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Walking Distance from Hotel Casa Del Mar?

  • Pei May 3, 2007 12:30 PM
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So, the original plan was to lunch at Catch because I've been talking it up so much.

But just today, I found out that the Sunday menu is a brunch menu, no lunch at all. Took a look at the brunch options, but they're just not very exciting (plus everything is over $30).

I've already sent my friends directions to the hotel, though, and they're all excited about spending the afternoon there.

So if we meet at the hotel, where else can we go eat? Preferably a very very short walk, or maybe we'll just end up on the pier? I confess to having never eaten on the pier.

One Pico has a very similar menu. Any choices closer to $20 a head?

TIA

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  1. Chez Jay has a pretty good lunch - simple salads, burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, etc. Definitely $20 a head or less. A very quick walk.

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    1. re: estone888

      Chez Jay is a dark dive. This and Cha Cha Chicken are probably the closest places to the hotel that would be under $20. At Chez Jay the bartender specifically tells you to throw your peanut shells on the floor, not on the bar/table. The food is pretty good, I would recommend it if you just don't want to walk very far, because the food isn't, like, outstanding. You might want to call ahead and make sure their full menu will be available. Their website just says the brunch menu would be, but I highly doubt that's accurate.
      http://www.chezjays.com/

      I've heard good things about the food at El Texate, on Pico & 3rd, though haven't been myself. And apparently they have $2.75 margaritas on Sundays 2-6pm.
      http://www.eltexate.com/fmi/xsl/cc/in...

      These places are all pretty casual. Something like Whist at the Viceroy is much nicer.

      On the pier, there is a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, though I haven't been there myself. I like the Hot Dog on a Stick place but that's probably not what you're looking for...

      1. re: LisaStitch

        I have been to Bubba Gump. It is not terrible, but it is not the kind of place you would go to as a destination. You go because it is on the Pier and so are you, and you are hungry and want sit down service at a table. It would do well in an airport also- in fact I think there is one in the Houston airport. Steamed shrimp might be the best choice here.We shared some and they were fine. I have had the burger and chowder (New England style). Niether is deadly, niether is memorable.

        1. re: scrappydog

          I agree... I've had decent things there but really... the whole decor is cheezy as all get out...

          --Dommy!

    2. For something nice and casual nearby we like ChaCha Chicken.

      http://chachachicken.com/

      It's just a jamaican stand with a nice out door patio, good place to hang out, people watch and chat all girly and crazy... :D Food is cheap, so you guys can save a bit and then spring for a Massage at the Spa afterwards.... ;)

      --Dommy!

      1. Super-Casual and Super-Close: Cha Cha Chicken

        Less Casual: Pedals (at Shutters)--an underrated hotel option; given a choice, I'd rather eat here than at One Pico, better price/pleasure ratio and you're at beach level on the bikepath.

        Cora's Coffee Shop might work too, but I've somehow never been there so can't opine.

        The restaurants on the Pier are so-so; we like Marisol the best, not because of the mundane food but because it is cool to sit out at the end over the water. There is also a seafood "market" on the Pier with some limited Korean and Japanese offerings, but let's just say it ain't Quality Seafood.

        Obviously lots of choices if you keep walking up Ocean (Il Fornaio, Lobster, I Cugini, Ocean Ave, etc.) but the prices aren't necessarily much cheaper than what you mention at Catch. In the other direction (7 blocks) there's an Urth Caffe on Main Street.

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        1. re: PayOrPlay

          Oh, Pedals would have been perfect. I just checked their site and it says they're closed for renovations. Darn.

          1. re: Pei

            The Farmer's Market at the corner of Main and Ocean Park is on Sundays. Along with the fruit and vegetable stands are prepared food vendors selling omelettes, sausages, tamales, juices, and pancakes. It gets crowded but you can usually find a spot on the grass to sit, eat and enjoy the sunshine, people and festive atmosphere.

          2. re: PayOrPlay

            Cora's is a great suggestion and has a very cute patio. It's very reasonably priced and has tasty food.

          3. Whist has a fabulous brunch and lunch. Abode will be open for lunch this week. Walk over to Main Street and choose anything, they're all good, and have outdoor patios - Library Alehouse, Omelet Parlour, Mani's, World Cafe...

            1. By the way, you and your friends could actually grab a drink at the lobby bar in the Hotel CDM before (or after) walking to lunch. Good cocktails and decent wine by the glass choices. It has a beautiful view of the beach and ocean, and the atmosphere is classy.

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              1. re: scrappydog

                Does Ocean Seafood still have all day happy hour on weekends ? You can sit in the bar and enjoy many moderately priced seafood choices, oysters, seared ahi, lobster taquitos, clam chowder....

                1. re: Densible

                  That's also a really nice idea! They definitely do have happy hour on Sunday nights. I like plenty of the stuff on the happy hour menu, but stay far, far away from the shrimp cocktail. It's maybe the saddest shrimp cocktail I've ever seen, made with itsy bitsy shrimp that look fresh from the can.

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    I say Whist or Cora's or walk along Main Street. No Pier though!! :)

                    1. re: mollyomormon

                      ewww never had the shrimp cocktail-shame on them. I do like the ceviche though and it comes with those tasty red tortilla chips. The taquitos are my guilty pleasure-yum.

                2. When I was staying there nearby, I walked over to Library Alehouse. Good food, and while the bar area is fun and serves great beer, I prefer the more casual rear patio where you can easily spread out and talk and relax.

                  1. This is a no brainer. The Lobster is great for luch. Right at the entrance to the Pier.

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                    1. re: PaliBruin

                      Is The Lobster $20 a head or less though? I have found their menu online but it has no prices...

                      1. re: LisaStitch

                        They have many lunch items for $20 or less.

                        1. re: PaliBruin

                          Thanks!