priced.

          1. Thank you so much! One more request--my son would like to have some "really good soba." Any suggestions close to one of the places listed?

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            1. re: bougouni

              Two locations, one in West Hollywood and the other in West Los Angeles (near the eastern border of Santa Monica) you can find good soba at http://www.yaburestaurant.com/

              1. re: Servorg

                Thanks! I really appreciate all the help. Let us know if you come to D.C.

              2. re: bougouni

                IMHO, the best soba in town has been at I-Naba on Hawthorne Blvd in Torrance. They have a very competent kitchen, a tempura bar and a sushi bar - somewhat rare to have all these under one roof - but will allow you to get your soba and other Japanese dishea done at one place.

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  I'm also a big fan of I-naba. A bit of a drive for you but totally worth it.

                  They offer both hot and cold soba. I like the cold since it really showcases the texture and chew of the noodles. Excellent stuff. They have plenty of tempura vegetables for the vegetarians.

                  For the non vegetarian, the fried anago (sea eel) is delicious. Ask if it comes with the fried bone before you order it. If it does, it's fresh(awesome). If not, it's pre-packaged anago (just okay).

                  1. re: Porthos

                    Thank you! All other ideas welcome.

              3. So far, so good. Nice lunch at the Getty Villa yesterday, great ice cream at Sweet Rose, good dinner with excellent service at Mercado. Looking for Santa Monica's best pizza tonight or best Thai-any suggestions? Also ideas for lunch at downtown farmer's market would be much appreciated.

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                1. re: bougouni

                  Best pizza in Santa Monica is Stella Rosa on Main Street
                  http://stellarossapizzabar.com
                  or Milo & Olive (very tiny place so there may be a wait) on Wilshire Blvd.
                  http://www.miloandolive.com

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    Stella was fantastic and they were so nice to my kids! Spinach and kale salad, butternut squash and bacon pizza, burrata in the house- thank you for the rec!

                  2. re: bougouni

                    The Hawaiian chicken at the Downtown Farmers market is outstanding.

                  3. www.parksbbq.com
                    955 S Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90006
                    (213) 380-1717

                    True Korean and some wonderful cuts. Fun for the kids because they bbq at the table. The plethora of food and diversity of each taste is quite a pleasing experience.

                    Stella Rosa for Pizza in SM, looks like you chose it, it's good.

                    Getty, You can go to SM Canyon ot
                    The Hungry Cat or Malibu Taverna Tony, Mediterranean and kids might see some "big shots" at a late lunch. Great patio and fun little part to people watch for a bit. http://www.tavernatony.com/

                    Enjoy LA, have fun!!!

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                    1. re: CharlesKochel

                      since the kids and husband are vegetarian, don't know how much they'd find to eat at a korean bbq place.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        I noticed some fabulous options, but I was not starring in that direction... :-0

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          Had a pretty lousy lunch at the Getty cafe and am now desperate on Catalina. Help!

                          1. re: bougouni

                            I guess I'd go with Catalina Coffee & Cookie for a light breakfast and Ristorante Villa Portofino for dinner.

                            1. re: mc michael

                              Thanks-just had awful Mexican. So you pick Portofino over Avalon Grill?

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                        wienermobile beat me to the punch