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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? :)

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  1. 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

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

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      Tacomiendo
      4502 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

      El Abajeno
      4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

      1. re: Servorg

        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

          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

            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. :)

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            Tacomiendo
            11462 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            El Abajeno
            4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

            1. re: annapurna7

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

              1. re: Servorg

                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.

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                Tacomiendo
                4502 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

                1. re: annapurna7

                  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

                    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

                      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.

      2. Any good pizza places in the area?
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        LaRocco's in Culver City
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/541037

        or Antica Pizzria in MDR
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/686182

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

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

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I like Pitfire Pizza on Washington Blvd in Culver City.
          http://www.pitfirepizza.com/
          and here is their catering info:
          http://www.pitfirepizza.com/catering/

          12924 Washington Blvd.
          Culver City, CA 90066

          1. re: wienermobile

            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

              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

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

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Thanks, I certainly will. ..

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

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    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

            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

              fair 'nuf.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                For pizza, The Coop on National.

                1. re: handlertaper

                  Thanks!