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Jan 24, 2011 01:21 AM

Looking for a fun restaurant for a birthday??

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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      1. re: loveforvinegar

        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...

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

    1. How about Umami Burger? Great burgers and beer In your price range. I like the Hollywood Blvd location the best.

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

      Umami Burger
      4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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

        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

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

          4 Replies
          1. re: LisaStitch

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

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

            1. re: alliebear

              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...

              1. re: LisaStitch

                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!!!

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

                1. re: aurora50

                  La Golondrina, is what I was thinking about.

                  La Golondrina
                  17 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          2. 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).

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