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I've just had a baby shower turn into a girls night out dinner and need to find a place between Encino and Studio City with great food that would be good for a group of ten. Trying to keep the price under $20 / plate as we have varying budgets to work with. Any suggestions? It's in three days. Yikes!

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  1. Try Cafe Bizou. It gets crowded but food is pretty good and prices are reasonable.

    1. How about Loteria Grill on Ventura Blvd? or Casa Vega for mediocre mexican with kickass strong drinks?

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      1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

        Second both Cafe Bizou or Loteria, depending on what kind of food you prefer (Mexican may not be great for the guest of honor). Bizou has something for everyone & for those who want wine, you can BYOB w/ a $2 corkage, which keeps costs down.

        Cafe Bizou
        91 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

        1. re: archer

          Another thought is Hummus Bar & Grill, which is in Tarzana, a little west of your desired area, but very reasonable, delicious salads and kabobs and lively ambiance. They too have a low corkage (I think $5, but can't remember) if you want to BYOB

      2. Stanleys in sherman oaks, with large interior space as well as patio.

        1. The Cedar House, on the northwest corner of Riverside and Whitsett, is a lovely Lebanese restaurant that should fit your bill. Less ambiance, and a little more daring cuisine is Puro Sabor, a Peruvian place, on the east side of Van Nuys just south of Victory. Puro Sabor doesn't serve liquor which seems apropos for a baby shower, but might be problematic depending on how wild your night out becomes. On reflection The Cedar House is probably better. Good food, good price, nice decor and nice people. Good luck,

          Cedar House
          4317 Cedar Ave, El Monte, CA

          Puro Sabor
          6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

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          1. re: ebethsdad

            Judging by 'curb appeal' and location only, I would not want to eat at Puro Sabor. It looks like a dirty hole-in-the-wall however, hearing good things about the food, I'd go but it's certainly not a place to hold a baby shower.
            I'll also join the others on Cafe Bizou.

            1. re: mucho gordo

              I know its not a great neighborhood, but Puro Sabor is very clean inside. Its like Chiba, a hidden treasure. I mentioned it because of the price stipulations and the "girls night out" nature of the outing. Plus the food is very good.

              Puro Sabor
              6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

              1. re: ebethsdad

                I'm sure it's clean inside and the food is good but, the overall ambience is hardly appropriate for a baby shower; too masculine looking,

                1. re: ebethsdad

                  Puro Sabor is NOT a destination for a baby shower!!!!

                  Puro Sabor
                  6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

                  1. re: Sgee

                    I love Puro Sabor, but you're absolutely right. It's a hold-in-the-wall with great food, but has no ambience.

                    Puro Sabor
                    6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

            2. Alcazar for Lebanese. You could do a bunch of small plates (mezze) and easily stay within that budget.

              Loteria Grill is also a good option.

              The new place -- Oakfire Pizza -- has gotten some decent comments here. It seems like a place for a girls night. I've never been, so I can't offer anything more than that.

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

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              1. re: Jwsel

                Oakfire is really difficult for a group of 10, unless you take the patio fronting on the boulevard.
                Also, somewhat limited menu.

              2. Try Bleecker Street in Tarzana. It's in the new area by Whole Foods on Yolanda (I think) right off Ventura Blvd.
                They're trying to make it Little Italy/Village east coast feel. It's pretty charming and reasonable.

                1. Wow! Thanks for all of the responses. I'll try them all, but perhaps Bizou for this occasion since so many of you recommended it.

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                  1. re: exnewyorkgirl

                    Please let us know how it turns out. BTW, their sweetbreads are great.