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Looking for good food and a bit of fun for BDay Dinner on Westside

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NAspy Sep 10, 2011 08:59 AM

Hi -- So a party of 5 (with one 80 year old) is looking for a restaurant with good to excellent food and a fun atmosphere for a birthday. We have done the Morroccan belly dancing route before, but really looking for good energy and good food together.

Places we like to eat: Foundry, Street, Ammo, Fraiche, Rustic Canyon, Sublime, Lukshon, Hatfield's. We haven't been to AOC in a long time, and weren't too impressed last time. Gjenlina will be too loud for the 80 year old.

Foundry was dinged as not "fun" enough -- ditto Hatfield's and Ammo. Animal was deemed too extreme (not sure what that means, but it's her birthday).

The Tasting Kitchen doesn't have an opening for 2 months. We'd love to try someplace new. We will have been at a 1 PM Dodger game so will be coming back to the Westside, but the Lazy Ox could still be in the running.

Suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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AOC
8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Fraiche
9411 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Lukshon
3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

Tasting Kitchen
1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

  1. Servorg Sep 10, 2011 10:06 AM

    Animal or Son of Gun leap to mind. Have you been to either (or both)?

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    Animal
    435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Son of a Gun
    8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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      AAQjr Sep 10, 2011 11:04 AM

      That's an odd thing to ding the Foundry on! especially since they usually have a jazz band in the bar area. Perfect for an after meal cocktail IMO.

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        nosh Sep 10, 2011 12:49 PM

        Gjelina is not loud if you sit on the patio or in that small room between off to the side.

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        Gjelina
        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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          NAspy Sep 10, 2011 03:52 PM

          Thanks for these suggestions so far! Gjelina and the Foundry are "out" primarily because we have been a few times before and fairly recently (though I could eat at the Foundry all the time) -- we are looking for something new. I will try to sell Animal and/or Son of a Gun again -- I think the "dudes with meat" concept is not her thing -- but the menus look wonderful

          We would go to Wilshire, except we have been there quite a bit also -- but that's the sort of food/vibe we are looking for...

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          Son of a Gun
          8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          Gjelina
          1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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            BSW6490 Sep 10, 2011 04:15 PM

            How about the patio at Spago?

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            Spago
            176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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              NAspy Sep 10, 2011 04:39 PM

              We have been to Spago a couple times... I suggested it, but no go...but Beverly Hills is close, are there other places that would be fun and good food (no Urasawa -- "too much food")

              Do people like Eva or Fig? We haven't been there yet...

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              Spago
              176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

              Urasawa Restaurant
              218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                BSW6490 Sep 10, 2011 05:30 PM

                Il Picolino is fantastic Italian BH adjacent. A fun/scene is always Mr. Chow for Chineese. The patio at Polo Lounge is classic.

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                Mr. Chow
                344 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                  AAQjr Sep 11, 2011 10:22 AM

                  I do love Eva, It's almost like being in a small home. Mark Gold the chef is often in the dining room, very personable like E.Greenspan. I like the food quite a bit.

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                msmd310 Sep 11, 2011 12:29 AM

                what about one of the family style theme dinner nights at Mozza?
                They are Thursday, Friday and Saturdays only, but they put out place cards, so your party of 5 could sit around a corner and be able to chat. go to the Mozza2go website and look under events calender

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                  NAspy Sep 16, 2011 09:07 AM

                  Heading to Son of A Gun for dinner on Sunday -- sounds like a great time with excellent food!! I'll report back...

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