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Jul 23, 2007 12:23 AM

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

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?

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    1. re: gaylenwaydelich

      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

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

        1. re: Diana

          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.

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

        1. 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. 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.

            1. 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

                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

                  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

                    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

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