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Granita in Malibu - any good substitutes?

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LMelba Sep 3, 2007 01:38 PM

I miss Granita in Malibu. Loved the food, decor and the service. Anyone have any suggestions for a replacment place?

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    LMelba Dec 24, 2007 12:02 AM

    Ok, this was one of my first posts, I never got an answer and it's been haunting me since... Granita had great food, I especially enjoyed their brunch. Sadly they closed. Anyone have any suggestions? Doesn't have to be in Malibu. Please don't say Spago.

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      Servorg Dec 24, 2007 03:33 AM

      Some of the usual suspects would be Chaya Brasserie in WeHo or Chaya Venice in it's namesake community or Campanile might be a substitute. Have you been to Jiraffe or Josie in Santa Monica? Finally someplace like Joe's for the casual Granita like vibe could be a possibility.

      http://www.campanilerestaurant.com/

      http://www.thechaya.com/bhindex.htm

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        LMelba Dec 24, 2007 07:29 AM

        Those are some good suggestions. I was just checking out Josie's website. I do like Campanile for breakfast, and I've been meaning to check out both Chaya's since I adore the M Chaya Cafe. Sorry, where is Joe's?

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          Servorg Dec 24, 2007 08:17 AM

          http://www.joesrestaurant.com/

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      nosh Dec 24, 2007 08:21 AM

      I also really enjoyed Granita. Loved the aqua and river rocks decor, and the tables against the windows inside or out on the patio -- once inside, the furthest thing from a shopping center restaurant. Had some memorable meals there, and remember the Chino Farms chopped vegetable salad and a wonderful risotto. I don't recall the reason it closed -- doubt it was for lack of customers. Do I have a vague recollection that they were facing a huge rent increase? Has anything else taken over the space?

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        marlane Dec 27, 2007 01:29 PM

        Closed b/c not enough traffic. My friend worked there till the end. The best salmon I ever had in my life came out of that kitchen.

        Second Chaya Venice. I have never had a bad meal here.

      2. perk Dec 27, 2007 04:47 PM

        There's a new place in Malibu--Terra, I think. In the space where Lino's was....Giorgio's way before that. I hear good things.
        Granita had very good food, but just never won the locals over. I used to live out there, and the places that really do well year round learn to cater to the somewhat diverse Malibu residents.
        I know someone who invested in Granita, and I'm told it was always in the red.

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