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Need restaurant suggestions for fun birthday gathering, Weho/LA area

flowy Jul 23, 2007 12:23 AM

Please help! Some friends are gathering for a fun birthday celebration tomorrow night. There's going to be maybe 8 of us. Looking for something festive, not too pricey, with good food and good drinks. Cynthia's hasn't been good for a while. I was thinking about Ketchup or Charcoal but haven't heard the greatest about either. Thinking primarily in the Weho/Fairfax/Grove/Hollywood areas.
AOC? BLD? Village Idiot? Ford Filling Station? Sur? Astra West?

  1. gaylenwaydelich Jul 23, 2007 01:37 AM

    Skip Ford's Filling Station.

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    1. re: gaylenwaydelich
      Diana Jul 23, 2007 09:49 AM

      Third stop is good. The Abbey is lots of fun. It is a sort of gay bar, but really, everyone goes there. Food is OK, drinks are good, atmosphere is great.

      Village Idiot is OK.

      1. re: Diana
        Silverlaker Jul 23, 2007 09:37 PM

        Gardens of Taxco -- Mexican food, really good for fun bdays, in w-ho... do a search, much discussed.

        1. re: Diana
          SauceSupreme Jul 24, 2007 04:28 PM

          Abbey isn't *sort of* a gay bar. Sure, it's a mixed crowd, but let's be frank.

          I think Third Stop is a great suggestion in the Mid-City/Grove area, though I would personally pick BLD or even Cha Cha Cha as mentioned below.

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        domaine547 Jul 23, 2007 10:20 PM

        Avoid Ketchup...better off with Red Pearl Kitchen. But for something at another level, try All Angelo, Campanile, or JAR.

        1. Emme Jul 23, 2007 10:24 PM

          I love AOC, but it's not un-pricey.

          I like Luna Park for fun get-togethers as well... Perhaps Hungry Cat or Cobras and Matadors.

          1. katydid13 Jul 23, 2007 11:18 PM

            I recommend avoiding Charcoal, based on my experience there tonight. I arrived with 1 friend at about 9:15 p.m. for a late supper, and we had to wait about 15 min. to be seated, but when we were finally taken to our table in the back there were at least half dozen empty tables. So I didn't understand why we were kept waiting. Then we waited another 15 min. before a waiter paid us any attention, and although we ordered simple meals (me: salad, him: burger), the food was at least 30 min. coming. Nothing else was offered in the meantime -- no bread, crackers, breadsticks, etc. His burger was $14 and came with a paltry side; my arugula salad was $9. Pricey, and not at all worth all the waiting.

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              Amella Jul 23, 2007 11:43 PM

              What about Cha Cha Cha in West Hollywood? I went to a birthday party there last year and had a blast!

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              1. re: Amella
                PickyEater81 Jul 24, 2007 04:37 PM

                I was just about to suggest Cha Cha Cha. Best place to go for a birthday! You can order pitchers of sangria and eat amazing food without having your friends hate you for breaking their wallet. Lala's on Melrose is another great option as well. $13 pitchers of sangria and entrana (steak) for $14! Can't beat it.

                1. re: PickyEater81
                  SauceSupreme Jul 25, 2007 07:21 AM

                  Any differences between the different Cha Cha Cha outposts? I'm usually at the one on Silver Lake, not WeHo, but I've always been comfortable in recommending them based on just the Silver Lake location. Is that assumption well founded?

                  But yeah, they serve a killer pitcher of sangria.

                  1. re: SauceSupreme
                    Obessed Jul 25, 2007 07:55 AM

                    It's the same owners and (I think) the same menu, but totally different vibes. The WEHO location has a bar area and is more loungy. They also have the same killer sangria...and a great happy hour!

                    I ditto Red Pearl Litchen and would also recommend Dar Mahgrub for a birthday/gathering.

                    1. re: Obessed
                      Amella Jul 25, 2007 11:31 AM

                      I agree - the Weho location is more loungy and maybe a bit nicer. The Silverlake location is fun, but a little more rustic.

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                michellemabelle Jul 24, 2007 04:38 PM

                I recommend El Carmen on Third Street-fun margaritas and tacos. Jones on Melrose could work as well. I have heard good things about Ammo, though have not been and if you push it to Thursday, you could do grilled cheese night at Campanile/La Brea Bakery! I also noticed that The Little Door opened a more casual cafe next door-don't know if they have cocktails, but looked cute. Also, I do like BLD for drinks, cheese plate at good prices.

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