looking for a group dining place for bf's birthday, with a lively atmosphere, non-sceney, not too loud. the group will probably be around 10-15 people. budget-conscious struggling to make it in the industry types. good beer selection a plus, but not required.
i've done some internet research, and all i could come up with is cha cha cha in silverlake, or rusty's surf ranch on the pier. or palms thai in hollywood. something ethnic would be fun. the birthday boy is adventurous with food, but his friends are not.
any help is appreciated! thanks in advance!