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I've changed my calendar to Saturday night (the 24th) but I still don't have a place. Has a decision
been made and I missed it?
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Hiya, Dawn... I changed the subject line so that folks outside the LA/OC area don't think they're being excluded.

Nope, no decisions yet, and it's about time we made some. The only thing we've set for certain is the date, Saturday the 24th. So let's nail it down!

What we're after in a meeting place:

1. Central Location
2. Seating for upwards of 20(?) people
3. Good food at reasonable prices
4. A menu that makes room for all dietary habits, including vegetarian
5. Quiet enough to allow for good conversation

So, let's get things finalized here... if you're coming, let the group know... And if you have a restaurant suggestion, please contribute!

Just nine days to go...

Cheeze
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So, let's get things finalized here... if you're coming, let the group know... And if you have a restaurant suggestion, please contribute!

I have marked my calendar and plan to come. I don't have any suggestions for a location, so just let me know. I look forward to meeting the SoCal fools.

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What we're after in a meeting place:

1. Central Location
2. Seating for upwards of 20(?) people
3. Good food at reasonable prices
4. A menu that makes room for all dietary habits, including vegetarian
5. Quiet enough to allow for good conversation


How about that Bonaventure Brewing Co. place, Cheeze?

JJ
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How about that Bonaventure Brewing Co. place, Cheeze?

Great idea, JJ, I'll see you there.

In fact, I'll be there in--

...hell, I'm late already!

Gotta go,

laop--
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I'd suggested this before, but here goes.

Ashoka the Great in Artesia (the part of the city known as Little India). It's near the 605/91 interchange. The food is good (chicken, lamb, vegetarian). Not too noisy. And that area is kind neat to check out beforehand.

And someone had asked:

1. Round tables available?

Oops! They lose points here. It's rectangular tables in the middle and 4-person booths down one side. There is one larger booth in the front corner.

2. Noise level?

It's a family restaurant, no bar. (Though they do serve beer & wine(?)) If we go there, I'm pretty sure we'll be the source of most of the noise. So, yes, conversation is quite doable.

Quality-wise, I think it gets a 7. (Nawab in Santa Monica gets a 9, but it's much more expensive...) The worst I can say is that we've gotten samosas that were cold in the center and had to send them back to be heated some more.

Price-wise, it's definitely cheaper than Darya (but more expensive than In'n'Out). For example, if I get the Ashoka special (which includes a little Basmati rice and some naan) and have hot Indian tea as my beverage, I think it would be about $11.50 + tax/tip. Back when I was in a relationship, my SO's chicken tikka masala, naan, rice and tea would be a bit more, but she also took home lunch for the next day.

Ashoka The Great
18614 Pioneer Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 809-4229

-- Tim


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I like the "Ashoka the Great in Artesia" idea, but here are a couple of others:

Buon Gusto on PCH in Long Beach
Very good Italian food at a very reasonable price.
Not very noisy.
No big round tables, but they do have a separate room in the front that we might be able to completely take over if we come with 20 people.


Rutabegorz in Fullerton
This is a funky little place that was originally a hippy restaurant.
A big eclectic menu with lots of stuff for vegetarians, but stuff for carnivores too.
Again, no big round tables, but again, they have a separate room that we might be able to take over.
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Buon Gusto on PCH in Long Beach
Very good Italian food at a very reasonable price.
Not very noisy.
No big round tables, but they do have a separate room in the front that we might be able to completely take over if we come with 20 people.


This sounds good. Still in LA county. Close enough to OC that it's not too hard on either group. Aslo, the SD people coming in won't have to go all the way into LA so it will be closer to them also. I don't think big round tables is a big deal if we are going to have that large of a group. If they will give us a seperate room it won't be a big deal if people go from table to table to socialize.

Dawn

oh, and LB is close to me, but I'm completely disregarding that ;)

Dawn
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Buon Gusto on PCH in Long Beach
Very good Italian food at a very reasonable price.
Not very noisy.
No big round tables, but they do have a separate room in the front that we might be able to
completely take over if we come with 20 people.
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I kind of like the sound of this, too. Good central location, so it shouldn't be too long a drive for most people.

Of course, I will defer to popular demand, but this is the one that sounds the most appealing to me.

Cheeze
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