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Apr 13, 2012 07:16 AM

Marina del Rey- First Timer

Need suggestions of the best places anywhere near MDR- Will have a car...have three nights to have wonderful dinners and need one great spot for lunch. THANKS

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  1. You should shift focus just a bit to Venice and Gjelina and The Tasting Kitchen. Both on Abbot Kinney.

    1. Definitely focus on Venice. Gjlena, Wolf in Sheeps clothing, Sunny Spot, Tasting Kitchen. For lunch, head to Axe.

      1. If you want a very casual lunch there are a few places I really like in the area...

        Mendocino Farms in the Marina has some of the best sandwiches in the city. Their Braised Lamb Sandwich made with slow braised lamb shoulder, mint pesto, goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, pickled red onions and arugula on toasted ciabatta is my favorite at the moment.

        Lemonade on Abbot Kinney for dozens of salads and you can try as may as four on a plate.

        Or Wurstkuche in Venice for some one of a kind sausages and beer.(the rattlesnake and rabbit is my favorite).

        Welcome to LA.

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        1. re: wienermobile

          although i like Lemonade, for salads, i prefer 26 Beach..
          Lemonade's salads are pre-dressed and are scooped on to your plate.
          26 Beach offers a wide array of inventive salads that they make to order and for which you can order the dressing on the side.
          another difference between the two restaurants is that lemonade is a self-service restaurant in which you take your tray of food to the table yourself, while 26 Beach offers table service.

          1. re: wienermobile

            Funny, I think their Bockwurst is #1....

            That said, I'm not sure I'd pick Wurstkuche as a "must-do / best of the area" lunch place. For me, that would have to, be without question, Venice Ale House.

            Right on the beach, better food than Wurstkuche, better drink selection, better view, same price point. So it wins on all fronts. At least, IMO.

            1. re: EricDC

              Bockwurst and a hefeweizen - that's the best combo for me at Wurstkuche...

              1. re: EricDC

                personally, i think their Old Rasputin is #1.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Yes, WSG, that's a totally great dark beer. But have you had a chance to try Rochefort 10 from Belgium yet? I am curious to know what you would think of that beer.

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    i've not seen it being offered at my usual watering-spot, The Tripel.
                    as soon as i see it, i will try.
                    have been rotating between Old Rasputin, The Nothing by Smog City, Alagash black, and Craftsman Edgar's ale.

            2. For lunch or dinner i would recommend Cafe del Rey. Its right in the marina with a view of the boats and the water, great food and service. Consistently good. Very "Californian." For lunch, you might want to go to Joe's in Venice for a reasonable ($19) 3 course lunch.



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              1. re: Baron

                For lunch or brunch, Hals in Venice is very good.

              2. A Frame and Waterloo & City in Culver City are right near the Marina and are both very good. Santa Monica is about 5-10 minutes by car and offers many other great choices such as Capo, Chinois, Fig, Hostaria del Piccolo, Hungry Cat, Jiraffe, Melisse, Musha, Rustic Canyon and Whist.

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                1. re: New Trial

                  Melisse got 1 or more Michelin stars.