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  • oez Aug 4, 2011 05:59 PM
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Dear LA Chowhounds,

I would appreciate any tasty dinner ideas that are walkable from the marriott marina del Rey... Hoping there is an option or two? Any cuisine is fine if it's tasty.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Great sandwiches at Mendocino Farms like their Steak Blt with
    carved steak, applewood bacon, romaine lettuce, roasted tomatoes, herb aioli, caramelized onions on toasted rustic white bread + Point Reyes Blue Cheese

    Good neighborhood Italian at C&O Trattoria. Great garlic rolls too.

    C & O Trattoria
    31 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

    Mendocino Farms
    4724 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Thanks very much!! I will report back after trying one of them. That sandwich place sounds amazing.

      1. re: wienermobile

        I second Mendocino Farms. I heartily enjoyed my Sophisticated Chicken Salad there last night. Delicious.

        I like C&O's garlic rolls too...but when I am forced to go to C&O, i order a plain spinach salad and wine...then feast on the rolls:) Nothing else is worth the price/quality/taste/calories.

        I also like 26 Beach, Tasting Kitchen, Gjelina, Cafe Del Rey, margaritas at Baja Cantina, and sushi at Tjusi No Hana

        26 Beach
        3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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

        Baja Cantina
        311 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

        Tasting Kitchen
        1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

        1. re: ElissaInPlaya

          Thanks for the additional ideas, everyone. Question for those who've been to Mendocino Farms - is there plenty of seating? Is it a sit and relax a bit kind of place, or gulp it down and go joint? Lastly, do they offer wines for their sandwiches?

          1. re: oez

            They have a nice little patio area outside to sit and eat at (see Yelp photo here: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/7GNQas... ). Don't think they have wine (or at least I've never looked) but there is major grocery store just steps away if you want to buy some wine to go with your sandwich.

            1. re: Servorg

              MF has finally started serving wine and beer. Didn't try the wines, but the beers are good - four on tap from Anderson Valley - I remember Summer Solstice, Imperial IPA, Boont Amber Ale, and am blank on the fourth - was it their stout? I went a few weeks ago when and the pours were skimpy and bad - they attributed it to the new taps - I think it had a lot to do with the hands pulling the taps as well. 4-oz tasters and 8-oz full pours - they should offer 12-16 ounce pours as most beer drinkers are used to, particularly with food. I hope they're being a little more generous and skillful at this point. Here's the link to their wine:


              1. re: bulavinaka

                Mendocine Farm – Marina Del Rey is now offering the following two wines:
                - Naughty Boy Vineyards Chardonnay – 5 oz. pour for $5
                - Naughty Boy Vineyards Pinot Noir – 5 oz. pour for $8

            2. re: oez

              As Servorg mentioned, there's a good-sized outdoor area directly in front of MF, but it does get busy there - pretty nice spot. MF also has indoor booths and tables, but it can get loud in there.

              All of their sandwiches are very good to great IMHO - it's a matter of what combo you prefer. I lean toward pork here, and their pork belly banh mi (not a traditional banh mi) is one of my favorite sandwiches in LA. MF does great cheese things in their sandwiches, amplified by their panini presses. Their salads are really good as well - basically similar in ingredients to some of their sandwiches sans bread and generous on greens.

              1. re: bulavinaka

                MF will also make any sandwich as a salad :)

                1. re: ElissaInPlaya

                  How about taking any of their tiny beers and turning them into adult-sized beers?! ;)

            3. re: ElissaInPlaya

              i've followed a similar strategy there but having the Mediterranean salad instead of the spinach salad.

              let's face it, if you're watching calories AND having those garlic rolls, you don't have many calories left to use up on the rest of the meal. . . .

          2. I would choose to walk a mile or so to Tasting Kitchen and/or Gjelina, which are among the best restaurants in LA IMO. Mendocino Farms is also good (albeit way more downscale).

            Tasting Kitchen
            1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

            1. 26 Beach is about six blocks walking distance from the Marriott on Admiralty. Don't let the address relative to the block numbers on Washington by your location fool you - the block numbers jump from the 700-block to the 2900-block at Abbot Kinney.

              Lemonade is on the corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice. Lots of somewhat whimsical iterations on salads; sandwiches are good; braised and stewed dishes are very good; I always save room for desserts - their coconut cake is solid; of course, lemonades are good as well.

              I concur with both wienermobile and sushigirlie. C & O is fun on a nice night. All of the others focus more on quality ingredients and execution - more so at Gjelina and Tasting Kitchen. Of all the directions you should head toward, it's definitely Abbot Kinney - particularly north of Venice Blvd. So much to eat, drink, shop and see...

              26 Beach
              3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

              1661 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

              1. There is an In n Out Burger east of Lincoln at the Costco Center on Washington Blvd if you are from the In n Out deprived part of our country or just want to avoid the three hour lines in the Dallas area.

                1. Cafe Del Rey is an easy walk and offers a nice view of the Marina.

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

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                  1. re: New Trial

                    in addition to the food and views available in the restaurant side of cafe del rey, there are also some sweet happy hour offerings in the lounge area.

                  2. Just across from the Marriott is the newly renovated Jamaica Bay Inn and its restaurant, Vu. I haven't been, but I've heard good things from friends who've tried it recently. The place had some mixed reviews when it opened, but it sounds like they've ironed out the kinks. The room looks nice and the menu interesting, and they're definitely in the trying hard to please phase (in a good way).

                    I know you may not be looking for more hotel restaurants, but Jer-Ne at the Ritz Carlton down the street is a fun place. Food is trendy/fusiony, but well done with good ingredients; the crowd is usually pretty lively.

                    Jer-ne Restaurant + Bar at The Ritz-Carlton
                    4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

                    Jamaica Bay Inn - Vu Restaurant
                    4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

                    1. Hi LA Chowhounds,

                      I know it's been a long time since my original post, but wanted to thank you all for your wonderful suggestions. We ended up eating at Mendocino Farms. Four different sandwiches and all were quite tasty (though it was too much food). We ended up walking back to the hotel from there so hopefully walked some of it off. Would definitely eat there again... love the sliced bread they used - hefty enough to hold up the sandwich ingredients, but not too dense and kept its crunch from the toasting without getting soggy.

                      Thanks again -- only wish we had time for additional meals so we could have tried those other spots.