casual dinner in hollywood or thereabouts
looking for an affordable place for a mid-week dinner with friends- we want yummy food- ethnic of any variety is great-we are all adventurous- and someplace we can linger over conversation without feeling rushed to turn over the table...ideas?
All of the ideas above are good. I was going to suggest Jitlada -- for the best experience, make sure you check out the part of the menu highlighting their southern Thai specialties. I also like Palm Thai; while their Thai Elvis is unique I believe he only performs on weekends, and it is a fairly large place with inexpensive beers, so I'm sure you could hang there as long as you wish on a weeknight. If you order stuff spicy they won't hesitate to provide the heat.
Lucky Devils may not be ethnic, but it is good food and you won't be rushed out. If the weather is nice, you could even sit outside and people watch on Hollywood Blvd. There's always something to see on that street.
Yatai on Sunset. I've *never* been rushed out of there and I always end up eating, drinking, staying more and longer than I intend.