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Jul 2, 2010 12:50 PM

Visiting Next Weekend, would love suggestions

Hey LA Chowhounds! I have had a great time reading over your very active board this week, and would welcome some suggestions for my trip next weekend. I am staying Friday & Sat. in Venice and then Sunday in Hollywood. Here is what I have mapped out so far:

Arrive at LAX
Mariscos Chente for lunch in Inglewood
Dodgers Game

Coffee: Urth Caffe or Intelligentsia?
Lunch: Father's Office/Umami/26?
Dinner-somewhere nice and pretty in Santa Monica/Venice
C&O Trattoria/Lilly's French Cafe in Venice/Cafe Del Rey

Trailers-any ideas welcome!
Animal before the movie-Can I get a table?
Silent Film Theatre 20,000 Leagues Under the sea

Coffee in Hollywood?
Quick Lunch

P.S. Not a big drinker, so if the food is great, I could care less about the wine list.

Urth Caffe
2327 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Mariscos Chente
10020 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

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  1. If you're going in early on Sunday to Animal and there will only be one or two then you can sit up at the bar, which is entertaining and delicious...If you want a table, call now and see what the possibility is.

    Saturday lunch at any of the places you've outlined would be fine (I'm partial to FO - especially their new location over by Culver City).

    For pretty in the Venice or Marina Del Rey area then Cafe Del Rey or the patio at Gjelina or the patio at Lilly's would all be fine.

    When you say "Trailers-any ideas welcome!" are you talking about Food Trucks?

    Cafe Del Rey
    4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

    8 Replies
    1. re: Servorg

      Yes, the food trucks-here in Austin they range anywhere from overrated to sublime.

          1. re: Servorg

            Thanks so much!
            I have it down to Cool Haus vs. Get Shaved Ice in the sweets category.
            Mariscos Guillen La Playita in Santa Monica and The Grilled Cheese Truck look interesting too.

            I see 2 map sites, but they both look a little...light:

            La Playita
            3306 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

            Mariscos Guillen
            6231 Eastern Ave, Bell Gardens, CA 90201

            1. re: NWLarry

              La Oaxaqueña taco truck usually camps out on Lincoln and Rose Aves in Venice during the week from 6PM-12AM (I think), and from the afternoon to midnight on weekends. I haven't been in a long time, but they usually get a lot of props around the Westside as far as taco trucks go.

              1. re: NWLarry

                forget cool haus and get shaved - go for this one! DONUT FLAVORED ICE CREAM!!!
                it is amazing... i am still freaking out over it.
                and just a quick note on a few other suggestions. LANGERS, yes, for pastrami! the number 19!
                if animal doesn't work out- go up to melrose and to the right across the street is 8oz burger bar, so you at least have some options. also, garden state is in the opp direction, on fairfax 1 block north of beverly. both are casual, but near the silent theater.

                1. re: Clyde

                  I like your style Clyde. Donut flavored ice it crack?

          2. re: NWLarry

            If you like the Frisco Shop in Austin, then on the way back to LAX you might stop for a Los Angeles version of homestyle grub at either Pann's (close to the airport; great googie architecture and sweet waitresses; excellent fried chicken, Southern-fried pork chops, some of the best biscuits in this biscuit-starved universe, etc.) or Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil in Long Beach (further -- nearly 20 miles from LAX down the 405; similar menu to Pann's but with a far different Midwestern vibe; excellent homey favorites -- Swedish meatballs, chicken pot pie, etc. -- and a large assortment of delicious pies and cakes, including a fine German Chocolate).

            Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
            6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

            Jongewaard’s Bake 'n Broil
            3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

        1. for friday lunch, be aware that the Mariscos Chente in inglewood now has installed a grill; this means that you can order pescado zarandeado there even though it is not shown on the menu.

          for saturday evening, imho, lilly's and cafe del rey are both FAR better than C&O.

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

          2 Replies
          1. re: westsidegal

            Definitely skip C&O, it's horrible. Lilly's is definitely a far better alternative.

            1. re: estone888

              C&O = great bread puffs, nice atmosphere, reasonably priced, huge portions, but beyond the bread puffs most of the other food is only mediocre. Between that and Cafe Del Rey, Cafe Del Rey, hands down unless price is a concern.

              Cafe Del Rey
              4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

          2. Monday is a littlle light-could anyone help out with Hollywood Area (Noth Sycamore) suggestions?

            3 Replies
            1. re: NWLarry

              You are not that far from Langer's Deli, the best pastrami on earth. They do close at 4pm and are closed on Sunday.

              Langer's Delicatessen
              704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

              1. re: wienermobile

                2nd rec for Langer's. If you are around Hollywood Blvd. and Sycamore Ave., you can just walk over to the subway stop at Hollywood & Highland, then take the subway over to the Lakewood / MacArthur Park station. Langer's is right there - best Pastrami sandwiches anywhere outside of NYC, and perhaps including NYC.

              2. re: NWLarry

                for dinner go to beverly/melrose area off of la brea (1 block west of sycamore). you have angilini osteria, pizzaria mozza, grace, jar, etc. Or Hatfields!

              3. Getting bar seats at animal is not that tough if you arrive before 7 or after 10. Kind of depends on the movie.

                1. Unfortunately, Dodger Stadium is a lousy food wasteland so definitely import. A Langer's Pastrami is great if you can pick up by 4 or there are a couple of markets not far from the stadium in Little Tokyo that have good Bento.

                  Urth seems to me more chaotic than it's worth...but probably ok for celeb spotting. Intelligentsia pretty good but crowded. There is a cute Saturday Farmer's Market a few blocks away which might be fun, although it complicates parking. I think LA Mill, about a mile away, might be a good choice. Fancy schmancy, albeit excellent, coffee in a Barbarella setting. Supposedly fab for a high roller breakfast too.

                  I like Joe's in Venice but others on the board are probably more up-to-date on parts west.

                  I think Thaitown might be a good choice for your parting lunch. Great research!
                  Enjoy your visit.