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mid-wilshire location for birthday dinner

luvs2eat Feb 12, 2007 04:09 PM

Looking for a dinner location for Friday night. Would like family style but anything would work. The friend is a vegetarian. So definitely need options for her. We enjoy all kinds of food and open to all options. But looking for budget friendly as well.

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  1. AtetotheBar RE: luvs2eat Feb 12, 2007 04:21 PM

    When I lived in the mid-Wilshire area, I fell in love with both Sonora Cafe and Campanile, but neither are particularly budget friendly (sigh--a tough treat) and Sonora is definitely not for vegetarians.

    How about La Brea Bakery which offers simpler fare, like paninis and salads, with their award-winning artisanal breads? They are kid-friendly and open in the evenings for cafe-like fare.

    1. tony michaels RE: luvs2eat Feb 12, 2007 04:26 PM

      Luna Park on La Brea just north of Wilshire would probably be a good selection. Prices are reasonable and the food is good. Service can be a little funky, but it fits the vibe and the drinks are good too.


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        AtetotheBar RE: tony michaels Feb 12, 2007 04:28 PM

        Yeah, that's a great option. I forgot about Luna.

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          tony michaels RE: AtetotheBar Feb 12, 2007 04:30 PM

          It was your La Brea oriented suggestions that made me think of it.

      2. Jennalynn RE: luvs2eat Feb 12, 2007 05:17 PM

        I'd vote Luna Park too.

        Or Surya or A Votre Sante also on La Brea.

        1. hrhboo RE: luvs2eat Feb 12, 2007 06:32 PM

          How about Ethiopian? It seems to fit your criteria of being veggie and wallet friendly in addition to being served family-style.

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            luvs2eat RE: luvs2eat Feb 12, 2007 09:56 PM

            Thanks so much for the suggestions! Looking into all the suggestions!

            1. Emme RE: luvs2eat Feb 12, 2007 10:05 PM

              Larchmont isn't too far off and has some good offerings...

              Le Petit Greek
              Chan Dara

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                puran_sugar RE: luvs2eat Feb 13, 2007 09:03 AM

                Depends on your budget:

                $30 Person(Add $10 per person for wine) Luna park on La brea

                $15 Person: (Bring your own wine, no corkage) Café Flore On Robertson

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                  tony michaels RE: puran_sugar Feb 13, 2007 10:36 AM

                  The dinner entrees at Luna Park run from $12.25 up to a max of $16 and they do allow byob ($12.50 for corkage).

                2. acidspit RE: luvs2eat Feb 13, 2007 11:14 AM

                  I've never been and have been meaning to go, but what about Opus? I read about their tasting menu ($30/person or so?) and that seems like it would be fun to do, though I'm not sure if it's really a family-oriented place...

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                    luvs2eat RE: luvs2eat Feb 13, 2007 02:46 PM

                    We settled on cobras and matadors since we have fewer people now.

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