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brian j Nov 5, 2010 12:25 PM

I've been working in Marina del Rey for the past few months and so far I've found myself eating often at Mendocino Farms since they have so many great sandwiches and salads. I've also enjoyed Tacomienda, Cabbage Patch, & Hanger 19, but I really need some more options for cheap and/or healthy lunches. Willing and able to drive up 15-20 minutes... Any recommendations?

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Cabbage Patch
214 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA

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

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    bulavinaka Nov 6, 2010 05:49 AM

    Venice has some good choices along Abbot Kinney. Ride a bike if possible - it's a short hop from MdR and parking can be challenging at times:

    French Market Cafe has been around for a couple of decades. Very good cafe fare or you can grab a sandwich to go.

    Marla's does a lot of things good. She and her husband started out in the catering business and recently converted their business space to accommodate diners. The patio in the back is nice, and her menu is quite extensive. Lamb chops (whens she has them), carnitas, ribs, pastas, salads, sandwiches and daily specials. Call ahead as some of the items can take a while.

    Lemonade on Abbot Kinney and Venice Blvd has "new school" cafeteria cuisine. Dozens of imaginative premade salads, sandwiches, stews and desserts.

    Abbot's Pizza sells pizza by the slice - good pizza. Also try their salad pizza.

    Hal's is known more their drinks, but their turkey burger is good. They've been on the street for decades and a lot of the "old school" residents, business folks and artists still hang out here.

    3 Square is the renaissance of the Rockenwagner empire. They score high on quality, execution and portions. Give the bakery next door a lookover - their pretzel twists with cheese and bacon make for a breakfast or lunch in themselves.

    Lilly's is classic French cafe food with a very nice patio (probably the nicest in Venice). Great soups, salads, duck and chicken dishes.

    Primitivo is a Spanish-style wine bar and bistro. Good small plates and of course extensive wine list. The tab can add up fast but definitely worth considering if you're going in a group.

    Gjelina and Joe's are more coin and time might become an issue for lunch, but if you go right when they open (or of course make reservations), you should be seated promptly.

    Gjelina's strong suits are roasting Farmers Market quality produce - very good and imaginative menu.

    Joe's is the restaurant that put Abbot Kinney on the map back in the late 80's/early 90's. Lunch is a bargain considering execution and quality - under $20 for a really good lunch.

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

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

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

    Primitivo
    1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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      Burger Boy Nov 6, 2010 12:48 AM

      Asa Ya on Culver & McConnell, total dive but good basic japanese. For some great burgers & salads try 26 Beach Restaurant in Venice, Lincoln & Washington.

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      26 Beach
      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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        Juji Nov 5, 2010 01:42 PM

        Antica Pizzeria is very good, I really like their pennette a la vodka. Truxton's near LAX is also pretty solid.

        1. Servorg Nov 5, 2010 12:44 PM

          A bit of a dive type diner, but we like their double cheeseburger combo (including a drink and choice of sides) for $9.50 at Ronnie's Diner:

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          Ronnie's Diner
          12740 Culver Blvd Ste J, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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