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loveforvinegar Jan 24, 2011 01:21 AM

My friends and I (all in our mid-to-late 20's) are looking for a fun and unique place to go out to dinner for my birthday.

We aren't rich (in fact, some of us have just been laid off from our jobs) so I'm trying to stay within the $10-17/per person range. Open to any type of cuisine, except Thai and Sushi (some of my friends are picky eaters and I want everyone to have a good time.)

Any suggestions? :)

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    yogachik RE: loveforvinegar Jan 24, 2011 07:22 AM

    What part of town?

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      loveforvinegar RE: yogachik Jan 24, 2011 11:52 AM

      any part really

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        Servorg RE: loveforvinegar Jan 24, 2011 12:06 PM

        Go to Carney's Train on the Sunset Strip for some of the best people and car watching in LA as you chow down on your chili cheese dogs, burgers and fries...

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        Carney's Restaurant
        8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

    2. wienermobile RE: loveforvinegar Jan 24, 2011 12:11 PM

      How about Umami Burger? Great burgers and beer In your price range. I like the Hollywood Blvd location the best.
      http://www.umamiburger.com/

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      Umami Burger
      850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      Umami Burger
      4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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        samtron608 RE: loveforvinegar Jan 24, 2011 12:52 PM

        Lola's, Luna Park, Colori Kitchen (then hit Golden Gophers next door for drinks)

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        Luna Park
        672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Colori Kitchen
        429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

        Golden Gopher
        417 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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          LisaStitch RE: loveforvinegar Jan 24, 2011 02:56 PM

          If Mexican works, I suggest Loteria Grill - the Hollywood location at 6627 Hollywood Blvd.
          Great food, fun vibrant atmosphere, and they take reservations.
          http://loteriagrill.com/

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            alliebear RE: LisaStitch Jan 24, 2011 03:59 PM

            I like Loteria Grill, but isn't it a little pricey? Closer to $20pp or more.

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            Loteria Grill
            6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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              LisaStitch RE: alliebear Jan 24, 2011 04:26 PM

              I think there are a number of options - $8 burritos (and they're very filling), $7 quesadillas, $7-12 nachos, $10-12 enchiladas, $10-14 other entrees. My favorite is the Taco sampler plate - one of each of their 12 tacos, served as mini tacos, for $14. Some things might be cutting it close if adding alcohol & tip, but I think it's worth consideration - my thinking is at least there are a number of lower-priced options. The only things definitely out of budget range are the fish "special plates" at $21...

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                aurora50 RE: LisaStitch Jan 24, 2011 04:42 PM

                I think one of the restaurants on Olvera Street would be fun. The one with the outside patio on the (I think) west side.
                Not the BEST food, but, hey...
                After a couple of margaritas and mariachis playing, sounds good to me!!!

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                Olvera Street
                845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                  aurora50 RE: aurora50 Jan 24, 2011 05:11 PM

                  La Golondrina, is what I was thinking about.

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                  La Golondrina
                  17 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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            coffeebrownies RE: loveforvinegar Jan 24, 2011 06:06 PM

            Gardens of Taxco in West Hollywood. Goofy, fun and a birthday serenade by mariachis. Don't worry about the food. (Or the wine-based margaritas).

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            Gardens of Taxco
            1113 N. Harper Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

            1. monku RE: loveforvinegar Jan 24, 2011 06:13 PM

              Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake.
              2366 Glendale Boulevard
              Los Angeles, CA 90039
              (323) 662-5337

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              Red Lion Tavern
              2366 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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                crystaw RE: loveforvinegar Jan 25, 2011 01:38 PM

                What about an all you can eat Korean BBQ place? It would probably be a little but above your price range though since I remember Tahoe Galbi being $17.99/person for AYCE.

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