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Affordable Birthday Bash Mid-City?

Total costs <$20/pp... for a Saturday lunch, which will probably include non-alcoholic beverages only.

Sep 24, 2013
veee in Los Angeles Area

Affordable Birthday Bash Mid-City?

Looking for a comfortable, casual private room for a 1st year birthday party lunch, where toddlers can have free range, but where adults can also enjoy good food.

About 35 adults expected. <$20 per person would be great. Mid-city.

Looked at previous threads but most of the suggests are on the westside or too expensive.

Sep 24, 2013
veee in Los Angeles Area

Doughboy's seating?

Would Doughboy's have room for two babies for weekend brunch?

Aug 15, 2013
veee in Los Angeles Area

best brunch mid-city to east-LA-ish

Thanks! So do we order at the counter at Sycamore, instead of at the table?

Aug 06, 2013
veee in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - August 2013 [old]

I can't pinpoint one thing that made the chimichurri rice terrible... the texture was off... the tomatoes were soggy. The flavor combination just didn't fit my tastes...

Aug 06, 2013
veee in Chains

Kid Friendly breakfast and lunch in Santa Monica?

Are there high-chairs available in the outdoor area at the Brentwood Country Mart?

Aug 05, 2013
veee in Los Angeles Area

best brunch mid-city to east-LA-ish

What is QSR?

Aug 05, 2013
veee in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - August 2013 [old]

The chimichurri rice in the frozen section is the most disgusting thing I have ever had from TJs.

Nay on the orange chicken too... don't know why so many people like this.

Yay on the seafood blend... we like to make paella with it, along with their Soy Chorizo. Quick and easy.

Aug 05, 2013
veee in Chains

best brunch mid-city to east-LA-ish

Great thanks! Any advice on how busy they normally get on the weekends? Do we need to take reservations for a group of about 8?

Aug 05, 2013
veee in Los Angeles Area

best brunch mid-city to east-LA-ish

Any additional thoughts on Luna Park for brunch?

I've only been once for dinner many years ago and thought it was great... would it be baby-friendly for weekend brunch?

Aug 05, 2013
veee in Los Angeles Area

Baby/toddler-friendly non-chain restaurants?

Is Golden State really stroller-friendly? We have a young infant that we are trying to dine-out with... how busy would Golden State be at noon on a Sunday?

Jan 29, 2013
veee in Los Angeles Area

fun, casual birthday dinner

saturday evening for 6 people.
i'm not a huge fan of persian... thai and pretty much everything else would be good.

Oct 25, 2012
veee in Los Angeles Area

fun, casual birthday dinner

Suggestions for a foodie birthday dinner location either in Mid-City or Westside that would be affordable... ~$10-15 per person without drinks?

Friendly place for older adults (i.e. not too loud)

Oct 25, 2012
veee in Los Angeles Area

best steakhouse for those of us with a budget

I read through several older threads about the best steakhouse in LA, price no object...
but what about those of us who are a little more budget-conscious?

I looked up the online menus for Wolfgang's and Cut, and both do not display their prices... what would be the average cost per person (without drinks) at these places?

Looking for a good steakhouse where we can spend <$40/person (just for the entree/sides).

Thanks!

Jun 06, 2012
veee in Los Angeles Area

last minute reservation at a tapas restaurant?

many of these places don't take reservations... what is Yamadaya like for walk-ins on a Friday night?

Feb 16, 2012
veee in Los Angeles Area

last minute reservation at a tapas restaurant?

yay I was able to get reservations for 7pm at Red Medicine. this might be a bit too early but it's a good Plan A. thanks for all the suggestions!

Feb 16, 2012
veee in Los Angeles Area

last minute reservation at a tapas restaurant?

No reasonable reservations available at Rustic Canyon nor Manhattan Beach Post. Are these places doable as walk-ins?

Feb 16, 2012
veee in Los Angeles Area

last minute reservation at a tapas restaurant?

we were just at Lukshon and Sunny Spot doesn't have any tables until 10:30pm. :(

Feb 16, 2012
veee in Los Angeles Area

last minute reservation at a tapas restaurant?

