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Venice Beach with a 13 year old

Muhlyssa Aug 13, 2007 02:06 PM

Any suggestions of a fun place to go near Venice Beach for brunch where a 13 year-old might have fun too and the food doesn't stink? 26 Beach, C&O and The Cheesecake Factory are not options. We plan on visiting the boardwalk after the brunch but I've heard that the restaurants sort of stink.

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  1. flavasista RE: Muhlyssa Aug 13, 2007 02:56 PM

    I wish you would be more specific as to why the places you mentioned above (26 Beach / C&O) are out of the question. I think they are decent recommendations when adding in the 13 year old kid "fun" factor. I think you might be better off looking into Santa Monica (Shutters on the Beach, etc) as Venice Beach is limited. Just a suggestion.

    The following places are good quality, non-chain places that offer brunch. Abbot Kinney is "hip" and you guys can go for Pinkberry afterwards:
    1. Joe's Abbot Kinney - tastes great and is perfect for adults. Possibly a mature 13 year old.
    2. Axe
    3. Lilly's - they offer brunch on Sundays.

    Personally I'd take them to CHACHACHA to eat some cheap tasty Caribbean food & order their delicious fruit juices, then go for a walk and check out the crazy locals. Venice Beach is definitely eye opener for any 13 year old.

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    1. re: flavasista
      Muhlyssa RE: flavasista Aug 18, 2007 07:46 AM

      Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.
      The reason I've nixed 26 Beach and C&O is simply because one of the two people visiting have already been there and I was looking for something different.

      1. re: Muhlyssa
        Servorg RE: Muhlyssa Aug 18, 2007 05:28 PM

        If it's not too late how about The Galley on Main Street? Kind of kitchy and the food isn't bad and not too pricy. Just north of Ocean Park Blvd.

        Addendum: link to menupages for The Galley


    2. aprmayjun RE: Muhlyssa Aug 13, 2007 03:03 PM

      Also on Abbot Kinney is one of my favorite tea places: Jin Patisserie. It's kind of pricey but the cakes are delectable.

      1. mollyomormon RE: Muhlyssa Aug 13, 2007 03:17 PM

        My suggestions: 3 Square on Abbot Kinney or Figtree Cafe right on the boardwalk.

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          igj RE: mollyomormon Aug 13, 2007 03:53 PM

          Just came from Fig Tree Cafe on Ocean Front Walk and would second this pick. It is decent enough food, with a sop towards healthy/organic ingredients and local producers, without being too 'weird' for kids. Eggs, sandwiches, salads, etc. Fig Tree also has excellent people watching.

          1. re: igj
            Emme RE: igj Aug 13, 2007 05:43 PM

            Third Figtree's.

            Also, I like the Firehouse and Rose Cafe, in addition to the aforementioned Lilly's. James' Beach is also nice, but if you're outting 26 Beach, perhaps this won't fly either.

          2. re: mollyomormon
            Diana RE: mollyomormon Aug 14, 2007 10:12 AM

            3 Square is nice. What about Mani's? It's a minute or so north in Santa Monica, but can be good.

            What day are you going? There might be a fun farmer's market happening with some good food booths.

          3. hrhboo RE: Muhlyssa Aug 13, 2007 05:31 PM

            Brickhouse Kitchen, Rose Cafe and Meditirina would all be good picks. I second Mollyo's rec for 3 Square too.

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              handlertaper RE: hrhboo Aug 13, 2007 10:15 PM

              What about the Whaler on Washington and the Boardwalk? You can sit on the upstairs patio overlooking the Boardwalk. Kid friendly menu and the food is decent.

              1. re: handlertaper
                mollyomormon RE: handlertaper Aug 14, 2007 10:08 AM

                If the OP nixed 26 Beach and C&O's, then I can't imagine what she would think of the food at the Whaler. It's okay to soak up a bunch of alcohol, but it's not good.

            2. dodus RE: Muhlyssa Aug 14, 2007 12:14 AM

              benice has good breakfast. Abbot's Pizza has the best pizza EVER.

              1. Dommy RE: Muhlyssa Aug 14, 2007 10:13 AM

                Don't forget to stop for Mini Donuts! :)



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                  PlatypusJ RE: Dommy Aug 14, 2007 01:06 PM

                  Definitely Mini Donuts! Also, in the same building you will find a juice bar that will hack open a cocoanut so you can drink the juice through a straw. I bet your 13 y/o will love it.

                  1. re: PlatypusJ
                    barcelona RE: PlatypusJ Aug 18, 2007 06:47 PM

                    try MDR instead, they have lots of great places or you can't go wrong with C&O

                    1. re: barcelona
                      Muhlyssa RE: barcelona Aug 28, 2007 03:00 PM

                      Thanks for everyones suggestions (I had already mentioned I wasn't interested in C&O in my orginal post, but it was a good suggestion). We ended up going to Cafe Del Rey. I got tired of choosing restaurants during their week here that would be appropriate for a 13 year-old, and chose where I wanted to go. Cafe Del Rey has a great (but pricey) brunch on Sundays, it's a 3-course for $31 but the food is great and you can't beat the view. And the 13 year-old loved it.

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                  woofer RE: Muhlyssa Aug 28, 2007 03:51 PM

                  Danny's Deli
                  23 Windward Ave
                  Venice, CA 90291
                  (310) 566-5610

                  Rose Cafe & Market
                  220 Rose Ave
                  Venice, CA 90291
                  (310) 399-0711

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