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Feb 27, 2010 08:04 AM

Planning a 30th Birthday and at a loss

I'm planning my hubby's 30th birthday party for April, and am at a loss for options. I can only think of two for now, and I'm not sure they're good ideas. He loves Arturo's puffy tacos in Whittier, but that place is so small and I'm not sure they'd be willing to handle a private party. The only other thing I can think of is a buffet event at BJ's. Ideally, I would like to spend no more than $20 per person (drinks, tax, and tip included). Cuisine options are pretty open, but let's stick to American, Italian, or Mexican to stay safe. There will be children in attendance, and I don't care whether it's a lunch or dinner event. We live in Upland (close to Claremont, Ontario, and Rancho Cucamonga), but am willing to travel a 20 minute radius so long as the food is good.
Thanks very much!

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  1. How about Heroes and Legends Bar and Grill: or, or, the ever so yummy, - Walters. All in Claremont. I remember there was a fabulous bakery across the street from Walters with the most incredible chocolate dipped macaroons. Happy B-day and Good Luck! :)

    4 Replies
    1. re: Kitchen Queen

      Thanks, Kitchen Queen! I think Walter's is out of my price range, but Darvish sounds really good! Hero's we've been to too many times, and it wouldn't feel like a celebration to me. Thanks for your great ideas! Much appreciated.

      1. re: attran99

        What about Viva Madrid? Did you not consider it because of the type of cuisine? Sangria by the pitcher for the adults can certainly be cost effective.

        1. re: Servorg

          Wasn't sure if Viva Madrid would be okay with a bunch of kids running around (there will probably be about 15 kids). That...and I've never been there before. Have had tapas at The Bazaar, but I'm sure this is a bit different.

      2. re: Kitchen Queen

        I contacted Darvish Persian Restaurant in Claremont (at Kitchen Queen's suggestion). Habib, the owner, was extremely accommodating and asked me to come by because I'd never been there before. I went with two of our boys (ages 7 and 5) for lunch. The restaurant had been recently redecorated with new light fixtures and changes in linens and carpet.
        Habib was extremely gracious and made suggestions for lunch. I had the ground beef kabobs and the boys shared the ground chicken kabobs. Habib also had the chef send out complimentary orders of the baba ghanouge (grilled eggplant, tahnini, olive oil and lemon juice) and shirazi salad (diced cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, mint, and lemon juice) in addition to the standard flatbread, butter, radishes, and onions.
        The ground chicken kabobs were light and well spiced. The were super juicy, and came with a lovely basmati rice and a grilled Roma tomato. The boys loved it! They ate all the chicken and a vast majority of the rice.
        The ground beef kabobs were also lovely. Beefy, well spiced, and tender. Super moist and also came with the basmati rice and grilled tomato. I loved it as well...and so did our 7 year-old. He ate half of mine! Habib was also kind enough to bring out samples of the filet mignon kabobs and the boneless chicken breast kabobs...all were cooked well and delicious.
        Habib and his wife were so accommodating and gracious, I can't speak well enough about them and their wonderful service. Their banquet offerings are quite generous, and based on my lunch alone (which was $22 after taxes) I think they're the front runners for my event. Habib even offered to make adjustments to the menu if I wanted and wanted to do everything he could to help make the event a success. Now I just need to convince my husband that he wants to have a 30th birthday party.

        Darvish Restaurant
        946 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

      3. Out of curiosity, are there any really good BBQ joints around the area where I can host an event? The hubby loves great bbq. Thanks!

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        1. re: attran99

          Try Joey's BBQ, on Foothill in Upland. May be too late for your event, but BBQ can get expensive. I liked Joey's when I went and it gets good recommended here.

          Nice to know Darvish treated you so well. Did you have your event yet? Have notes?

          Joey's BBQ
          117 W 2nd St, Pomona, CA 91766

          1. re: coconutz

            Joey's never called back...a loss of business for them as my event is a 50+ guest event. I do like their the pulled pork and the sweet potato fries.
            The event is scheduled for this Saturday evening. The menu's been finalized, and they've agreed to set up a cake table, a table for the candy bar, and a kids table. They're even brining in belly dancers for entertainment. Will let you know how everything works out.

        2. We finally had the event this past Saturday. It was a resounding success. The owners allowed me to come in two hours before to set up the cake table and the candy bar. They allowed me to have crayons and coloring books for the kids' table. They already had the tables set with my choice of linens, and were more than happy to add my menu cards to each setting. They stored my champagne and sparkling cider in their walk-in for the toast.
          I arrived with the birthday boy to already find some of our guests waiting for us...and wow...was the birthday boy surprised. The bakery had delivered the cake after I had left the restaurant to go home and get ready. The restaurant was pretty adept at serving our party of 50 even though, at times, it was clear to me that they're not used to having that many people in house at the same time (as there were minor delays due to shortages of cake plates and forks).
          Dinner was wonderful. We started with appetizers of salads, hummus, eggplant dip, yogurt dip, and lavash bread. A selection of filet mignon, chicken, ground beef and chicken kabobs were accompanied by saffron basmati rice, grilled roma tomatoes, and grilled vegetable kabobs. In addition to the two-tiered cake (supplied by Sweet Art Cakes in Upland), there was baklava and a wonderful selection of berries, pineapple, apples, and melon. Even my husband's picky picky family didn't have a word of complaint regarding the food.
          They even threw in belly dancing as entertainment. I wasn't so sure that all of our guests would enjoy it, but I think she was the hit of the party. She got the adults dancing, and even taught the kids some moves.
          As the last of the guests left with their strawberry donut party favors from the Donut Man, everyone commented on how wonderful the evening was and what a great job the restaurant had done. Darvish did a great job taking care of us, and I would recomend them for a private party or just regular lunch and dinner any day of the week.

          Donut Man
          915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740