DC Hound coming to LA
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.
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.
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.
for Venice & Santa Monica Cafe Gratitude
Wurstkuche in Venice has many vegetarian sausage sandwiches.
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.
& for ice cream treats Sweet Rose Creamery is great.
Build your own custom pizza at 800 Degrees in Westwood.
The Veggie Grill has locations all over Los Angeles including Santa Monica.
For the hollywood area a pancake paradise at The Griddle Cafe.
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
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).