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Venice/MDR Cheap &/Or Unique Eats

My family is visiting this coming weekend (Thur through Tue). We'll probably grill out a few nights, but I'm looking for recommendations. Here are some of the parameters we're looking to have accomplished. Don't need to address all the points, but the more the better.

1. Venice, MDR and Santa Monica

2. Cheap eats

3. Ethnice (Mexican to French to Indian and Korean - and everything else)

4. Great food (of course)

My partner and I just moved from Chicago - so we're trying to build up a stable of restaurants to go by ourselves and also take friends and family.

In the last few weeks, we've eaten at:
- Lilly's
- Abbot Kinney Pizza Company
- Alejo's Trattoria
- Hana Sushi
- La Cabana
- Capri's
- In and Out (by Costco in Culver City)
- Primitivo

We're living on the walk streets in Venice and so would definitely prefer places that we can walk to or a short drive (don't want to drink and drive!)

Any thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Feb 02, 2008
mgj2727 in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on Capri on Abbott Kinney?

My partner and I have been there several times over the last few months (since moving to the walk streets here in Venice). We've really enjoyed it, though almost everytime we've gone - including last Sunday night it's been pretty quiet (2-4 tables taken).

The wine list, while light, does have a few reasonable wines for around $40.

We'd definitely go back - but the place does seem to lack some buzz.

Feb 02, 2008
mgj2727 in Los Angeles Area