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Holiday lunch, 30 people, $20 each, Must have parking in Downtown/Silverlake/Echo Park

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I'm in charge of picking a place for our holiday lunch. Our business is just west of downtown. The budget is only $20 per person, including tax, tip, and a soda! The other kicker is the place has to have parking. Otherwise, 30 cars showing up for street parking at the exact same time is a nightmare. And, people generally aren't willing to pay more than a couple bucks for parking.

I'd prefer to avoid Chinese and Mexican, but I'm still open minded.

I'd prefer a private room, but again, I'm open minded there.

Any ideas? The cost and the parking are really making this impossible! The luncheon is December 10th at 12:00.

This doesn't have to be anything fancy - a nice sandwich place would even work.

Help!!

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  1. You might want to give 410 Boyd a shot downtown. They have a big parking lot and can set up the non-booth area for large parties. They have great burgers, sandwiches and pastas and a full bar.

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    1. re: scurvy

      Thanks, I'll check it out!

    2. Taix has lunch specials and lots of parking.

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      1. re: cls

        I think Taix is a great idea for this kind of thing. Stick to the lunch specials and the valet is, I believe $2.25 or so. Lots of private rooms too!

        1. re: annalulu

          My first strong thought was Taix. They are set up and very used to handling this sort of event. You can discuss a very limited menu with them with basic choices to accommodate various preferences and stay in your budget. Far from trendy, but comfortable, accessible, convenient, and the food will probably be better than you'd expect and people won't go away hungry.

          1. re: nosh

            Thanks for the idea. Unfortunately, this one is used for interviews so most people have been there already.

        2. re: cls

          Taix has everything you want (including the private room) and the best French bread. I'm sure they can work with your budget on something like roast chicken.
          http://www.taixfrench.com/banquets.html

          1. re: monku

            Not to pile on, but I also agree Taix would fit your criteria.

            http://www.taixfrench.com/

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I just checked again, thinking it might not be horrible to head to this place even though we've all been, but it looks like too many of the plates on the lunch menu are a bit pricey, with 5 items above $15. I hate to tell everyone they can order anything but those 5 items. I may check into Taix making us a special menu for the day that doesn't include those items. Hopefully they'd be up for having a more limited menu and making their jobs more easy?

        3. I'm going to go out on a limb and say Phillipe's if you could order in advance and if they would take it up to one of those rooms upstairs if they would reserve one for you. I know, a lot of ifs.

          1. How about the Sixth Street Bar and Grill at 6th and Central? Not super festive, but ample parking and an inexpensive lunch menu.

            http://www.ladowntownnews.com/article...

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            1. re: Waverly SGV

              Thanks. I'll check it out!

              Other places we've found that might work, in case anyone reads this in the future to look for their own ideas:
              Masa of Echo Park (no private room, but a cute place that fits the budget. city lot near by for 25 cents an hour)
              Andiamo in Silverlake (Pizza place, no private room but plenty of parking in lot and underground) - Nothing exciting inside, but it would fit the price and parking.
              Shojin Organic and Natural (validated parking) - haven't visited this one yet, so I'm not sure.

              if anyone has thoughts on whether these would be good or not, let me know!

              I'll look into Phillipes and Sixth Street Bar and Grill!

              1. re: SlpDocStu

                I really, really want to like Masa, but have found the food to be mediocre to bad the two times I've been. Both times were over a year ago, so maybe it has gotten better since.