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Feb 20, 2007 06:00 AM

Good place for 25th birthday in/near Montebello?

My 25th birthday is coming up and I'm looking for a place around Montebello where everyone can be semi-loud with each other while talking and can seat in the neighborhood of 15 people. It doesn't have to be in the immediate Montebello area but the closer the better (a 10 mile radius would be ok), and the food should be fairly mainstream so as not to scare anyone off, but all suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance!

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  1. The Dal Rae in Pico Rivera (on Washington) is perfect and old-style dinner house nostalgic made for a fun birthday event!

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    1. re: Local

      Absolutely. The Dal Rae is a total throwback to 1950's style "Continental cuisine," but it's really great. Be advised: it's very expensive and not for the calorie-phobic, but it's a hell of a lot of fun. I mean, they still have Lobster Thermidor on the menu! The drinks are strong and well-mixed, and the whole thing has a definite "Rat Pack" vibe. I love it, even if I usually am the only person there under 50.

    2. I second that emotion.

      If sea bass is on special, go for it and ask for "a la Ben" style. This means covered in slow caramelized onions.

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      1. re: Oh Robin

        Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs. Off 605 @ Telegraph. Fun English bar with tons of great cheap eats. Happy hours specials!

      2. Thanks for the suggestions guys. I was looking for something a little more casual, where we can be semi-rowdy and not be concerned about repercussions, but I'll keep the Dal Rae in mind for other occasions.

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        1. re: eminem30982

          You might check out Uptown Whittier
          ...if you like Thai/Burmese you could go to Golden Triangle,(love the ginger salad) then afterwards Steve's for music and more drinks afterwards. All very casual. Not sure how the food is at Steves, think it's BBQ....and, at the polar opposite end of the DalRae is the Little Red Rooster in Montebello on Washington. We used to go Saturday nights when they had local blues bands playing...not sure what the gig is now, whether the ownership changes, or what... but at some point they no longer booked music. you could take over the place - food is mediocre except they sometimes make special carnitas tacos...they had a website.

        2. For sheer quantity and dependable quality, Clearman's Steak & Stein on Whittier Blvd. in Pico (just W of 605) is always a good bet. The red bordello atmosphere hasn't changed in 40 years and the size of the baked potatoes are still dirigible size. They have large parties all the time - at least it seems that way whenever I go! Love the salad, garlic cheese bread and most of all - MEAT!