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Joan's on Third Is Coming to Santa Monica...

That salad sounds wonderful. A good Cobb is surprisingly hard to find.

What's the scene like there? Did anything stand out to you?

Just curious if it is drawing mostly tourists, mostly City-hall types, or...?

Aug 31, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

West Side Deli Lovers Rejoice Wexler's Deli is Coming to Santa Monica

The parking at the public library is the best deal going in DTSM. It's cheap, plentiful, far enough removed from the flustercluck of 4th/3rd St that you can get in and out easily, and you pay upon exiting, so there's no danger of getting a ticket for an expired meter.

The library is also quite lovely -- worth a trip in itself.

Aug 29, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

A couple of dames in search of a non-diner b'fast spot near LAX

Yeah, I suspect that their lunch/dinner menu would be much more to my taste -- lots of good savory dishes vs. the more sweet-spectrum breakfast stuff.

The food was good, no complaints there. And odd as it may sound, I appreciated the not-huge sized portions -- I thought they were the perfect amount of food, and it makes for a prettier presentation not having a groaning plate o' food to tackle.

I will prioritize the pot de creme next time, for sure!

Jun 12, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

A couple of dames in search of a non-diner b'fast spot near LAX

Ah, we missed that -- I don't recall seeing it on the weekday breakfast menu, but we might've missed it.

Gotta be honest: I wasn't wowed by the experience. Lots of little annoyances that added up, from the 'tude of the waiter, to the chipped tea service, to the lack of cream (sorry, but tea demands cream, not milk), to the flies buzzing around, the garbage can smell on the patio, and the poor pacing of bringing food and beverages out. But I'll give it another try for a lunch or dinner sometime. And my companion enjoyed her meal, and we had a chance to catch up, so mission accomplished.

Jun 12, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

A couple of dames in search of a non-diner b'fast spot near LAX

Thanks, all. We ended up at Gjelina, and had no problem getting a good table right away.

Cafe Buna looks legit as well -- I'll cruise by there soon and have a nice lazy breakfast.

A couple of dames in search of a non-diner b'fast spot near LAX

As much as I enjoy diners, greasy or otherwise, I'm looking for something a bit more genteel for a ladies' b'fast somewhere within 10 minutes' drive of LAX.

Ideally, it would be beach-ish or otherwise in a non-bland location.

Complicating factor: my dining companion will be coming via taxi from points south on the 405, so I'm being mindful of the flustercluck traffic along the more beachward routes toward Santa Monica in the a.m. (We are targeting about a 9 a.m. rendez-vous on a weekday.)

I know Playa Provisions has taken a pounding on this board, but am wondering if it might be viable for breakfast?

Is there anywhere in Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, or Westchester that is kinda nice? Not really feelin' the super-casual beach vibe with plastic chairs and picnic tables, but if there is a joint that is otherwise splendid, I'll plop my rump in a patio chair.

No price limitations, all cuisines welcome.

(Cafe del Rey would've been perfect, but they aren't open for breakfast on weekdays as far as I can tell.)

Thanks.

Update: Since she and I will have about 2 hours, I'm thinking maybe 26 Beach, so we can decamp for a stroll on Abbott Kinney or the beach after we eat. Will traffic be super-hideous for her coming off the 405 at about 8:30 am, though?

Any other suggestions in that general area are welcomed.

Jun 11, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Visiting LA downtown with family (includes 3 year old)

If your little guy might want to run free for a bit in the big city, you could get some food to-go and have a picnic in Grand Park. The "upper" part of the park (near the Music Center) has a fountain that is a kid-magnet, well-kept restrooms, a Starbucks if parents need a corporate-caffeine top-up. On Weds. and Thurs., there are various food trucks parked nearby.

Grilled cheese sandwich in Santa Monica/Venice

Who makes a mean grilled cheese within strolling distance of Main St? Preferably within the bounding-box of Lincoln Blvd, Main St, Venice Blvd, and Pico Blvd, but those are dotted-line boundaries.

I'll be stuffing my pie hole solo, so would prefer a place that has communal seating, a bar, or won't get twitchy with a singleton hogging a two-top.

May 31, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- Voting

SKEWERS

May 30, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Por Favor Comes To Venice

La Isla Bonita (the truck at Rose Ave and 4th St) is now open into the evening for your dining pleasure. Not there on Thursdays, however.

LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

Oh, please. We've been hearing this chicken-little-the-sky-is-falling histrionics every single time the minimum wage has been raised, even when it's in much smaller increments.

LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

Ever worked on an assembly line?

Yeah, I didn't think so.

Who are you to say that $38/hr is too much for those folks to be paid?

2 days in LA with the family

Abbot Kinney is a scene for sure. A downside is that the sidewalks are really narrow and crowded -- super annoying to try to elbow your way through on busy days. First Friday is just too nuts, I think, for a leisurely family outing. But on non-First Fridays, I think the mix of shops and coffee and nibbles will suit your teens.

