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I tried Pat and Oscars so you pretty much don't have to.

Slow Foodie | Mar 28, 200312:46 PM

The pups are in a community play which rehearses three times a week. Two weeknights they don't have time to go home for dinner and must be fed in the Silverlake vicinity. They love Eat Well because they have the Sex Pistols on the Juke Box but they have no child's plate there and it's a bit steep for coffee shop food. We did the Sizzler Salad bar one night--it's free for kids with an adult. The pups were in nirvana--greasy stuff and a sundae bar. I was able to rustle up some marginally fresh greens and beets so I figure we got our monies worth.

Last night Pat and Oscar's called. It's a brand new joint in the Costco Los Feliz Parking lot. It was a big clean room and the folks were cultishly friendly (as in, have you shopped at Vons lately?). It's kind of like a downscale California Pizza kitchen but they have ribs and chicken in addition to pizzas. You order from a counter and then are served your meal at table. I had the lemon chicken. It came with a tiny shelf worn Caesar Salad (although Greek salad is another option) with packaged croutons and insufficent dressing. The big draw (supposedly) is the breadsticks. Soft doughy behemoths. Revolting in every sense of the word but why couldn't I stop eating them? The 1/4 chicken came later, totally ungarnished, scrawny at $6.49 and pretty exactly like Koo Koo Roo. The pup however was thrilled with the breadsticks and not ashamed to admit it. He also very much enjoyed a child's plate with three barbecued chicken wings and potato wedges. This included a drink and set us back all of $3.59. So my quest, is to find decent children's menus in the neighborhood that are in the five buck or less range.

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