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Birthday Dinner in one week. HELP!

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shanda013 Jan 4, 2007 11:03 PM

A girlfriend of mine is wanting to have a birthday dinnner Thursday night the 12th for about 10-15 ppl. Like to keep the price down as cost is an issue, also there are a few very picky eaters so nothing to extreme. Chains are ok, although we <I'd> rather not. Thank you in advance.

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    krb RE: shanda013 Jan 4, 2007 11:07 PM

    How about Beppos or something in the International District for less expensive options?

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      jlbs RE: shanda013 Jan 4, 2007 11:37 PM

      last year i had my bday at 7 stars pepper in the id (12 people) and it worked out well. we sat at a round table and made a list of around 10 dishes and shared everything. i didn't make reservations or anything but we went kind of latish so that's probably why we didn't have to wait.

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        christy319 RE: shanda013 Jan 5, 2007 12:56 AM

        What kind of food does the birthday girl like? Screw the picky eaters (unless she's one of them)-it's not their birthday. :)

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          shanda013 RE: christy319 Jan 5, 2007 07:35 PM

          She enjoys hispanic, asian, italian, seafood and regular burger/steak joints. as far as i know. she had ideas in case those choices wouldnt work out.

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            bookmonkey RE: shanda013 Jan 6, 2007 07:04 AM

            Armondo's in Renton is very good italian and has a party room. Pretty reasonable prices, great ambience & service, and really good food.

            Also Typhoon in Redmond is great Thai food, Jak's for Steak or Melrose Grill in Renton (kitty corner from Armondo's) has the best steak but it's at Renton prices not Seattle Prices.

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              lisaf RE: bookmonkey Jan 9, 2007 02:54 AM

              Typhoon's original location is on Western Ave near the Pike Place hillclimb. I think the food is slightly better at that location.

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          Lauren RE: shanda013 Jan 5, 2007 03:39 PM

          Assuming you're in Seattle, I'm going to again suggest Marjorie. I believe they still offer their 3 course $25 meal. The food is good but not unapproachable. It's a place that I've gone with my non foodie friends.

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            shanda013 RE: shanda013 Jan 5, 2007 07:35 PM

            I suppose I should have specified I am in PDX.

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              fluffyk67 RE: shanda013 Jan 5, 2007 09:59 PM

              Wildwood (at 1221 NW 21st Ave) is my favorite place to eat in Portland.

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                fluffyk67 RE: fluffyk67 Jan 5, 2007 10:02 PM

                Gilt Club is good, too.

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                fluffyk67 RE: shanda013 Jan 5, 2007 10:23 PM

                If you're looking for something relatively inexpensive, there's this great Vietnamese place called Pho Van (1919 SE 82nd Ave). It's kind of out in funky-town, but the food is phenomenal and the space is pretty big. Not a ton of veggie offerings, but enough to satisfy the vegetarians. I was just there the other day and had a fantastic meal.

                1. JillO RE: shanda013 Jan 5, 2007 10:32 PM

                  I had my 40th b-day at Tabla last year. It was a great choice. I had folks of all income levels, a few vegetarians, folks who prefer wine, folks who prefer beer, non-drinkers and everyone loved it. They have a 3-course for $24 deal, or folks can just order a course or two. We used their back room which was perfect for 12, private and quiet, and we brought in our own cake which they served at no charge. They also did not charge us for bread on the table. I highly recommend it:

                  http://www.tabla-restaurant.com/

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                    dnamj RE: shanda013 Jan 9, 2007 06:01 PM

                    If it's not too late, I highly recommend the Alki Homestead for a birthday party. You get family style pan-fried chicken (with all the fixings: Buscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, etc.). It is a TON of fun. Full Bar, Very Inexpensive.

                    Oops, this is in Seattle

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