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restaurant recommendations around Venice Blvd/Lincoln?

dinami Oct 11, 2006 08:43 PM

I'm moving to Venice Blvd (right at Lincoln) and wanted any restaurant recommendations where I don't have to look for parking for 10 minutes. Japanese, mexican, and american would be at the top of my list. Thanks!

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    carter Nov 14, 2006 03:43 PM

    While not a restaurant, per se, but a new Peet's Coffee opened on Lincoln and Mindanao in the last week or so.

    1. SauceSupreme Nov 14, 2006 08:42 AM

      My favorite restaurant in this area is Joe's on Abbott Kinney. My roommate also likes Piccolo, but that might just be because the chef brought out black truffles (admittedly, from Oregon, but still).

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        f_diva Nov 8, 2006 06:02 PM

        right, sorry. :)

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          f_diva Nov 7, 2006 04:36 PM

          My Marina picks: For sushi, as mentioned, Irori is really excellent. It's in the same plaza (Mindanao and Lincoln) as Nichols.

          Best coffee is at Joni's on Washington - pretty solid diner-ish food menu, too.

          For Italian, try Fioretto in the plaza at Culver and Braddock, and in the same plaza, Asa-Ya for super-cheap and yummy curry/udon.

          At Centinela and Braddock, there's Sakura for incredible sushi, but expect a wait. (Don't confuse this with Sakura House on Washington, which I haven't tried :) )

          In Venice, right at the water on Rose, try Gaby's for Lebanese. And of course, there's Abbot Kinney pizza, which is some of the best pizza around...of course, parking is an issue :)

          Happy eating!

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          1. re: f_diva
            hrhboo Nov 7, 2006 05:12 PM

            Gaby's is on Washington by the water. The one on Rose at the Boardwalk is called Candle Cafe or something like that.

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            kevin Nov 7, 2006 04:33 AM

            maxwell's is quite good.

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              cplourde Nov 4, 2006 05:15 AM

              Places i haven't seen listed:

              Tlapazoa (Oaxacan) has opened on Lincoln south of Washington, west side, across from IHOP.
              Great Western Steak & Hoagie (a stand) at Lincoln/Superba for takeout hoagies.
              Maxwell's for breakfast, Washington & Walgrove
              French Market Cafe on Abbot Kinney between Venice & Washington for breakfast/lunch
              Tamara's Tamales...Washington w of Walgrove (s side of street)

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                goodetime Oct 12, 2006 10:52 PM

                just added this to another thread
                For many years I worked at Sakura House in Venice/MDR area of LA (on Washington East of Lincoln). I have tried most of the places on your list and still like Sakura House the best. It is not the same as the Yakitori stalls you will find under the tracks at Shinjuku station in Tokyo. I probably would not get seafood but you are looking for meat so no worries. They have a new chef in the kitchen making side dishes and good appetizers. He was chef at Hama sushi in Venice for years.
                Matsumoto is both the owner and the cook and has been there for 15 + years.

                They have both set dinners and ala carte. I would sit at the bar and go for individaul skewers. They do a pretty good job of pacing the skewers but you could always order a few and then order more. They have a good selection of sake as well. There are a lot of regulars and they get full on Friday and Saturday. About 50% of the customers are Japanese (it was a great place to learn/practice my Japanese) I would make a reservation for the bar. The bar seats 15 and there are about 10 tables. Skewers are one to an order (some restaruants are two to an order) and they range from probably 2.50 to 4.25 per skewer. I haven't even looked a a menu for years even though I go at least once a month.

                Sakura House is mentioned in several other threads and for the most part they are favourable. I would be interested in hearing from others because I am, well not affiliated with Sakura House, I am biased!

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                  Alilou Oct 12, 2006 10:28 PM

                  There is another BBQ place on Lincoln next door to Brennan's Pub I think it is called Benny's BBQ. Good for take away.

                  Nichol's is good for breakfast but I also love their salads and grilled cheese.

                  Antica Pizzeria next to Soup Plantation in the Maxella center.

                  C & O Trattoria close to Venice beach is large portions and hubby likes the sausage pasta and garlic knots. I think it's just ok.

                  1. tatertots Oct 12, 2006 08:08 PM

                    For BBQ there's Baby Blues BBQ on Lincoln Blvd., just north of Venice Blvd. by Smart 'N Final.

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                      Rummy Oct 12, 2006 05:46 PM

                      Tajrish, casual, good Persian on Washington and Ocean.

