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bulavinaka Jun 2, 2011 11:05 PM

Gjelina has been on a run pretty much since they first swung open their doors - what - almost a few years ago now? Trying to get a table without a reservation is not unheard of, but is about as likely as getting struck by a meteorite, winning the lottery twice, or being a victim of lightning strikes multiple times. Thus, the lines out in front of the nondescript space on Abbot Kinney.

For those who wish they could just grab a quick bite at Gjelina - one of their well-composed salads - a pizza - how about just a simple sandwich - wish no more. Gjelina Take Away (GTA for short) has now been open for about a couple of weeks, and they seem to have gotten their sea legs quite fast.

They're currently open from 8AM-4PM during the week, and until 7PM on the weekends, and are shooting to be open at least until 7PM daily. Serving breakfast from opening and then transitioning to a lunch/supper menu around 11AM, the seemingly simple hand-written menu lists about a half dozen each of sandwiches, salads, pizzas, hot and cold drinks and baked goods, all with the aura of Lett, all in a well-appointed space dressed in marble, wood and brass. The customer service area is relatively shallow but substantial (remember it is take-out), and two more of the signature wood-burning ovens that give dimension and depth to so many of Gjelina's dishes sit back behind the counter in full view.

So far, I've only tried a few of the salads (panzanella, beet and carrot, and farro) and a few of their baked goods (brownie, berry and corn meal scone, chocolate chunk cookie, bacon and date scone), but my first thoughts are that the competence and genius of Gjelina's kitchen that has turned kale into a good four-letter word has been carried over to GTA - it is an extension of the mother ship for all intents and purposes. The ability to make vegetables sing, meld flour into many forms of great, and even alchemize day-old bread into delectable chunks of gold has been expanded next door and is now available to the average guy and gal on the street who is short on time but in need of, say, a pizza topped with guanciale or a farm-fresh salad with things like fresh mozzarella or capers - a short list of unconventional ingredients for a take-out counter.

The folks behind the counter are very nice, you're more than welcome to sample many of the goods, and you're typically in and out of there in five to ten minutes, depending on what's been ordered. The bread is definitely some of the best in LA, but it's not for sale yet - strictly baked for their sandwiches for now. They're still dialing in the ovens, and once they feel perfection has been achieved, they might - they just might - offer loaves some time in the near future. Reminding myself that this is take out, I'm still scratching my head - and rubbing my belly.

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    nosh RE: bulavinaka Jun 4, 2011 12:28 PM

    Thanks for the report. I love Gjelina.

    But for takeout, do they have any special dedicated parking? At just about any hour, that stretch of Abbott Kinney requires either great luck or some real hunting to nab a space, even in back where there is public parking. Otherwise, need to drop a passenger off to pick up the food while the driver can circle.

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    Gjelina
    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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      bulavinaka RE: nosh Jun 4, 2011 12:49 PM

      No dedicated parking - that's just not possible on this street. Gjelina has the passenger loading zone in front, but even that is only during certain hours. If you do the drop-off as you mention, I've pulled up behind the general area behind Gjelina or behind the G3 gallery on the other corner and wait with flashers on. I didn't tell you this, but there's usually parking in the lot of The Electric Lodge, directly behind Gjelina on Electric - use the same "drop-off & wait" tactic. They're pretty lax about it there (lots of car turnover during the activities) but there is a chance that you might eventually get towed if you look like you don't belong. At least you won't have to worry about meter maids. As I've mentioned, it's usually pretty quick - five to 10 minutes, depending on what you order and how busy things are. I find that parking in the neighborhood west of Abbot Kinney to be more available - most cars approach from the east, so the neighborhood to the east tends to get more impacted. There's the alleyway next to Colcha that connects youfrom that neighborhood to the block where Gjelina/Take Away are located.

    2. mstinawu RE: bulavinaka Jun 5, 2011 02:25 PM

      Is take away cheaper? I'd say you partially pay for ambiance there thought the food is good, it's not exactly a screamin' deal.

