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cookingfest Mar 24, 2011 02:27 PM

I would like to find a yummy restaurant besides Gjelina near the airport. I'm picking someone up from LAX on Friday and would like to go out to lunch near Marina Del Rey, Manhattan Beach, or Venice. What appeals to me about Gjelina is simple - food is always excellent and the chance to try so many different types of dishes. Anything else like it in the area?

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

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    ElissaInPlaya Mar 24, 2011 03:10 PM

    Mendocino Farms in Marina del Rey - casual, but delicious!

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      wienermobile Mar 24, 2011 03:12 PM

      2nd that. Great Sandwiches.

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        cookingfest Mar 24, 2011 04:12 PM

        This looks great. I'll tuck this away in my list of places to try. For Friday, I wanted something with a greater variety than sandwiches and salad.

      2. wienermobile Mar 24, 2011 03:15 PM

        Lemonade in Venice is great. You can have 4 different salads for around $10.

        1661 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

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          cookingfest Mar 24, 2011 04:11 PM

          I've driven by Lemonade and always wanted to try this. Thanks for the reminder.

        2. Porthos Mar 24, 2011 03:59 PM

          Tasting kitchen. I recommend the bread, the egg/alba truffle/polenta dish at $20, and a pasta dish to start.

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            cookingfest Mar 24, 2011 04:13 PM

            I would have gone here except it's not open for lunch. Ugh! Any other suggestions?

          2. wienermobile Mar 24, 2011 04:19 PM

            Petros in Manhattan Beach. Very good greek with nice outdoor patio.

            Petros Restaurant
            451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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              New Trial Mar 24, 2011 05:01 PM

              Some other good lunch options would be Cafe Del Rey, Hal's, 26 Beach and 3 Square.

              26 Beach
              3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

              Cafe Del Rey
              4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

              3 Square Cafe
              1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

              Hal's Bar & Grill
              1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                bulavinaka Mar 24, 2011 08:59 PM

                Lunch at Joe's Restaurant on Abbot Kinney is very popular. The prix fixe menu is the draw, and is a reasonable price:


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                  foodiemahoodie Mar 24, 2011 11:22 PM

                  3 Square and Joe's. (3 Square is more casual than Joe's. I'd put Hal's in 3rd place as far as food - maybe a distant 3rd for that matter (not bad, great burger and fries). They're all pretty good people watching watching - 3 Square and Hal's better for the low key celeb factor (which is always fun for out-of-towners).

                  3 Square Cafe
                  1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                    jadekarrde Mar 25, 2011 01:07 AM

                    26 Beach. People from out of town love it. Has something for everyone, not too fancy, but also some only in LA menu items, reasonable prices and just enough Venice kitsch in the patio to give it the proper vibe (or the perfectly nice dining room if it's not an outdoor sort of day.

                    Seriously, it's my never fail hit restaurant to take people to.

                    26 Beach
                    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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                      cookingfest Mar 25, 2011 08:32 AM

                      Fellow chowhounders have not disappointed me. Many thanks to all of you with the posts. I tend to be a creature of habit when I find a great place to eat but can't wait to try out all these places. Given the rain today, I'll go to Joe's.

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