                      Not a restaurant, but check out Rockenwagner's R Bakery on Washington (between Beethoven & Moore) for strong cup of brewed coffee and a pastry, particularly the bacon cheese stick.

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                        tdo ca Oct 12, 2006 06:51 PM

                        Bacon cheese sticks are awesome, as are their pretzel rolls and cakes (almond and apple are my faves)

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                          Dommy Nov 6, 2006 04:38 AM

                          The Cheese and Bacon Scones are just my perfect breakfast... I thank goodness that we moved from around the corner a few months ago... LOL!! :)


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                            young_chower Nov 7, 2006 09:20 AM

                            How much do these Cheese and Bacon Scones run cost?

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                              Dommy Nov 7, 2006 03:52 PM

                              I'm not sure actually, I never paid attention to price, I just scarfed it down... LOL!! Their stuff in general is not cheap tho' :P


                        2. re: Rummy
                          EREDSON Oct 16, 2006 10:28 PM

                          The coffee at R Bakery is top notch.

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                          gourmetla Oct 12, 2006 05:21 PM

                          For basic but good breakfast, I really like Cafe 50s. Iori for sushi, Antica for Italian, Alejo's for chopped salad, Wharo can be good for Westside Korean and Uncle Darrow's. La Cabana is okay for late night Mexi grub.

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                            miffy Oct 12, 2006 04:55 AM

                            has anyone tried the Italian place on Washington/Lincoln?

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                              tdo ca Oct 12, 2006 06:50 PM

                              Alejo's? In the strip mall? Garlicky heaven and very reasonable.

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                                miffy Oct 13, 2006 04:25 AM

                                You are right on! YES Alejos- did you like the food??

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                                  tdo ca Oct 16, 2006 10:12 PM

                                  Yeah solid bang for the buck red sauce joint - there's a sister location further south on Lincoln (Westminster?) pretty close to the airport, good place to stop en route

                            2. Fresser Oct 12, 2006 02:50 AM

                              Spin Rotisserie Chicken on Washington @ Lincoln
                              Akbar across the steet from Spin - Indian
                              Tamara's Tamales on Washington, east of Lincoln.

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                              1. re: Fresser
                                Jonah Oct 12, 2006 05:25 PM

                                I have been looking for someone to give feedback about Spin, how does it stack up against other rotisserie chicken joints?

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                                  Fresser Oct 15, 2006 02:22 AM

                                  Chicken is great and they have a nice variety of sides, including steamed veggies which are healthy, creamed spinach(currently maybe not avail:)) salads, etc. Similar to Cal Chx Cafe, but I think I like the chicken better.

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                                    Xericx Oct 18, 2006 09:44 PM

                                    Yeah.....I like Spin...they give you this little garlic/ranch type sauce (not even close to Zankous FYI). The chicken is pretty good, much jucier than Chicken Cafe...comes with pita bread.....big portions. I like the TURKEY meatloaf..they give you 2 HUGE slices.....some people don't like it, but turkey is pretty lean/healthy.....

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                                      Jonah Oct 19, 2006 03:30 AM

                                      Thanks for the tips, it's on my list.

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                                New Trial Oct 12, 2006 02:04 AM

                                In addition to the foregoing, there are Wharo (Korean bbq) in the shopping center on the SW corner of Lincoln and Washington; Tsuji No Hana (sushi) down by Lincoln and Mindanao, which I prefer to Irori; Tlapazola Grill (modern Oaxacan) on Lincoln South of Washington [parking can be hard, though]; Taqueria Sanchez on Centinela South of Short; Spin (rotisserie chicken) on Washington West of Lincoln; Cafe Del Rey (upscale Californian) on Admiralty Way near the Ritz-Carlton; and Baby Blues BBQ on Lincoln South of Rose . Oh, and a prior poster wondered about Sakura House (Japanese grilled skewers) on Washington East of Lincoln--it is terrific.

                                1. monku Oct 12, 2006 12:00 AM

                                  I'll 2nd La Cabana for Mexican food- fresh hand made tortillas and margaritas.

                                  From my understanding there are some excellent taco trucks in the same area at nights.

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                                    go_bears Oct 11, 2006 10:34 PM

                                    uncle darrows (cajun) is on lincoln just north of washington, with a parking lot in the back (easier to access from washington blvd). i like their zeek po'boy sandwich, which is fried catfish, fried shrimp and potato salad all in a sandwhich. mighty good.

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                                      Kishari Oct 11, 2006 10:29 PM

                                      Star of Siam for Thai. On Lincoln. It's ugly on the inside because they do mostly takeout, but it's good.

