Recs needed for 8+ people, including Grandma
We're staying in Santa Monica (SM Blvd/26th) and are looking for a place that would suit all of us. I dont want to go to 3rd Street Promenade, and I'd like to stay within about a 15 min drive. I'd like to stay below $25 or so per person. No sushi or Japanese. We have 1 vegitarian, 1 grandma who is not terribly adventurous but will deal with whatever, and I really hate seafood.
Any suggestions? I looked at the Library, but they dont take reservations. Anything similar? Pref. not a chain.
I tried to do a search on the board but wasn't terribly successful.
Is Joe's within the OP's budget?
8+ is a bit much for 3 square, but it may be OK.
Will you go NEAR the 3rd street?
Maybe Violet? Small plates place located in West L.A., not too far from where you're staying. Not sure if they could do a large party, call and ask. (BTW, Joe's is too expensive for your budget, as Diana wondered.)
re: cookie monster
the persian food idea is a good one.
since there will be a vegetarian in the party, the best persian choice, imho would be shamshiri grill because:
1) they have a huge portion of their menu devoted to vegetarian food
2) their dolmas are made with a delicious lentil stuffing which is a good vegetarian source of protein
Sounds like Bizou Garden Bistro would work for you. It's only a couple blocks from you.
Fritto Misto is good for what it is, if you like pasta.
601 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Bizou Garden Bistro
2450 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404