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Apr 18, 2013 02:23 PM

Lunch Along the CicLaVia Route

Trying to come up with a decent lunch spot, for a small group meet-up along the route of this Saturday's LA bike ride.

It runs from Downtown to Dogtown along Venice Bl., so maybe somewhere around the mid-point. It's a bit tough, being that Venice has some pretty desolate stretches.

- Fairly casual
- A patio would be nice
- Probably not GIANT burrito's, as I list 2 Mexican spots

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  1. Close to Father's Office (a short side detour to the south - 259 feet according to Google mapping). Very nice patio and, as long as everyone is 21+ it could be a nice interlude.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Assuming you mean at Helms Bakery, not a bad suggestion. Some may be riding from the east, and some from the west, so I'm trying to keep it fair. I can hear the whining already.

      I'll put it on the list though.

      1. re: WileysHungryAgain

        "Assuming you mean at Helms Bakery..."

        If I didn't my sense of direction would be rivaling that of Christopher Columbus heading for the East Indies...

        1. re: Servorg

          Has the actual bakery by Sherry Yard at the helms bakery opened yet ?

          1. re: kevin

            Havent heard or seen any news on it since it was announced. I think it's a long way off.

            Would consider Curious Palate or Earls Gourmet Grub as well.

    2. OOOH! I live off Venice and Inglewood (technically Mar Vista) and have so many great spots to share that I love! They are all on Venice Blvd.

      I walk to these often and highly highly recommend. Might be a little past the midpoint but worth it!

      Earl's Gourmet Grub (LOVE LOVE LOVE)
      La Petite Crêperie (cute little french restaurant)
      The Curious Palate (more of a cafe but really neat and unique)

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        1. So, where did you end up and how was the food/what did you eat?

          I was on Venice Blvd. for part of my regular Sunday morning cycling routine, but I was alone as I was out between 2 AM and 4 I am just about every Sunday.

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          1. re: Servorg

            2am and 4am, clubbing hard ?

            We may have to start a thread as to what is good to eat between 4am and 6am, before some of the good coffee shoppes are even open.

            1. re: kevin

              Non stop bicycling means that clubbing in out of the question. Once I leave my front door I keep moving until I come back to my door (unless a flat tire or some other unforeseen circumstance arises that I have to deal with).

              I was at John O'Groats for their 7 AM opening where I consumed a plate of their cilantro potato pancakes - which is made up of what they term "home style" mashed potatoes, grilled onions, cilantro and grated Asiago cheese, that comes with 2 eggs (mine were done over easy) AND 2 buttermilk pancakes with added chocolate chips all washed down with at least 3 or 4 cups of their French Press dark roast coffee. And, before you ask, I finished every last fucking bite of it...

              1. re: Servorg

                Sounds good.

                I'll have to try the Mashed potato pancakes. The only thing better is if they topped that fucker with grated cheddar instead of asiago.

                7am is too late. Sometimes it would be nice if somewhere beyond the usual suspects was open before the crack of dawn.

                1. re: kevin

                  On my rotation for earlier are the Pacific Dining Car on Wilshire at Princeton (just a little too much $ to be a "very" regular stop) and they are open 24/7 and once in a while Norm's on Pico just east of Sepulveda - also 24/7 and finally I'll trek down to the Kettle in Manhattan Beach - also 24/7, (but just too far of a drive to do too often).

                  Finally Pepy's in Mar Vista opens at 6 AM and I hit it up then semi-frequently.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Yeah, I was thinking PDC. Though interestingly enough, I have never been to the Santa Monica location. And usually I don't really want to partake in a $50 meal at that time. But I'm glad its there. I must say that I'm incredibly glad it's there.

            2. re: Servorg

              At 2:00am, I may have passed you, however I wasn't fit for bike riding at the time.

              Well we didn't really land any meccas of gastronomic note, mostly due to the hordes of people on Venice Bl.

              We did stop at Oldfield's, a pub near overland that unbeknownst to me, has been there for some time, which had a really great vibe, fun DJ, and some nice craft cocktails.

              In their parking lot however, was a guy who set up a pretty solid pop-up taco stand, with some far better fare than your average. The selections of proteins for your tacos were pretty standard, but he had some really creative salsa's and such. One being a nice Mango and Cilantro, w/ a nice contrast between flavor and a really nice heat. Another was a Tomatillo and Nopales salsa that was smokey and quite fiery. Went really well with an icy Whiskey Sour.

              I guess I had different visions of what that ride was all about, so probably not the best time for extended sit down lunch.

              But a great time was had, for sure.

              Thanks to all who gave their input.