I'm hoping my fellow Hounds can help me out! Here's my challenge: I need to find a lunch spot that can handle a group of about 60 people on a Sunday afternoon. This is a group that will have spent the last 3 weeks on a Route 66 tour from Chicago to Santa Monica, and this will be our last meal together before we hit the Santa Monica Pier.
It would be great if there was a Route 66 connection, although that's not a deal breaker, and I don't want to have to detour too far off of Historic 66/Foothills Blvd to get there. Mainly I'm looking for a place that is not part of a national chain, has some Southern California "feel" to it and has enough menu options to keep carnivores as well as herbivores happy. It would need to be able to accomodate a large group and serve us all reasonably efficiently. Bonus points for quirky history, kitchy decor, and anything really interesting or unique. We will ahve dome Mexican the night before, so perhaps something else?
I've looked at the websites of both the Magic Lantern Inn and The Sycamore Inn, which have great "66 cred", but I have to say I was not terribly impressed. They struck me as having not very interesting menu options (I don't think we want prime rib for lunch, and I didn't like that one of their options for vegetarians was "a choice of two of our side dishes". But if I'm wrong, I am totally willing to be convinced otherwise.
We're not looking to break the bank, but since it's our last group meal, we'd be willing to go up to $15/$20 pp, excluding booze. But food amd ambience are the main priorities.
Thanks so much in advance -- I'm looking forward to hearing from you!!