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Gourmet Eats - Not far from LAX

CheetahsCoach Oct 27, 2010 06:37 PM

Going to LA on business for a week ...I have never been to this part of California - Staying at the Westin LAX - Only have 1 (maybe 2) night(s) to go discover some good food as the rest is tied up w/ meetings and obligations...Criteria: Price is no problem. Ambiance - At least good, preferably exceptional (although I will be dining alone!), Genre - Any. I love just about anything that is good from gourmet to burgers.... Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...Thanks in advance....

  1. Baron Nov 1, 2010 02:56 PM

    Cafe del Rey in the Marina for sure. Don't know where you're from, but this week we have an Indian summer with temps in the high 80's so you'll have a real Southern Californian experience. This is my go to place to take the out-of- towners. Great place for excellent food, view of the marina and the sunset. Lively bar scene too if you're so inclined.

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      yogachik Nov 1, 2010 12:26 PM

      Don't know if you have a car, but some of the best restaurants in LA are in Venice and Santa Monica. Be sure to go to at least two of these, in order of must-go-to
      Catch at Casa del Mar (view is unbeatable, too)
      Chaya Venice
      The Wilshire (further cab ride)

      Chaya Venice
      110 Navy Street, Venice, CA 90291

      424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

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        jfdoug Nov 1, 2010 11:19 AM

        Cafe Del Rey is the best choice..

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

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          New Trial Oct 28, 2010 11:46 AM

          Cafe Del Rey is close by and very good.

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

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          1. re: New Trial
            westsidegal Oct 28, 2010 10:14 PM

            second the recommendation of Cafe del Rey.

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            Juji Oct 28, 2010 11:10 AM

            Petros and Izakaya by Katsuya in Manhattan Beach are both very good. I have heard that Open Sesame in Manhattan Village Mall has excellent Mediterranean food, but I've never been. Paul Martin's American Bistro in El Segundo is solid too. They have really good banana cream pie. Caffe Pinguini in Playa Del Rey is great for Italian, as is Antica Pizzeria in Marina Del Rey (though the ambiance is nothing special).

            Open Sesame
            5215 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

            Caffe Pinguini
            6935 Pacific Ave, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

            Petros Restaurant
            451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

            Paul Martin's American Bistro
            2361 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 180, El Segundo, CA 90245

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            1. re: Juji
              westsidegal Oct 28, 2010 10:13 PM

              respectfully disagree with the caffe pinguini recommendation.
              although i like the place well enough, imho, it doesn't begin to qualify as 'gourmet eats' because i haven't found even one dish there that is truly exceptional.

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