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Help the Chowspouse get ten/fifteen lawyers out of their rut! Same question, more oomph!

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silverlakebodhisattva Aug 25, 2006 09:14 PM

My prior post, I now realize, lacked sufficient oomph to get lots of attention (those who did respond already, thank you!) so let me paint the picture:

My lovely and brilliant wife, who is also my business partner, is one of two women in a group of roughly fifteen attorneys who belong to a study group which has monthly dinner meetings; I believe she is also the youngest. She gets to pick a dinner location soon. The "good old boys" in the group like good food, and really good wine, but, as per my prior post, tend to be a little predictable in their choice of dining, in the red-meat/red-meat/and then some red-meat mode (Mastro's, Maple Dr., Arnie Morton's; once they got really adventurous and went to, well, Fogo de Caio). (BTW, save the "lawyer/carnivore" gags. We've heard'em. In fact, to paraphrase Earl Palmer, we invented 'em.)

She'd like to get'em a little further east (maybe as far as La Brea, but they probably draw the line east of there) and a little more adventurous, WITHOUT delving into the "witty" "ironic", "deconstructed", "post-modern" or "experimental" range (nothing made into foam, or frozen in liquid nitrogen; no bacon butterscotch ice cream, no ravioli carmelized with Fisherman's Friend Cough Drops (hey, it's in the El Bulli book, I think!), nothing served in a fashion that you need instructions as to how to get it off the serving plate into your mouth...)

They'll need a private room. A serious wine list won't hurt.

So what else we got?

Thanks again, in advance.

r gould-saltman

  1. CynD Aug 25, 2006 09:51 PM

    Campanile? They have private rooms upstairs.

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      scottyp Aug 25, 2006 10:05 PM

      What about La Terza? If the red meat holdouts can get over the fact that some of the menu is in Italian, they can still order steak and potatoes, and everyone is happy.

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        msmd310 Aug 25, 2006 10:09 PM

        Ca Brea has private rooms upstairs and is pretty good for upscale Italian- I am sure they can get Veal chops and steaks

        Barefoot has a private room upstairs

        1. DanaB Aug 25, 2006 10:23 PM

          I think Grace would be perfect for a dinner such as this. They have a perfectly sized private room, good food and nice wine list.

          http://www.gracerestaurant.com/

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            nosh Aug 25, 2006 10:45 PM

            Is it in the geographical range? Jar.

            1. David Kahn Aug 25, 2006 10:58 PM

              If you really want to break with tradition, you should see if you can reserve the patio area at Providence. (Insert lawyer/shark joke here.)

              1. mr mouther Aug 25, 2006 11:23 PM

                How about the Brite Spot in Echo Park?

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                  themirthmobile Aug 25, 2006 11:44 PM

                  hee!

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                    silverlakebodhisattva Aug 26, 2006 12:22 AM

                    Well, I already ruled out Al Watan, (no wine) Paru's (no meat) and Burrito King (no private dining room).

                    rfgs

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                  Wes Aug 26, 2006 03:45 AM

                  Moun of Tunis might have a private room that large.

                  Fun place, good food.

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                    Daisy Gatsby Sep 2, 2006 12:56 AM

                    Definitely fun and the food is okay but what I'd pay to see is Good Ol' Boys trying to eat with their fingers while watching belly dancers. ;)

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                      Wes Sep 2, 2006 01:53 AM

                      I'd REALLY pay to see them if she chose a night with a male belly dancer. They used to have one once a week. :)

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                        Daisy Gatsby Sep 2, 2006 01:59 AM

                        No way! I gotta know more about this ... we go there at least once or twice a year and I'd love to pick that night of the week next time. Only fair! ;)

                  2. Amanda Enclade Sep 2, 2006 01:46 AM

                    I second campanile- great food, great service, great wine and plenty of room. perfect for what you want.

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                      David The Diner Sep 2, 2006 01:54 AM

                      Ca Del Sole has a private room. This is my favorite restaurant too.

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                        nosh Feb 11, 2009 11:13 PM

                        Funny when a thread reappears after two-and-a-half years. svb -- Where did the group end up going? How'd it work out? Any other interesting places since then?

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                          silverlakebodhisattva Feb 12, 2009 07:48 AM

                          Well, in the intervening couple of years, there's been some progress on the "hipper steak place" front, with Wolfgang's , BLT, etc., and they've gotten a little more exotic for the annual holiday dinner (actually, Chinoise on Main, the last couple of years)..

                          I'm also guessing, unless someone says otherwise, that "Toronto" isn't an actual person, who's actually read this thread, and actually been to "this restaurant".

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