Santa Monica/Venice - Interesting, good, <$12 Lunch Spots
I am looking for new cheapish restaurants in Santa Monica/Venice, and not Bay Cities
10th Street Cafe, on the S/E corner of Wilshire at 10th (shared parking lot in the back). Good, fresh inexpensive seafood, from the folks at Santa Monica Seafood. Nice portion of fish & chips with coleslaw at $9.95, a tunaburger less, daily fresh fish specials with rice a bit more. Their excellent chowder. Very casual, counter service. My understanding is that the retail seafood outlet will join them there this fall, with the cafe remaining for dining in or taking out.
To my surprise, I really enjoyed my chili-cheeseburger combo at Tommy's (S/W corner of Pico and Lincoln) recently. I ordered the fries welldone, and they were particularly good, very crisp, not burnt -- thicker than your average fries these days. More comfortable than the original on Rampart -- seating available for eating in. The double-cheeseburger (two thin burgers, one slice of cheese, and the chili, onion, pickle, and tomato) had a better ratio of meat than the single. Combo with a large drink and big fries that I couldn't quite finish was like $6 less than $7.
Which reminds me of my new favorite -- the Stuffed Pita place on the north side of Pico across from Santa Monica College in the minimall. A great, fresh crisp falafel on pita with vegies and their fantastic piquante hot sauce available for under $4, a shawarma with a nice portion of lamb for $5. Great quick lunch, though parking can be tight or impossible at prime time.
If you like good Neopolitan food, there's Antigua for pizza and pastas
The Counter for hamburgers, fries and a great shake
Kaido provides really good lunch special Japanese food. I like their sushi special for $10.
I second Joe's, Richie Palmers and 10th St Cafe.
I want to try Cora's for their hamburger and breakfast.
Probably right at $12 and up is 26 Beach, french toasts till 3 pm all $10-12and salads & burgers starting at $12 and up. But for $12 you get a huge salad or burger on a homemade bun or some serious french toasts or egg dishes.
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292
$6.00 Powermeals at Il Forno http://www.ilfornocaffe.com
Abbott's for a slice
Mrs. Winston's salad bar
SF Saloon for some bar grub
Falafel place on Pico/17th... blanking on the name... Hungry Pocket?
Thai Boom offers the lunch menu all day
Lin's on Pico east of Barrington or Cheng Du near Gateway either for Chinese lunch specials
Taqueria Sanchez is in Mar Vista
Nawab of India on Wilshire for the lunch buffet
Monte Alban is close to the Santa Monica border
you are correct--the name is THE HUNGRY POCKET on pico and 17th (directly across the street from smc.)
they serve TERRIFIC falafal sandwiches for about $4 or so. they used to offer an ayce special on these sandwiches on mondays and wednesdays for about $7 or so (i don't know if they still offer that special).
if you ask, they will serve your sandwich on warmed whole wheat pita instead of white pita. they also will squeeze juice to order for you.
Market Gourmet on Abbot Kinney in Venice has lovely sandwiches that they make in house each morning. The sandwiches are made with artisan bread and they have a good selection. Proscuitto/brie, turkey/provolone/avocado, roast beef/muenster, soppressata/salami/mortadella, chicken salad, egg salad, veggie, peanut butter and jelly etc etc. They run between $3-$6 each and are huge.
mao's kitchen in venice.
you will need to resign yourself to a parking hassle, though.
very good chinese-inspired california food. . .. good-sized portions. . .and if you go at night, you might want to take advantage of their free corkage.