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Need dinner rec in Venice/Santa Monica

Nicole Apr 15, 2007 02:14 PM

Having dinner with a friend visiting from the East coast tonight. We are looking to be in Venice or Santa Monica. When asked what kind of food he wanted, he said "something Californian," by which he meant an experience that he couldn't easily have back East, not necessarily California cuisine. Looking for something casual, budget is inexpensive to moderate. My first thought was maybe Musha, but I would love some other ideas.

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    wideeyedraven RE: Nicole Apr 15, 2007 02:36 PM

    I like Hal's in that price range as well as capri. If you can spend a bit more, via veneto is amazing.

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      bulavinaka RE: Nicole Apr 15, 2007 02:48 PM

      I don't know the East coast food scene beyond what I read and hear but I would think that what you sugggest about Musha is a great idea. You may want to run the word, "izakaya," by your friend and see what kind of response you get. If the reply is something to the nature of, "Is that a new Japanese gangster movie?" or, "bless you," then you know you're on the right track.

      I think there are great options around Venice/Santa Monica. Outside of Musha, Chaya (kinda Cal/Euro/Asian) on Main st at the north tip of Venice is always good. Practically down a few blocks and around the corner are two more great choices on Abbot Kinney. Axe is very California - it's got the organic/Cal thing going, and Joe's which is French/Cal, although I would go for lunch as it is a real bargain versus dinner. Of course there's Michael's in Santa Monica but budget-wise it's a little rough on the pocketbook.




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        yogachik RE: bulavinaka Apr 15, 2007 03:08 PM

        Chaya Venice
        Rustic Canyon
        Brass Cap
        Sushi Roku

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          maudies5 RE: yogachik Apr 15, 2007 03:35 PM

          Certainly wouldn't consider Brass Cap "budget or inexpensive." In fact, I feel it is overpriced and not very good.

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            yogachik RE: maudies5 Apr 15, 2007 03:57 PM

            bar menu is reasonably priced, but the food is inconsistent. when it's good, it's v. good.

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            Emme RE: yogachik Apr 15, 2007 04:14 PM

            Wouldn't consider Sushi Roku inexpensive or somewhere that I would suggest to someone lived in LA, let alone take someone from out of town... He can get sushi back east... I might suggest good Mexican or Thai. Chaya could be fun, as would La Cabana. Primitivo would be a pricier option. Violet and Nook would also be good reasonably priced fare.

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          martasiete RE: Nicole Apr 15, 2007 03:48 PM

          He probably means something hearty, southwest and satisfying? Or blended like traditional with Angelino influence -- Why not Angeli Caffe http://www.angelicaffe.com/allAboutEv.... Or go down to Abbot Kinney - I don't know the name of the restaurant there, it's new but as you come up on Abbot Kinney off of Venice Blvd., it's about 1 block in on the left hand side. Have heard good things about it. There are other really nice places there on Abbot Kinney.

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            bulavinaka RE: martasiete Apr 15, 2007 04:03 PM

            Capri (Italian - been there a while) is toward the end of the first block on the left side of AK... halfway up the next block on the left side is Shima (brown rice sushi - about 2 years) - does that help?

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              martasiete RE: bulavinaka Apr 15, 2007 04:10 PM

              Ah, yes...that's it. Thanks bulavinaka.

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            lakeshow318 RE: Nicole Apr 15, 2007 05:47 PM

            another idea which is a little less upscale is the library alehouse on main st. they have one hell of a burger esp with the sweet potato fries. more importantly they have the best selection of beer on tap in venice. ;)

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