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Are AOC and Providence child-friendly?

I wouldn't bring children to this place for an everyday meal, but for the rare special occasion or event (we attended a giant family birthday party at Providence last year) I think it is fine--as long as the child is well behaved and, as KTLA says above, is willing to order off the menu and have a reasonably pleasant experience. I have a 6-year-old girl who has been dining out since she was a baby and always behaves appropriately and tries new and different foods with a minimum of resistance. It definitely makes my life easier when I need to go to a better restaurant for work or social events but, as a rule, we try to take her to places where she is more comfortable with the food and atmosphere. As for Providence and most better restaurants, if a child is open to the food and well mannered, the staff usually bend over backwards to make it a pleasant experience. They certainly did at Providence and my daughter not only felt special, but she actually asked when we were going back.

Jul 04, 2009
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Help with Good (and varied) food options in San Diego?

I'm going to San Diego on business and, finally, I'm going without the family--so I can try some new things. What do the locals eat? I want mid-range and less expensive, with maybe one nicer restaurant. I like all cuisines, but would love to know the nontourist places. Outside of that place in Old Town with the giant margaritas (who cares about the food ;-) ) I haven't a clue. Help!

May 20, 2008
HungryGirl in California

"Good" Restaurants that do street fairs/festivals?? Help!

My friend is in charge of a big clean water festival for Earth Day and I was wondering if anyone knew a restaurant(s) that does street fairs/festivals, and serves a better quality product than the normal hot dog/curly fries/frozen lemonade variety?

Mar 26, 2008
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

What discounts/coupons do you know about?

I've seen them at the Arclight Theaters and little shops around town, like Illiturature. The list of restaurants is at They also have a new drinking set called Thirsty.

Dec 30, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Bodega Wine Bar in Pasadena?

Has anyone been? I like the concept of all wines being the same price, and the space seems it any good?

Dec 10, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Good early dinner restaurant for kids in Silverlake/Los Feliz

Michelangelo on Silver Lake (next to the 7-11) makes great pizza and is very kind to the kids—it's my daughter's fave. We also try Mae Ploy on Sunset (most kids eat noodles), and Masa in Echo Park, which is quiet before 7. If you're in a rush, Pesado Mojado is great and they make a quesadilla the size of your head that will easily feed 2 hungry kids. With beans and rice it's less than $6 too.

Oct 04, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Lark Cake Shop in Silverlake

Someone brought a few cupcakes to the office on Thursday and took one home to share with my daughter. It was delicious and never made it home. It was chocolate with marshmello filling. Just the right size and texture. I say give them another chance.

Jul 14, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

places to eat for $10 and under - downtown LA

The Bishop Coffee and Gourmet at 8th and Grand is great--opens I believe at 6 am and closes at 11 pm. Great sandwiches (try the chicken curry) and soups.
Fernando's Tacos at Figueroa and Olympic (in the car wash) is cheap and delicious--3 tacos and a drink for $5. Downside, he closes at 5 pm
New York Pizza Next Door at 8th and Flower is great and they have a special for $5.95.

May 15, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Bulgarini Altadena-- anything near Bulgarini that I should try?

I'm thinking that, if you're going to head all the way up there, you might just want to make a meal of their gelato. I don't generally obsess, but this stuff is amazing...

Apr 29, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Spain Restaurant in Echo Park- horrible at best

When it first opened, I was thrilled since I lived down the street and wanted a local place to walk to--yeah, well that didn't work out. But I agree with Corydon and the chickens to go are good in a pinch. I'm sure they benefit from all that traffic heading home in the evenings.

Mar 29, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Need suggestions for LA dining (mid-Wilshire/Koreatown)

It may not be fancy, but Papa Cristo's Greek Taverna on Pico near Normandie is delicious and can be festive (check the hours, though, I don't think they're open late every night--but have a family dinner on Thursday nights). For a safe choice, try the Liberty Grill downtown at Flower, just south of Olympic. They have a nice patio and a decent spin on American comfort food. If it were MY birthday, I'd want to visit Taylor's at 8th and Normandie--a classic steakhouse with a great bar and well-priced cuts of meat.

Mar 28, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

$5 lunch in Pasadena-- is it possible?

I've heard that Gerlach's on Fair Oaks--across from the Water and Power bldg. has good, and cheap, lunches--including a lamb burrito that, I believe, goes for about $7.

Mar 28, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Anyone familiar with the Breakfast Shack in South Pasadena?

My husband really likes the Cook Shack--mostly because of its big, meat-laden portions. I'm not such a big fan and agree that LeRoy's is worth the schlep--especially for their traditional (thin) waffles. They also serve tater tots, which is a hit with my 4 year old.

Mar 27, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Food/places you go when you're exhausted!

Chicken from Zankou or takeout from Mae Ploy if we're exhausted, El Pollo Loco if we're lazy.

Mar 16, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Family Restaurants....Silver Lake, Downtown, Hollywood area

Clifton's downtown is a great place for kids and Barbecue King at Cesar Chavez and Sunset has a bouncer on the weekends. Camillo's in Eagle Rock is very family friendly and we often go to Marouch in Hollywood. If the kids are good eaters, there's Mae Ploy on the Silver Lake/Echo Park border, which seems to host a lot of big family dinners.

Mar 13, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

silverlake pinkberry

Pinkberry doesn't appear to be as original, or fresh, as the hype would indicate. Personally, I thought it was OK, but not work schlepping across town for:

Jan 13, 2007
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Pinkberry or Stinkberry? [moved from L.A. board]

That's exactly what it is!

Jan 03, 2007
HungryGirl in Chains

Great Italian in Silver Lake?

I'm still mourning the loss of Cafe Capri in Silver Lake, which was the most authentic I had found in the area with homemade pasta and a husband/wife team that treated you like family. I just noticed the building is open again so I'm wondering if it's new ownership or an entirely new restaurant.

Anyway, I'm always on the prowl for good Italian and we just wrote up La Buca, over by Paramount. Supposedly they'll be closed for a couple weeks later this month, but otherwise otherworldly (in a good way...).

Oct 14, 2006
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Scarantino's, Formerly Dino's - Anyone Been?

Glad to hear that Dino's menu hasn't changed. I grew up in Glendale, but strangely only made it to Scarantino's last month for the first time with my own family. For some reason, my parents always drove to Dino's instead and I have very fond memories of the cannelloni and great waitstaff.

Oct 06, 2006
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Delicious ethnic food - place can handle big crowd - Northeast LA?

It may be cliche, but Thai Palm on Hollywood, just west of the fwy is a good party spot--and there's Thai Elvis.
Also, Elena's Greek Armenian on Glendale Ave., just north of San Fernando is fun, although the room is a little quirky--service is friendly.

Jul 29, 2006
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area

Bacon for Breakfast

We eat breakfast here a lot and have to agree with you. It's yummy and, personally, I like the room.

Jul 21, 2006
HungryGirl in Los Angeles Area