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Jul 22, 2006 06:52 PM

Need a fun restaurant for a date with a funny girl

We dont need romantic just someplace fun, cool and inexpensive. I'd love it to be off the beaten path too. Thanks

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  1. most hounds will disagree, but i love joe's crab shack for a stupid good time. can't go wrong with balloon hats too. make sure you ask for the one with the palm tree and the monkey.

    1. How about Cha Cha Cha? There's west hollywood or Silverlake.

      1. Chez Jay in Santa Monica. It's fun, cool, inexpensive, and off the beaten bath. The food is not that good, but there are some simple staples.

          1. re: budlit

            I miss the Galley. Moved back to NYC about a year and half ago.

            Don't recall the Galley being inexpensive unless you order from the half price menu, at the bar I think. My now-husband and I used to do that for happy hour sometimes. Check the hours or if there are any restrictions on that. Nice bartenders, cool low lighting, funky atmosphere in a "Pirates of the Caribbean" way.
            Decent food, even very good if you order right.

            Another thought would be Primitivo in Venice if you sit in the bar area or at the bar and do tapas and wine...they have a special wine flight at the bar with some free apps and you can add more and do a mini wine/tapas tasting. Again, if you order right, very good.

            1. re: Michele4466

              Primitivo is a great place! The joint gets totally packed, and the tapas style dining is lots of fun. You could also "hop" down the street to another bar afterwards too. The Otheroom is supposed to be a pretty happening place as well.

          2. Damon's in Glendale is my suggestion. The salad accompanying the entrees is like crack, it's so addictive. You can't beat the monkeys hanging from the ceiling for humor. It's got the fifties Tiki cheesy thing going on and friendly, long time employees. As a fellow fun, kick-in-the-pants chick myself who *does not* like chain restaurants, I'd love to go somewhere like Damon's on a date.

            Tapas and sangria sounds like a good idea, too.

            You get major points for trying to find a fun, funky place!

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            1. re: sillyrabbit

              The atmosphere at Damon's is great but I would disagree about the food. The salad of beets and celery was horrific and my steak wasn't exactly good. No, it was exactly BAD. Drinks are good though and the young server we had was very nice but not on top of the service.

              1. re: sillyrabbit

                My S.O. and I really like Damons. We have only gotten the Tenderloin. I get it butterflied and Medium Rare she gets hers butterflied and medium well. Always cooked perfect. Butterflying gets it without the "burnt' crust that some like but we do not.

                We like the salad. Served in a large generous bowl, freshly tossed and help yourself.

                The decor is fun but not a hot spot. Good dinner in a ketchy atmosphere and you can TALK with your companion. It is the place we go for special ocassions.