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Feb 16, 2007 10:31 AM

Food Near Playa Del Rey

We're coming into LAX on from the East Coast on a Fri night and staying nearby in Playa del Rey. We''ll be tired so we wanta place to eat that's that's interesting, but not a big deal (tapas, say, or pizza, or a taqueria). We discarded Joe's as too demanding of the consumer, and we want a place that's nice to go to(reservations, limited noise). Got any ideas? No sushi. Thanks from Baltimore.

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  1. There is a new tapas place in PDR called Minotaur that has gotten decent reviews on this board. I have not been myself, but it would certainly be convenient. That's probably your only option in PDR. So, if you considered Joe's, that means you're willing to drive to Marina del Rey or Venice, which opens up a world of possibilities. You might consider 26 Beach, which has a huge menu of salads, sandwiches, more involved entrees, etc. It's good and reliable. You might consider Lilly's, which is a French bistro in Venice that is cheaper and less of a production than Joe's. You might try Piccolo, which is a neighborhood Italian place in Venice. There are lots of options... I'm probably forgetting some.

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    1. re: glutton

      Minotaur had great food, and even better wine.

      But there Bread Pudding is something to RAVE about.

      If your going north, 26 Beach and Beechwood are quite nice, but Beechwood does get quite loud sometimes, even in the dining room.

      Joe's and Lilly's both rock, good luck.

    2. Primativo (not loud outside), I second the idea of Lilly's, and there's Beechwood

      1. Is there such a thing as a taqueria that takes reservations? If there is, I want to go.

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        1. re: jgradieoakes

          Nor have I, but one can always hope--actually, I have no idea why I included taquerias except under the influence of wishful thinking. At least I didn't say taco trucks...

          1. re: tartuffe

            You should have said taco trucks... there is a wonderful taco truck on Lincoln in Venice.

        2. If you're in Playa and just want some good, reasonably priced food, I'd say try Cantalini's. The food is good, not great, but good to very good. The prices are very reasonable for the quality. I'm not a fan of Minotaur. I think it's very overpriced for what you get and, unless they've recently upgraded the wines, those are nowhere near what I'd expect for a so-called wine bar. For something better than a taqueria and still in Playa, definitely try Senior G's.

          1. I don't know if you feel like driving to Santa Monica (15 minutes) or not, but there's a bar on Montana Street that has one of the best burgers I've ever had. The place is called Father's Office. They have a website

            In Venice there's a place called C&O Trattoria which is pretty cool. Casual Italian which is good but not to kill for, but the restaurant is right by the pier and on the Venice boardwalk. Venice is one beach north of Playa del Rey, so about 10 minutes.

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            1. re: jgradieoakes

              Seeing as how the poster said that they are looking for a place that takes reservations and is limited from the noise standpoint I would have to say that Father's Office is the complete antithesis of that description.

              1. re: jgradieoakes

                I don't think C&O is the greatest idea. They'll have to line up on the sidewalk for hours on a Friday night for truly mediocre food. It never ceases to amaze me that people will actually wait so long for a table there.

                1. re: hrhboo

                  C&O slops some Chef Boyardee on a huge plate -- it's the epitome of quantity over quality. They've got far better Italian food back home in Baltimore.