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tubbytoast Aug 25, 2013 09:24 AM

We have a friend visiting who loves kitschy theme restaurants. We've taken him to Bahooka, Clearman's, Tam O'Shanter in the past. Any places we've missed? Good food would be a huge plus, but the emphasis is on the decor.Anywhere in the L.A/SFV. area.

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    schrutefarms Aug 26, 2013 12:53 PM

    What about The Gorbals? I've never eaten there, but walked i once-there was a very loud, Eastern European gypsy band playing, communal tables, and Eastern European fare. Looked like tons of fun, strangely reminded me of the Mos Eisley Cantina, I think because the the band and the energy. Should be noted that this was during Art Walk, so maybe it was more crowded than usual. Menu looks good, too.

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      jessejames Aug 25, 2013 08:42 PM

      Anyone ever been to pipers on Beverly? Scottish?

      1. JAB Aug 25, 2013 08:07 PM

        It could be argued that Pann's fits into this category.

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          Chandavkl Aug 25, 2013 07:18 PM

          Magic Restroom Cafe was supposed to open last month but we're still waiting.

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            jessejames Aug 25, 2013 04:05 PM

            Proud bird.

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              maudies5 Aug 25, 2013 08:23 PM

              Proud Bird is a great suggestion as long as you don't eat there.

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                jessejames Aug 25, 2013 08:40 PM

                Old vet friend of mine loved it. Stuffed mushrooms. Airplanes.

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                Marvin Aug 26, 2013 11:43 AM

                If Proud Bird appeals to you and you're in the SFV, you may want instead to go to 94th Aero Squadron at the Van Nuys Airport - same basic idea as Proud Bird - 94th is WW1 themed, PB is WW2 themed - both owned by the same company. That said the replica aircraft at PB are better, and while you can see planes landing at both, at PB you do see much larger and more impressive airliners, rather than light planes and business jets at 94th.

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                  jessejames Aug 26, 2013 11:51 AM

                  Cool

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                    Servorg Aug 26, 2013 12:30 PM

                    I stood next to the Proud Bird to watch the only landing of the Concorde (SST) at LAX in October of 1974 (link to photo of the event below).

                    http://blogs.dailybreeze.com/history/...

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                      jessejames Aug 26, 2013 01:33 PM

                      very cool -- in the niche lax/food/aviation history vein i also note Endeavor parked in front of Randy's last year!

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                  jessejames Aug 25, 2013 03:59 PM

                  Also Opaque at vlounge 2020 Wilshire where you eat in dark w blind waiters.

                  Saddleranch, sunset.

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                    jessejames Aug 25, 2013 01:51 PM

                    Magic castle

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                      Dirtywextraolives Aug 25, 2013 02:28 PM

                      You need to be a member here, or a guest of one....

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                        jessejames Aug 25, 2013 03:48 PM

                        You can now buy monthly membership I believe

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                          wienermobile Aug 25, 2013 03:52 PM

                          Open Sesame Magic Castle Membership $250
                          Valid for one month upon activation of membership.
                          Valid during Sunday through Thursday evenings and Saturday Brunch only.
                          The member and one guest will be admitted without a door charge each visit.
                          Any additional guests that you bring in will be required to pay the door charge.
                          A total of 8 people are allowed access to the Magic Castle per membership each evening.
                          Dinning is required with each visit and reservations are mandatory.
                          No one under the age of 21 will be admitted with the exception of our Saturday Brunch.
                          Your entire party must follow the rules of the Academy of Magical Arts including our strict dress code.

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                      ChefRoux Aug 25, 2013 01:39 PM

                      Angelo & Vincis in Fullerton. Not to be missed!

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                      1. mucho gordo Aug 25, 2013 12:39 PM

                        Sanamluang Café on Sherman Way in NoHo. Great Thai food. Décor is 50's-60's neon glitz

                        1. ipsedixit Aug 25, 2013 12:11 PM

                          Shanghai No 1 Seafood

                          Indian

                          Chi Lin

                          Jurassic

                          Outpost Hollywood

                          Class 302

                          1. Servorg Aug 25, 2013 10:50 AM

                            Definitely WITHOUT the good food you ought to have a drink up at Yamashiro restaurant http://www.yamashirorestaurant.com/ in Hollywood. Have you been to the Tiki Ti http://www.tiki-ti.com/pages/home.html bar? If not you really ought to visit at least once in your life. In the same vein, but with food, is Damon's Steakhouse http://www.damonsglendale.com/ in Glendale.

                            1. wienermobile Aug 25, 2013 09:44 AM

                              Rock Sugar Pan Asian Cusine-Century City
                              Saddle Peak Lodge-Malibu Canyon
                              Encounter-LAX
                              Blue Bayou-Disneyland

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                                maudies5 Aug 25, 2013 10:00 AM

                                I think it is Rock Sugar

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                                  wienermobile Aug 25, 2013 10:04 AM

                                  You are correct. I edited it. Thank you.

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