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May 26, 2010 03:53 PM

Authentic Ethnic Eats 10 MIns or Less From Venice?

When I say authentic ethnic, I mean places that are not for da white man or general public. Places where the majority of the peeps eating there are from that ethnic group or from a Chowhound-type community.

Because I am finding Venice the WORST place for authentic ethnic food I've lived in in LA -- Echo Park, Los Feliz, even Redondo Beach had better options. There's not even a kabob place worth its salt. Mao's may be a lot of things, but authentic ethnic it's not.

The closest great ethnic places i've found are the Paki places in Lawndale...and that's it....

Help me please, I'm getting desperate!

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  1. Have you already tried Mariscos Chente? As you could probably discern from your thread a few months ago, cheap ethnic eats are not the strong point of living at the beach, unfortunately. There are a lot of white people in SaMo/Venice and the rents are high so the restaurant scene reflects that.

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

    1. first two thoughts:
      - Guelaguetza @Palms & Sepulveda
      - Cha Cha Chicken @Nielsen Way & Pico in SM

      i could swear there was a really good discussion about this topic last year - i'll see if i can dig it up.

      Cha Cha Chicken
      1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Palms Guelaguetza has been closed for quite a while.

        1. re: Servorg

          you know, now that you mention it i think i might have heard that at some point. such a bummer. thanks for the correction!

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

          There's this:

          and this

          but it looks like OP has seen both threads already and I don't think there's much new that wasn't mentioned in those threads.

        3. Some options up towards Culver City...

          Jasmine Middle Eastern Food on Sepulveda

          Anapurna Southen Indian Food

          Tara's Himalayan Cuisine


          Tara's Himalayan
          10855 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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          1. re: Dommy

            If that area is an option that are quite a few Brazilian places that would be good choices (didn't Street Gourmet LA do a post on those at some point?) and one of my favorite places, Gloria's Cafe with Mexican and Central American food.

            Gloria's Cafe
            10227 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

            1. re: Servorg

              Gloria's has one of best Cocidos around! :)

              And yes, it's more in the palms are, but Rio Brasil which is pretty darn authentic... Also Sawtelle is not terribly far from Venice...


              1. re: Dommy

                Is that the same one that's in Vegas where they bring about 18 different meats t o your table? Expensive but fantastic food .

                1. re: mucho gordo

                  No, I believe Dommy is referring to Rio Brasil Cafe on Overland, which features authentic Brazilian food (great feijoada), but is not a churrascaria (the "all you can eat Brazilian Steakhouse").

                  1. re: mdpilam

                    Yup! This place has more of the vibe of a cafe than buffet/meat palace...


            2. re: Dommy

              Dommy wins for first mention of Jasmine, which is actually a great "authentic ethnic eat" as per my original request. Amazing stuff. Haven't tried the other two. Zam Zam Market is fantastic as well for Biryani, Kababs, and Pullou

              1. re: echoparkdirt

                YAY!! So glad you liked it!! :DD Hope this gives you some home on ourside of town (Believe me, I was there with you.... I only moved to the Westside for Loooovvveeeee... so I was totally skeptical...)

                Anyway, since your original post, a great Middle Eastern Place opened up in Culver City... Mezza, great Kefta Kabobs and I ADORE Their Gyro... really meaty perfect thing...


                1. re: Dommy

                  Love Mezza! Gyro was excellent, and also tried my friend's fried eggplant which was also very good. Have been impressed every visit.

                  1. re: mdpilam

                    If you like cauliflower, give the fried cauliflower a whirl as well. And if you like eggplant with some smoke, try their baba ganouj - it's some of the best I've had. Their dessert menu is abbreviated, but the ashta is wonderful.

            3. not sure if you saw this thread from '08, maybe it will help:

              1. La Oaxaquena Taco truck on Lincoln & Rose (ish) is pretty good for the West Side.

                La Oaxaquena
                1234 Lomita Blvd, Harbor City, CA 90710