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Cater for Children's party - westside?

annapurna7 Feb 11, 2011 02:50 PM

I'm looking to spend around $250-300 for about 20 kids and 25 adults. I'm not really wanting to go the El Pollo Loco route, so I was wondering if anyone had any local suggestions near Culver City?

I was thinking about Zankou, but I'm not sure what sides I would get that would be kid or picky-eater friendly. (unless I go with El Pollo Loco sides, hmmm....)

Any good pizza places in the area? :)

  1. goodhealthgourmet Feb 11, 2011 03:28 PM

    Any good pizza places in the area?
    LaRocco's in Culver City

    or Antica Pizzria in MDR

    Antica Pizzeria
    13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

    LaRocco's Pizzeria
    3819 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

    10 Replies
    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      wienermobile Feb 11, 2011 08:18 PM

      I like Pitfire Pizza on Washington Blvd in Culver City.
      and here is their catering info:

      12924 Washington Blvd.
      Culver City, CA 90066

      1. re: wienermobile
        goodhealthgourmet Feb 11, 2011 08:26 PM

        you know, i've never been to Pitfire but i have friends who like it so i was going to include it with my other suggestions..but then i searched the board and it looked like several Hounds were pretty down on the place. then again, pizza is *always* a polarizing topic :)

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
          wienermobile Feb 11, 2011 08:47 PM

          Give it a try. I really like Pitfire's BURRATA PIE with Burrata Cheese / Tomato Sauce / Wild Arugula Caramelized Onion / Hazelnut / Pesto Drizzle. It's good.

          1. re: wienermobile
            goodhealthgourmet Feb 11, 2011 08:50 PM

            i can't! no gluten for me :( that sounds terrific - enjoy an extra slice in my honor next time, okay?

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
              wienermobile Feb 11, 2011 08:54 PM

              Thanks, I certainly will. ..

              And one more thing Pitfire will make any pizza with
              gluten free crust for $3 extra,

              1. re: wienermobile
                goodhealthgourmet Feb 11, 2011 09:19 PM

                i know they have the option, but sadly i'm too sensitive. having all that glutenous flour flying around in the kitchen and baking the pizzas in the same oven = me getting very ill if i eat it. grrr.

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet
        westsidegal Feb 12, 2011 08:47 AM

        the pizzas at antica, imho, are not the kind that would work well at a kids party.
        their crust is too thin, and the cheese is too high moisture for this purpose.

        they ARE the kind that i like to eat when i go out to a restaurant and the pizza is served to me within moments of when it comes out of the oven.

        1. re: westsidegal
          goodhealthgourmet Feb 12, 2011 10:57 AM

          fair 'nuf.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
            handlertaper Feb 12, 2011 06:07 PM

            For pizza, The Coop on National.

            1. re: handlertaper
              annapurna7 Feb 14, 2011 09:47 AM


      3. Servorg Feb 11, 2011 02:55 PM

        Why not one of the Mexican places that come out and do tacos, rice and beans? Kids seems to like tacos (they can have them plain if they're picky eaters). And rice and beans seem to appeal to them too. Or you can pick it up if you don't want an on premises caterer. I'm blanking on the place over on Inglewood Ave. just south of Culver Blvd. on the west side of the street at the moment, but someone will chime in with it I'm sure.

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        1. re: Servorg
          Servorg Feb 11, 2011 02:59 PM

          I just thought of it - El Abajeño - and come to think of it the original branch of Tacomiendo is right there too.

          4502 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

          El Abajeno
          4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

          1. re: Servorg
            annapurna7 Feb 11, 2011 03:04 PM

            I was thinking about a taco caterer, but I'll have to call around and see if I can get one for about $300. I really don't want to go over that price because I'm not looking to spend a fortune on birthday party food (I want rather sink the extra $$ into a nice gift for my son :-))

            eta: Tacomiendo is a great suggestion! It's one of my favortie places for lunch. :-)
            El abajeno does hard shell tacos - that would be great with rice and beans and a salad....ohhh!

            1. re: annapurna7
              Servorg Feb 11, 2011 03:08 PM

              I just think if you can swing something like either of these two places (or something similar) in the price range of your budget, it will be much better food than Pollo Loco.

              1. re: Servorg
                annapurna7 Feb 11, 2011 03:22 PM

                YES!! I wholeheartedly agree. :) Just the though of that chicken sitting, there cold. Blech. I'm sure that Zankou would be an major upgrade, but I'm sure that it wouldn't fare too well sitting out either.

                El Abajeno doesn't do catering :(
                Tacomiendo does, so I'll swing by there and price everything probably on Monday. :)

                11462 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                El Abajeno
                4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

                1. re: annapurna7
                  Servorg Feb 12, 2011 07:32 AM

                  You might take a look at this post and the follow up post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6644...

                  1. re: Servorg
                    annapurna7 Feb 21, 2011 09:03 AM

                    I've tried calling TACO CHOP more than once to get a quote. I wanted a little more variety than just tacos, so the fact that they did bacon wrapped dogs and quesadillas for someone here one me over. I wish they would call me back. :(
                    Even if it's to let me know that they aren't available...or breath into the phone... SUMTHIN!

                    I called Lety's Taco catering, and they answered right away (thank goodness) and quoted me $320 for tacos only and $370 if I also wanted rice, beans and utensils. This seemed like a good option until my husband mentioned that we should have pizza as well since he didn't think that my FIL could handle eating tacos with his sensitive stomach (but pizza is okay, srsly?)

                    This kind of threw the taco catering option out the door in my book, because what's the point of having taco catering if we are getting other types of food as well? We would need to get enough pizza to feed everyone just in case. Now we are spending way more than we want. We could grill hot dogs ourselves, but we really didn't want to do any cooking (but it's still an option, We are having the party at my parents house instead of our home in the South Bay, so the easier the better).

                    So, I'm still keeping Tacomiendo in mind for taquitos, rice, beans, etc...

                    But now I'm considering another option: Bay Cities or Sorrento in Culver City for sandwiches, salad, and either baked lasagna or baked shells. We can get pizza to compliment the meal and it should come out cheaper than the taco + pizza option. I know that Bay Cities is a favorite, but how are the sandwiches when they are catered? How is their lasagna? I've had Sorrento's baked shells before at a party and they were pretty good. I've had decent sandwiches from there in the past, but haven't had one in a long time. Sorrento is close to home, so it is more convenient.

                    I'm totally overthinking this. lol.

                    4502 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

                    1. re: annapurna7
                      Servorg Feb 21, 2011 09:10 AM

                      I am such a lasagna fan that I can only say "I strongly second that idea." And with the added benefit that it cuts up into nice, neat and easily consumable portions that work well with balancing on ones knee and being cut with plastic utensils.

                      1. re: Servorg
                        annapurna7 Feb 21, 2011 11:09 AM

                        Ding, ding! We have a winner! I really like the lasagna idea as well. I'll to drop by Bay Cities and give their lasagna a try.

                        1. re: annapurna7
                          Phurstluv Feb 21, 2011 05:15 PM

                          FYI - I've had their Godmother sub delivered for parties, it's works out well, as long as the party is not on a Monday.

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