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Mar 11, 2011 04:45 AM

Lunch recommendations for Saturday--Santa Monica, Culver City, West LA

Friends and I are making our quarterly trip to Penzeys in Santa Monica and Surfas in Culver City on Saturday. We are traveling from SGV.......We usually have lunch at Bay City Delis after our shopping (we did enjoy Bite Bar before it closed) but one of our group would like to go somewhere new. Would love some recommendations from Chowhounds. I find the reviews here helpfulfore eating at new places. BTW, would prefer a place that is very accessible; one of our friends is disabled. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Are you looking for something equally (or at least somewhat) casual and inexpensive like Bay Cities? What about ethnic? You'll be close to really good Oaxacan food at Monte Alban. We really like the lunch/brunch at 17th Street Cafe on Montana in Santa Monica. Excellent salads, sandwiches and breakfast fare, and one of the best tortilla soups we've found.

    Monte Alban
    11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    17th St Cafe
    1610 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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    1. re: Servorg

      Thank you; we go to Bay Cities because we really like the sandwiches not because it is relatively inexpensive....that's just a plus that it's cheap. The group likes good food and would like any type of cuisine. I will look closely at the menus for your two recommendations.

    2. You should try Xinos restaurant in Santa Monica Place. Best dim sum ever. Not cheap but you can really taste the quality.

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      1. re: MonkeyJazz

        Thank you; after looking at the menu I may visit Xino on my own. but I don't think this may be the restaurant for Saturday because of the location (3rd floor) and the type of member of our group is disabled.

        1. re: foufou

          I recommend reading this thread before considering Xino, particularly as you are coming from the SGV:

          1. re: Peripatetic

            Thank you, I appreciate all the recommendations but when I am dining with a group democracy dictates that I may not eat where I would prefer. As I noted above, I am eliminating Xino, on this outing, because of accessibility concerns. And, btw, I did read the suggested thread. I am not a huge dim sum fan but I am always open to revisiting that opinion If it were up to me solely, we would go back to Bay Cities, or on our way back to Pasadena, we would go to Jitlada, or even better, not do lunch but an early dinner at either A-frame or Lukshon. Thanks again to everyone that provided a recommendation; I will report back on our choice.

            5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

            1. re: foufou

              I cant' speak to the food at Xino, but if it's concern over accessibility for the member of your group who is disabled I would have to believe that, the brand new Santa Monica Place, would have been built to the most stringent standards of the ADA.

      2. Lemonade in Venice is great for lunch. Wonderful salads and great pot roast sandwiches.

        1661 Abbot Kinney
        Venice, California 90291

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        1. re: wienermobile

          thank you; will give these suggestions to the group but will report back on where we decide to go

        2. How about Nook Bistro?

          Nook Bistro
          11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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          1. There is Umami in Fred Segal that is even nearby penzeys... compared to other Umami burgers, the space here is nice and open making it very accessible. You don't even have go through Fred Segal to get in...



            Fred Segal
            500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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            1. re: Dommy

              Yes except that because of some sort of Yahoo review or mass mailing, Umami at Fred Segal often has an hour or so wait.

              Fred Segal
              500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401