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State of Play in Venice and Surroundings

echoparkdirt Feb 11, 2010 04:50 PM

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

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    kaitoz Feb 17, 2010 02:58 PM

    Falafel guy and Pupusa lady on Westminster/Ocean Front Walk
    Gaby's Mediterranean
    3 Square
    James Beach

    just to name a few, all within walking distance of anywhere in Venice - yum!

    2 Replies
    1. re: kaitoz
      Phurstluv Feb 17, 2010 03:13 PM

      Um, most of those were already listed.......

      And what's falafel guy and pupusa lady, a food truck?

      1. re: kaitoz
        echoparkdirt Nov 5, 2010 08:43 PM

        Just tried Beechwood -- the atmosphere was fantastic for a casual date. lovely california informal lounge

        822 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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        aventinus Feb 14, 2010 08:55 PM

        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.

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        1. re: aventinus
          westsidegal Feb 15, 2010 10:13 AM

          abbot's pizza is good for bagel-y crust, antica pizzaria is good for neopolitan style (crust so thin you need to eat it with a fork and knife, wood-fired oven, fresh mozz, imported flour, imported tomatos)

          1. re: aventinus
            echoparkdirt Feb 24, 2010 05:03 PM

            OK, now we're talking. Where are your closest ethnic restaurant go-tos?
            Never tried China Beach.
            La Cabana is extremely mediocre, but fun to meet up in.

          2. Servorg Feb 11, 2010 05:06 PM

            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

            Amandine Patissiere
            12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            Monte Alban
            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

            Raku Restaurant
            11678 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            Ronnie's Diner
            12740 Culver Blvd Ste J, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

            Pepy's Galley
            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

            Restaurant 2117
            2117 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            Bar Pintxo
            109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            2002 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            Place Yuu
            2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

            Mariscos Chente
            4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

            Huckleberry Cafe
            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

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            1. re: Servorg
              Phurstluv Feb 12, 2010 10:37 AM

              Guess you just about covered it, SO.

              For tapas & drinks, you forgot Salut, on Main St in SM. There's also lots of decent bars like Library Alehouse and Finn McCool's on Main St as well.

              1. re: Phurstluv
                Servorg Feb 12, 2010 10:52 AM

                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

                1. re: Servorg
                  Phurstluv Feb 12, 2010 01:53 PM

                  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!

                  1. re: Phurstluv
                    Servorg Feb 12, 2010 01:58 PM

                    I used to have a thing for the nachos at La Cabaña, but then I began going low carb and kind of stepped away from it. They are a great late, late night spot though because you can get a sit down meal until 2:45 AM (and that's a rare thing on the westside).

                    1. re: Servorg
                      Phurstluv Feb 12, 2010 02:06 PM

                      Good to know, thanks.

                      1. re: Servorg
                        Emme Feb 13, 2010 01:25 PM

                        La Cabana is great fror nachos and margaritas :-)

                        1. re: Emme
                          kauma Feb 16, 2010 02:16 PM

                          Apropos LC - the patio!!!

                      2. re: Phurstluv
                        westsidegal Feb 14, 2010 01:59 PM

                        chinois on main also does, what is in my opinion, the best fried catfish in town.
                        keep in mind, though, that this restaurant has fine-dining prices.

                        1. re: Phurstluv
                          lapizzamaven Nov 7, 2010 07:03 AM

                          La Cabana does make great handmade tortillas...

                        2. re: Servorg
                          westsidegal Feb 14, 2010 01:57 PM

                          respectfully disagree with the la cabana recommendation as a source of good food.
                          drink and chips, though, are ok there, especially very late at night.

                      3. re: Servorg
                        yogachik Feb 14, 2010 05:06 PM

                        A valentine to you Servorg. Bookmarked this.

                        I would add Little Hong Kong Cafe on Sawtelle and Cache (bar menu is great). Chaya Venice, too (happy hour all night Sunday and Monday).

                        1. re: yogachik
                          Servorg Feb 14, 2010 07:12 PM

                          Always fun when Place Links are working like advertised. Really funny because we just got back from eating at Little Hong Kong. Not at all crowded, although Sawtelle was hopping generally. Hope your VD dinner was good.

                          1. re: yogachik
                            westsidegal Feb 15, 2010 10:11 AM

                            would recommend avoiding sushi at chaya venice on sundays.
                            all the other food though has been good.

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