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Hi everyone,
I am looking for a good place to take my in-laws this Saturday night for a nice meal. We were going to go to Chichen Itza, but then realized that's where we took them last year when they were visiting. We'd like to try somewhere new. So, I'm looking for something with a similar feel to Chichen ( the old Westlake location). Here's my criteria:
1. Dishes no more than $20/pp
2. Good wine list
3. Tasty homey ethnic food
4. No Indian food
5. Not super crowded - I don't want anything super trendy where I will have to wait an hour to get seated
6. Decent atmosphere so that we can have a nice, relaxed meal

The closer to the westside, the better. But, we are willing to travel 45 minutes if it is really good.

Thanks so much!

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Chichen Itza
2501 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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  1. a restaurant that offers a very reasonable corkage fee ($12/bottle), but does not have a great wine list of it's own, but DOES meet all your other criteria would be:
    metro cafe in culver city. they serve excellent continental and serbian cuisine.
    i would call to make a reservation because it is a small restaurant.
    bring a bottle of red and a bottle of white and you'll be set.
    caveat: since i've never been to chicken itza, i have no idea about how similar the places may be to each other.
    11188 Washington Place
    Culver City, CA 90232-3920
    (310) 559-6821

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    1. re: westsidegal

      Thanks for the suggestions. I should clarify that a BYOB with a reasonable corkage fee works for us.

    2. Mo Chica is a great Peruvian place near Downtown/USC. I think it fits all your criteria except that it doesn't have any wine list -- it's BYOB.

      You may also want to consider some of the Ethiopian places on Fairfax, though I'm not sure about their wine lists.

      Also, though Musha in Santa Monica may be too crowded for your tastes, I think it's pretty great izakaya food, particularly for the Westside.

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      Musha
      424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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      1. re: terwilliger

        if you go to musha, MAKE A RESERVATION.
        i love that place, but would never walk in at prime time without a res.