I will be visiting LA (from Minneapolis) later in the month and will be spending two days in Venice Beach, without car. I will be eating at least one or two breakfast/lunch/dinners alone. At night, I prefer a bit of atmosphere with great food, maybe a place where the bar gets some traffic and offers the full menu. During the day, anything goes. Any suggestions for dining solo?
On a side note, I will have access to a car for one evening and one day (Saturday) so what else should I try that is a short drive away? I'm sure I can do some research on the LA board to get answers to this one.
I've never been to LA so I'm looking for some signature LA dining experiences (esp. things that might not be easily had in the Midwest). I'm pretty open to types of cuisine (sushi, Mexican, any types of Pacific Asian cuisine, regional American, etc.) and no special needs like being veg or anything.