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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).

            1. 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.

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              1. re: Jase

                i believe that there would not be any problem accomodating 10 people at thai boom as long as you called in advance to let them know to set up a table for you.

              2. 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.

                Happy Birthday!

                1. 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.

                  Metro Cafe
                  11188 Washington Pl.
                  Culver City, CA 90232

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                  1. re: J.L.

                    the starters at metro cafe are about $9 before tax and tip.
                    there is no way that metro cafe could come near meeting laguerita's budget.
                    the tab would probably be at least twice the budget.

                  2. 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.

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                    1. re: glutton

                      metro couldn't come in at the requested price point.

                    2. 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.