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        bulavinaka RE: mstinawu Jun 5, 2011 04:52 PM

        Some of the items are priced similarly or the same as in the restaurant, so one has to decide if that is or isn't a screamin' deal. Sandwiches are around $9-14 (?), pizzas are $10-15. The salads are $4 for a small (about a cup) and $8 for a large (pint). The drinks are $2-4, and the baked goods are $2-3. I don't think their emphasis is on economy. I think of it as an express relative to the restaurant, and I think they have the same notion. They are also offering breakfast from 8AM as well which the restaurant doesn't do (except brunch on weekends).

        I work in this neighborhood and really don't have time to spend the time it takes to cycle through the Gjelina process (and I don't do reservations there because my work load is unpredictable). The quality is Gjelina, the taste is Gjelina, but I've been in and out in less than a few minutes. I have yet to order a pizza or sandwich but the sandwiches are a few minutes, while I'm told the pizzas are around five-six minutes. So what factors more into the wait is how many people are ahead of you there.

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          maudies5 RE: bulavinaka Jun 5, 2011 07:35 PM

          bulavinaka:
          How would you compare Gjelina take away to Huckleberry? The prices seem similar, yet I am interested in the average time of getting through the line to order, paying, getting food and leaving.
          Thanks.

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          1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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            bulavinaka RE: maudies5 Jun 5, 2011 08:39 PM

            Huckleberry has so much more in terms of menu choices and number of baked goods. With that said, so far I prefer the flavors of the food at GTA. I've only tried the salads and many of the baked goods, so I can't give you an assessment on the sandwiches or pizzas. But I did sample some of the bread and it was mighty good. But I also consider Huckleberry to have some of the best bread in LA as well. A big plus for GTA are those wood-fired ovens. They fire those up early in the morning so they're raring to go right from the opening. I can't tell you what the average time from beginning to end is only because I've yet to go when it's been very busy. Word is getting around that they're open for breakfast as well, I've seen eight to ten customers queuing as early as 9-9:30AM. I've been there 2-3:30 for late lunch and have averaged three to five customers, but was in and out within three to five minutes. They usually have three people serving the counter and two to three in the kitchen, so it's been going fast so far.

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              kevin RE: bulavinaka Jun 18, 2011 08:53 PM

              sweet, so i can get one of their pizzas when they open up at 9am? way sweet.

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                bulavinaka RE: kevin Jun 18, 2011 09:42 PM

                I've never ordered or seen a pizza that early. I went for breakfast this morning and not a pizza in sight. I will ask the next time I go, but in the mean time, you might want to inquire as well.

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            bulavinaka RE: bulavinaka Jun 8, 2011 11:09 PM

            >>...I'm told the pizzas are around five-six minutes.<<

            I ordered a pizza yesterday - the lamb sausage pizza - and it took six minutes. And it was very very very good...

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              nosh RE: bulavinaka Jun 10, 2011 07:18 PM

              I love that pizza, too. Was it the same price as in the restaurant? Did they include the parm cheese, crushed chili peppers, and herbs the way they do inside?

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                bulavinaka RE: nosh Jun 10, 2011 07:42 PM

                Hey nosh,

                Yup - same price - $15, and it's pretty much as you described. I think what sets their pizzas apart in general is that not only are the flavors well matched/integrated and expertly prepared/baked, they're not piled high with ingredients - to the contrary. It's somewhat of a minimalist pizza that is big on flavors and textures yet leaves no greasy mess.

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                  nosh RE: bulavinaka Jun 10, 2011 08:09 PM

                  I agree, but for me the highlight is that charred, blistered, very thin crust, extremely crispy and tasty at the edges.

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          antonis RE: bulavinaka Jun 5, 2011 11:36 PM

          I'd agree with bulavinaka on all counts.

