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Post LAX Saturday Lunch/Brunch for 2 (Venice to S.Bay)

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My boyfriend returns from a trip Saturday at 10am and I'd like to take him directly from LAX to brunch/early lunch before taking him home to Redondo Beach. Somewhere between Venice (Abbott Kinney) and Palos Verdes and near the coast.

We prefer made-to-order food that is farmer's market driven, a menu that has gluten- and grain-free options, and a nice atmosphere where we can catch up and reconnect. Prefer someplace slightly relaxing and chill rather than crazy/frenetic/super loud. Absolutely don't want any kind of $50 all-you-can-eat expensive buffet extravaganza (those are usually more of a Sunday thing, though, I think?) that is all inclusive as I have food restrictions and a smaller appetite and can't eat $50 worth of food. Also, we are lightweights when it comes to alcohol so a place that is pushing unlimited mimosas but doesn't have good food wouldn't be a good choice.

Places that come to mind (I've not been to all of these):

*Gjelina (love it--boyfriend has never been there before)
Tasting Kitchen (never been)
Joe's (haven't been in 4 years but used to enjoy it)
Cafe del Rey (only been for dinner or HH, how is their brunch?)
Strand House (went once, I don't remember it)
MB Post (never been before)
Mar'sel at Terranea (never been)

* I can manage to find menu items at Gjelina that I are gluten- and grain-free even though they don't allow substitutions/changes.

Also open to other places not on the list.

Not super familiar with good eats in the South Bay as I live in Brentwood, so advice from CHers who know the area well is greatly appreciated.

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  1. One vote for MB Post. Homemade sticky buns.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Appreciate the rec, wienermobile, but want to clarify as sticky buns will make me ill...we need a place that can do gluten- and grain-free.

      Hoping for a place that does interesting things with protein/produce beyond basic boring omelettes and sides of bacon -- want something delicious and not bland.

      Does MB Post have these capabilities for Grain/Gluten Free while at the same time turning out something tasty and interesting?

      1. re: sablouwho

        Here is the MB Post Brunch menu. Hope it works for you. the food is very good especially the Corned Beef Cheek Hash.
        http://eatmbpost.com/assets/menus/3/o...

        Their dinner menu may work better for your needs another time.
        http://eatmbpost.com/assets/menus/1/o...

        also next door is MB Post's sister resturant Fishing With Dynamite, with a seafood shack menu and their wonderful raw bar. They serve starting at 11am.

        Enjoy.

        1. re: wienermobile

          Ok, good to know that the food is good across the board and that someone who can't partake in those awesome souding sticky buns will still have something to eat.

          Per your recommendation, wienermobile, I called them and it sounds like they can figure out some modifications so that I can eat something that will work.

          1. re: sablouwho

            Good to hear. Enjoy. Hope you post back about your experience.

          2. re: wienermobile

            Some of MB Post's brunch dishes...

             
             
             
      2. Zengo at The Santa Monica Place has a nice brunch at $35 per person it includes unlimited Latin-Asian small plates and adult beverages.
        http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengos...

        also an excellent brunch at Superba Snack Bar on Rose in Venice including their shrimp n’ grits, Kelly’s egg, pancetta & hot sauce or their sunny side eggs, braised lamb meatballs, harissa, fingerlings & mint.
        http://superbasnackbar.com/Food.aspx#

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        1. re: wienermobile

          I will file that info in my brain for an event I'm thinking about. Thanks wienermobile.

          1. re: wienermobile

            Thanks W -- will keep both in mind for future! For this Sat I think I really wanna try MB Post.

            It's kinda funny -- sometimes menus sound just "OK" and then you see photos of the food, and only then do you "get" it, KWIM? I saw pics on Yelp for MB Post and saw the food. By the looks of it, they will certainly be able to make my meal taste good despite my restrictions! :-)