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Birthday Dinner Suggestion Needed for group of gay guys

Need a suggestion for a birthday for Next Friday (the 12th). Looking for something in the area from, basically, Echo Park to Silverlake to Hollywood or West Hollywood. It's for a group of about 12 unpretentious gay men, mostly Latino and blue collar, celebrating a 47th birthday. Something not too expensive. I have two suggestions so far, Cha Cha Cha in WeHo or The Flying Leap in Silverlake. It doesn't have to be a gay place but at least friendly to us (and with a full bar...they love to drink). We did Edendale Grill a couple of years ago for the same birthday person but one of my friends said it's just a little too pricey for this group. Another friend suggested Casita del Campo on Hyperion but I am sorry that is the worst Mexican food on the face of the earth. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. This may be way dated but I have heard that Palermo (1858 N. Vermont) is very gay friendly. I don't believe the food will knock your socks off but this might be a good place to check out on less discriminating food/city sites. The atmosphere is probably faux New Jersey style Sicilian with enormous portions.

    I know they serve wine; I'm not sure if they have a full bar.

    1. I heard that the Cha Cha Cha in Silverlake is better than the one in W.H. Here's the website for both locations: www.theoriginalchachacha.com

      1. I love Marix on Flores and SM. Solid mexican food, great margs (sweet, but strong), great chips and salsa, reasonable prices, very lively and fun casual atmosphere and well, very gay. I always have a great time there and have even celebrated a couple of my birthdays there as well!

        Cha Cha Cha in WH is fun, but I don't love the food.

        1. If you do Cha Cha Cha, definitely go to the one in Silverlake, on Virgil. And it is very good, though I do not think they have a full bar.

          1. I recommend BLD. The food is straight up meat and potatoes, but done very well and reasonably priced.

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            1. re: SauceSupreme

              Great food, though perhaps too pricey, since they want something less expensive than Edendale Grill. Also, might be difficult for a large group because BLD doesn't take reservations (unless that's changed recently).