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

jandazza Oct 30, 2009 11:49 AM

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. cookie monster RE: jandazza Oct 30, 2009 12:20 PM

    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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      perk RE: cookie monster Oct 30, 2009 01:12 PM

      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
        mollyomormon RE: cookie monster Oct 30, 2009 01:48 PM

        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

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        luhkee RE: jandazza Oct 30, 2009 02:59 PM

        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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          Emme RE: luhkee Oct 30, 2009 09:19 PM

          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

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            westsidegal RE: luhkee Oct 31, 2009 04:58 PM

            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. mstinawu RE: jandazza Nov 6, 2009 05:19 PM

            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

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              latindancer RE: jandazza Nov 6, 2009 05:34 PM

              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.

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