We're looking for a reservation for 3 for tomorrow night (Friday), at a fun unique restaurant on the west side. I really wanted to try Picca because our guest likes tapas, but their only availability is 6pm (too early) or 9:45pm (too late).

Any recommendations for a place with great food, ethnic preferred, fun drinks and atmosphere, on the westside that we could get a reservation for tomorrow night? We have an out-of-town guest so anything that highlights LA would be great.

Feb 16, 2012
veee in Los Angeles Area

birthday dinner for mom? mid-city

we are looking for a nice restaurant to take my mom for her birthday, this sunday. near mid-city/hollywood/west-hollywood/beverly/3rd area.

we currently have reservations for Lucques' Sunday Supper, which seems like a great deal, but i wanted another option because some people in our group have already been there. we've also been to Eva for their sunday dinner.

thought about Hatfield's, but seems a bit out of our price range.

Feb 09, 2012
veee in Los Angeles Area

Favorites at JAR as of late?

i've had just about the worst service i've ever experienced at Jar and will never be back.

Nov 30, 2011
veee in Los Angeles Area

best brunch mid-city to east-LA-ish

i've really enjoyed Square One but looking for a new place that hopefully won't have a ridiculous line on the weekend...

been to Toast, Doughboy's, Grub, Blu Jam, and Griddle Cafe.

looking for something better, in this general vicinity, or a little more east.

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Blu Jam Cafe
7371 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Nov 21, 2011
veee in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood Pies - FINALLY some decent Chicago Pizza in LA

tried it again last night and actually the crust was much much better! not so crunchy and hard this time around! DELISH.

Nov 13, 2011
veee in Los Angeles Area

Need a nice lunch spot between miracle mile and santa monica

was not that impressed with their burgers... but they win the award for over-the-top burgers! i had the spicy tuna on top burger. amazing in concept...

Nov 11, 2011
veee in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood Pies - FINALLY some decent Chicago Pizza in LA

interesting... i guess it's fine to not try to recreate and it's one thing to go for an extra crispy crust but bordering on hard? seems like not the best business model...

Nov 11, 2011
veee in Los Angeles Area

Fundamental Los Angeles

Finally checked this place out today!

First of all, it's really hard to spot from the street. The sign is tiny and barely visible. It's the unit directly south of the Papa John's on Westwood.

That said, it was worth the circling!

We had the carnitas torta and the grilled cheese and pumpkin soup, with a side of potato salad, plus the lemonade and iced tea.

The carnitas torta was fantastic. The bread was sort of falling apart making it a little messy to eat but the flavors were amazing. The grilled cheese with the apple and brussel sprouts were amazing as well.

The pumpkin soup was good but pretty watery and quite spicy in a way that overpowered the pumpkin. The potato salad was perhaps the biggest disappointment. The potatoes were overcooked and it was overall bland... needed more seasoning.

The iced tea has a weird syrupy taste and the lemonade was very tart...

Basically, GREAT for sandwiches and everything else falls short.

Nov 11, 2011
veee in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood Pies - FINALLY some decent Chicago Pizza in LA

Having lived in Chicago for 7 years, and my husband 11... Hollywood Pies is fairly close to the real thing. But the crust was a little overcooked and hard. More similar to Pizzeria Uno's crust. Has that bisquick/cornbread taste and texture.

Not exactly a replacement but still very tasty! We tried the spinach and capone.

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Hollywood Pies
385 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

Oct 24, 2011
veee in Los Angeles Area

good eats around Convention Center

Hi- We're staying around the Convention Center, where we'll be attending a conference most of next week. Looking for good cheap eats nearby... ideally walking distance...

Oct 06, 2011
veee in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Red O by Rick Bayless

Sadly, we went back one year later and things have gone downhill.

I had been dreaming about the cochinita pibil but this time around, it was dry and not as flavorful. Probably too lean.

and then the banuelos... they are now called churros and they were just average churros. So disappointed.

Sep 25, 2011
veee in Los Angeles Area

where to take foodie, last minute, westside

ok I am craving french food...

what about Church & State vs Le Petit Creperie vs Le Saint Amour??

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Le Petit Cafe
2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Church & State
1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Le Saint Amour
9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Sep 23, 2011
veee in Los Angeles Area