                                      La Isla Bonita taco truck on Rose/4th, most weekdays from lunch to 5. Great al pastor tacos.

                                      Chaya Venice on Main has a sushi happy hour every day from 5-7. The best spicy tuna tartare and albacore salad! Cheap sushi specials for $3-$4 (the drinks, however, are $10). Hungry locals go in as singles and eat at the sushi bar. It gets really busy, so go early.

                                      Mistuwa Marketplace food court on Centinela/Venice Blvd. for ramen, udon and soba.

                                      Welcome to the neighborhood.

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                                        MeowMixx Oct 11, 2006 10:19 PM

                                        In N Out on Washington and Lincoln :)

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                                          yogachik Oct 11, 2006 10:18 PM

                                          Pizza - Abbots
                                          Tapas - Primativo
                                          Burger - Beechwood
                                          French - Lilly's
                                          Tacos - La Cabana or Holy Guacamole
                                          Japanese - Wabi Sabi
                                          Sandwiches - Strohs, French Market
                                          Great food, great chef - Joes
                                          There's always Chaya Venice

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                                          1. re: yogachik
                                            glutton Oct 12, 2006 04:39 AM

                                            I agree with most everything on this list with the exception of the taco recs. La Cabana smells like that dish towel I left to dry in my sink three days ago. Instead, I would suggest the taco truck on Rose/4th for lunch and the taco truck on Lincoln/Rose for dinner. For any meal, you should check out La Playita for ceviche and tacos (it's on Lincoln, north of Rose). That's the taco triangle in Venice.

                                            You might also consider driving over to Culver City -- there are some good options, including Taqueria Sanchez, Tacomiendo, and an Oaxacan restaurant whose name escapes me.

                                            1. re: glutton
                                              Kishari Oct 12, 2006 05:17 AM

                                              I agree, I think La Cabana is pretty poor. But it's open late.

                                              The taco truck on Rose/4th is La Isla Bonita, the one on Lincoln /Rose is La Oaxacena, I think.

                                              1. re: glutton
                                                young_chower Oct 12, 2006 05:42 AM

                                                Taqeuria Sanzhez is ok. Their chicken is the best. Right next to Taqueria Sanzhez, however, is a great Mexican restaurant by the name of El Abajeno. I love their enchiladas, chili relleno, and burritos. Check it out!

                                                1. re: young_chower
                                                  KayZee Oct 12, 2006 07:43 PM

                                                  Taqueria Sanchez is on Centinella next to the Sushi Restaurant. The one next to El Agajeño is Carniceria Sanchez which has a more limited menu.

                                                  The people who love Taqueria Sanchez love it for it's authentic tastes and for the menu items that aren't as common at enchilada/burrito/relleno restaurants.

                                                  Read the following with the knowledge that I'm fussier than most when it comes to mexican food:

                                                  Been going to La Cabaña for AT LEAST 27 years back when they didn't have the patio and didn't take credit cards. It was dirt cheap and pretty good at a time when pretty good wasn't common in the face of the ubiquitous and bland combo plate. Now it's still just pretty good except the overall standard and knowledge of comida mexicana is much higher and it isn't dirt cheap any more and it's usually a long wait. If you're going to wait a long time it might as well be at Paco's where the food is better. If you do go, I recommend the fish tacos.

                                                  1. re: KayZee
                                                    young_chower Oct 12, 2006 09:50 PM

                                                    Wow... all this time I was calling it someting else. A sincere thank you KayZee!

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                                              cinsays Oct 11, 2006 10:03 PM

                                              Have to agree with Dommy on Nichols -- good food in a surburbia setting. Also have to recommend Panini Cafe in the same area. They have great coffee and breakfast as well.

                                              California Chicken Cafe recently opened on Lincoln.

                                              If you're hankering for thai, just go down Venice a few blocks from Lincoln and you'll find Pam's. It's not your usual to-go thai food where the pad thai is orange.

                                              1. Dommy Oct 11, 2006 08:58 PM

                                                Hey! We used to live right nearby. I think you'll be happy there, we did lots of exploring in the neighborhood.

                                                In terms of Japanese, Irori in the Marina Center has gotten solid marks on this board. We haven't tried the Skewers Place, Sakura House. We're planning to soon.

                                                Also there is 26 Beach, great breakfasts and Hamburgers. Nichols also in the Marina center is solid for breakfast.

                                                I'm sure others will have good recs for you!



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