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Cebca Sep 10, 2008 01:41 PM

Hey everyone,

So my kosher-keeping friends are visiting from New York and want to take my boyfriend out to dinner. They will eat out at restaurants but will not eat meat unless it is kosher. I am a former vegetarian who still prefers to go light on meat. My boyfriend likes his meat and kind of whines when I cook a vegetarian dinner, but he'll go with almost anything. Neither I nor my boyfriend keep kosher (but I did when I was a child so I know the deal).

Does anyone have a good recommendation of somewhere to go in Venice (where we live) or Marina del Rey (where my friends are staying) that is either kosher or vegetarian/vegetarian-friendly to satisfy everyone? We are looking for fairly nice (more than just salads and sandwiches) but not anything expensive or extravagant.

Thanks!!

  1. westsidegal Sep 10, 2008 02:44 PM

    26 beach is vegetarian friendly.

    what about fish WITH scales? i vaguely remember that fish is not considered to be in the same category as meat or poultry?

    for fish, although it is somewhat more upscale, i like cafe del rey.

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      Burger Boy Sep 10, 2008 07:31 PM

      26 Beach is very veggie friendly and they will substitue tofu in some of the dishes. I like the Thai Curry pasta, I think there is chicken broth, if that is ok with you.

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        westsidegal Sep 11, 2008 03:58 PM

        if they use chicken broth at 26 beach, you can bet that it won't be made from kosher chickens, therefore it would not be ok.

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          Burger Boy Jan 29, 2010 08:06 PM

          Sorry, did not see the Kosher part. Might nix 26 Beach all together then....LOL

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            westsidegal Jan 29, 2010 09:04 PM

            no, there are plenty of salads that can be ordered using tofu as the protein source (my favorite being the tuscan salad with a double order of grilled tofu) that will work.
            also, i believe that 26 beach usually offers at least one fish dish that is made with fish that has scales..

            burger boy, you do realize that this thread is over a year old, yes?

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              Burger Boy Jan 30, 2010 07:21 AM

              yeah but someone commentedand then I saw your post and realized i was wrong so thought I should correct it. Happy New Year!

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        bulavinaka Sep 10, 2008 11:44 PM

        I second Cafe Del Rey for a finer dining option. If fish is OK then I think everyone will be very happy...

      3. Mattapoisett in LA Sep 10, 2008 08:48 PM

        you might Try LA Vegan which is on Centinela near Short. it is heavy on the Faux Meat in the menu but it is worth a try.

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          bulavinaka Sep 10, 2008 11:43 PM

          We made my vegan sister very happy with food from LA Vegan. But do take-out or delivery - really not much of a dining area to speak of there...

        2. Emme Sep 10, 2008 10:22 PM

          Chaya in Venice is also worth considering, as they have veggie options.

          In case you have a meal where Chinese is a consideration, try Mao's Chinese Kitchen in Venice, that offers all sorts of meat subs.

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            westsidegal Sep 11, 2008 03:58 PM

            chaya venice usually has ONE veggie entree option.

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            bulavinaka Sep 10, 2008 11:48 PM

            I don't know what your dollar range is, but Axe on Abbot Kinney is very good, probably mid-priced to many in MdR/Venice, and has lots of meal options for just about any concerns.

            1. Foodandwine Sep 11, 2008 11:05 AM

              Pats is just south of Beverly Hills on Pico Near Beverly. I had never been but that area is Kosher Restaurant Row.. Take a drive to please your friends is my point of view..

              Take a look at this link as well:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/274676

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              Pat's Restaurant
              9233 W Pico Blvd # 200, Los Angeles, CA

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                weinstein5 Sep 11, 2008 12:18 PM

                I hghly recommend Pat's IMHO the best Kosher steakhouse in LA - for something a bit lighter you can also try:
                Fish Grill - there are a number of locations - http://www.fishgrill.com/Location.html - they are a kosher fidh restaurant - there is one located at 12013 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

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                peacepilgrim Jan 29, 2010 08:53 AM

                FISH GRILL IS TERRIFIC BUT NOT MUCH AMBIENCE

                Home dining is becoming a trend

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                  wasabica Jan 31, 2010 03:55 PM

                  I am not a vegetarian but I like to go here primarily for the veggie dishes. The rest is great as well, but their veggies are amazing

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                  1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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