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May 17, 2010 03:04 PM

Mid-range birthday option -- we like Umami, Church and State, Animal.


Looking for a low to mid range birthday dinner restaurant. Was just told that Church and State is too expensive (which throws out Animal, another favorite choice). We like Umami, but have been there 100 times. Looking for something mid-city to downtown (Hollywood are okay too). Any suggestions?

Group of 8, trying to keep it under $30 a plate for the total bill.


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  1. Two tasty ethnic options come to mind:

    Jitlada Thai
    5233 W Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Neighborhood: Hollywood
    (323) 663-3104

    Meals by Genet – Ethiopian
    1053 S Fairfax Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90019
    Neighborhood: West Los Angeles
    (323) 938-9304

    Happy B-Day!

    1. My birthday was yesterday -- this is for my honey's bday in a couple of weeks.

      Bistro LQ
      The Tar Pits
      Lou on Vine

      I'm in school, so we don't eat out a whole bunch, but I want to do something nice. Everything is still looking like $40-$50 a plate once all is said and done.

      Any other ideas, hounds?

      Lou on Vine
      724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      Bistro LQ
      8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      The Tar Pit
      609 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      6 Replies
      1. re: littlemissbusiness

        Jitlada is actually a great idea and very reasonable (and really recognized too: food network, bloggers, foodies, etc).

        Eat on Sunset also has a great menu but if you count drinks, it may tip to more than $30pp.

        25 Degrees at the Hollywood Roosevelt maybe within your price range and offer a really nice venue/ambiance for a birthday. Nice interior, full bar, and not so bad burgers (not really great, but unique and not so bad). I've had their #2 (with prosciutto burrata and pesto)-$12 with over easy egg and it was actually good. Plus people have the option of building their own burgers so it might be even cheaper. The drinks are also inexpensive $6-7 for beer or they have wines).

        25 Degrees Restaurant
        7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        1. re: liawrites

          plz don't do 25 degrees... it's just another one of those disappointing burger places. esp next to umami or fo.

        2. re: littlemissbusiness

          Park's BBQ - you should be able to easily get out of there for $40 to $50 per person with some drinks. They have larger tables and private rooms upstairs where they can accommodate 8 people very easily. I've had my birthday there for the last 2 years.

          Park's BBQ
          955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

          1. re: js76wisco

            Loved Park's, we just visited this weekend, had 6 people, a bottle of wine, three bottles of Korean beer, and multiple courses, and got out for less than $30 a person.

            1. re: js76wisco

              I was just there last week. Dinner for four with 2 bottles of beer came up to about $50 per person.

              Park's BBQ
              955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

            2. re: littlemissbusiness

              Find it hard to believe Bistro LQ will fit your budget.

            3. Ow maybe Wurstkuche downtown...not really burgers but really good grilled sausages. They have gourmet ones like mango and jalapeno, and apricot and ginger. Or exotic like rattlesnake and rabbit, duck and bacon. They even have vegetarian options. Plus their Belgian fries, with so many dipping choices. Just like a brewery with the many options if local and imported beers.
              Sausages-the most expensive is $7
              Fries- $5.50
              Beer- $2.50 and up (they also have wines)

              And the interior is not bad. Maybe pub style, if you can say that.

              800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

              1. you guys are totally picking up what I'm throwing down. thanks for the great recommendations.

                1. Had a lovely dinner last week at Lou's on Vine, also, and I know some will say it's gone down in quality a bit (although I don't agree) is Cobras and Matadors on Beverly-have spent many a happy birthdays there.

                  Cobras and Matadors
                  7615 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036