          It's also worth noting that the coffee on offer is not only made from Intelligentsia beans, but actually prepared by Intelli alumni -- so far as I can tell there is at least three people who migrated there from the shop down the street. Makes for a complete breakfast!

          Highly recommended to go with the coffee: the biscuit with one of the jams (which they also don't sell by the jar --- yet?). But the brownies are addictive too..... and the one pizza I had for lunch (bitter greens, bacon) was terrific too.

          There always seems to be parking on Electric, btw...

          I'd say Huckleberry is a whole other kind of outfit. Though no decent coffee, there are great breads to buy, excellent salads in the deli counter, great variety of baked goods etc. But longer lines and tough parking despite the lot during rush hours. So far, GTA seems a much faster pick up -- never seen lines to equal Huckleberry's.

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            dharmathug RE: antonis Jun 8, 2011 06:27 AM

            the coffee they use is from San Francisco, the name is Clear Sight, as I recall. You can see the name marked on the bags. Excellent. And not from Intelligentsia.

            I tried their corn scone - delicious. But did not like their breakfast "McMuffin" of egg, bacon, cheese and kale only because I found the overly vinegary kale sauce overpowering the other flavors. They need to tone it down. And it took a good 10 minutes to prepare it on a slow Sat early morning. That's far too long. Wondering how long a busy lunch would take?

            I plan to find out soon when I try a sandwich

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              QualityMart RE: dharmathug Jun 8, 2011 10:25 PM

              I couldn't disagree more about the breakfast sandwich. I thought it was incredible, especially the kale which I thought balanced perfectly with the other flavors. And I got it in 5 minutes on a busy weekday morning @9.

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                dharmathug RE: QualityMart Jun 17, 2011 09:16 AM

                you were lucky and I guess they read my review and changed the dressing : )

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            1venicefemme RE: bulavinaka Jun 8, 2011 09:00 AM

            I love the baked goods at GTA. Scones, Carrot Cake, turnovers & biscuits are delicious.
            But otherwise their service is confused and prep work is very sloppy.
            I work nearby and have stopped in many times. Honestly, it's more about proximity than craving though. Usually I've picked up a small $4 salad or two ( or bakery good, if it's early)
            I understand rustic but I shouldn't have to pick out the inedible woody cores from the heirloom carrots, or hard pieces of hazelnut skin.
            The space is pretty and light filled but people ( and staff!) seem unsure which is entrance/exit ,
            where the line is or who does what job behind the counter.
            I know that a huge # of the neighbors resent Gjelina, who has 0 parking/0 valet (really) for a 1000 covers per day on weekends ( per LATimes). If I wasn't next door, I doubt that I'd bother.

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              bruinike RE: bulavinaka Jun 8, 2011 09:16 AM

              Does the same policy of no changes/substitutions hold at GTA? Does anyone know if there is a direct number for them?

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                1venicefemme RE: bruinike Jun 8, 2011 01:21 PM

                They will omit items but ' substitutions are politely declined'
                One thing I will omit from my GTA list is their soup. Would be tasty aside a sandwich, I suppose. But at $6 for <6 oz of veggie soup coupled w/another $11-12 for the sandwich, maybe not.

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                  bruinike RE: 1venicefemme Jun 8, 2011 02:10 PM

                  Thank you! Do you know what their sandwiches offerings are at lunch? They don't have a direct number right now. Chicken and turkey sandwich options? What kind of bread do they use for sandwiches?

                  Thank you

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                    Phurstluv RE: bruinike Jun 8, 2011 02:17 PM

                    FYI http://la.eater.com/tags/curiosities

                    They bake their own bread, I believe.

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                  bulavinaka RE: bruinike Jun 8, 2011 07:37 PM

                  >>Does the same policy of no changes/substitutions hold at GTA?<<

                  Yes.

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                    Ciao Bob RE: bulavinaka Jun 9, 2011 11:45 AM

                    Actually they allow omissions, not substitutions.

                    Per Eater LA the GTA policy is "Omissions granted, substitutions declined."

