rec's near LMU , Playa del Rey
I have to be at LMU twice a week (Wed and Thurs) and am looking for various Chow-worthy establishments in the area that for lunch, dinner, or in between.
Westsidegal -- what say you? Other Hounds, please chime in too!
The Good Pizza has two places in the area.
the emerson location has just a couple of tables inside, and some more on the sidewalk.
the manchester location has more table-space.
if i'm hankering for a slice or a pie nearby, the good pizza is my #1 choice. in both locations it is located in a strip center with parking in front of the place.
my daughter, though, would vote for Beach Pizza that recently opened on Manchester near Lincoln. (there is free parking in the back of the bldg. enter from Lincoln Bl. side.
+1 for Mendocino Farms. Some of the best sandwiches in town. Very casual. Very good.
North End Cafe in Manhattan Beach is great for lunch. Try the Kahlua Pig Monte Cristo Egg Rolls. Wow!
For dinner I love Manhattan Beach Post. Great small plates. 40% of their tables are saved for walk-ins and only a few miles away.
North End Cafe
3713 Highland Ave Ste 1, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
4724 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Manhattan Beach Post
1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
I have not been in over a year but Tompkins Square had surprisingly good burgers. Piknic is decent but not great. Chalet Edelweiss is good for Swiss-German basics. 26 Beach is not that far for other gourmet burgers (there is a Counter, closer, if you prefer). Agra is probably the best for Indian in that area, though a pale imitation of what it was when it first opened. Ekkamai has good Thai food. Killer Shrimp might work as well. For higher end, there is Cafe Del Rey. For dinner, you can add in A Frame, Sunny Spot, Sakura House (yakitori, etc.) and Waterloo & City.
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292
Cafe Del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Agra Indian Kitchen
2553 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Tompkins Square Bar and Grill
8522 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
4211 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
4786 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
8740 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
13362 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista, CA 90094
Waterloo and City
12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066
12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
13223 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
822 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
I usually get the tri-tip and mac n cheese, but they do have chicken, fish and salad options.
Ayara Thai. I think it's the best Thai rest in the area.
Destini Cafe for pan-asian food. I usually get their bibimbop and dumplings. Large tea selection and great ambiance on the patio.
I personally think Tandoor-a-India has the best Indian food in the area.
423 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Let's not forget the Buggy Whip for J&B on the rocks, some Stone Crab, a hunk of charred cow and the trip in the time machine is included for free. You should do it at least once. And a note, they are one of the only places in L.A. that get their Stone Crab from Joe's in Florida (maybe the only but I am not sure of this--they used to promote that but it might be true any longer).
The other thing to remember is that the Westfield Mall Foodcourt (of numerous Chow threads fame) isn't far at all--maybe ten minutes--for grabbing a quick lunch. And just a few blocks further up the road are both an El Super Taco (actually on Slauson where it intersects with Jefferson) and Sorrento Italian Deli. Now before anyone reaches for their flamethrowers, there are differing opinions in regard to both these places but I think the amount of time spent of them keeps them in the discussion of chowworthy places. And I like them, so there. :0)
I also really like a place that I will say outright probably isn't chowworthy per se, but is a total locals joint on Culver called Senior G's. I always get the enchiladas suiza. Nobody here is challenging Rick Bayliss or Jon Sedlar but the family that runs the place is super nice and you won't break the bank.
Lastly, though the drive-thru can be crushing at the wrong time of day, there is an In-n-Out (maybe not always so much here) at Sepulveda and Lincoln for when you just need to get that fix.
Went to the Buggy whip a few days ago as I wanted to try the stone crabs. 40 dollars for 4 claws. Not a whole lot of flavor. In my humble opinion dunginous crab is much better. On the othe hand, the oysters were very good. 8 oysters for 14.95 was a good deal. I'll go back for the oysters.
respectfully disagree with the words "great" and "good" in the alejo's recommendation.
not one menu item of theirs that i have tried qualifies, imho, as good much less great.
their main claim to fame is that, at each table, they serve a little bowl of fresh, raw, minced garlic that is soaking in oil. if you love the garlic oil mix enough, your appreciation of the food will be increased. . . .
do, though, agree that the food is inexpensive.
yes i've tried that salad made with the canned garbanzo beans, commercial low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese, flavoless tomatos, et al.
across the board, far better salads (not necessarily italian-themed) are available at 26 beach in marina del rey.
imho, alejo's is not at all chow-worthy.
I 2nd Kanpai... but wanted to mention their ramen which only served certain hours during the day. I believe during lunch and then again after 10pm. solid sushi, very good ramen.