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Aug 13, 2007 02:06 PM

Venice Beach with a 13 year old

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. 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

      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

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

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

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        1. re: mollyomormon

          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

            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

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

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            1. re: hrhboo

              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

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