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Sep 28, 2011 10:53 PM

FOODIE'S 30th Birthday Dinner Suggestions, PLEASE!

I need some help, please! I have been busy making babies and working like a mad woman for the last four years and have no idea which restaurants/dining experiences would be best for my friend's 30th birthday dinner. Here's the lowdown:

-she is a total foodie (met her husband in Culinary School and owns a catering company), but isn't a snob (read: doesn't have to be super fancy)
-I was thinking of trying something new/something that note everyone has been to/done before (Bucca De Beppo need not apply). Maybe a restaurant with a chef's table or private dining room with a prix fixe? I have also been trying to think of some places where the eating is more like an experience* Middle Eastern and Belly Dancers or that place where you eat in the dark - except not those things necessarily (less gimmicky and definitely more about the food, I'd say). My post-baby brain can't seem to come up with anything! That's where you creative peeps come in, right?!
-Budget I'd say is probably 50-60 per person
-We all live mostly in the SFV, but wouldn't mind traveling a bit for something worth it.
-Probably about 10-15 people total.
-I have a little less than a month to plan it all...

*I even tried contacting one company that does 'Underground Dining', but they were booked for that weekend...

Thanks SO much in advance for your help! I need it!

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  1. If she hasn't been to The Barzaar by Jose Andres, I think that's a good option. Traditional Spanish tapas meets molecular gastronomy...and super amazing cocktails, too.

    1. There is a private room at Il Moro that could accomodate you. Always found the food to be very good.

      Il Moro Restaurant
      11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

      1. how bout picca?? they recently opened their private dining area upstairs. food is generally awesome. ;)

        1. Or the private room at Pizzeria Mozza? They could probably meet your price point. Great food and great fun!

          Pizzeria Mozza
          641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          1. If she likes prime rib, then I suggest the Tam O'Shanter. It can accommodate large parties. It has a quaint Irish tavern decor and warmth. Above all, the prime rib, creamed corn and Yorkshire pudding are absolutely delicious!

            Tam O'shanter Inn
            2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Feliz, CA 90039

            2 Replies
            1. re: lizvlui

              I love prime rib, but really? Would that be considered foodie-fare? It's pretty traditional. You can't really get more traditional.

              1. re: lizvlui

                Tam O'Shanter is Scotish, not Irish.

                How about Mo-Chica? That is pretty unique.