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Oct 30, 2009 11:49 AM

Good lunch for Mom and Pop in Venice Beach? Or maybe Main Street in Santa Monica?

HI all,
My folks are visiting next week and I'd like to take them for a walk around the Venice canals and then for a nice lunch somewhere on Abbott Kinney. They have good taste, but will probably want a really nice sandwich, soup, or salad rather than a heavy meal. Also, they aren't cheapskates, but they won't let me pay and they live on a fixed income, so I'd rather something reasonably priced.
Bonus points for sitting outside.
Abbott Kinney is better, since I think they'll be charmed there, but Main Street in Venice is a great second option.
Thank you!

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  1. All on Abbot Kinney, and all with outdoor seating:

    Three Square Cafe might work for you.


    Joe's isn't cheap, but their lunch/brunch menu is a pretty good deal.


    For a lighter meal, Jin Patisserie has nice sandwiches and salads as well as pastries, in lovely garden setting.


    Jin Patisserie
    1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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    1. re: cookie monster

      Yea, I second Jin Patisserie. It's a really unique, charming place. And her chocolates are lovely works of art.

      Jin Patisserie
      1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

      1. re: cookie monster

        These are all great recs and I'll also add the patio at Rose Cafe.

        Rose Cafe
        424 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

      2. Joes is the best deal all around, but your cant beat the price of Lily's $12 2 course daily special.

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        1. re: luhkee

          was going to recommend Lilly's as well.

          i also second 3 Square per cookiemonster above.

          if you end up in santa monica, there's always Bay Cities for a great sammie.

          3 Square Cafe
          1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

          1. re: luhkee

            depending on the day of the week,
            i believe that lily's lunch deal is not offered on sundays (instead they offer a sunday brunch)
            don't know if they offer the special lunch deal on saturdays.

          2. Sauce on Hampton all the way! Delicious, healthy (don't let this scare you), reasonably priced, sandwiches and salads! I've never had a bad meal there.

            Sauce On Hampton
            259 Hampton Dr, Venice, CA 90291

            1. For Main Street in Santa Monica I'd recommend a very small restaurant called 'Amelia's' for wonderful sandwiches, soup and salad...my favorite for cappuccino.
              You could also take them across the street to our local, regional museum, The Heritage...the most current exhibit featuring Skateboarding.