Originally Posted by Baron
What do you guys think of the Edendale Grill in Silver Lake? It's a good place for a group of people to meet for either drinks of dinner. There's also Cafe Stella in the same neighborhood, or the Cliff's Edge.
If Culver City or thereabouts works better, maybe Lawyerdad has some ideas for that side of town.
If it ends up being the Culver City area, I would recommend Beacon (I guess you'd call it Cal-Asian or fusion, but great food), El Rincon Criollo (Cuban, better than Versailles in my opinion), Jackson's, or Hzu's (good, spicy hole-in-the-wall Szechuan). Ford's Filling Station is popular, but I've found the food to be hit-or-miss and overpriced for what you get. There's also good Mexican in the area. In more or less the same neighborhood, I'm partial to Cafe Bella Roma, which just opened on Robertson a few months ago. Pretty good Italian with fresh pasta made on-site (the chef used to work at Angelini), run by a nice couple (and coincidentally walking distance from my house). No liquor license yet, but the corkage fee is either negligible or non-existent. It's small, though (maybe 6 tables), so a reservation would be important (especially since it just got outed with a good review in the LA Times a week or so ago).