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                  pkts RE: bulavinaka Jun 15, 2011 07:58 AM

                  I was looking forward to trying out their pizza. Went over around 1-2 yesterday. They were closed with a sign saying they'd reopen "shortly". This might have been just a little annoying if I hadn't gone there on Monday at Noon and seen the same sign. "Shortly" - that would suggest reopening in an hour or so. I called them an hour later (on Monday) and the very pleasant lady said it might be 30-60 minutes and suggested I call back. I did and then she said they wouldn't reopen that day but would be so on Tuesday.

                  I'm guessing they are still working out the kinks?

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                    1venicefemme RE: pkts Jun 17, 2011 08:33 AM

                    They did reopen Tues.
                    Have to say, they seem to be working the staff coordination issues out. Most of the staff is much friendlier than inside Gjelina and they added a 2nd register.
                    Tried the Panzanela salad. Although I had to pull a couple of very charred croutons out (again, I think the prep work is a bit sloppy. A little char is desirable/inevitable in a wood burning oven but not burnt through) overall it was delicious. Perfect little tomatoes, burratta, herbs....mmmm. Would have been totally perfect with a piece of Jambon toast, that they offer in the morning. May have to go back today for more!

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                    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                      bulavinaka RE: 1venicefemme Jun 17, 2011 05:20 PM

                      >>Perfect little tomatoes, burratta, herbs....mmmm.<<

                      What about the capers? :)

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                        1venicefemme RE: bulavinaka Jun 17, 2011 07:15 PM

                        I asked them to omit them ;)

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                          bulavinaka RE: 1venicefemme Jun 17, 2011 09:17 PM

                          As you wish my lady... you aren't pregnant as well, are you? ;>

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                            1venicefemme RE: bulavinaka Jun 18, 2011 08:35 AM

                            Thankfully, no! Although if I keep eating their scones, I may appear so :-)

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                              Servorg RE: 1venicefemme Jun 18, 2011 09:16 AM

                              Say, isn't that how "Treat" Williams got his given name? ;-D>

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                                bulavinaka RE: 1venicefemme Jun 18, 2011 10:13 AM

                                We'll compare our GTA "baby bumps" in about a month - and I'm a dude... :-9

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                                  1venicefemme RE: bulavinaka Jun 23, 2011 04:53 PM

                                  btw...Did you read about the zoning commission ruling on Gjelina? (on yovenice or VNC)

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                                  1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                                    bulavinaka RE: 1venicefemme Jun 23, 2011 08:23 PM

                                    I heard about this issue. It's too bad as the upstairs space would be ideal for a private chef's table. The kitchen is already in place, the dining area is good to go, and it looks like - at least for now - it will be the nicest employee break room in the Westside.

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                                      Ciao Bob RE: bulavinaka Jun 24, 2011 11:09 AM

                                      I went to a wonderful private party there. Great space and food.

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                                        Phurstluv RE: bulavinaka Jun 24, 2011 11:13 AM

                                        Being that you work in the area, bula, what do you think of the neighborhood assoc.'s finding?

                                        I for one would think keeping them small would be beneficial, in the end for those that work and live in that area. Just because they are popular and have delicious food and a following, shouldn't make them "special" and above the rules.

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                                          bulavinaka RE: Phurstluv Jun 24, 2011 05:23 PM

                                          I've worked around here for sooooooo long and went to Venice High - knew lots of folks who grew up in the area - that all of this is just another evolutionary step for this part of Venice. The neighborhood was so free-for-all/free market for so long ('hood, drugs, tons of artists; politicians/bureaucracies didn't care what happened in the 'hood when it was called Oakwood, Crip Town, Ghost Town; cops didn't drive through at night out of fear). Then as gentrification began, the associations started to pop up (or if they already existed, they never did anything until post-gentrification) to control this and that.

