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Mar 24, 2009 04:34 PM

Toluca Lake Area / 25th Birthday Dinner for Slick Chick

Along with our birthday girl will be her 22 year old sister, her 50 year old mother and me (I'm the youngest 83 year old you'll ever see!). Looking for an upscale funloving restaurant with magnificent food, service and ambience. One in which you want to be dressed up a bit while still being a food heaven for today's crowd. Only last week, I took them for her mother's birthday. We went to Spark Woodfire Grille in Studio City, and it was fantastic! Something like that with liquor service and any traditional ethnic cuisine. (They are Colombian, so they enjoy spicy flavors.) HELP!

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  1. Maybe give a look to Ca De Sole; they have a beautiful patio if you are into that sort of thing.

    1. I was thinking of Ca de Sole! My wife anhd I used to love it, but that was many years ago. It used to cater to a m ore elderly crowd. How about today?


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      1. re: jwrites4u

        I think the crowd is mixed. They get lots of people from studios nearby. But it certainly skews "grownup" more than trendy.
        Food, service and setting are all lovely. If you liked Woodfire Grill, I would think you would really like this place.

        1. re: perk

          Thanks, Perk. I appreciate your help.

      2. Third and Olive in Burbank, perhaps? It gets rave reviews on this board.

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        1. re: attran99

          What is the name of the restaurant?



          1. re: jwrites4u

            Hi, Jeff...that is the name of the restaurant. :)

            Third and Olive
            250 E. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91505

            1. re: jwrites4u

              What night of the week are you taking out the birthday girl?

          2. Bistro Provence is almost certainly the best French restaurant in Burbank, hidden in a non-descript supermarket mall on Pass just north of the 134. Lucas Trattoria (which I have not tried) is an Italian spot at the south end of the same mall. Both are owned by the same people as Third and Olive which is mentioned upthread.

            I have not tried Lucas yet, but if its anywhere near as good as Bistro Provence or 3rd&O it's well worth a try.

            Bistro Provence
            345 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

            Lucas Trattoria
            267 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

            1. I really like D'Cache in Toluca Lake. It has flamenceo and good So American cuisine.

              10717 Riverside Dr
              North Hollywood, CA 91602
              (818) 506-9600

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              1. re: cleanhead

                For the quality of the food and its lovely setting, I second the D'Caché rec but with two strong qualifiers:

                * I've had great, attentive service at D'Caché ... and on an earlier occasion I've also had service (at lunch) that was so bad that after 2 1/2 hours I had to leave to go back to work and have my co-worker bring me my entrée in a doggy bag (it was wonderful, but still ...);

                * If you go for dinner, expect the live music to be loud enough to drown out conversation.