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!
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.
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.
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).
Agree on Thai Boom, the only caveat is they might have a hard time handling 10 people. Its a small dining room with four 4 tops and two duos. They do have a small patio that you could take over.
Possibly another choice is Cafe Brazil's new location on Washington Blvd west of the 405. Haven't been there yet but lots of people like the original one on Venice.
There is an awesome Thai place right on the border of Venice & Marina del Rey.
Check them out at: www.siamesegarden.com.
Their entrees are roughly $10-15 (so may not be cheap enough--take a look at their menu), but it's in a lovely setting (it has an outdoor patio facing the Venice canals), and can easily seat groups of your size.
Metro Cafe is a great and inexpensive little Serbian-American cafe/diner in Culver City (next to the Travelodge on Washington Place (not Washington Blvd.). Surprisingly good food. The cooked Romaine salad is excellent. Also, if memory serves, they make a killer Serbian ham and bean soup on Tuesdays.
11188 Washington Pl.
Culver City, CA 90232
I think Gaby's would be the best choice -- it's a relaxing place that handles a group well and is a real bargain for the amount of food you get. Now, it's a Mediterranean type place, but "Mediterranean" covers a pretty broad territory, so I'm not sure what specifically you were trying to exclude. Think hummus, baba ghanouj, kebabs, and the like.
Samosa House and Annapurna would be two very good Indian options.
Tender Greens is an option, but a group of ten might be tough there -- you'd have to split up amongst tables.
Metro Cafe seems like a really good bet.
I'm not a huge fan of any of those Thai places around Venice. However, I do recommend Thai Talay on Lincoln in Westchester. The spicy beef noodles will knock your d*&$ in the dirt.