                                          Bringing order to a neighborhood that thrived on more natural give-and-take laissez faire attitudes sure takes away from the character of the place. But I think many living here for a while would agree that it's a reasonable trade-off. I'm somewhere between the middle and against. I mean, what the heck is Gjelina supposed to use the garage for? It's not even a one-car garage by today's standards. Why the big fuss about what the garage is used for? They ain't brewing crack, there's no speakeasy in there, and if it's supposed to be used for a car, whose car? Every employee of major significance that I know of at Gjelina lives in the immediate neighborhood - they usually walk or ride their bike to work. As I mentally go up the street, I can't think of one restaurant that has their own dedicated garage - they either never had one, or were remodeled out of existance. 3 Square is the only one that offers garage parking because it's in one of the newest buildings that by code had to offer all of that parking - at a cost of millions and millions of dollars - props to Michael Sant for designing this architectural piece of art. Most of the older buildings on this street (and the surrounding neighborhood) either don't have garages, or if they do, they are not being used as such as well. So to attempt to enforce crap like that for the sake of one parking spot on paper is more Orange Curtain-like. If they want Orange County, either move there or build a wall around the 'hood and paint all the houses the same color. If this is considered fair, these associations need to canvas and inspect the whole street and treat all other businesses the same. So many businesses and residents have already been forced out because of ginormous rent increases. This kind of association behavior would be just another reason for the last bastions of Washington Boulevard to go.

                                          I know parking is a huge issue in this area. I deal with it almost every day. But it's definitely better than the areas closer to the beach, and definitely better than beach cities in the South Bay or Santa Monica. One just has to endear a certain amount of patience around here. And associations shouldn't complain/make life so difficult for the businesses along Abbot Kinney - it is these very businesses that have and are facilitating the initial dredging of this 'hood from a crack haven and dog fighting outpost to where now Buffy and Biffy can have their cake and eat it too. I've talked with so many newer residents who purposefully moved to the adjacent neighborhood because they like the idea of all of what's on the street - and the culture - within walking distance. In fact, I just spoke with a resident who moved here back in '97. His response to the complaining about places like Gjelina? "Go fucking move somewhere else. Every neighborhood evolves. This neighborhood has evolved. If you don't like the neighborhood you live in, then fucking move." He's from New York, can you tell? :)

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                                          1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                                            Phurstluv RE: bulavinaka Jun 24, 2011 05:32 PM

                                            Oh yes, I know those NYers well!! And I love them to death, LOL!!

                                            Well, that's a very interesting take, bula and thanks for taking the time to share it with me. Being that I don't either live or work in the area, I guess my opinion means bupkus. But in a way, I kind of like the fact they are trying to keep all businesses on the same page.

                                            On the other hand, my poor husband is on our HOA board, and has to deal with issues like this all the time. And any overt oversight or gov't involvement other than what is absolutely necessary, is too much. Thanks for putting into perspective. Hopefully, all will be able to reach a resolution. Wonder if Lett's ever considered branching out of Venice? But then again, that would be a much more substantial investment than just expanding. Guess we will see, won't we. Thanks again for the input.

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                                              bulavinaka RE: Phurstluv Jun 24, 2011 05:43 PM

                                              >>Wonder if Lett's ever considered branching out of Venice?<<

                                              He's a hot commodity in the restaurant world right now. He's been made offers of various kinds that I know of, but I've heard that Abbot Kinney is marked for another venture with Gjelina roots. Venice is like a small town, and word gets around...

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                                                Phurstluv RE: bulavinaka Jun 24, 2011 05:51 PM

                                                No doubt, he's obviously mega-talented and will go far, no matter where he wants to cook. Just glad his place is not too far for us. And yes, a lot like the Palisades, Venice is a small town area, but at least your area has been able to attract talent with art and food. Not so much for the Palisades, sigh......

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                                                  bulavinaka RE: Phurstluv Jun 24, 2011 05:56 PM

                                                  Venice had very few decent eateries, and none great. Then Joe's moved in and everything changed. It might take just one venturesome chef with a dream (and realization that there's no competition in Pali) to shake things up...

