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Breakfast/brunch near Playa del Rey

judybird Aug 16, 2011 05:29 PM

Two of us Pasadenans want to treat a third friend to a birthday breakfast near Playa de Rey on Sunday morning. Not fancy, not upscale, no champagne needed, since the b'day girl doesn't drink - just someplace comfy and casual with good food, outdoor seating a plus. We're from the unfashionable East Side, are not at all familiar with that part of town.

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    Fru Aug 17, 2011 09:57 PM

    I was in your shoes a couple of weeks ago....

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      ElissaInPlaya Aug 17, 2011 10:17 AM

      Picnic in Playa Vista

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      1. re: ElissaInPlaya
        Servorg Aug 17, 2011 10:23 AM

        Place Link for Piknic.

        Piknic Restaurant
        13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista, CA 90094

        1. re: ElissaInPlaya
          bulavinaka Aug 17, 2011 10:30 AM

          I haven't heard anything about Picnic after some luke warm comments on the board as well as a co-worker who tried it soon after they opened. It seems like a nice enough place to have a meal with the park across the street and that kinda casual urban Playa Vista feel.

          1. re: bulavinaka
            ElissaInPlaya Aug 17, 2011 11:57 AM

            It's not Mozza, but I like it. Easy parking, comfortable seating, nice menu, full-bar, relaxed vibe, usually no-wait, nice outdoor space, great service, delicious desserts, and fancy coffee drinks. I like 26 Beach, but Piknic's salads and brunch items (ricotta pancakes!) are nearly as tasty in a more relaxed environment.

            26 Beach
            3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

            Piknic Restaurant
            13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista, CA 90094

        2. Servorg Aug 17, 2011 09:56 AM

          Sauce on Hampton in Venice. Open everyday at 8 AM

          Sauce On Hampton
          259 Hampton Dr, Venice, CA 90291

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            westsidegal Aug 17, 2011 11:07 AM

            although i absolutely love the food at Sauce on Hampton, their tiny tables and crowded space can sometimes be off-putting, especially on a weekend.
            also, the last time i was there on a sunday, the head guy (whose name escapes me) was taking the day off and the whole operation was zig-zagging in a bad way both in terms of service and food.

            1. re: westsidegal
              Servorg Aug 17, 2011 11:18 AM

              I always go early and have had no issue with table size, crowding or service. YMMV

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                westsidegal Aug 17, 2011 12:27 PM

                that must make all the difference.
                i never eat before 10AM
                still, the tables don't change size. maybe early AM they will be more amenable to letting you spill over onto the next table. . .

          2. wienermobile Aug 16, 2011 08:47 PM

            Gjelina in Venice does a good brunch starting at 9am. Nice patio in back in addition to the great food.

            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

            1. westsidegal Aug 16, 2011 05:35 PM

              26 beach cafe in venice.
              i believe that they open at 8am on weekend mornings.

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              1. re: westsidegal
                bulavinaka Aug 16, 2011 07:16 PM

                +1 on westsidegal's rec. No outdoor patio per say, but there's a completely enclosed patio area that's kind of kitschy-chic - feels like a garden room sans all the plants. If you're willing to drive into Venice, 3 Square on Abbot Kinney has a patio area and it's nice in the morning. The food is solid, the prices are reasonable enough and the bake counter next door might interest you folks as well.

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

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