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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.

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    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.

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      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:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6155...
          and this
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6874...
          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

          --Dommy!

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          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.

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            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...

              --Dommy!

              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...

                    --Dommy!

            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...

                --Dommy!

                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:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/500999

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

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                La Oaxaquena
                1234 Lomita Blvd, Harbor City, CA 90710