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Feb 19, 2011 07:06 PM

Marina Del Rey Takeout

Hey 'Hounds,

In Marina Del Rey for the weekend, staying with friends with a baby - looking for interesting takeout places for the evenings and baby-friendly breakfast and lunch options. The visitors are from Canada, so points for good Mex, Thai and Sushi. We're all adventurous, but they already get good Chineses, Vietnamese and Middle Eastern in Ottawa, Canada.


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  1. Don't each sushi personally but I understand Sugarfish is excellent. It is on Admirality Way, in the same shopping center as Ralphs Fresh Fare.

    Also in that same shopping center is Rainbow Acres health food store. They have a small deli counter for takeout during breakfast and lunch hours. They make a mean chicken salad sandwich. There is also a Counter (build your own burgers), California Pizza Kitchen and Chipotle, none of which are gourmet eats but all of which are child friendly.

    Pizzas from Antica Pizzeria are available for takeout and are excellent. That is on Maxella.

    California Pizza
    16960 Van Buren Blvd Ste D, Riverside, CA 92504

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    1. re: heathpack

      respectfully disagree with the recommendation of SUGARFISH.
      poor quality food, imho and weird omakase/like ordering requirements too.

      if the OP can swing it, i'd say that considering the thinness of the crust of the pizzas served at Antica, maybe try to actually go there in person with the baby in tow sometime after the main lunch crowd has left?

      for sandwiches, i'd go to the Whole Foods market in venice on lincoln blvd near rose. at leat their meats won't be packed with nitrates/nitrites, etc. if the new mom is nursing, this may be an issue.. . .

      1. re: westsidegal

        Another no to Sugarfish. Supermarket sushi is better.

      2. re: heathpack

        For first-rate sandwiches and salads, also consider Mendocino Farms - it's in the same shopping center as Sugarfish, Rainbow Acres, California Pizza Kitchen and Chipotle - they're right next to the Starbucks. The sandwiches are unique, the combinations of ingredients are well thought out, the ingredients themselves are often Farmers Market-quality and the salads are tasty - they'll always offer you samples. I've never had a sandwich there that I didn't enjoy. The current "Secret sandwich of the month," is their braised lamb sandwich - YUM. Their Kurobuta pork belly banh mi is probably the best "banh mi" in the Westside as well. It only gets minus points for being served on a ciabatta instead of a nice crisp Vietnamese-style baguette. There's also The Counter which is pretty good (I've had better burgers but the "whole package" of food and drink is pretty good). Of all the places I've tried in this shopping center, I'd give Mendocino Farms the ribbon.

        Burger Boy mentioned 26 Beach - they're very unique and the food is very good. Their produce and other ingredients are very fresh and top quality. Very inventive takes and variations on standards like breakfast fare, burgers, salads and pasta. Their weekend brunch has a lot of tasty options - many of which would probably work if the baby is eating solids. One of their many french toast variations come to mind.

        For first-rate sushi, it would be worth your effort to head to West Los Angeles. Some of the best sushi in SoCal is located in that area. Mori often gets top honor in LA from very trusted folks who live sushi - some of your only other choices that would resemble or better Mori would be a small list of others in SoCal, NYC or Japan. Kiriko is usually in the Top Five rankings for most (more cooked/whimsical offereings), and Hide (hee-deh) get best quality/price ratio for basice sushi props (cash only though). West LA is about 15-20 minutes from the general Westchester/Marina del Rey area - easily within your drive parameters for LA.

        Asking for a good Mexican rec is a pretty broad question in LA, even in the Westside. Staying within the general Westside, Westsidegal recs Tlapazola - their food is good. It's not your typical yellow cheese on everything-kinda place, but the dishes there are also kinda hybridized Mexi-Cal as well. They have lots of tequilas to choose from, and the service is always good. The majority of patrons there are mid-50s and up for some reason, but I don't see why they couldn't accommodate the little one as well. For the fully-rounded Mexican dining experience for a visitor, I'd also rec Casa Sanchez. The restaurant itself is quite elaborate - it has no equal in the Westside. They offer some sort of live entertainment on most nights - try to go when the Mariachi bands are there. They can be loud but they are really good. The food on a Chow scale is probably a 7, but I think for most, it would more than suffice. The drinks aren't half-bad either.

        Everyday places that I often do Mexican takeout are Taqueria Sanchez on Centinela (across the street from Casa Sanchez) - their al pastor tostada is really great for a few adults to munch on over brews. Their shrimp tacos are also always perfectly cooked. Gallego's Mexican Deli always has various tamales in their case, and their barbacoa is excellent. I always get extra chips, salsa and guacamole to go - their chips are excellent. Tacomiendo is known for their fresh tortillas and I like their adobado. Their chicken with mole is pretty good considering they're a taqueria. El Sazon Oaxaqueno is a combination eatery/panaderia which has mostly Oaxacan breads - I really like their breads. Their chilaquiles are quite good (but the best version of this dish is two blocks up a Pepe's Cafe in side the bowling alley!) but I really like their various caldos (soups) and their moles are very good. I think most go for their mole negro, but their Coloradito de Pollo has an intense red mole that is Chow-worthy.

        Trucks are now a food visitor's priority. Mexican food trucks are everywhere, and I give these folks props for proving that edible food is possible from a roach coach - they deserve the initial credit for putting moveable feasts in LA on the map. Four trucks in the general Westside immediately come to mind. If you've never had a Cemitas Poblanas and you like sandwiches, please hit up one of two trucks. One is located on Venice Blvd by the Smart & Final in the Palms area (approx 11AM-4PM) or the one parked on Inglewood Blvd in front of the Top Valu (approx 4PM-10PM). Choose a filling of your choice (their carnitas, al pastor, and milanesa de res are my regulars), pay your five bucks, wait about five minutes and enjoy. The La Isla Bonita truck parked on Rose and 4th Ave (approx 11-4PM). Their mariscos dishes are quite good but they are also one of the better trucks at taqueria food as well. La Oaxaquena on Lincoln by Rose (apprx 6PM- ??) does Oaxacan like tlayudas and memelas but I think most go for their basic taqueria food (tacos, burritos with carne asada or al pastor).

