I live near around Fairfax and Third in LA. I'm always looking for a place to go to dinner with a medium sized group (say, six to eight people). What we're looking for is: (1) good; (2) cheap; (3) not too loud; (4) not impossible for a group of that size; and (5) within a 20 minute drive of the Fairfax/Miracle Mile/West Hollywood area.
Places that I like include:
El Colmao, 2328 W. Pico (good, cheap cuban food, NEVER crowded)
Alegria, 3510 W. Sunset in Silverlake (GREAT, cheap Mexican)
Maurice's Snack 'n Chat, 5549 W. Pico between Hauser and Fairfax
Noshi Sushi, 4430 Beverly between Normandie & Western, Koreatown (not great for groups because of the way the seats are organized, but the best cheap sushi I've found in LA)
Campanile, 624 S. Labrea for Thursday's grilled cheese night (otherwise, it's way too pricey)
Purans, 142 S. La Brea (Cute Italian place, not great for large groups)
I apologize if you've all covered these places before; I'm new to the board. I'd love any recommendations: we've gone to Swingers or Red by default way too many times.