Venice has a bit of grit under its fingernails, true, but most of the sketchiness takes place near the Boardwalk (though Rose Ave gets its share of police activity); and there is a sizable population of outdoor-dwellers, some of whom are in the grips of addiction and/or mental illness. I've lived here a lonnnng time, and have not had any issues other than the sadness of observing people in suffering, but some people find our street denizens too off-putting.

You could also wander Main St in Santa Monica. Lots of teen-friendly stuff there. Sunny Blue, the omusubi place, always seems to have a young crowd. And if you get sick of the commercial strip, you can walk along the beach on the pathway. Great people watching. The Perry's snack stands have chairs right in the sand if you want to grab a cold drink and relax a bit with your toes in the sand (save your belly-space though for good eats elsewhere).

May 17, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

4 days in Santa Monica with teen

You will more than fine in SM without a car. It's much better enjoyed on foot.

Apr 08, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

4 days in Santa Monica with teen

Agreed on all counts. I live in SM, and will walk a mile-plus to do errands rather than fight traffic and parking via car. Especially given the upcoming Perfect Storm of road construction (the closing of the California Incline + the choo-choo train clusterfluck on Colorado near the pier + never-ending sewer work on PCH)...downtown SM will be gridlock city.

Apr 08, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Fab's Hot Dogs Westwood.......breaking news

Komodo Venice (on Main St. near Rose Ave.) serves a tater tot dish -- sort of like nachos, but with 'tots as the base.

(And a Yelp search reveals many Westside places with 'tots...who knew Santa Monica was such a tot-hotbed? I didn't!)

Jan 30, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- Voting

OYSTERS

Jan 29, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

A Croissant from The Bakery Formerly Known as "The Buttery"

Wow, what a great blast from the past! I ate many a croissant from The Buttery -- even though it's been a decade or so since I last had one of their beauties, your post triggered a strong sense memory and salivary response in me. The bottom of those croissants...so perfect.

I deeply miss the old Main Street establishments; and The Buttery is one of my most-missed places.

Dec 27, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

I was wondering the same thing, esp. in light of their recent expansion to the Middle East, which would seem to be a very expensive undertaking (re-tooling menus and serving protocol to match local norms, e.g.).

That must've been one helluva lease markup to drive them away from what would appear to be a primo customer base and location in Brentwood.

Dec 27, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Voting

CHILI

Dec 26, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

Oh you are absolutely right -- there was a perfectly good thread on just this subject a few weeks back. Here's the link if anyone else is as "search" challenged as I seem to be:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/998305

And good point about CCF serving a purpose -- it does have its charms, and I've enjoyed some perfectly decent meals there (the decor and noise break my brain, but I know the Vegas-y aspects of it appeal to some).

(Those avocado rolls were my go-to dish back at that Brentwood one when our company used to do long, boozy going-away lunches for departing employees.)

Dec 26, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

I feel vaguely unclean even mentioning that pox upon upon my fair city that is the Santa Monica Place mall, but in the interests of sharing information:

The Cheesecake Factory will be moving into the third floor space currently occupied by Zengo and La Sandia, circa autumn 2015.

Any bets on whether CCF will be a boom or bust? (I predict boom; the MDR one seems to always be shockingly busy.)

Dec 26, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

I know zip about Indonesian food, but their weekend breakfast menu looks just so...endearing. The names of the dishes are great. "Oh Karen!"

This place sounds like a wonderful alternative to the usual overcrowded weekend brunch spots.

What's not to love about a porridge of "Tilapia fish loin, shrimp, and Chinese donut"?

(Who knew tilapia even have loins?)

I hope you might someday be inspired to put together a nice long musing on Indonesian food, either specific to this resto or wider L.A. (Looks like shimo might be able to jump in on the action?)

Dec 11, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

I'm going to The Apple Pan tonight.

Wiener really knows how to make food make love to the camera.

He is the Helmut Newton of food photogs.

I'm going to The Apple Pan tonight.

That plate is retro-charming. Sets off the pie nicely.

I like the banana pie, and the wall paneling, and one particularly gruff server. I'm neutral on the burgers.

I don't like having a horde of hungry diners-in-waiting hovering behind me.

(And I find wriggling my hindquarters between closely-spaced bar stools, trying not to hip-check the patron seated next to me, while I slither onto my perch, a bit...indelicate. But that's a minor quibble.)

Dec 06, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

New Year's Eve Santa Monica with kids?

I find this idea oddly appealing.

35th Annual Swedish Christmas Fair (Julmarknad) - Downtown, 12/7

Looks fun!

Any recommendations for specific foods that might be on offer?

Dec 06, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- Voting

CHILI

Nov 29, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

OG was in the rotation, too! I once took an Italian paramour there, me thinking it was "classy" Italian food and wanting to impress. To his credit, he was gracious about it.

(But when you are young, broke, and hungry, those breadsticks are DAMN good. No shame.)

Oct 28, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

Loved Ships! Ah, those turkey croquettes, and make-your-own-toast-at-the-table, after a long night of rockin' out... Ships was classic.

Oct 28, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area