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                                                    AAQjr RE: bulavinaka Jun 24, 2011 11:41 PM

                                                    Hmmm, their could be a gregarious Frenchman who fits that discription

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                                                      Phurstluv RE: AAQjr Jun 25, 2011 09:38 AM

                                                      Yes, and I CANNOT wait for his little Maison du to open!!! Keeping fingers and toes crossed!!

                                                      Problem (or not depending on how you look at it) is the Palisades is a very young family and oldster-oriented part of town, where the sidewalks are literally rolled up by 9 PM. Does not attract the artist-creative, taking risks crowd like Venice has.

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                                                        kevin RE: AAQjr Jun 25, 2011 11:29 AM

                                                        That would be alain giruad, who is opening in the Pacific Palisades?

                                                        Btw, has he opened up yet?

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                                                          Phurstluv RE: kevin Jun 25, 2011 03:52 PM

                                                          Yes.

                                                          No not yet, still under construction. Will let you know as I intend to be the first patron through the door ;o))

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                                                        kevin RE: bulavinaka Jun 25, 2011 11:28 AM

                                                        I think even before Joe's, Rockenwagner's original restaurant was in the location of Joes's or nearby to Joes. And then Rockenwagner moved to Main Street, and then roughly about two decades later moved back to Abbot Kinney in Vencie. A nice bookending if you ask me.

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                                                          bulavinaka RE: kevin Jun 25, 2011 02:58 PM

                                                          You are correct - Rockenwagner was there back in the mid-80s. Then Hal's opened up. But I think when Joe's opened up, the higher level of cuisine was like someone experiencing taking the elevator to the PH level for the first time.

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                                                  kevin RE: bulavinaka Jun 25, 2011 11:26 AM

                                                  And back in 97 till even at least 01 or so, I think the hood was still the hood, as in Oakwood, although there is still snippets for crime that occurs in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. And it's interesting to think that some areas of Venice were rough and tumble in the way that some areas of Watts or grittier parts of South LA were.

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                                                    Phurstluv RE: kevin Jun 25, 2011 03:54 PM

                                                    Oh definitely. I remember news stories of gang violence when I first moved to the east side of town back in '95, and was told by my then-BF, now DH, only to go to Venice Beach in the day!

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                                                      bulavinaka RE: Phurstluv Jun 25, 2011 04:16 PM

                                                      The early 90s were the worst - I think it was 16 homicides on 6th Avenue in a three-month period. Those days are long gone but stupid sh-+ still occurs from time to time, just like anywhere else. The conflicts that are more common now are the like the one that you mention about Gjlina v. associations. The stink is raised by a few, and ultimately many who were initially disassociated with the issue are ultimately affected by it - that is, if the associations *choose* to put *everyone* on the same page.

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                                                        kevin RE: bulavinaka Jun 25, 2011 06:29 PM

                                                        Has anyone been to Axe recently?

                                                        And sadly I haven't been to Joe's in what feels likes. I always remembered that the soup and salad plus lunch entree specials were great with that rare roast beef. And I also went there for their tasting menus, I believe that's even when I started my first tasting menu experiences.

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                                                          Servorg RE: kevin Jun 25, 2011 07:38 PM

                                                          I don't think Axe ever reopened after their fire. The last update on their website is from December of 2010 about seismic retrofitting the building. Anyone have more recent information?

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                                                            kevin RE: Servorg Jun 25, 2011 08:19 PM

                                                            My bad. goes to show how much i know.

                                                            ok, well, that takes care of that one less restaurant to try and fasten on to the old, proverbial tool belt.

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                                                              wienermobile RE: Servorg Jun 25, 2011 09:13 PM

                                                              From press reports Axe will reopen, but apparently it is for sale.
                                                              http://la.eater.com/archives/2011/06/...

