A Beach Question and a Valley Plug
I'm getting married in June in Pacific Palisades (sidenote: thanks to chowhounders for suggesting Auntie Em's as a caterer), and would like to do a really casual brunch on the beach the Sunday after.
We want a place where people can come in/out on their own schedule, get some food, hang out at the beach, and see us one last time before they leave. I had originally planned to do this at Back on the Beach, but as they're closed for construction can anyone suggest a similar alternative in the Pacific Palisades/Santa Monica area?
On an unrelated note, want to put a quick plug in for Curry Up Cafe in Woodland Hills. We need more restaurants like this in my neighborhood, with good food, a nice owner/chef/waiter--yes, he does it all--and a pleasant atmostphere. They've come up with an interesting menu of cold noodle dishes for our hot summers, so if you're in the Valley stop by and support them!
i think gladstones' back room would be good for this (depending on your party size). the back room is totally separate from the restaurant, has beach access and can be booked for private parties. we had an office party there and it was nice. the food was not very good - but you go there mainly for the view, so there's not much you can do about that. also, they set everythign up in the back corner - and so it was really packed. i would suggest anyone having a buffet type set up in the room to spread it out a little - b/c it was very cramped and difficult to get food.