        Mariscos Chente on Centinela has fallen out of favor on this board. The chef who put the on the map - Sergio Penuelas - has left this place to man the kitchen at their other eatery in Inglewood. Still, we've tried them post-Penuelas, and they are still very good for this type of food. We did notice a decline in the ceviche, but the cooked shrimp dishes were still very good. The dish that got the biggest props and still did it for us was the pescado zarandeado - excellent. One specimen approx 1.5 kilos should do it for three-four adults and a little one. Just be careful of the bones if offering little nibbles to the little one.

        26 Beach
        3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

        11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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

        El Sazon Oaxaqueno
        12131 Washington Pl Ste A, Los Angeles, CA 90066

        Smart & Final
        10113 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          1. re: Phurstluv

            +2 Mendocino Farms. Their Steak & Gruyere Melt with Gruyere and smoked gouda fondue, roasted mushrooms, balsamic onions, sauteed winter greens, and tomatoes on panini grilled dolce forno pretzel roll and served with a side of horseradish crema is the bomb.

          2. re: bulavinaka

            Awesome (and comprehensive) recs, Bulavinaka! Want to just second El Sazon Oaxaqueno (was just there) - forgettable pastries but amazing mole and aguas frescas.

            Thai is tough in that area, but I really like Singapore Express which is on Lincoln right "in front of" Marina del Rey. Duck noodles are top notch. For Thai, we found ourselves at Swanya on Sepulveda in Culver City most often, but it's totally unremarkable/passable Thai (at least by Thai town standards!). It's small, but they're really kid-friendly, though I'm not sure of their delivery range.

            Singapore Express
            4248 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Dl Rey, CA 90292

            4324 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA

            1. re: bulavinaka

              re: taqueria sanchez
              be aware they close early.
              on some nights they close as early as seven.
              on others, i think they stay open to 8 or so.
              tasty food.
              amazing price/quatity ratio

          3. for thai (in westchester) AYARA THAI CUISINE

            sushi that has been transported, imho, is not worth the effort. if you disagree, try K-zo in culver city on culver blvd.

            if your open to considering something that is like-chinese, or chinese-inspired, in venice there is MAO'S KITCHEN. it may be different enough from authentic chinese to slip under the radar. . . .

            1. another pizza option is THE GOOD PIZZA in westchester.

              1. for mexican-fusion (i.e. not completely authentic mexican) on venice blvd near where it intersects with abbot kinney is TLAPAZOLA.

                1. No sushi but a sushi hamburger at 26 Beach Restaurant, they also do amazing french toasts.

                  26 Beach
                  3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                  12 Replies
                  1. re: Burger Boy

                    the entree salads served at 26 beach are even more amazing than are their hamburgers.

                    imho, would avoid their pasta dishes, though, forgettable.

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      Try the chipotle pasta and the wild mushroom pasta, oh oh and the spaghetti and meatballs! Judt try one.

                      1. re: Burger Boy

                        i have tried some of their pastas and still think the entree salads are better and more remarkable.
                        fwiw, i can't recall any other restaurant anywhere that does as good a job with entree salads as does 26 beach.

                        there are other places in town that, imho, do a better job with pasta.

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          I hear what you are saying but if you do every try a pasta there again try one of those 3. And YES the salads are amazing, have you had the Grilled Ahi Tuna salad.

                          1. re: Burger Boy

                            i am currently on a jag focusing on their TUSCAN salad. . . .
                            recently came off a jag that was focused on their PAN FRIED GOAT CHEESE salad.

                            so many salads, so little time. . . .

                            1. re: westsidegal

                              Try the lamb chop salad, The Mykinos or the Ahi Tuna Salad! They do have amazing salads, along with their burgers and french toasts.

                              1. re: Burger Boy

                                hey guys, how's the tiramisu french toast here?

                                as well as the spicy texas chili omlette or is it scramble over rice.

                                do youi know why so many of the brunch dishes have rice under them instead of saying arriving with bread, just a note.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  I have to say that I went early one Saturday morning for breakfast and had one of their French Toast specials and it was pretty meh. I don't like their Texas burger because I find their chili pretty lacking, so I doubt I would get it in an omlette...

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    i only had the french toast once, ( the type that was based on Peach Melba.)
                                    waaay to sugary and rich for me. i don't enjoy consuming a half pound of sugar before dinner. . . .
                                    i'll stick to the winning entree salad portion of the menu.
                                    have NEVER been disappointed by any of the entree salads i've had. (although i have not tried the ceviche salad that my dining partner nixed.)

                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                      I just had the ceviche with shrimp & scallops, I loved it!

                                  2. re: kevin

                                    They are called royals, like you get in Hawaii. The owner is Japanese so maybe that is why the royals. I grew up wiyh a friend who was Okinawan, Japanese, Hawaiian and Mexican. His dad would do rice with everything, frozen burritos, rice and eggs with teri sauce.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      I tend to go for the Savory items for breakfast, but my girlfriend LOVES the tiramisu french toast. I think the rice is just to shake things up; lots of body-builder types go here and brown rice/egg whites are easy to fit into your body-building diet Kev. (haha.) Or maybe because brunch is served until 3 p.m. every day? Also, those AMAZING salads rock my world.