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Sep 8, 2009 04:34 PM

Moderately-priced Dinner Challenge!

Here's the challenge: great food, fun, special, and yet moderately priced! We'll be a group of 6-7 and need a place that fits the bill. Can be any neighborhood in LA... Prefer not Chinese food, need some vegetarian selections, and... a place where we can hear ourselves would be most appreciated!

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  1. dunno what, exactly, you mean by 'fun' and 'special'
    how old is the group?

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    1. re: westsidegal

      Fair question and I apologize for being so vague! Fun = ambiance upbeat and not taking itself too seriously. Special = memorable experience. Ages: representatives in 20's, 40's, and 60's and perhaps a 6 year old!

    2. We might also want to know what's "moderate", as some posters here use that term for anything under $80/person, while others quail at anything over $40 including the wine. Sub-$10 Chinese places have spoiled us...

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      1. re: Will Owen

        "Moderate" would be entree prices in the 'teens or less. (wishful thinking) I really don't want this meal to cost $300, but closer to $150 or so. Does that help? I know, this is what I get for being so vague! :-)

      2. using your definitions - it sounds like you're just looking for a family restaurant:

        don antonio's - pico

        good earth - westwood and studio city

        roll n' rye - culver city

        johnnys pastrami - culver city

        pann's (or dinah's) - inglewood/westchester

        1. When I need something fun, special, and moderately priced, I go to Jitlada. That may not be what you're looking for, though.

          Be sure to read up on what to order before you go!