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What's for lunch in the Marina?

I've been working in the Marina Del Rey area for the past few years, and I'm getting rather tired of the restaurants around here. I've got a few good places to go to (like the restaurants at Mitsuwa on Centinela or Shershah), but I haven't found any more places to try.

Does anyone have any suggestions for new options?

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  1. Mendocino Farms, with really great sandwiches, will be opening in the Marina really soon.

    http://mendocinofarms.com/menu/

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      1. re: wienermobile

        YEAH, can't wait to try them!!! Meet ya there!!! LOL!

        1. re: wienermobile

          Is this in the same complex as the MDR "The Counter" burger place? (and CPK / Chipotle Grill, etc.)

          1. re: Servorg

            Yes it is in the same Ralph's market complex. It's almost right next door to Sugar Fish. The address is 4724 Admiralty Way.

            1. re: wienermobile

              OMFG - I'm there about once a month, give or take a week. CAN'T WAIT.......

          2. re: wienermobile

            Mendocino Farms opened in the Marina today and boy is it nice to have them in the neighborhood. I had the French Onion Soup Melt sandwich with smoked gouda, gruyere fondue, caramelized onions panini pressed on Ciabatta (they were out of the pretzel roll)with honey ham. It was really good but it could of been a little more melty. My son had the Kurobutta Pork Belly Manh Mi and it was great. They have a nice outdoor patio and really good service. They are open until 9pm nightly.

            1. re: wienermobile

              I tried the Kurobuta Pork Belly Bahn Mi today as well. Delicious, if not authentic. I also tried the Blue Buffalo, Not Blue Cow on the honey tortilla wrap, and it was also very good.

              And the service is wonderful, very nice and helpful. Their menu is large and very interesting, I only wish I had a bigger stomach and wallet!! Now if only they would open one up in my homely little village.......

              1. re: wienermobile

                Mendocino Farms is becoming part of our regular rotation. We really like the quality and variety of their sandwiches...

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                Mendocino Farms
                300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  I envy you.....Yes I would agree the quality is there, and I love the willingness to help people, and explain things, esp. to new customers.

                  And the fact that the nice girl at the front admitted she was still new and had not tried everything yet. Very accomodating and absolutely no attitude at all. Love it.

          3. You've probably been driving right by Gallegos Mexican Deli on the way to the Mitsuwa food court. Great barbacoa burritos, chips are awesome, the tamales are great as well. Also look up the daily specials list.

            http://www.gallegosmexicandeli.com/

            Depending on how healthy your appetite is, 26 Beach is on Washington about a couple of blocks west of Lincoln. Most things are great there, but their burgers and salads get huge nods on this board.

            http://www.26beach.com/

            Pitfire Artisan Pizza is pretty good - they've been open for a few months now, have worked out a lot of the kinks, and have a very respectable beer list, including some great brews on tap. Their pizzas are very good (but not Mozza-good), and their salads make a great lunch or dinner. I just had their grilled steak salad, and it was very good.

            http://www.pitfirepizza.com/

            Do you consider Venice within reach? Parking is much tougher, but Abbot's pizza, Hal's, Casa Linda, and 3 Square might be suitable choices for lunch. They're all on Abbot Kinney, within a few blocks of each other - from just south of California Ave to San Juan Ave. Try to park either in the lots between Abbot Kinney and Electric, or the neighborhood southwest of Abbot Kinney.

            French Market Cafe is further south on Abbot Kinney, has a parking lot, as does really good lunch fare. Marla's is across the street on Abbot Kinney and Victoria. She's been in the catering business for a few decades, and decided to offer her food through her recently opened cafe. The food is very good - they make the food to order, so it can take a while. Order over the phone and meet your lunch there.

            http://marlascafe.com/

            I almost forgot The Curious Palate on Venice Blvd, between Grand View and Inglewood. They're worth a try as well. Like Marla's they can take a bit in the kitchen, so best to order before going, or get it to go.

            http://thecuriouspalate.com/

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            26 Beach
            3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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

            Gallegos Mexican Deli
            12470 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

            French Market Cafe
            2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd Ste 200, Venice, CA 90291

            Casa Linda
            1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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            1. re: bulavinaka

              Great list! Although I have to add my favorite Venice lunch spot, Lemonade!

              --Dommy!

              1. re: Dommy

                D'oh! How could I overlook them?! I eat there often... One caviat - the eating areas are really loud! Really bad acoustics, especially the smaller one behind the cash register.

                  1. re: Dommy

                    fourth for lemonade.
                    terrific price/quality/quantity ratios

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      I still can't get over how many salads they offer, and I've yet to try one that I was just meh about. I've found though that a couple of servers behind the counter seem to really try to push me into getting six small servings of the various salads, as opposed to one or two specific ones that I already want. I think that's fine if one either wants a lot of variety or just wants to gain some ideas on possible favorites. But one can already sample them by asking.

                    2. re: Dommy

                      Yup. Love Lemonade, that short rib sammy with mac & cheese is awesome on a cool day.....

