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Recommendation for inexpensive but good dinner for 8 in West LA on a Monday night

Normally we would go to garlic chicken at Versailles on Venice Blvd., but I'm trying to think of something different. Not expensive, casual, fun, delicious food, not too noisy. All suggestions welcome!

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  1. Monte Alban in West LA (or is it Santa Monica?)

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    Monte Alban
    11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    1. If you like Persian food then Shamshiri Grill might hit the spot

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      Shamshiri Grill
      1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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      1. re: Servorg

        What do you like at Shamshiri?

        I always end up at Shaherzad when I eat Persian in Westwood. Their fried red snapper beckons me sometimes and I must have it. It's a lunch special there and so huge I can't really finish it. So I never get to Shamshiri, but I'm curious.

        I also like Tara's recommended below, it's the only Himalayan place I've ever been.

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        Shaherzad
        1422 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

        Shamshiri Restaurant
        19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

        1. re: PaulF

          I really like Persian stews so I normally go for ghormeh sabzi or the fesenjan

          1. re: Servorg

            Have you tried the fesenjan at Venician Grill?

            I get koubideh and hommos there, haven't tried their fesenjan, though I do enjoy that dish.

            1. re: PaulF

              Haven't been there yet...one of these days...

            2. re: Servorg

              +1 for the ghormeh sabzi

              i also really like their rendition of stuffed grape leaves. instead of stuffing the leaves with the traditional white rice/oil combo, they stuff the leaves with a spiced lentil paste that i much prefer.

              (my daughter likes their shish kabob made with beef filet.)

              1. re: westsidegal

                +another 1 for ghormeh sabzi...with lamb neck if possible.

                The chicken and lamb koobideh are also excellent.

                1. re: Porthos

                  About two hundred feet East of Versailles is Gloria's - home of amazing Pupusas and Nicaraguan food. It's simply wonderful.

        2. C & O Trattoria in MDR.
          http://www.cotrattoria.com/

          the new Killer Shrimp.
          http://www.killershrimp.com/

          or Wurstkuche Venice
          623 Lincoln Blvd
          Venice, CA 90291
          http://www.wurstkuche.com/venice.html

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          C & O Trattoria
          31 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

          Killer Shrimp
          4211 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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          1. re: wienermobile

            fwiw:
            if you go to Wurstkuche, expect to be sitting at a communal table and expect that your sausage will be served on a piece of wax paper that is held up by a metal "basket."
            also, you will be placing your order at the counter, getting a number, and having your food delivered to you after you find a place to sit.

            although i find myself eating at wurstkuche pretty regularly, for some gatherings it's just too informal.
            by comparison, versailles is much more formal--they use real plates, they take your order, you sit at your own table.

            1. re: dan23

              Tara's place link

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              Tara's Himalayan
              10855 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

              1. re: Servorg

                Seconded (thirded?) ... and there's a $20 for $10 coupon on yipit today. Don't know how long these things are available. I love Tara's food - very authentic for that general region.

                Thai Boom on the same block is also very good, but a little less atmospheric.

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                Thai Boom
                10863 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                1. re: aliris

                  fyi re Thai Boom:
                  they will let you order off of the "lunch specials" part of their menu at any time.
                  makes getting dinner there amazingly inexpensive. . .

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                  Thai Boom
                  10863 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    Wow; that's great to know. thanks.

                    They were *so* helpful a month or so ago when we found ourselves with 2 youngish children arriving back in town, very hungry, very tired, really very, very - dangerously tired (long story) -- I steered us over there, plonked into a table and they fed us in very short order so that we could roll out and get this day behind us. It was the next best thing to having a mother around; very helpful. Very appreciated. And the food is cheap even without that lunch special option and very tasty too. I really appreciate their presence.

                    1. re: aliris

                      i especially like the prik pao they serve.
                      also, imho, their salads are a cut above those served at most of the other thai restaurants.

                  2. re: aliris

                    Tara's was quite yummy. Get the Yak chili! Perfect for a casual, sit-down, adventurous group that likes some atmosphere...