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Santa Monica/Venice - Interesting, good, <$12 Lunch Spots

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tymaishu Jul 8, 2008 11:38 AM

I am looking for new cheapish restaurants in Santa Monica/Venice, and not Bay Cities

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    meowth Jul 9, 2008 09:05 PM

    I recommend Mitsuwa. It is a Japanese grocery store between Centinela and Venice Blvd., next to CVS. They have great food for under $10!! Or you can try El Abajeno Restaurant in Culver City. Great food for not alot of money :) Good luck :)

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    1. re: meowth
      Eastcoast foods nob Jul 10, 2008 10:19 AM

      I recommend French market cafe on Abbot Kinney, Sawtell kitchen on Sawtell, Cafe Brazil on Venus blvd and I second the motion for Mitsuwa.

    2. westsidegal Jul 9, 2008 08:59 PM

      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.

       
      1. hrhboo Jul 9, 2008 12:28 PM

        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.

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          Ogawak Jul 9, 2008 07:18 AM

          Tacos are pretty good in this area.
          La Isla Bonita is a taco truck at Rose and 4th. Great tacos and worth your time.
          La Playita is a favorite of mine as well.
          I also like the dorado tacos at Taqueria Chihuahua.

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            tymaishu Jul 9, 2008 12:34 PM

            La Isla Bonita has some of the best ceviche this side of the border.

          2. Emme Jul 8, 2008 10:02 PM

            $6.00 Powermeals at Il Forno http://www.ilfornocaffe.com

            Gaby's Mediterranean

            Abbott's for a slice

            Mrs. Winston's salad bar

            Lemon Moon

            Mr. Cecil's

            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

            La Playita

            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

            Cafe Brazil

            Monte Alban is close to the Santa Monica border

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              westsidegal Jul 8, 2008 10:30 PM

              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.

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                lreeve Jul 9, 2008 09:09 AM

                Yes yes yes. Solid recommendations, emme.

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                Burger Boy Jul 8, 2008 01:37 PM

                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.

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                26 Beach
                3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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                  Ogawak Jul 8, 2008 01:33 PM

                  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.

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                    glutton Jul 8, 2008 09:34 PM

                    I think you're referring to Antica Pizzeria in MDR -- they have good neapolitan pizza. I have found it a little inconsistent of late, but it's still the best pizza in the area, by my book. I'm not sure if it would come in under $12, but it's definitely not expensive.

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                      Ogawak Jul 9, 2008 07:19 AM

                      Thanks for the correction. Yeah, the pizzas are more than 12, but big enough for two.

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                        westsidegal Jul 9, 2008 05:27 PM

                        in my book, the pizzas are the best around, but they are NOT big enough for two!!
                        i am a PETITE woman and i EASILY finish off one of their pizzas AND will share a starter in addition.
                        i recommend the anchovy pizza, btw.. . .

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                      kandykane Jul 9, 2008 08:53 PM

                      Cora's is overpriced with rude waiters-Stay away from this
                      too cool for you attitude-

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                      yogachik Jul 8, 2008 12:42 PM

                      Holy Guacamole (Main - great carne asada tacos)
                      Tommy's (same reason as nosh)
                      Buon Giorno's $5 lunch (Santa Monica at 15th)
                      Joe's Pizza and Ritchie Palmer's Pizza
                      The Slice (Wilshire at 10th)
                      Fritto Misto (Colorado at 6th)

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                        nosh Jul 8, 2008 06:49 PM

                        Yogachik -- I finally found The Slice recently and though I wasn't really hungry, stopped in to check it out. Found the staff very friendly, but my sausage slice was dull and bland. What do you recommend there? I was thinking maybe the chicken or eggplant parm sandwich...

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                          yogachik Jul 8, 2008 07:03 PM

                          I like the meatball parm sandwich, the chicken parm sandwich and the buffalo chicken sandwich (extra sauce). I do like their pizzas, but once in a while they can be bland, although not often.

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                            mollyomormon Jul 8, 2008 09:27 PM

                            I actually like the eggplant parm there a lot.

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                          nosh Jul 8, 2008 11:53 AM

                          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.

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