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Jan 9, 2013 07:28 PM

Racking my brain for son's 16th bday dinner w/friends-loud, fun atmosphere & pile of dude food...

I'm trying to plan a birthday dinner for my son, who turns 16, and a group of his friends, 8-10 total. Looking for a place that takes reservations, noise isn't an issue, and food is serious grub for teen boys(a set menu would be ideal). We are in Culver City, can drive a bit.

The only thing popping into my head so far is Baby Blues bbq in WeHo- perfect pile of food set menu for the boys & can accommodate large groups in a loud atmosphere. Is there anything else similar in style appropriate for the occasion, preferably closer in location? Doesn't have to be limited to bbq. Burgers, Mexican etc...

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  1. You don't mention a budget.... Is Fogo de Chao too pricey? How about a Korean BBQ or AYCE place? I really like Parks BBQ and know they take reservations.

    Only other places I can think of on the westside at the moment do NOT take reservations. My only advice would be to go early or when they open:
    Plan Check
    UMAMIcatessan ( I realize it is downtown...)

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    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

      Fogo de Chao would be amazing except it's out of my budget, ideally @ $25pp. AYCE could work, i'm not very familiar with that type of restaurant. I had considered Gyu-kaku, but quickly dismissed the thought (sweet boys, but 16 y.o. jackass loving boys nonetheless).

      Husband & I were just talking about A-frame. The patio could be perfect for the boys, husband & I at a safe distance inside...

      Thanks for the suggestions!

      1. re: willworkforcheese

        Speaking of patios, how about the Counter in Hollywood?

        1. re: ipsedixit

          If I could avoid a trip to Hollywood with a car full of boys, my night would be all the more better.

          1. re: willworkforcheese


            How about EK, Sazon or Metro Cafe? All in Culver City.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I haven't tried these places. They look tasty, but a bit low key for the occasion.

              Thanks for the ideas, though!

              1. re: ipsedixit

                respectfully disagree with the recommendation of Metro Cafe for this purpose even though i LOVE LOVE LOVE their food.
                1) it is a very small space which imho is unsuitable for a potentially loud, rowdy, group of teens.
                2) menu is not oriented towards willworkforcheese's needs
                3) cost will exceed budget.

              2. re: willworkforcheese

                the Counter in El Segundo Plaza also has a patio.
                plenty of 16-year-old-boy food at reasonable prices.

                i doubt that they take reservations, though.

        2. Wurstkuche Venice would be perfect. I asked my son who is the same age and that's where he would want to go with his friends and they will take reservations for groups of 12 or more (plus it's well under your budget even if everyone has 2 sausages each).

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          1. re: wienermobile

            Wurstkuche is great. My only concern is that we'd be in & out in 40 minutes.

            These are all good ideas. My son will have final say, so please keep 'em coming!

            1. re: willworkforcheese

              To extend the evening just make a stop after dinner at Sweet Rose Creamery on the way home.

              or Coolhaus.

          2. No reservations but you could all get in line and do 800 Degrees.

            and end the night at Stan's donuts or Ditty Riese (or both).

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            1. re: wienermobile

              This sounds really fun! We haven't been to 800 Degrees yet. How's the seating situation? Thinking they won't be able to sit together.

              1. re: willworkforcheese

                Depends on what time you go...if its near a peak meal time, probably not, as I hear it has a giant line most of the time. But we visited at 5 pm on a recent weekday, and the place was almost empty. There was already a long line at Diddy Reise's though, at that same time.

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  We could do a 5pm dinner, but it would be on a Saturday. Not sure how the crowds are on weekends, but this is my favorite idea so far. This or Plan Check/Blockheads Sawtelle crawl would make for a lively evening!

                  1. re: willworkforcheese

                    Also consider parking in both areas.... Don't know how many vehicles you are taking.