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Dec 2, 2010 07:39 PM

Ludobites Hatfields Food trucks

we're going to be in Venice for Christmas and I'm looking for suggestions both local to that area and out of area
we've been in the area before and like Gjelina's Axeand the Japanese whose name I cant remember but on Abbot Kinney block or so east of Gelina's I think

We went to Hatfield's 2 yrs ago and loved it - I liked food, prices and unpretentious atmosphere. Reviews of the updated version suggests its more formal and more pricy. So looking for suggestions on someplace that would feel and cost like old Hatfields

Anyone know if Ludobites will be open over the holidays and where?

any suggestions on food trucks - not Mexian we're from Northern CA and have tons of good mexican - that are regular in Venice area


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

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  1. As far as food trucks go I've been noticing a concentration of them in the evening on Sawtelle just north of Olympic Blvd. (basically in front of the little one story mini mall with Hurry Curry and Little Hong Kong restaurants). Kogi was there and several others.

    Little Hong Kong Cafe
    2129 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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    1. re: Servorg

      i once saw a ludobites truck parked in the sawtelle corridor, but it didn't seem to be open for operation or anything of the sort, it was kinda weird, and that was a couple months back. i am still looking forward with the ludobites fried chicken, sadly, i was not too impressed with the much heralded tues nite fried chicken and all you can drink beer events at eva.

      1. re: kevin

        LFC was okay but I mean I thought the karaage(sp?) from ramen jinya was better. @ 6 bucks for 2 balls though you could definitely do better.

    2. Ludobites' last day is Dec 5 I think.

      How about Eva in the old Hatfields space? They do sunday suppers for $35 (
      )There are other good, unpretentious restaurants. What type of food are you looking for?

      I've heard wonderful things about the Tasting Kitchen in Venice too, which would be very close to you. I personally really like Ado, which is on Main St, around the corner from ABK. Very cute Italian place (

      As far as food trucks go, I think these are interesting: Manila Machine, Ta Bom (Brazilian, haven't tried), Ahn Joo, Street Hawker (Singaporean, tho menu seems limited. Also haven't tried).

      BTW, I think we have a more varied Mexican food here than in SF, like La Casita Mexicana, La Huasteca, Pal Cabron. Keep an open mind :


      La Casita Mexicana
      4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

      La Huasteca
      3150 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262

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      1. re: burumun

        thanks - Eva's sound interesting though not sure if it will be work for my vegetarian husband - though he eats fish.
        Looking for inventive takes on CA food - modern mexican, love middle eastern also and modern indian
        Looking forward to checking out you r suggestions on food trucks
        I thinbk we might have had a drink at Tasting Kitchen last year - does it have rough hewn wooden counters/bar/dessert area at back? Seem to remember staff with oodles of attitude but maybe that was somewhere else on Abbot K

        1. re: sonomajom

          Hmm not sure I'd call it rough hewn? Sounds more like Gjelina?

          For modern mexican, definitely check out Rivera, there's nothing else quite like it in town:

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

          1. re: sonomajom

            Tasting Kitchen is also rough hewn wooden by my recollection and they do have a more traditional bar space than Gjelina, so I would guess you were there.

        2. Haven't tried Ludobites yet but looking on the pictures and descriptions Bistro LQ is doing similar perhaps even more inventive cuisine. It's for us the best restaurant in LA if you are interested in creative and innovative cuisine.