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Casual birthday dinner tomorrow??

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I'm looking for a casual place for a birthday dinner tomorrow for my mom. We're having a big shindig on Sunday, but since tomorrow is her actual birthday, we just wanted to take her out for dinner. No 3 hour meals, but no holes in the wall either. Somewhere nice and reasonably priced. We'd be willing to travel anywhere from downtown to Beverly Hills. She likes all kinds of food except Indian and Ethiopian. She's a foodie for sure. Any ideas?

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  1. I have almost the exact same situation on my hands, except it's my sister's birthday and we have decided to go to Cafe Brazil on Venice Blvd. It is cozy, inexpensive, and very good. I think they have a website you can check out if you just google it. CB is also about 3 blocks away from my favorite Cuban restaurant in LA, Versailles, which is very reasonably priced.

    1. How about LUNA PARK or if you go a bit west of Beverly Hills maybe consider NOOK BISTRO?

      1. If you are willing to go to Pasadena-which is a very nice place to eat and stroll in the summer eves., Smitty's on Lake is lovely- steak, shrimp, etc. sit on the patio. Saladang Song-very special. Upscale Thai, sit on the patio. Or park and walk over to One Colorado and eat at Il Fornaio. Again out on the patio. :) KQ

        1. Great! Thanks for the ideas.