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summary of my (carless) Los Angeles journey

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So I saved around $140, and reduced some stress, but spent lots of time standing at bus stops, on my carless excursion based in Venice Beach with some forays toward downtown. Here’s a summary of my findings.

BP Oysterette, Santa Monica. I got the raw bar combo, which included very good but small oysters, great clams, shrimp that looked better than it tasted, and outstanding ceviche. This was billed as appetizer; the ceviche was of decent size while the other items was basically samples. I also got the artichoke, which seemed pricey at $8 since it was just an unadorned vegetable that required some work to get the “meat,” but the accompanying sauces were good.

Campos Tacos, Venice Beach. On one occasion I got the incredibly cheap chorizo combo – chorizo and eggs were very good, beans were more boring but rice was less boring than expected. The hibiscus drink was pleasing. On the other trip I was underwhelmed by the chilaquiles – the onions weren’t that helpful.

Singapore Express, Marina del Rey. Reviews have detected a decline in authenticity here; I was quite pleased. While I’m not in a position to gauge whether the Hainanese chicken was authentically Singaporean, I found it delightful. The sauce on the table was better than the intended sauce. Interesting menu choices here and I hope to return someday to get the pork leg.

Uncle Darrow’s, Marina del Rey. I got the “stimulus platter” of catfish and shrimp instead of the recommended po’boys. Very good breading. Catfish was slightly more compelling than the shrimp. Rice-and-beans and jambalaya were o.k.

Wahoo’s, Santa Monica. I guess I don’t need to devote too much time to a chain but very good fish tacos here.

Toi on Sunset, Hollywood. If you’re into Ramones with your Pad Thai. I got the thai spaghetti – the contents were relatively simple but the sauce was great.

Roscoe’s Chicken And Waffles, Hollywood. Stunning. I don’t know why exactly chicken and waffles were combined but both were outstanding. When I saw the giant four pieces of chicken plus two waffles I felt bad that I was unlikely to finish the whole thing – it took some time but I finished the chicken and 95% of the waffles. A must-visit for a salty/sweet buzz.

Phillipe’s, Los Angeles. Also a must-visit, partly for the old-timey ambience with sawdust on the floor. Choosing between pork and beef was incredibly difficult decision. On my prior visit in 2006 I got the lamb which was fine but wanted to branch out. I went with the beef figuring that was the original – incredibly juicy. Lemonade was very good too.

Windward Farms, Venice Beach. This is a deli that makes its own pretty good shrimp cocktail.

Poke Poke, Venice Beach. For quick and very good ahi (I opted for original, not spicy.)

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  1. Thanks for the report, and for teaching us locals that we do have workable public transportation.

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    1. re: ChinoWayne

      "...and for teaching us locals that we do have workable public transportation."

      Long time no subway to the sea... ;-D>

      1. re: Servorg

        Move to an area where you won't need the subway to the sea!

    2. If you had had the use of a car, what would you have done differently, if anything?

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      1. re: mc michael

        With a car I probably could have added some more stops, especially late at night, but regionally speaking, I would have liked to return to Quality Seafoods in Redondo Beach, as well the other places on the pier that I skipped in favor of QS on my 2006 journey.

        That area wasn't so far from Venice by car but would have been difficult by bus in the given time frame. Also, I would have returned to Thai Town, which had many appealing-looking places but lost out to the Roscoe's/Phillipe's combo in that time slot.

        There was a highly praised shrimp taco joint in Culver City that I could have checked out via the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus but I skipped it for time reasons.

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        Quality Seafood
        130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

        1. re: jerseyguy2000

          Quality Seafood is really good for the obvious reasons, and Izakaya Bincho is top notch izakaya fare that's not to be missed by any Chowhound.

          The Culver City shrimp taco pick is most likely Taqueria Sanchez. They have the original location on Inglewood Blvd, and the newerish location on Centinela Ave.

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          Taqueria Sanchez
          4541 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

          Quality Seafood
          130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

          Izakaya Bincho
          112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

          1. re: jerseyguy2000

            The insights of outsiders are always of interest. thanks.