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Seeking recommendation in Santa Monica area for casual Friday lunch!

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We 3 will be heading west this weekend for a family Bat Mitzvah, arriving mid-morning at LAX. As our bodies will be on central time, we will need to find some lunch after we get out of the airport. We will have a car.

I am clueless about what is available in the Santa Monica/ Pacific Palisades area in terms of kosher. Ethnic is good. Near the beach would be nice. Moderate pricing. Any recommendations?

If there is not anything kosher available, then suggestions for veggie or dairy would be appreciated.
Thanks, p.j.
p.s. If you are ever coming to St. Louis, post on the Midwest board!

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  1. Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades have a lot of popular restaurants, some of which are fairly renowned and upscale...but as far as kosher food goes, it's a complete wasteland. To the best of my knowledge, there's absolutely no restaurant in the area with a hechsher.

    Since you say you will have a car, I think your best bet is just to drive a few miles east to the Pico-Robertson-Fairfax area. Check out recent Chowhound discussions at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... and http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    As you'll notice on those threads, I'm a pretty big fan of The Milky Way restaurant, which is owned and operated by Leah Adler, Steven Spielberg's mother. I continue to rate it most highly, but I'm not sure if it is open for lunch on Fridays. I do know from past experience that the superb Pico Deli only offers takeout on Fridays, not its usual sit-down service. Therefore, if a kosher (as opposed to vegetarian) restaurant is your choice after you land, I strongly advise calling in advance to make sure you won't be greeted by a locked door.

    Enjoy your trip!

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    1. re: Arthur

      Arthur,
      Thanks for all your suggestions. The threads you directed me to were very informative and helpful. I have heard of Jeff's Sausages, and may check them out for take-out on Sunday, for supper on our trip back home. Stink up the plane, I will! I might even pack a soft thermal bag for hauling sausages home!
      Thanks! p.j.

    2. I don't know of too many kosher places in that area. Most of them are concentrated in pico robertson or fairfax area.
      The one place I can think of in Malibu is a casual place on Pacific Coast Highway called Malibu Beach Grill, 22935 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu 90265.

      Since you have a car, if you are willing to drive to Pico, there are a ton of places between Beverill and La Cienega. I personally enjoy Jeffs Gormet Sausage factory and Pico Kosher Deli.

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      1. re: jlq3d3

        Thanks for the suggestion. Have you tried the Malibu Beach Grill? My cousin recommends it as a "chicken place", with wetland lagoons and the beach to explore afterward. Thanks!

      2. Haven't been there personally, but heard good things about this new place although I think its on the casual side.

        http://www.shamash.org/kosher/search....

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        1. re: Himishgal

          Thanks. see my reply above. I appreciate the help. p.j.

        2. No, I have not been there. Just heard and read about it.

          1. Hello all, and many thanks. We drove up to the Malibu Beach Grill for lunch on Friday, and had a delicious lunch. Joyce, the owner, was delightful and very helpful. The place was smaller than I imagined, but perfect for the occasion. We sat outside on one of the six tables, under an awning, enjoying the scene on the Malibu Pier and the sunshine.

            My husband and daughter had the 1/3 lb. hamburgers topped with mushrooms sauteed in balsamic sauce. The meat was incredibly fresh. I honestly have to say that I have not had such fresh tasting "chop meat" in years. yum. Their side of french fries was good, but had cooled off a bit by the time it got to our table. Admittedly, it was cool and breezy outside.

            I had my first-ever chicken burrito (after years of beans & cheese and rice). The grilled chicken breast meat was delicious, with a few crisp bits of charred meat, and the burrito was filled with rice, beans, guacamole, cilantro, onions(?) and I forget what else. Perfectly gooey, and a generous portion. The fried tortilla chips were a bit greasy for my taste, and a home-made salsa, with a bit more kick than what was served, would be welcomed.

            We didn't get to the Pico-Robertson area, as we were enjoying brunch at my cousin's until it was time to depart for the airport on Sunday. Next trip!
            Thanks, LA Kosher hounds! p.j.