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Abbot Kinney Tonight

Any favorites on Abbot Kinney or close by other than Gjelina (service is too rude)?
Looking for dinner under $30 pre alcohol and dessert and not too loud.

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  1. Tonight is First Fridays - expect huge crowds x 2 due to great weather. Axe is at the north end of the street, so it may be less crowded. I'm ashamed to say that I haven't been in a while, moreover since Joanna Moore resurrected the place post-fire. Her food has always been solid and she sources things from the right places. This would be my first choice tonight.

    1. bulavinaka is right - everything on Abbot Kinney is going to be extra busy tonight. You might still be able to get a reservation at Hal's, but it's pretty loud. Or you could try going around the corner on Venice Blvd to Tlapazola Gril for Mexican.

      1. You might try Superba Snack Bar, just a few blocks away on Rose Ave.. Wonderful pastas and it won't be as crazy as Abbot Kinney will be tonight.

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        1. re: wienermobile

          If they're willing to head over to Rose, there's also the new Hosteria del Piccolo.

          1. re: wienermobile

            Tried to hit up Superba last friday and it was too busy. Tonite? I'm betting it's even worse.

          2. Just to illustrate the "First Friday" concept on AK:


            1. How about the Galley on Main?

                1. re: yogachik

                  yogachik, is the sushi good at Wabi Sabi?

                  We have not eaten there in a very long time. It was good then, but as I watched it online, it seemed to have been on a roller coaster ride.

                  How is the value?

                  1. re: liu

                    I always have had a great meal there, as recently as last month. The small plates are actually good portions and very inexpensive. Get a bottle of sake for the real value - drinks (they have a full bar) can get pricey.

                    1. re: yogachik

                      It's good to know about the small plates at Wabi Sabi. I have tried only the more traditional sushi items, but now I can recommend somewhere on Abbot Kinney when we are in this area late in the day. Thanks!

                2. Had a great meal at Larry's in Venice. We began with pretzel buns covered in bacon and cheese and proceeded to have threee other items with bacon or cheese! Not the most healthy meal but it was certainly delicious.

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                  1. re: flowergirl

                    I really liked that place. Terrific green curry mussels too.

                    1. re: flowergirl

                      Recently ate at Larry's and also liked it.

                      1. re: CharlesKochel

                        Almost all of Joe's entrees range from the high $20s to $30+. Does not fit the OP's price point.

                        1. re: nosh

                          all entes are listed below $20, although I never stay at this price point. http://joesrestaurant.com/menu

                          1. re: CharlesKochel

                            That's Joe's brunch menu. Dinners are in price range Nosh refers to. Lunch prices are of course more reasonable. All good!