Where to have lunch with my four-month old on the Westside?
Any suggestions for lunch spots on the Westside (centered on Mar Vista) that are baby friendly? During nap time we like to take our four-month old out in a stroller/car seat, and prefer places spacious enough where the stroller or the car seat won't get in anyone else's way. Noise is not a problem, the baby will sleep through anything. We've already worked our way through A-Frame, Lukshon (the patio), Let's Be Frank (Helms Bakery), Mendocino Farms (MDR), Paiche, and Tender Greens (MDR). What are we missing?
Chowish for parents of infant, near Mar Vista:
Sunny Grill has great gyros.
Metro Cafe serves up yummy Serbian chevapchichi and bean soup.
Less Chowish, but still nice al fresco: Spitfire Grill at Santa Monica Airport.
settebello, right next door to tender greens.
they have both spacious indoor and patio seating.
neapolitan pizza, salads, charcuterie
for southern indian vegetarian fare, samosa house on washington and berryman.
not at all fancy
for gelato and sorbetto, Gelato Lounge in a strip shopping center in mdr
i like going there for dessert after dining at settebello
if they are offering the chocolate SORBETTO when you go there, and you like chocolate, get it.
4724 lincoln blvd
marina del rey ca 90292
ifyou like huge entree-sized salads for lunch, C&O CUCINA
3016 Washington Boulevard Marina del Rey, California 90292
(Washington & Thatcher, One block West of Lincoln Blvd.)
they have both indoor seating an patio seating.
respectfully would advise agains akasha.
their food can be good or the food can be bad.
it is never wonderful.
it is not consistent.
re: mb post
phenomenal fish, but iirc, they do not serve lunch monday through thursday so beezees, if you are intent on lunch, you will need to work your schedule around that
I just moved to Mar Vista. The one thing that I wish that they had were more places to eat. I seem to wind up outside at Whole Foods a lot. Been wanting to try Earl's Gourmet Grub on Venice.
If you tried Let's Be Frank, Pop's Hot Dogs is on Barrington and National, catty corner from WF. Also a little bakery with a few tables and interesting sounding salads. All not very foodie.
Maison Giraud in the village in Pacific Palisades has a nice sidewalk patio where you would be comfortable with a stroller. Delicious French food as well, and very nice & accommodating staff. Same with Chez Mimi in the Highlands Plaza. Roomy patio. Closed Mondays. Il Ritrovo in the Village also has delicious food, and a patio, but it might be a touch more cramped than Chez Mimi & MG.
Santouka for ramen or Hannosuke for the tempura bowl, both inside Mitsuwa market at Venice & Centinela. Food-court dining, but the food is great.
Jasmine Market (on Sepulveda near Tito's) on Fri-Sat-Sun for the tofu salad, or either of the weekend-only soups. They're a mom&pop place, kid-friendly, no atmosphere. The weekday fare isn't bad either.
I wish Lawrence of India were still around.
For the Venice Mitsuwa market, would recommend that the OP try to go there during off-hrs. On the weekend, for example, the place becomes SO crowded that you often have to wait for a seat to become available and there's not much space for navigating a stroller w/ all the bodies milling around.
Do think the food is quite tasty.