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                                                                Phurstluv RE: Servorg Jun 26, 2011 10:33 AM

                                                                I heard she is apparently trying to reopen soon. Don't have a linky.

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                                                              Phurstluv RE: bulavinaka Jun 26, 2011 10:36 AM

                                                              Yes, I recall that time period well.

                                                              And yes, that is typical of *any* type of neighborhood association. It's direction is usually in control by the few busybodies who have nothing better to do with their time.

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                                                              kevin RE: Phurstluv Jun 25, 2011 06:28 PM

                                                              Well, as for Venice Beach boardwalk at night, I still wouldn't go there at night, like walking there at 3am, just saying.

                                                              Also, I've heard that Danny's Deli on Windward by the beach is having trouble staying open later than 10pm because the community won't allow it because back in the day it was a haven for crime and drugs due to a raves that occurred in theat space.

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                                                    Phurstluv RE: bulavinaka Jun 23, 2011 04:55 PM

                                                    here's the linky:

                                                    http://losangeles.grubstreet.com/2011...

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                                                      1venicefemme RE: Phurstluv Jun 23, 2011 05:02 PM

                                                      thanks Phurstluv!

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                                                        Phurstluv RE: 1venicefemme Jun 23, 2011 05:04 PM

                                                        No prob!

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                                        bulavinaka RE: bulavinaka Jun 26, 2011 03:09 PM

                                        I ordered the pork meatball sandwich and grilled peach/prosciutto/burrata/arugula salad for lunch the other day. The pork meatball sandwich was deceptive to me in that it appeared to be on the smallish side. After finishing it, I'd barely touched my peach salad because I was pretty full, and it was tasty, loaded with meatballs, marinara, and I'm guessing mozzarella cheese.

                                        The peach salad was killer as well. I packed it home, offered it to my family, and it was gone. The combination of sweet, savory, creamy and mustardy spice from the various ingredients worked very well together. The next day GTA had the same salad but with grilled apricots instead. I didn't have a chance to try it but grilled apricots - I would think - takes flavors to another level...

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                                          kevin RE: bulavinaka Jun 26, 2011 03:41 PM

                                          grlled peach sounds good, sans the prosciutto and burrata.

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                                            bulavinaka RE: kevin Jun 26, 2011 04:30 PM

                                            Sorry - don't respond to dissenters... :) Again, it might not be your cuppa, but my wife and two kids downed it after I only got a couple of small bites. Maybe we're just deprived and will eat anything - I don't know...

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                                              hrhboo RE: bulavinaka Jun 26, 2011 04:40 PM

                                              I adore GTA and will continue to eat there regularly, but must express a tiny hint of sadness that the awesome $5 breakfast sandwich is now $6.50. Still a good deal though, relatively speaking!

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                                                bulavinaka RE: hrhboo Jun 26, 2011 04:55 PM

                                                That's the often-talked about item I've yet to try, and it seems I've missed the "introductory" price.

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                                                  kevin RE: bulavinaka Jun 26, 2011 08:23 PM

                                                  darn, that reminds me, i still really miss Bite Bar and Bakery, down that was some really good fucking shit
                                                  (excuse my french i'm still really sad about that).

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                                                    1venicefemme RE: bulavinaka Jul 1, 2011 11:15 AM

                                                    Bula~. Tried the yogurt w/granola &fruit? Ridiculous!!!!!
                                                    Thought ..."ah...yogurt and fruit will be healthy" Ha! Full fat Greek style yogurt, with house made buttery, nutty granola and ripe summer fruit.
                                                    At least I will have died happy!

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                                                      bulavinaka RE: 1venicefemme Jul 1, 2011 06:07 PM

                                                      I never make it for breakfast unless I go on the weekend, and word has been circulating about the granola w/ fruit. A few weeks ago, it was strawberries and raspberries. What did you have? I may jump on my bike and have breakfast there tomorrow...

