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Midwestern Mom coming to Downtown, Santa Monica and Hollywood

Amber Pollard | Aug 29, 200308:43 PM

My mother is coming into town from the Midwest and wants me to show her a good time in L.A. - she likes cute and interesting ambiance and middle-range prices and I simply want to avoid TGIFridays and Mimi's Diner.

Her tastes are NOT eclectic or exotic, she likes Italian, French and Thai cuisine, and standard American fare, like sandwiches, salads, etc.

I want someplace not too expensive, and she wants to visit Santa Monica and other interesting touristy places, and she's staying downtown.

Any tips on restaurants or even places to visit?

Thank you!!!

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