Desperately seeking Chowhound recommendations.
The situation: Saturday night birthday dinner for 10-15 people, West LA/Culver City/Century City (will take Venice, Santa Monica too), close to or under $10-15/person. Preferably someplace we could hit on the fly, per Saturday night's prevailing group opinion - no one will mind cooling their heels in a bar for 20 minutes but I don't want to get involved in the dance of making/breaking half a dozen reservations if possible.
I'll have some out-of-area budget eaters serious about their chow (including myself), and I'd like to knock some socks off.
My one thought was the oft-mentioned Nanbankan but I'm considering the warnings about seating large parties there.
Thanks a bunch in advance. Will definitely let you know where we end up!