My food club is planning its first trip of the year. i like to start off with Thai food. We order 12 entrees, everybody gets a taste of everything, we discuss and analyze, etc.
We then go to Scoops on Heliotrope. The new kids get to see the older kids get excited about going and that motivates them to keep the whole club going.
I've been going to Cafe Sanamluang for a long time. The food is...okay, it offers an okay intro to new flavors for kids who've never tried Thai, and it's pretty cheap. That's why, for the last three years I've taken the club there.
But I know there are better choices out there. RCA is great, but I don't think they'd appreciate me bringing in 20 eaters some afternoon; it's a little classier than we're looking for, perhaps.
If anyone could suggest a Thai place in Thai Town (or the Montebello/Alhambra/Monterey Park area and we'll save Scoops for another time) that is:
-able to handle 16-20 diners in a group, including polite-but-excited teenagers
-fairly cheap, entrees around $7-8
-easy to find, decent parking (parents will be driving carpools)
-offers a decent introduction to Thai food
and, if any Hounds know an owner or manager who would offer us a discount, I'd do my best to get the place mentioned in our school paper...