Here's the deal - despite the title of "mom", she's fairly adventurous and I think would get a kick out of seeing a really wide variety of places that you just wouldn't really find in Milwaukee. I'd like every place to either have a really unique dish, have a really unique atmosphere, or encompass a different food niche or ethnicity.
I would really appreciate any recommendations.
I live in Silverlake, but don't mind running around - as long as it's not to the OC or something. We may splurge once or twice, but in general, we'll probably be looking at entrees under $15. Here are some of my thoughts, nominations so far...
Yamadaya - Show her "real" ramen (Or even try tsukemen at Tsujita)
Mother Dough - A little different than your average pizza place
Taco Zone - Can you say you've been to LA if you've never waited outside a food truck with a bunch of drunken hipsters?
Bourgeois Pig - an interesting place for coffee what with the forrest room and all
Blossom - Some interesting vietnamese dishes, and the silverlake location's really cool with the basement and all
Wang Xing Ji - for the giant XLB/soup dumplings (or Din Tai Fung)
Roscoes? - It IS different... (and LA)
Phillipe's - Another LA classic not short on character, or maybe Langer's
Scoops or Milk or a really memorable ice cream place
A good K-Town BBQ place?
A good pho place?
A good ethiopian place?
A really interesting breakfast/brunch?
Debating the best "gourmet" burger place...