OK - we decided to be brave and see what was in store for us. We took Garrett and Brady with us to a "big boy restaurant" for New Year's Eve dinner. We all went to a Los Angeles Magazine Top 10 new restaurants in LA pick - Son of a Gun - in West LA. Here's what the Los Angeles Magazine Insider's Guide to the best new restaurants says on its web version:
The Vibe: Packed, happening, noisy as hell.
The Crowd: Fans of the chefs, other L.A. chefs, in-the-know gourmands.
The Must-Have Dishes: Shrimp toast, spot prawns, the chicken sandwich.
The Drinks: The mixologists know what they’re doing—let them make you something new. A reasonable wine list heavy on whites changes often.
Worthwhile Splurge: Santa Barbara spot prawns when they’re in season, market price.
Getting a Table: There are only a few tables available for reservations, and those book three weeks out. The walk-in-only communal table is long, if cramped, and your best bet for getting in on short notice.
Insider Tip: Focus on the seafood.
We had yummy food like shrimp toast, lobster roll, and fried chicken sandwich. Garrett was so good - OK - we were only there for an hour and that did include a trip to pee (which he does EVERYWHERE we go), but nonetheless he had fun and didn't freak out. Brady was calm and looked at everything and everyone until the end - he had had it after an hour and started to wail. Time to go. Dessert to go from Crumbs and call it a night. Happy New Year!