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Food for Westside Poker Party

altstarr | Jun 14, 200512:24 AM

I'm not a poker player, but have been volunteered to bring food for a late night poker night out with the boys. At first, all they were going to have were chips, nuts and snacks; but I insisted that we have some real food since no one will have had dinner. that's how I got volunteered for food duty.

I will be coming from Santa Monica and poker night is near the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Do people eat while playing cards? Or is it more like a buffet where people, during breaks, wander over to the food table and make a plate of something to eat. What goes with the large amounts of alcohol that will be consumed over the evening?

Here are some alternative foods I have been thinking about, but I have no idea what direction to go ....

** Hop Woo ... Get a party platter of noodles, fried rice, maybe some egg rolls, soy sauce chicken and some vegetable, maybe string beans sauteed in garlic. Is this too messy and hard too eat between card hands? Is is it too greasy to have with the alcohol we will be undoubtedly be consuming?

** Sushi Platter ... from one of the Sawtelle Restaurants or the Japanese gocery store on Sawtelle or the one at Venice & Centinela.

** Pizza ... suggetested by a batchelor because it's easy and can be delivered hot. However, later in the night, cold greasy pizza doesn't sound too good to me.

** Sandwiches ... again suggested by a batchelor. Probably easiest to eat during a poker gameif I set an ingredients spread for people to make their own or buy a giant sub that gets sliced up. Sounds boring to me, unless there's an extraordinary source of sandiches. Maybe Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica or Quizinos can put something together for me?

** Persian ... Get Daya or Javan to put together a platter of one of their flavored persian rices and a selection of chicken and beef kababs.

** Noodle Planet ... Some noodle and rice dishes. Or perhaps some of their Asian Sandwiches at their sandwich restaurant next door.

Suggestions from poker playing Chowhounds as to what I should be considering and any specific restaurants would be appreciated.

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