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Jun 14, 2007 01:18 PM

Cheap dinner in Culver/Venice

It's my birthday and I'm looking for a good, cheap place to have dinner with 5-10 friends. I live in Culver City, near Venice. I feel like Thai but understand there aren't any good Thai places on the west side or even any with room for that many people, sooooo I'm open to suggestions. The only things I do not feel like are Italian, Mediterranean, and Mexican (I eat it everyday). Food should be good and cheap (no one has to spend more than $10), and it should be a casual place with room for us. Help!

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  1. Thai Boom is very good.

    1. You can't have a better cheap meal in LA than at Versailles. Plenty of room for ten.

      1. Everything at Tender Greens is $10 or less. The Happy Vegan big salad was very monotonous and meh, though. Mashed potatoes are awesome! Have you checked prices at Natalee Thai? If you order family style, it might come in under budget. They are definitely big enough to accomodate a party of 5-10. It can be noisy in there, though.

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        1. re: sweetTooth

          it would be really hard to accomodate a party of 11 at tender greens

          1. re: westsidegal

            Really? I thought there were a few large tables outside that could be joined. No?

        2. I completely forget the name of the restaurant, and can't find it online.. but there's a BYOB place that has schwarma and the like on Venice near Hughes, I think, on the north side of the street. It has ample outdoor seating (although there might be a wait, depending on what time and when you go - you could probably call ahead). It's not bad, and it is cheap.

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          1. re: jacinthe

            Are you thinking of Gaby's Mediterranean which is just west of Motor?

            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              Yep, that's it! Thanks!

              (I kept thinking it was called Gabrielle's, so I'm glad that I wasn't *that far amiss..)

          2. I echo the above: Thai Boom, Tender Greens (any drinks here beyond water will put you above $10).
            Also Samosa House (not sure of their hours), Grand Casino (Argentinian).