                    3. re: bulavinaka

                      Your gonna get me taken off the payroll at 26 Beach, geez....LOL In the Mitsuwa Market the have a pre-made sushi section, I hope you have tried it. THE BEST spicy tuna roll or bowl in the city!

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                      26 Beach
                      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                      1. re: Burger Boy

                        >>Your gonna get me taken off the payroll at 26 Beach, geez....<<

                        LOLing! Your position as the unofficial shout-outer of 26 Beach is secure. I'm just one of your peeps in the crowd waving back!

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                        26 Beach
                        3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                        1. re: bulavinaka

                          the reason i didn't suggest them is that i think of 26 beach as $15 before tax and tip--a little too much for weekday lunch in my book.
                          the price issue is also why i didn't recommend antica pizzaria.

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            Westside, easy! You have a guilt complex....LOL

                            1. re: westsidegal

                              I think that you are right, burger and a drink, salad and a drink or french toast and coffee start around $15.

                              1. re: westsidegal

                                I figured that if the OP is going out to lunch often enough, I'd lay one or two options out that might be considered more splurge-y but not too fancy or fluffy. Pitfire can be $15-20 as well as Hal's and 3 Square, but all have worthy dishes that I think the majority of folks could enjoy for a slightly nicer lunch. And I think you should mention Antica. For the OP: Their pizzas are a notch above Spitfire. Spitfire is very casual, you order at the counter - they bring to your table, benches/tables or booths and a nice little patio area. Antica serves pizza like it's straight out of Napoli, has a nicer sit-down atmosphere and is full-service as well.

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

                              2. re: bulavinaka

                                I also shout out many places, without variety it is a very boring ride. Hey, if you like spicy tuna, get some inside the market at Mitsuwa,(Mar Vista) in the sushi section not the fish section, it tastes different. I am convinced they are using some heroine in there. I have had it 12 times in 2 weeks. Who needs 26 Beach when I have my spicy tuna. Hey, wait, maybe I can take some spicy tuna and sneak it on one of their hamburgers..........hmmmmmmmm

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                                26 Beach
                                3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                              3. re: Burger Boy

                                @Burger Boy: I KNEW IT!!!!! ROFLMAO!!

                              4. re: bulavinaka

                                Hey Bula! Have you tried Casa Linda yet? I've been waiting to hear from a 'hound as to what they thought....

                                Thanks, friend.

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                                Casa Linda
                                1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                                1. re: Phurstluv

                                  Hi Phurstluv, I've yet to try Casa Linda but folks who have are enjoying it. You might know it's owned by the folks who own Hal's a few door up the street. Nothing mind-blowing from those who've tried it, but very good. The head chef at Hal's is from Mexico, and evidently impressed the owners enough to let him make the calls at CL, at least initially.

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                                  Casa Linda
                                  1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                              5. 1)if you go east to sepulveda, GREEN PEAS (one of dommy's finds)
                                2)also, from what i hear from other posters, mariscos chente is now offering more in the way of tacos.
                                3)for terrific tacos/mexican food at unbelievably low prices, on centinela, taqueria sanchez
                                4)in westchester, ayara thai cuisine
                                5)the deli section of gelsons (in the back of the store) has a good selection of premade salads and made-to-order sandwiches and they have tables set up in the front of the store near the bakery.
                                ( fwiw, imho the salad bar at gelsons is way too expensive to be justifiable as a weekday lunch. better deals at the deli counter.)
                                6) the counter for built-to-order hamburgers

                                1. Some good recommendations so far.

                                  26 Beach was very nice, but it's a little upscale for a regular lunch place - I did take my wife there once when she had the day off.

                                  I think that I might hit Gallegos Mexican Deli for lunch - I've been looking for a place that serves mole sauce.

                                  Thanks all, and keep the recommendations coming

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                                  26 Beach
                                  3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                                  Gallegos Mexican Deli
                                  12470 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                                  1. re: Dr. Confoundo

                                    Great chorizo and egg burro at Gallegos!

                                    1. re: Burger Boy

                                      Hey friend!!! Did you know you have a place named in your honor in Anaheim??! LOFAO!

                                      1. re: Phurstluv

                                        Is it Lamonica's Pizza? Yeah, I own them, it was given to me by "The Family" wink wink, nudge nudge. I am independently wealth and do this to keep my mind sharp........ROTFLMMFAO!

                                        1. re: Burger Boy

                                          NO, it's called BURGER BOY!!!!

                                          Yeah, I know, I figured as much, you're independently wealthy, spending your free time on CH, rec'ing your own places...........hahahahaha!!

                                          I got your number, friend!!! So, are you at the Anaheim place much?? Should I let you know next time we're at the "Happiest {cough} place on Earth"??? At least you'd serve us a beer...!!! Cheers!

                                    2. re: Dr. Confoundo

                                      It may be too far for weekday lunch but if you want excellent mole, Monte Alban on SM blvd in WLA is awesome.

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                                      Monte Alban
                                      11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                    3. I like the grilled shrimp po'boy from Uncle Darrow's.

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                                      Uncle Darrow's
                                      2560 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291