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The location that used to house one of LA's earliest raw vegan restaurants, Cru, has opened last month as Silverlake's first Taiwanese restaurant serving up beef noodle soups, scallion pancakes, potstickers, dan dan noodles, 3-cup chicken and much more. Let's check this place out and see how it rates when compared to the likes of similar joints that are scattered all over the San Gabriel Valley and Torrance. Keep in mind, prices may be a bit higher than SGV, and portions sizes smaller as well.
• We will meet in front of the restaurant shortly before 11:45 am. Since the restaurant does not take reservations, it's best to show up right before they open so that we can grab one of the two communal tables for our group.
• We will be dining "Family Style." The food bill will be split evenly among all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own alcoholic beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you.
• Cost per person is expected to be about $20 - $25, depending on how much food we order, plus any beverages, tax and gratuity. Please bring at least $40 in CASH (small bills preferred) to settle your portion of the bill.
• You can check out their SPRING MENU (http://www.pineandcrane.com/spring-menu.html)
• Yelp Reviewers give Pnie & Crane an averaged rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 Stars, from over 55 reviews. CLICK HERE (http://www.yelp.com/biz/pine-and-crane-los-angeles) to read their reviews.
• Only street parking is available. Be sure to read the street signs for any parking restrictions, especially whether or not you need to feed the meters, if you are parked at a meter space.