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26 Beach Cafe, Yay or nay?

Gonzo Jan 12, 2006 03:41 PM

I've found myself quite intrigued by 26 Beach Cafe on Washington Blvd in Venice. My first trip there was just for dessert which cost as much as a lunchtime meal. Nevertheless, the bread pudding was absolutely exquisite, and I was blown away by their decor a la Baz Luhrmann. (a mish mash of gaudy chandeliers, Greek statues, flowers and wooden benches.)

On the second trip I had another type of bread pudding and tried one of their berry infused teas. Again, it was amazing.

The third time, however, proved disappointing. I brought out my roommates for brunch hoping they'd love it as well. They tried a couple of those scrambled egg pastas upon which one roomie said, "I can make this at home for $2!" But it was true. It looked like someone had simply thrown a can of tomato paste in with some boiled penne and egg without seasoning it. (Though my monte cristo sandwich was excellent!)

So what do you think of the place? I just hope people grow to like it as much as I do.

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    Lipps RE: Gonzo Jan 12, 2006 04:33 PM

    yay - for the turkeyburger and the kobe beef burger - both delicious.

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      e revisited RE: Gonzo Jan 12, 2006 04:34 PM

      I really like 26 beach. their fish and chips are very nice and light, and their burgers are great. Every time i go there, i want to have one of everything on the menu!

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        Burger Boy RE: Gonzo Jan 12, 2006 04:36 PM

        I really love this place, the French toasts, the eggs over rice dishes, the sourdough breakfast sandwich. The Burgers are one of my favorites, along with some of the pasta dishes. The desserts, wait till you try the cheesecakes the owner makes or the lemon bar sunday. Maybe your friend had a poorly made dish, and yes, most breakfast dishes you can make at home for $2 or $3 bucks, but you have to buy larger quantities of each ingredient and prepare it, etc. etc.. The environment is great! How was the service, every now and then I will get a server who is just going through the motions, but usually it is good.

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          petradish RE: Gonzo Jan 12, 2006 05:13 PM

          Recently gave it a go for lunch.

          Decent burgers: meat needed a touch of salt, but cooked properly. Why do they serve them on such strange buns with additional flavors like cheese and whole wheat? Distracting and suprisingly stale (fell apart quickly) for housemade.

          Shabby chic meets Inn of 7th Ray purple weirdness decor.

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            Burger Boy RE: petradish Jan 12, 2006 05:21 PM

            I like the choice of buns, but sometimes yes they fall apart, is that because the do not have all those chemicals like the ones from Smart & Final. I love the Buns at rocky's but they seem just like wonder bread, sometimes that is good, sometimes not.

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              Gonzo RE: Burger Boy Jan 12, 2006 05:34 PM

              Ah that's right. I did try the burger once. It's always a bit of a doozy when you gotta cut a burger with a knife. Otherwise it was one tasty burger.

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                petradish RE: Burger Boy Jan 12, 2006 06:23 PM

                Nah, this was dry and old, the crust flaking off in that particular manner as when moisture fades and structure deteriorates. Further, it soaked up the salsa on the green chile burger and turned to gloppy bread mush. But you know, maybe I went on an off day.

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              westsidegal RE: Gonzo Jan 12, 2006 07:09 PM

              your odds of getting a great dish increase if you stick to the salads.

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                Aaron RE: Gonzo Jan 13, 2006 01:26 AM

                I think they do a good burger, with many options both of patty (beef, turkey and garden) and toppings. The buns are pretty good, and there is a choice of 3. Everything else on the menu is utter trash.

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                  Burger Boy RE: Aaron Jan 13, 2006 11:59 AM

                  That is pretty harsh, what is trash? Have you tried the chicken chipotle, or the chicken curry pasta, what about the brown rice salad or the peaches and cream french toast? Trash is pretty harsh, Who does a better triple layer chocolate cake, the is not loaded with sugar, please. Where are your favorite places to dine?

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                  Leon RE: Gonzo Mar 24, 2007 09:53 AM

                  Yay for me. They have a very extensive menu so I can't vouch for every item, but their stuffed french toasts are fabulous (esp. the Polar Bear - ice cream for breakfast!!) as are their burgers, fries, salads, and CHOCOLATE CAKE.

                  1. Swoshmn RE: Gonzo Mar 24, 2007 10:53 AM

                    I am a fan of this place, I get the Bombay Burger almost every time. I haven't tasted anything like it anywhere else.

                    1. hrhboo RE: Gonzo Mar 24, 2007 07:52 PM

                      I'm going to go with "nay". The food is standard, nothing more nothing less. Everything I've tasted there is quite bland and just doesn't do it for me. The service is excellent, though!

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