Birthday Dinner... brain empty
Birthday dinner on a Friday night. 7:00 ish?
6 - 8 adults.
Want to stay reasonable... less than or = to $40 per head all in. Maybe some wine, maybe not. Depends on the place.
We've done up and downscale all over town. Pretty adventurous food bunch. Looking for something fun, unpretentious and comfortable.
Want to stay around: MidWilshire / WeHo / Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Fairfax
Opus might fit that price bracket (perhaps) and the joint is spacious enough that you should be able to get a large party seated this w/end.
BLD on Beverly Blvd. (www.bldrestaurant.com) is unpretentious and lively but you pay for that in increased decibel levels. Mixed menu with an emphasis on American. Some nice wines by the glass if you're with non drinkers. Across the street is Buddha's Belly (www.bbfood.com), which has a nice Asian influenced menu. There is wine on the menu but I usually stick to sake. A treat is the filtered tap water so no wasted water bottles. And the place is consistent in serving really tasty dishes. But If all else fails do the Farmers Market. I suggest the Brazilian place, Pampas Grill, where you can pick whatever you want and the churrascuria is really good. Then hit EB's for a bottle of wine or pitcher of beer, take your plates to a table/s and have a blast. The weather is perfect for Farmers Market. And it's really reasonable. Hope one of these work out.