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Need suggestion for 21st Birthday (Steak/Beef/Chicken) - SFV

wildcat Dec 30, 2010 03:14 PM

I'm turning 21 next week and want to try a fun place in the Valley serving really delicious meat (and alcohol.... beer preferred). Got a group of about 15-20 people... guessing about $20-25/pp without drinks.

Not really in the mood for Asian style... I prefer succulent, tasty meat.

- $20-25/pp
- Meat!
- Delicious food
- Good for groups
- Alcohol
- SFV (but I'd be willing to head to the city also!)


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    AAQjr Dec 30, 2010 05:07 PM

    Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks

    Boneyard Bistro
    13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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    1. re: AAQjr
      wildcat Dec 31, 2010 08:22 PM

      Funny that you mention this.. my sister was talking about it. Perhaps it's a good place to try out. Do you suggest any of the entrées in particular?

      1. re: wildcat
        AAQjr Jan 1, 2011 02:08 AM

        Really nice beer selection with an especially nice beer selection from the LA area. I think their burgers are pretty good and I like the pulled pork dumplings.

    2. ipsedixit Dec 30, 2010 07:13 PM

      Roy's or Flemings.

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        wienermobile Dec 30, 2010 07:26 PM

        I love your suggestions but I don't think you can do Roy's or Flemings for under $25.

        1. re: wienermobile
          ipsedixit Dec 30, 2010 07:46 PM

          You're right. Missed that part.

          For that matter, I don't think you could do Boneyard Bistro for 25/person.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            wildcat Dec 31, 2010 08:23 PM

            Without tax, tip, or drinks... probably can do it. It's definitely on the high price range, may have to just kill off a few guests. ;)

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        JBC Dec 31, 2010 08:12 AM

        For that price range you're going to need to go to an older established restaurant where they probably own their building/real estate; therefore, they don't have to pass any lease raises onto their customers. If your willing to go further east to Glendale, they Damon's would work with all the red meat options, except 2 prime rib choices (*), under $25:


        (*) Monday nights, prime rib $5 less.

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        1. re: JBC
          i4details Dec 31, 2010 12:50 PM

          Korean BBQ??. Manna isn't the best of the genre in terms of food but it;s $16 for all you can eat Galbi - a fun frat house atmosphere for a party. They douse the birthday boy or girl in cheap champagne to a techno birthday song at the end . Kind of hilarious.

          1. re: i4details
            JBC Dec 31, 2010 01:01 PM

            Korean BBQ - The price is right, the atmosphere is right, and they have the meat and beer; however, doesn't the OP's request of ... "Not really in the mood for Asian style... I prefer succulent, tasty meat" ... disqualify it ? I would say yes.

            "Succulent Tasty Meat" sounds to me like a good steak, and the "The South Seas or Polynesian décor theme" of Damon's would be a good fun atmosphere for a 21st Birthday Party. And, if you put up a $100 deposit, good towards the cost of your meal, you can reserve their private room - "The Tiki Lounge".

            1. re: JBC
              ipsedixit Dec 31, 2010 01:57 PM

              "Not really in the mood for Asian style... I prefer succulent, tasty meat" ... disqualify it ? I would say yes.

              "Succulent Tasty Meat" sounds to me like a good steak ..


              The Asian-style would be a disqualifier, but tasty and succulent are definitely markers of good Korean BBQ.

              1. re: ipsedixit
                reality check Dec 31, 2010 10:29 PM

                "tasty and succulent are definitely markers of good Korean BBQ."

                So that would take take Manna off the list. Manna and good Korean BBQ do not belong in the same sentence.

              2. re: JBC
                wildcat Dec 31, 2010 08:21 PM

                Yup, Manna is good. Been there before but I don't think their meat is "succulent". (My opinion).

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            bulavinaka Dec 31, 2010 01:31 PM

            What about Hummus Bar and Grill or Itzik Hagadol? Hummus B&G doesn't serve alcohol, but call ahead and see if you can BYO. If so, you could easily fit in the $25 roof - their food is delish. Itzik Hagadol does serve beer, and is more expensive - pushing the OP's price point but won't be disappointed there either.

            Hummus Bar and Grill
            18743 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

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            1. re: bulavinaka
              wildcat Dec 31, 2010 08:21 PM

              I do love Hummus Bar, but not for my 21st.

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                bulavinaka Jan 1, 2011 05:57 AM

                Sorry wildcat - totally skipped the 21-thing - very significant day for you and Hummus B&G would not be appropriate for this coming of age celebration. I'm not overly familiar with the SFV, but my first compulsion was Boneyard Bistro that AAQjr already suggested. My only reservation is the price range, and I hate it when you're cautioned, "if you're careful in ordering...". It just puts the kibosh on this kind of meal. But it sure would be a great place to end up and sampling a pretty serious beer list. Whatever the case, have a great birthday - welcome to the big leagues!

                Boneyard Bistro
                13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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              ebethsdad Dec 31, 2010 06:30 PM

              Its right on the edge of your price range, and I don't think its the same quality as say, Boneyard Bistro, but Sparks Woodfire Grill on Ventura is a pretty close fit. They have a lovely upstairs room that can easily accommodate your party (we did my daughter's graduation there), and a fine selection of beers. As some of their items, chicken, pasta or pizza are under your target price things would hopefully average out for the steaks which are over. Happy birthday and good luck.

              Boneyard Bistro
              13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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              1. re: ebethsdad
                wildcat Jan 1, 2011 01:26 AM

                Thanks for the Happy Birthday wish! :)

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