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Festive, Fun for Foodies Birthday Dinner

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I am looking for something fun for a small group for this saturday. I want it to be on the cheaper side becuase I am treating..but still nice and tasty something kinda adventurous...but the key is festive with good food.

ideas I had: Cafe Brasil (any thoughts?) I wanted the backroom at cube but they are booked.

Im thinking of ethnic foods: Good latin/or mexican/good vietnamese or japanese...or good italian.

anythoughts woudl be great.

I live in hollywood and am going to winstons bar afterwards...so nowhere tooo far

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  1. An Ethiopian feast at Messob or Rahel. Affordable, foodie adventurous and good. On Farifax in Little Ethiopia. Close.

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    1. re: Diana

      I did this at Messob for my birthday and it was great. they gave us the front area, so we were a bit cordoned off from the rest of the folks. The food was wonderful and the service was good (I've never had the slow service that some posters complain about). Additionally, they let my wife bring in a birthday cake for the group, which was very nice of them.

    2. i'd definitely suggest "moun of tunis."

      north african [tunisian & moroccan] cuisine, food is a little on the oily side, but tasty. they offer six different fixed menus to choose from, ranging from $18-30/pp.

      http://www.mounoftunisrestaurant.com/...

      they have private rooms, and provide a belly dancer for entertainment during the meal. i went to a great birthday party there...we had a blast.

      oh, and it's only about 1/2-mile from winston's.

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      Moun Of Tunis Restaurant
      7445 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I had a blast at Moun Of Tunis on my last trip there. Also nearby is Bossa Nova.

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        Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine
        7181 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

      2. Might be too far, but Musha is always a great bet.

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        1. re: mollyomormon

          In the Musha vein, kinda, but much closer -- I've always thought it would be fun to take the back room at Sake House Miro. The Japanese small plates aren't exactly up to Musha level, but it's such a cute place, and I think your guests would find it fun.

          1. re: mollyomormon

            Second Musha

            Los Balcones de Peru would be great

            Consider Jitlada Thai

            Soot Bull Jeep or Sa Rit Gol

            Also, Gaby's Mediterranean if you'll head toward Venice.

          2. More fun & festive than foodie, but CHA CHA CHA on Virgil is always great for groups. And food is often surprisingly good. Made a corn chowder lover out of me.

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            1. re: wutzizname

              Second the Cha Cha Cha rec. Their pitchers of sangria are a great way to start a night of celebrating. And it's just so colorful, festive, and funky.