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Hi everyone,

I'm taking my little sister on a college tour of Loyola Marymount in a few weeks and since I'm not from LA, I wanted to get a few suggestions as to where we should go for great food. We will be staying near the school so if there are some places near there (we do have a car), that would be great. In terms of types of food, all suggestions are welcome...asian, mexican, eclectic/fusion stuff, good brunch spots, etc. While I'm definitely more interested in good food, i'm guessing my sister is probably looking for cool ambiance/great views/etc...all suggestions are welcome! Thanks so much!

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  1. You will be very close to the Marina del Rey / Venice / Venice Beach area so there will be plenty of choices for the two of you that ought to satisfy both of you. For a weekend brunch (if that fits your stay over) you ought to target Joe's, ( www.joesrestaurant.com ) on Abbot Kinney in Venice. If you aren't going to be here on Sat. / Sun. then they have very good breakfast at 3 Square Cafe, ( http://www.rockenwagner.com/cafe.html ) - also on Abbot Kinney.

    For a place with a good vibe (and an excellent happy hour) and good food you might try Chaya Venice on Main St. in Venice, ( www.thechaya.com ). If you are looking for a view restaurant and a happening vibe then you should take your sister to the restaurant on top of the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica (and wouldn't you know I would blank on it's name as I type this - something like Promentory - but that's not quite it). Went back and googled it and it's The Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel. 1111 Second St Santa Monica, CA 90403

    There is a newish place called the Del that just opened up on Playa Del Rey and which is just at the bottom of the hill from LMU. While I haven't gone it sounds like it holds promise for both food and local scene. Local Thai food that is good can be found in Westchester at Ayara, ( http://www.ayarathaicuisine.com/ ) just around the corner from Manchester and Sepulveda which is only a few minutes from LMU.

    Some excellent breakfast choices at Beach 26 on Washington Blvd. just west of Lincoln (again, close to LMU) and a very good westside bbq place in Baby Blues, ( www.babybluesbarbq.com ) on Lincoln Blvd. near Sunset (and again close to LMU).

    You'll undoubtedly get more great suggestions from other hounds. Have a great tour. LMU has spectacular views of the Marina and all the way up the coast to Malibu and beyond.

    1. Welcome to LA.

      Cafe del Rey in Marina del Rey gets a lot of love on this board, and it's on the water. Might be a nice "view" spot for Sis, plus it's only a couple miles from LMU.

      You might treat her to Jin Patisserie in Venice. One of the best chocolatiers / pastry places in L.A., and they also serve food in their outdoor courtyard. The street it's on, called Abbott Kinney, is also a great place to walk around and shop, and has other places to eat well, like Joe's, mentioned above. Joe's can get spendy, so it's a better deal at lunch.

      I'm guessing Sis is too young to drink, but I like Library Alehouse in Venice for great beers and good pub food. For the late night Mexican cravings, there's a Oaxacan taco truck that parks at night on Lincoln near the intersection with Rose. Good tacos and Oaxacan specialties like clayudas.

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      Cafe Del Rey
      4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

      Joe's Restaurant
      1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

      Library Alehouse
      2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

      Jin Patisserie
      1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

      1. Servorg has given you a good list. I second many of those suggestions.

        LMU is just a few miles from some of the best dining spots in LA. Santa Monica is just a few miles north with many great dining spots. The Marina has great ambience, if few good restaurants. Also to the south is Manhattan Beach with great beach ambience but even fewer good restaurants.

        That said, I will try to add to what has been already posted.

        Pann's is the best Diner/Breakfast spot in the area. I am partial to their chicken wings with waffles. KJ's Diner, right near campus, has very good pancakes.
        North on Centinela is Mitsuwa Market with a good Japanese foodcourt. I recommend Santouka for their great ramen. Also try the green tea ice cream in the same foodcourt.
        If you decide to go to Santa Monica, I highly recommend Musha for Japanese style tapas.

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        Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
        6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        Musha
        424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Santouka
        3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

        Kj's Family Restaurant
        8731 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        1. The Westchester area is strangely devoid of decent Mexican restaurants. Fortunately, you can head up Sepulveda and Inglewood Blvd to a veritable hot spot at Culver. Tacomiendo and Sanchez Meat are well regarded taquerias with some sit down space. Next door is El Abajeno, an old school Mexican place.

          A little further up Inglewood, east on Washington Pl are Tito's Tacos, Johnnies Pastrami, Metro Cafe and a wealth of other places in Culver City.

          Circle back south on Sepulveda to Dinah's, a well preserved 50's coffee shop with very good egg and waffle options.

          I guess if you really want a view, El Torito in MDR serves up a good margarita. Even better, get some tacos to go and park on Vista Del Mar just west of LAX. Now There's a view!

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          Tacomiendo
          4502 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

          Sanchez Meat
          4525 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA

          El Abajeno
          4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

          1. Def agree w/ recs for Joe's, 3 Square, Pann's, Chaya, Musha...

            For brunch, Lilly's French Cafe or Rose Cafe in Venice would be nice.

            26 Beach in Venice is good standard fare; Beechwood and James Beach would also be good options in the area.

            If you like down home, try Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch.

            If you'll drive a little to Santa Monica, Monte Alban is great for Mexican hole in the wall.

            If you want to hit up the beach, take a picnic of Bay Cities Deli sandwiches, or for view, have dinner at The Lobster.

            Simple fare at Nook Bistro or Violet.

            For sushi, Irori is good.

            For people watching a bit of shopping, head up to Robertson and eat at Newsroom Cafe.