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tahitiginger Jan 25, 2008 10:38 AM

Please any advisement on a moderate place with an enjoyable atmosphere? It's a friend's birthday- just 2 or 3 of us and are open to types of cuisine (Italian, Indian, Mexican- it's all good) but we're on a budget. We are clueless so any help would be so appreciated.
thanks in advance..

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    omakase RE: tahitiginger Jan 25, 2008 11:35 AM

    There'a a place in North Hollywood called the Eclectic Wine Bar & Grille. It used to be called simply The Eclectic Cafe. They have "all day" hours, and they've been there "forever." I usually go in for a glass of wine and a couple of appetizers like the pot stickers or mussels. But you'll find an "eclectic" menu of salads, burgers, pasta, pizza, seafood, steaks, etc.

    ECLECTIC WINE BAR & GRILLE
    5156 Lankershim Blvd.
    North Hollywood

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      Hughlipton RE: omakase Jan 25, 2008 11:40 AM

      Second the choice. There is also Chiangsan Thai restaurant on Colfax just south of Magnolia on the westside of the street. I go there at least once a week. Studio City just becomes expensive.

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        Golem RE: omakase Jan 25, 2008 01:07 PM

        Went to Eclectic before theatre last week. The wine was decent (nice California Pinot Noir), and the food (grilled salmon) was also decent enough. It was overall just a little better than so-so, however. Not expensive and the location, for us, going to the theatre was great. Not a rousing recommendation? No, but it's pretty, inside, and not so polished a place that you know it's expensive.

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        Diana RE: tahitiginger Jan 25, 2008 12:58 PM

        Sushi Don Sassabune,

        Hugo's on Riverside
        www.hugosrestaurant.com

        Cedar tree Cafe

        Carnival

        Wine or beer tasting at Vendome Toluca Lake is a fun way to start the evening
        http://www.vendometolucalake.com/

        Gungadin Indian Food is yummy.

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          carter RE: tahitiginger Jan 25, 2008 02:40 PM

          Kung Pao Bistro in Studio City has a pleasant setting and many birthdays have been celebrated when I have eaten there. Here is their menu:
          www.kpbistro.com
          As to what they do best - seafood, chicken, lamb and tofu/imitation protein dishes(whole page of them), soups. Stay away from beef though as it seems to always be too tough for me.

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            pizzafreak RE: tahitiginger Jan 25, 2008 04:54 PM

            Salomi is an Indian restaurant on Lankershim just north of Magnolia, on the west side of the street with a parking lot in the rear of the restaurant. They serve good food, reasonably priced in a nice atmosphere.

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