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Off to San Pedro -- any suggestions?

2 kids and 2 adults who like cheap, interesting food are headed to San Pedro. Any suggestions? Gaffey St Diner? Is that "interesting"? Burgers, in our book, aren't especially interesting; we love fish or "ethnic" food (I hate that term -- in my books and going to San Pedro fish ought to be "ethnic") -- I guess 'local gems' for not too much money is what I have in mind, and also kid-friendly -- which means not white-table-cloth but they'll eat anything you'll eat (...though -- sorry to keep adding stipulations -- there needs to be something other than all-meat available)...

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  1. This place (Pavich's) sounded really interesting and the LA Times also had a great review including photos (see link below):

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/612053

    http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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    1. The pizza place won't be open. The fish market has a really good inside restraunt. Not outside, stay away from outside on the weekend, this is at Ports O call great food, cheap and kid friendly. Or there is a great new Lebanese place on Pacific about 19th Street in a strip mall.

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      1. re: bex29

        Are you saying Pavich's is closed this weekend for some reason? The website lists their hours as 11 AM to 8 PM everyday.

        1. re: Servorg

          It's San Pedro, never trust the posted hours! It's a tiny shop and when it gets really slow in the evening, they close up shop. Great food, but it is take away. I would call first to be sure they're there.

          1. re: bex29

            Okay. It's just that when you said "They won't be open" you actually meant "They might not be open" (all depending on how busy they are as it gets close to their published closing time).

            1. re: Servorg

              I meant "they won't be open" it's a holiday weekend and today is Croation celebration day in San Pedro. I knew they would be closed. Also their website isn't accurate as to menu and prices besides time they are open. It's a quirky place, excellent, but call first.

              1. re: bex29

                So just to make sure of what their website said I just called them. And guess what? They were open. They have been open all day (since 11 AM) and the very nice guy on the phone said that last call for orders to go is 7:40 PM, but he was willing to take my order even though I called a few minutes late. Guess he's trying to maximize business like a good owner should.

                Maybe in this economy we should all try to err on the side of caution when possibly driving business away from any of the small restaurants in LA (which are all trying their level best to survive our economic meltdown)?

      2. Lots of seafood options at Ports of Call Village.
        Many fresh seafood counters with different kinds of seafood which can be either fried or grilled.
        Lots of choices either American, Asian or Mexican style preparation.
        Very informal.....go to a counter and choose what you want and you get your food on a tray and dine on the wooden tables overlooking the harbor.

        1. I don't know when you are going, but here are my thoughts if it is not too late. Pavich's has good pizza although it is definitely more take out than a restaurant; I think there is one small table in front. Gaffey St. Diner has good quality food a fair prices but I would not call it "interesting". San Pedro Fish market certainly meets most of your criteria: fish, interesting, kid friendly, and ethnic. I don't think it would qualify as cheap. Unless you have been to San Pedro Fish Market, you should know that many would consider it too interesting, ethnic and kid friendly. I love the place, but it is not for everyone and for me the ambience is better than the food. You might try Ante's, which is an old school Yugoslavian restaurant. They usually have a seafood special that is good. We like to split the Yugoslav sampler plate. I would suggest you do what most locals do; go to Busy Bee and get some sandwiches. Then, go to a nearby park or beach and enjoy an impromptu picnic.

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          Busy Bee Market
          2413 S Walker Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

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          1. re: Guero

            +2 for the busy bee suggestion.
            beware the hours: every time i go, they're closed.
            they don't seem to be open much besides lunch (maybe only weekdays).

            1. re: Guero

              Busy Bee: Still the best sandwiches in town

            2. Big Nicks for the sub sandwiches (haven't had the pizza). An alternative would be A-1 Grocery whose sandwiches are much more basic.
              Enchilada House for inexpensive Mexican style.
              IIRC Busy Bee isn't open on Sunday.
              Gaffey Street Diner has Very large breakfasts - be prepared to doze afterwords.

              I know there are more good San Pedro topics out there, just can find them yet.

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              Gaffey Street Diner
              247 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

              Big Nick's Pizza
              1110 N Gaffey St Ste G, San Pedro, CA 90731

              Enchilada House
              133 N Bandini St, San Pedro, CA 90731