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Nice Place for Sunday Brunch near Playa del Rey tomorrow

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Fru Aug 6, 2011 10:45 PM

Ultimately I might brave Gjelina but I would like to have a back up as they do not take reservations for parties of less than 6 for lunch. I have read on more than one post that they could tell you a 1/2 hour and it will really be an hour. Has anyone had this experience? Don't want fancy, just good. Any suggestions for something in the area of Playa del Rey, the Marina or Venice that would be easy and relaxing and of course the food is important. Like I said, I really want to try Gjelina but I don't know if I can put others through the waiting game. We would be getting there around 12. Thanks Hounds!

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Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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    Fru Aug 7, 2011 04:15 PM

    Well, the traffic from Pasadena to Playa del Rey was nonexistent. From there to Gjelina was a snap. We put our name in and were told 25-30 minutes-but stick around. I was nervous because my hubby does not like to wait. It was only about 10 minutes. The service was attentive and we weren't rushed. For breakfast, I had the poached eggs with polenta.... Love poached eggs and loved the fact that they know how to do them right-cooked whites and runny yolk! Son had flat iron steak sandwich-I polished off the arugula, pickled onions and roasted chili. Husband had lamb burger & fries-delicious, enough fries to share-some of the best shoestrings I've had. We ordered the fingerling potatoes-OMG-crispy, truffly, morsels of deliciousness. The okra was very good. At first, I couldn't put my finger on the herb that I was tasting and then realized it was mint-interesting. Coffee was good but I think it was a little old. It is served from a carafe and you do have to ask for refills. Had to have the butterscotch pudding and black bottom banana cream pie for dessert. I could have polished off the pudding by myself. Actually, all 4 of us were vying for it. So, experience wise, I was very pleasantly surprised and relieved that I didn't have to justify a wait or brusk service. Don't live around the corner but this is definitely a destination eatery. I looked at the menu at Tasting Kitchen as well so thank you bulavinaka. We will have other opportunities to try it and the other great recommendations!

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

    Gjelina
    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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      bulavinaka Aug 7, 2011 05:44 AM

      Concur with recs by westsidegal and Kris P Pata but the food styles are very different from Gjelina. If you really want to try Gjelina, particularly for brunch, go early as possible if the wait is a concern. The doors open at 9AM on the weekend, and you can literally walk right in. Noon will be the beginning of the rush there. You might also consider Tasting Kitchen, two blocks south of Gjelina. They're still somewhat of a sleeper to the population at large, have some of the best food and drinks in town and the dining areas are very nice and more spacious.

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

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        bulavinaka Aug 7, 2011 06:32 AM

        I just thought of a dark horse alternative. The Tripel on Culver in Playa del Rey has been getting some very positive feedback on this board - same pedigree as Beechwood and Hudson House and the former Amuse in Venice. According to their website, they open at noon, which is your proposed show time. Their menu appears very abbreviated relative to a restaurant, but interesting as well, and I suspect it isn't complete or current:

        http://thetripel.com/?page_id=9

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        Tripel
        333 Culver Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90293

        Hudson House
        514 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

      2. westsidegal Aug 6, 2011 11:19 PM

        my first choice would be Cafe del Rey on admiralty in Marina del Rey. They serve a great three course brunch with unlimited bubbly for about $35. solid food, beautiful views, to me a very lovely, relaxing experience.

        second choice would be 26 Beach restaurant 3100 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey. Food only will be about $14, then start adding the cost of beverages. irrc, a glass of wine is about $10 there. They specialize in huge servings of french toast, ( most varieties of which are way too sugary for my tastes, but almost everyone else i know loves them). when i go there, i always order one of their excellent entree salads (also about $14). the place is decorated in the "shabby chic" style, with cute, but not-very-comfortable seating.

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        26 Beach
        3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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