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Single dad for a week: Need some new places for an adventurous 6 year old.

PayOrPlay | Mar 18, 200804:20 PM

My wife had to go out of town unexpectedly this morning and PayOrPlay Jr. and I may be looking at an unplanned week of father-son bonding. Hoping to make lemonade out of this lemon, I am trying to come up with some new places for us to visit together. He's still a little rambunctious for top-end places but his palate has become pretty sophisticated--although, like most 6-year-olds, he can't yet handle spicy-hot food, so we haven't yet done much Ethiopian or Indian. (He also has some odd aversions to foods most kids like, such as pizza and peanut butter, but since he likes lobster, salmon eggs, and Chinese hotpots, I figure it's a good tradeoff.) During the week we need to stay on the westside but we could wander a bit over the weekend.

Examples of casual places that he likes: Ramen-ya, Blue Marlin, Yashima, Rutts, Uncle Moki's Hawaiian Shrimp, Nate-n-Al, Noodle Planet, La Serenata, Coupa Cafe in BH, Magic Carpet, Taqueria Sanchez, 26 Beach, all the Westwood Persian places, Koreatown Galleria food court, San Gabriel Mall, and every gelateria you can name.

Are there any new places out there we should take a shot at? For example, we haven't spent much time in Hollywood (except for one visit to Lucky Devils): any of the new places there that would fit? Any relatively new places in Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice/MDR? PayOrPlay Jr. and I thank you in advance.

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