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katodell Jan 10, 2007 09:02 PM

Can anyone recommend a good trendy fun place to go for a friends going away party. Def must have good food (price does not matter) and a fun atmosphere...?

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    WileysHungryAgain Jan 11, 2007 08:05 PM

    Baby Blues for a "Fun Dinner?

    Mediocre lunch at best. No atmosphere. Very average B.B.Q at best. IMO

    For a little street cred. I've won a couple of B.B.Q. contests in my day.

    1. hrhboo Jan 11, 2007 07:51 PM

      Nook and Violet are both very good, as is Rustic Canyon. I'd also recommend Upstairs 2.

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        yogachik Jan 11, 2007 02:52 AM

        Wilshire
        Beachwood
        Sushi Roku
        Viceroy (outside)
        Primativo
        Rustic Canyon

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          RoniRoni Jan 11, 2007 12:32 AM

          Oh, and lest I forget, Primitivo Wine Bistro in Venice is always a good time!

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            pleasedonttakemetobucodibepo Jan 11, 2007 12:31 AM

            Baby Blues BBQ on Lincoln. The best Carolina bbq in LA. Also try their spinach, greens, cornbread, and pies. I can't remember if they have a liquer liscense yet though, so you may have to bring beer (which would be a bonus actually).

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              liu Jan 11, 2007 12:40 AM

              pleasedon'ttakemetobucodibepo -- I am responding to your post only because you have such a great Chow Handle...love it!

              The ribs are quite good at Baby Blues, but it is the sides that I remember. Their corn on the cob was good, as were all of the other sides we ordered!

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                pleasedonttakemetobucodibepo Jan 11, 2007 02:48 AM

                :) thanks, I guess I was in a snarky mood the day I picked it.

                RE: baby blues though, what I like about their ribs is that the meat is really flavorful and has terific texture. None of that gellatenous boiled "chili's" type stuff. Mmmm.

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              RoniRoni Jan 11, 2007 12:29 AM

              I always have had fun at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Haven't been there in a while but foods been delish.

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                duckduckgoose Jan 11, 2007 12:27 AM

                beechwood isn't bad, but you'd have to go on an off night when they aren't very crowded

                www.badnewsdaily.com

                1. foodseeker Jan 11, 2007 12:06 AM

                  Musha sounds like the perfect spot -- around 5th and Wilshire. Great food, and a fun place! You can't go wrong. They also have a private room if you make a reservation and agree to meet a minimum (which is not that high if I remember correctly).

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