State of Play in Venice and Surroundings
I am moving from Redondo Beach to Venice, but I consider it moving 15 minutes closer to my cherished San Gabriel chinese haunts....
Anyways, what is the state of play in Venice and surroundings? Any favorite places?
I am partial to ethnic dives and tapas/drinks places....
Please help a hound out!
PS. the lamb and scallions at Mao's Kitchen isn't half bad
Honestly, I think the Venice food scene is disappointing. As far as ethnic restaurants go, I like some of the items at Mao's and China Beach for delivery--especially the latter. But for real Chinese, or real Vietnamese, or real Indian, or real Japanese, or real Middle Eastern, or real ethnic anything, Venice is not the place. Moreover, the upscale restaurants like Joes and Chaya are overrated in my opinion.
The coffee scene is good due to Intelligentsia. For pizza, Abbot's Pizza Company is notable for a unique bagel-y crust with gourmetish toppings.
You are pretty much in the (left of) center of a hell of a lot of places that you'll like. From the Abbott Kinney Venice vibe to Santa Monica to authentic Sinaoloan and Nayarit Mexican seafood in Mar Vista to the Sawtelle Little Tokyo line up
12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Bay Cities Italian Deli
1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Baby Blues BBQ
444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
11678 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
12740 Culver Blvd Ste J, Los Angeles, CA 90066
3 Square Cafe
1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
12125 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe
12114 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
17th St Cafe
1610 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Gallegos Mexican Deli
12470 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Port Royal Cafe
1412 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Gilbert's El Indio
2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
2117 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
2002 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066
1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA
Santa Monica Farmers' Market (Arizona and 2nd)
Arizona Ave Santa Monica CA, Arizona Ave Santa Monica, CA
Hide Sushi Japanese Restaurant
2040 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Sauce On Hampton
259 Hampton Dr, Venice, CA 90291
Oh, there are places that I missed. I hope others chime in with places they think of that I didn't recall. For instance just remembered that I should have recommended La Cabaña in Venice. Then, of course, we didn't even talk about the taco trucks.
La Cabana Restaurant
738 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Right. Hey is La Cabana any good? Go by it a lot and wondered....
EPD, when you tire of some of the hole in the wall places, there's some nice decent options as well:
Chinois on Main does an awesome lamb dish.
Il Piccolo Paradiso is tiny, hard to get in but wonderful.
Joe's in Venice is an institution - been there 20+ years and has a great prix fixe lunch for $18.
Lemonade is another great lunch spot, don't let the cafeteria vibe scare you, their short rib & mac & cheese sandwich was awesome.
And Chez Jay is a SM institution - don't know what's really good there but a decent dive bar, it's always been.
That's all I can think of for now.......have fun exploring your new digs!