To celebrate a friend's birthday this weekend, we are taking her to Oktoberfest at Alpine Village in Torrance (don't ask). Before the festivities ensue, we'd like to get some chow. However, since we are not from around that part of town, no one knows where or what to eat! Any and all suggestions are welcome--and as always, thanks, Chowhounds!
Keep in mind: we are a loud, boisterous group. Fine dining establishments are embarrassed by us.
*Entrees should be priced between $10 and $25.
*Should be able to hold a group of 8-10 people who like to talk, eat, drink, and generally linger over dinner.
*Should serve alcohol.
*Should be the kind of place you can wear casual clothes --jeans and sneakers or the like.
*No seafood-only places (due to two picky eaters).
*Any cuisine is fine, but Chinese, Italian, and Mexican are preferred. Someone suggested a place LIKE El Torito, but NOT El Torito.
*Chain restaurants are ok, but we'd like to try everything but that first.