Good food & atmosphere for b'day party Fri - SFV or Burbank
This is my first time posting to the Chowhound boards, but I've been a longtime reader, and you all have never steered me wrong. I'm hoping you could help me out!
I'm turning 27 this Friday, and all my friends have been asking me where we're going for dinner, and I haven't been able to come up with a place yet.
I need a restaurant with the following qualifications:
1.) In Burbank, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, or the surrounding area.
2.) People must be able to eat there for $20 a head or less. (We're in law school. I can afford more b/c it's my birthday, but most people won't be able to afford more than that.)
3.) The food has to be delicious! I'm a big fan of sushi, fondue (mostly b/c you can talk with friends), good chinese (which I'm having a hard time finding out here in Burbank) -- Just something out of the ordinary (no burger/sandwich/bistro kinda joints)
4.) If I can call in a reservation, that would be awesome - but it's not a requirement. I'll call wherever we choose anyway.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Oh, and if you feel like answering 1 more question: Does anyone know where a girl can get some Hu Tieu (the real stuff - with pork broth) around here? It's my favorite Vietnamese soup, and since Indochine in Pasadena stopped serving it, I haven't been able to find it anywhere!
What about North Hollywood for Thai? Thai food in NoHo has been on my list of things to try for quite some time. I know you can find many good (and much more specific) recs on the boards.
Also, I love Boneyard Bistro on Ventura, but I'm pretty sure you can't get out of there for less than $20 each.
You might try Kung Pao China Bistro in Studio City for very good Chinese food, especially the seafood and lamb entree items, as well as the soups. $20 is definitely doable, and if you want wine, byo is the way to go! On Ventura about 2-3 blocks east of Laurel Canyon on the south side of the street, meaning just east of Carpenter. The Chinese selection in Burbank sucks, big time!
For fondue, you have two choices: LAFondu Borgonone (Sp?) in Sherman Oaks, or Melting Pot in Pasadena. La Fondue is not cheap, though the interior is! Try Melting Pot.
Carnival in Sherman oaks or Carousel in Glendale for good middle eastern
Not much atmosphere, and a little out of the way, but Woodlands Pure Veggie indian in Chatsworth on Topanga Canyon blvd does a AYCE dinner buffet on Fridays. All the delicious dosas you can eat (you choose whatever you want for filling) as well as a delicious buffet. Easily under $20 a head.
Barone's in Studio City for Italian/ Pizza. OK, not out of the ordinary per se, but good pizza and italian at a good price.
You might be able to do it at Il Tiramusi in Sherman oaks, call Peter and ask.
I think that Granville in Burbank is a decent choice. Fun atmosphere and decent price point. The food is Americana Comfort food and it is done fairly well (I don't think that you are going to find decent sushi, good Chinese or fondue at $20/head). They take reservations. I would think that it would be the perfect spot for a Birthday party. Happy birthday.
Carousel in Glendale is *amazing* - I didn't even know they had a Sherman Oaks location. I also hadn't considered Middle Eastern. Not a bad thought at all.
As for LaFondue... I've heard too many horror stories to give it a shot.
I'll definitely have to check out the AYCE Indian place when I don't have people coming from every direction! :)
Thanks so much for your response!
The Sherman Oaks restaurant is Carnival - unrelated to Carousel. Carnival has very good food, and you can definitely eat there for less than $20 a head. Atmosphere is zero to none. I think you can make reservations for large groups, not sure of the threshold for that. I wouldn't think of it for a special occasion restaurant but they do get tons of large groups.