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                                            sushigirlie RE: bulavinaka Jul 5, 2011 06:24 AM

                                            I had a scone here. It was the best I've had in Los Angeles. The only scones I like in Los Angeles are Gjelina's and Tudor House's, which have light, crumbly scones. I don't like the dense cakey scones that are much more common.

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                                              bulavinaka RE: sushigirlie Jul 5, 2011 06:25 PM

                                              Their corn meal-based scones are even more crumbly than the "regular" ones - did you get a chance to try those? Today's was peach.

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                                                sushigirlie RE: bulavinaka Jul 5, 2011 09:21 PM

                                                Yes, I tried a cornmeal strawberry scone. It was great. It reminded me of the cherry cornmeal scones at the Cheese Board in Berkeley.

                                            2. cookie monster RE: bulavinaka Jul 15, 2011 11:01 AM

                                              I finally made it to GTA last week. $12 for takeout roast beef sandwich with no sides seemed steep, but what a sandwich. In-house roasted beef, house-pickled cucumbers, horseradish aoli, greens of some sort, and the best sourdough bread I've had in a very long time. If I hadn't been in post-surfing starvation mode, I think I would have been good with half the sandwich and a side salad. My friend had a prosciutto panini which I didn't try, but she loved it as well. And the "outdoor seating" encapsulates everything we love and hate about Venice - people sitting on milk crates in the alleyway next door, devouring their pizzas and sandwiches. Granted, it's a pretty nice, clean alleyway - lots of greenery and no smelly trashcans. I can't wait to go back and try the pizza, scones, breakfast sandwich . . .

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                                                bulavinaka RE: cookie monster Jul 15, 2011 11:06 AM

                                                The "alleyway" is actually a courtyard that's been used more as a staging ground for construction on Gjelina/GTA and now is partially used to store fire wood, empty kegs, etc. It has a lot of potential but I think the Gjelina folks might be busy working on some other things on the street.

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                                                  cookie monster RE: bulavinaka Jul 15, 2011 12:21 PM

                                                  Ah, so that's what it is. One of my neighbors told me Gjelina wanted to set up actual outdoor tables there, but that's gotten tied up in the zoning commission issues mentioned earlier in this thread.

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                                                    bulavinaka RE: cookie monster Jul 15, 2011 01:00 PM

                                                    You can imagine how nice it would be to enjoy a meal on a nice afternoon or evening in a juiced-up version of that courtyard. Whatever the case, if you venture further up Abbot Kinney, just shy of Santa Clara Ave, you'll notice a mural of a pair of eyes with furrowed brows. It appears to be the same conceptual feel as the "giant eye" that is above Gjelina. I have a feeling that the Gjelina folks are up to something over there as well.

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                                                  sushigirlie RE: cookie monster Jul 18, 2011 09:15 PM

                                                  I like the idea of sitting on milk creates in the alleyway. Reminds me of Cheese Board Pizza in Berkeley. We used to sit in the grassy median in the middle of the road and devour pizza. The best of times.

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                                                  dharmathug RE: bulavinaka Jul 25, 2011 08:23 AM

                                                  best baked breakfast goods in LA. Just delicious. And reasonable pricing, for now. Good coffee from an obscure SF purveyor.
                                                  But some curious pricing - from $5 to $6.50 for a kale McMuffin? Didn't like the sauce either, too vinegary.
                                                  Sandwiches ok. Too expensive at $12 though. But the bread, while excellent, falls apart. Needs a thicker dough

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                                                    sushigirlie RE: dharmathug Jul 25, 2011 07:49 PM

                                                    "best baked breakfast goods in LA. Just delicious. And reasonable pricing, for now."

                                                    Agree.

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                                                    sushigirlie RE: bulavinaka Jul 27, 2011 08:46 PM

                                                    A little thing about Gjelina Take Away that makes me really happy. Their delicious salmon toast changes from day to day. One day it has capers and red onions; the next day it has sliced pickles.

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                                                    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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