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erinepowell9 Jan 22, 2012 10:51 PM

I'm looking for restaurant suggestions for 6 diners on Friday night. Four of the six diners are not adventurous eaters and one of them is a gluten free diner. They enjoy the basics: steak, chicken and fish (salmon and halibut). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Servorg RE: erinepowell9 Jan 23, 2012 07:53 AM

    What are your geographic preferences (if any)?

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      attran99 RE: erinepowell9 Jan 23, 2012 08:42 AM

      It is dineLA Restaurant Week. You could try checking the website to review the menu of some of the best places to eat in the city. Pre-fixe 3 course dinners could run as high as $44 and as low as $28.

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        westsidegal RE: attran99 Jan 23, 2012 02:31 PM

        having tried, i can tell you it is extremely difficult to find gluten-free dinners in dinela prix fix menus that are under $30.
        add to that the fact that most of erinepowell9's party <<are not adventurous eaters>> and the dinela route becomes close to impossible.. . .

      2. westsidegal RE: erinepowell9 Jan 23, 2012 10:20 AM

        Truxton's near LAX might be workable.

        1. westsidegal RE: erinepowell9 Jan 23, 2012 02:53 PM

          another idea:
          c & o cucina on washinton near lincoln (not the trattoria).
          3016 Washington Boulevard Marina del Rey, CA 90292-5549

          in addition to offering several plain protein/meat/fish dishes, they also offer gluten-free pasta

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            wienermobile RE: westsidegal Jan 23, 2012 06:31 PM

            C & O is very $$ friendly.

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

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            SugarFrosted RE: erinepowell9 Jan 23, 2012 04:02 PM

            There are a few things on A-Frame's menu that a "non-adventurous eater" might be ok with: Beer Can Chicken comes immediately to mind, and you'll definitely be WAY under your $30 price... if they can take waiting for a table, since they don't take reservations.

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              westsidegal RE: SugarFrosted Jan 23, 2012 09:54 PM

              here is the link to A-Frame's menu

              http://aframela.com/new/index.php/men...

              it is one of the LAST places i'd be considering for a party of people who are not adventurous eaters.
              look at the menu, make your own decision. . . . .

            2. Tom P RE: erinepowell9 Jan 23, 2012 07:10 PM

              Also not sure your geography but the WESTSIDE TAVERN, under the Landmark Theatre on Pico, is terrific. All fresh ingredients, many local, and they have many options for all dietary needs (the menu changes seasonally). I am an east-sider and love the Arclight but will make the occasional trip to Landmark as it gives me an excuse to eat at WT.

              Around the Arclight, MAGNOLIA has a menu that has a little bit of everything, is not overly expensive and has pretty good food (and good drinks.) And you can't go wrong with TAYLOR'S STEAKS in Koreatown. It would go over 30 with cocktails but you can eat there for under 30 as the steaks come with potato and veg and sometimes salad.

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                erinepowell9 RE: erinepowell9 Jan 23, 2012 08:49 PM

                Geography isn't really important. We are staying in BH and I'm not sure where the others in our party are staying. I'm thinking about Napa Valley Grille in Westwood. They seem to have a menu conducive to my parties needs. Thoughts?

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                  ilysla RE: erinepowell9 Jan 24, 2012 01:03 AM

                  Went to Napa Valley Grille for a corporate-type event several years ago and was underwhelmed. Then went back several months ago w/ a small group (of 3) and found it surprisingly tasty. Not sure if they're inconsistent or if they had perhaps changed the chef? The menu is pretty accessible and shouldn't be a problem for the non-adventurous. And it has a relatively upscale ambiance, if that's important.

                  Don't really know if you can get out for $30 or less per person, though, once you add in appetizers and alcohol (even just moderate amounts). Went I last went there, the total for 3 was about $125.

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