Good lunch for Mom and Pop in Venice Beach? Or maybe Main Street in Santa Monica?
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.
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.
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.
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291