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restaurant recommendations around Venice Blvd/Lincoln?

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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  1. 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!

    Best!

    --Dommy!

    1. 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. 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

          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

            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

              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

                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

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

          2. In N Out on Washington and Lincoln :)

            1. 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.