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Gyu-Kaku, Gaon or ??? Fun for teens?

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I have 2 13-year olds visiting. Tomorrow is our "Spa Day" (hair, mani, pedi) so want to take them to dinner. They are pretty active & into food, so thought something interactive would be fun. Has anyone been to Gyu-Kaku and/or Gaon? Both sound interesting & fun. Or any other ideas?

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. Park's BBQ might be a better choice.
    http://parksbbq.com

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Park's may be lost on them. I know people like to look down on Gyu-Kaku but it's probably a better fit for kids/teens. Plus: S'mores!

      (Not saying kids/teens couldn't appreciate Park's over Gyu-Kaku, but the increase in level of appreciation may not be commensurate with the increase in cost.)

      1. re: wienermobile

        In terms of "interesting & fun" I'd easily put gyu kaku over parks. Their menu is more broad and there are non bbq items and dessert.

        Also, kids aren't going to be able to discern the quality of meat, and probably don't think the ambience at parks is fun.

        1. re: blimpbinge

          +1

      2. What part of LA? My teens love the exotic sausages at Wurstkuche in both Venice & Downtown LA.
        http://www.wurstkuche.com

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Pasadena. But I think the S'mores at Gyu-kaku might nail it! How do you order there? The set menus or the "courses?"

          1. re: Just One Bite

            We used to order the courses, which is the set menu, no? I haven't been in a while. But after getting to know the dishes, we started ordering a la carte. If you or your guests are not that familiar with the menu, one of the "for two" courses is a good way to get some variety, and if it's not enough food (depending on how hungry two 13 year olds are), you can always order a la carte after.

        2. we ALWAYS have to make it to the farmer's market at 3rd & fairfax for at least one meal...