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Places to eat in Marina del Rey?

We are staying at the Marriott Marina del Rey for a week and are looking for fairly inexpensive, but good food nearby. Any suggestions?

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  1. nicholes is good, clean, professional, consistant & inexpensive ..

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    1. re: wolf

      Is this the Nichols "neighborhood" restaurant by Citibank? I've always been meaning to try it... Any favorites you recommend?

      1. re: wolf

        I second the Nichol's vote. I'm usually a breakfaster there--they do great eggs of all sorts. Great meaning they know the difference between over easy and over medium and the omlettes are light and fluffy good. Great toast too when they get it to you warm. I've had lunch/dinner there a few times and usually get a tuna melt on wheat. The fries are too often cold but the servers are uniformly pleasant.

      2. Antica Pizzeria does excellent Neapolitan-style pizza.

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        1. re: a_and_w

          I second the recommendation for Antica Pizzaria. We find their food consistently good and authentic of the Southern Italy style. Especially enjoy their grilled vegetable plate that comes with gargonzola cheese and grilled polenta. It used to be an appetizer but is now an entree.

        2. There is a great little tratoria by the name of alejos on the corner of washington and lincoln.. its in the strip center.. a very houndish kind of place. great pesto, pasta especially with seafood and ohh ya thar garlic oil for dipping your bread. great fried calamri and chooped salad. After wring this I will go this week as well. Oh yes, BYOB and no corkage..

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          1. re: Foodandwine

            sounds great. thanks for the tip on the corkage!

            1. re: Foodandwine

              just so you know, there is at least one person who disagrees with this recommendation.
              it's just a matter of personal taste, but to me the food at alejos is either poor or terrible depending on what dish you order

            2. Deending on your definition of fairly inexpensive, 26 Beach on Washington just west of Lincoln could work. Burgers, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas are all huge and priced in the teens, and no entree is over $29 including the filet mignon. Great cute place. The pastas and burgers on their own brioche bread are my favorites. I think it's technically Venice, but I live right near the Marriott Marina Del Rey and go there all the time.
              http://www.26beach.com/

              There are also a ton of chain restaurants in your immediate vicinity, within walking distance. You could also walk to Ballona Sushi on the corner of Lincoln & Maxella that is nice and has decent, inexpensive sushi and they also have happy hour specials. Kind of around the corner from it, in case you're one of the many obsessed with it, is a Pinkberry.
              http://www.ballonamdr.com/

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              1. re: LisaStitch

                Thanks for the sushi rec - we were searching for sushi everywhere last night but couldn't find anything anyone had ever tried. Would you consider that area walking distance from the marina, or is it really a drive? The 26 Beach also seems like a good variety. Will be sure to check it out.

                1. re: jamaicaplain

                  I think that Irori is much much better for sushi than Ballona Fish Market. Although if you have a hankering for rolls, then Ballona might be what you want. I also would not consider it inexpensive unless you can make it during happy hour. Irori is definitely superior if you're just looking for traditional sushi unadorned with lots of sauces. Both Irori and Ballona are within walking distance depending on how open you are to walking. I would guess it's about a 20 minute walk. Irori is in the shopping plaza accross Maxella from Ballona.

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    other folks writing on chowhound seem to give irori mixed reviews, but they are from a few months ago. there were some pretty terrible posts in january, but before that people seemed to like it. have any of you been there recently?

                    1. re: jamaicaplain

                      Each there for lunch all the time and dinner occasionally. The fish quality, specials, and service has always been very good. It is my favorite sushi in the area.

                  2. re: jamaicaplain

                    Sorry I was thinking of another Marriott (a "Courtyard" Marriott)...

                    For the Marriott that is on Admiralty Way, 26 Beach is maybe a 10-15 minute walk for you along Washington Blvd, so it's not very far at all.

                    For Ballona sushi, it's easier to drive it - would be maybe a 5-minute cab ride. It's about a 20-30 minute walk.

                    1. re: LisaStitch

                      I was thinking of the Courtyard Marriott as well (near Lincoln/90 freeway). If you're at the Admiralty Way Marriott then you are much closer to places in Venice. We sometimes go to the Pasta Factory on Washington/Via Dolce. It has the same menu as Alejo's - it's the resto that Alejo started after his wife received the original place in the divorce. (He has since died.) I find it far more comfortable and pleasant than the original, which we get takeout from. We have also liked Tajrish, a middle eastern place in the Killer Shrimp mini-mall at Washington/Ocean, but haven't been there in a while. Killer Shrimp also isnt' bad. Some people like Akbar on Washington up towards Lincoln, but I find the food bland. We loved it when the old man was still alive. There's also good middle eastern at Gaby's on Washington near the beach, which costs very little money for LOTS of food. They don't have a liquor license, but will discreetly point you toward the closest liquor store. We also like the tiny Thai (Siamese Hut?) next to Baja Cantina. My husband loves the crathongtons. A year ago we had a very good lunch at Mercedes grill on Washington, but haven't been back.

                      1. re: quizwrangler

                        Mercedes Grill is a really good idea, but it's a place where you have to order carefully. I like their mojitos and I'm a huge fan of their shrimp scampi dish but other things have been hit or miss for me.

                        For cheap, no frills burgers there's Hinano at the end of Washington Blvd. Very fun to grab a burger and a beer there after a day at the beach.

                        1. re: mollyomormon

                          Second the rec on Hinano. It's one of the last dives and we're glad it's still there. Thanks for the tip on Mercedes.

                  3. re: LisaStitch

                    second the 26 beach recommendation.
                    for local sushi go to irori

                  4. Not sure if these recs are too expensive, but: we like Wharo Korean BBQ on Lincoln just south of Washington. Food is good, not too pricey. Two people can eat there for $30-40 without alcohol. You'll pay more than in K-town, but it's still reasonable and I believe it's the only Korean place in the general vicinity. Also we recently tried the new branch of Tlapazola which advertises itself as "southern Mexican." It's upscale casual, and not super-expensive. We ate there Sat. night; cost was $62 (not including tip) for two entrees, one ceviche app and two glasses of wine. Desserts looked good, but we did not indulge. Be sure to ask the cost of the specials. My yellowtail (served with two delicious mole sauces on a bed of haricots verts) was $20. While this is not terrible expensive, it was considerably more than the $12.95/13.95 for the carnitas and carne asada. Wine list is small, but OK. Corkage $12. The resto is small and attractive, the service very sweet. We intend to support this neighborhood place. It's on Lincoln south of Washington near Benny's BBQ and the car wash.

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                    1. re: quizwrangler

                      Just got back from LA-we stayed in that Courtyard Marriott. Someone had recommended for sushi Tsuji No Hana- a little south on Lincoln, but still near the marina. Didn't get a chance to go-anyone know anything about it? Went on a recommendation to Cafe Del Rey- overall wasn't great nor cheap-but we actually had some decent sushi to begin.

                      1. re: markabauman

                        We really, really want to like Tsuji No Hana - it's right around the corner from our place. We have eaten there twice and both times it was only all right. Not bad, but not particularly notable or worth recommending. However, we will try again, but only because it's right around the corner and hope springs eternal.

                        1. re: quizwrangler

                          i'd recommend that you not bother trying it anymore.
                          save your money.
                          of the local sushi places, irori is the best bet.