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What's for lunch in the Marina?

Some good recommendations so far.

26 Beach was very nice, but it's a little upscale for a regular lunch place - I did take my wife there once when she had the day off.

I think that I might hit Gallegos Mexican Deli for lunch - I've been looking for a place that serves mole sauce.

Thanks all, and keep the recommendations coming

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26 Beach
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

Gallegos Mexican Deli
12470 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

What's for lunch in the Marina?

I've been working in the Marina Del Rey area for the past few years, and I'm getting rather tired of the restaurants around here. I've got a few good places to go to (like the restaurants at Mitsuwa on Centinela or Shershah), but I haven't found any more places to try.

Does anyone have any suggestions for new options?

Food Truck Extravaganza Starting Up Near LAX

I only waited in line for a few minutes. There seemed to be a fair number of customers enjoying their food - every truck seemed busy enough while I was there.

Food Truck Extravaganza Starting Up Near LAX

I went out today to see how this worked, and there were six trucks and lots of customers. Unfortunately, the Calbi truck didn't show up even though it was listed on the schedule; I made do with a tasty sandwich from the Grilled Cheese Truck.

I've been looking for interesting eating opportunities for lunch at work, and it looks like this is going to be a great option for me, if only one day a week.

Asian dining in Torrance/Gardena/Lomita?

My wife is away for the evening, so I've got free reign to try an interesting restaurant tonight that she would normally not be interested in. I know that there are lots of Asian restaurants in the area, but I've got no idea what's good.

Any suggestions? I love sushi and soba, but I'd like to try something a little different. Maybe Korean BBQ, or a different kind of Japanese place?

Dinner ideas in North Long Beach?

Some of my friends and I meet every Wednesday for dinner, and we've been doing this for the past couple years. But I'm getting bored of the regular places, so I was hoping for a couple more suggestions that I could offer to them. We meet at one friend's house on Carson near the Long Beach Town Center, and go from there.

We've got a great Thai place, so I don't need one of those, but does anyone know of a good Vietnamese or Korean place nearby? The Chinese places we've gone to are adequate, so I'd be happy for an upgrade there; same with Mexican. Any other ideas within just a few minutes drive of Carson and the 710? Not looking for an upscale meal here - $10-15 per person is fine.

Dinner in Redondo

I'll second Catalina (although it is in Redondo, not Hermosa). My wife and I just went there for our Anniversary, and had a wonderful meal.

Eating Adventures in L.A.

Hey - you are in luck about those Beard Papa cream puffs - looks like there are at least five locations in the bay area, with 2 in SF itself. Take a look at http://www.muginohousa.com/main.php?n... for your options, and I hope one is close enough for you.

Mama D's (Newport Beach)

Your brother-in-law sounds a lot like my wife. I try to get her to go to interesting places, but she'd much rather eat at Chili's or something. Mama D's is an exciting night out for her.

Mama D's (Newport Beach)

I enjoy their Fried Calimari, and I usually get the Seafood Lasagna.

Mama D's (Newport Beach)

FYI: They didn't relocate to Newport - they've just opened at least two more restaurants (one in Hermosa, and yours in Newport).

I enjoy Mama D's, but it's not the greatest around. But my wife likes it, so I get to go pretty often to make her happy.

Anniversary dinner in the South Bay

Petros seems like a good idea. We've eaten at a bunch of places around there (Fuzion Sushi, Mama D's, whatever that restaurant was that was directly across from Petros but just turned into another sushi place, etc), but never there. Thanks for the recommendation.

Anniversary dinner in the South Bay

Coming up on my 6th wedding anniversary, and I'd like to take the wife somewhere we haven't been before. We usually don't like spending a huge amount of money for dinner, and we don't really drink, so I'd like to try and keep it around $100 for the total bill.

Can anyone make a suggestion on something nice in the South Bay (or even up to Santa Monica)? In the past we've been to places like Kincaids and Matisse or La Rive Gauche in Palos Verdes.

The wife usually prefers french or italian... I'll hold out for more ethnic fare for my birthday in a couple months.

My boss was suggesting The Little Door.

Returning to SF - my old stomping grounds...

I'm seeing that a few of these fancier restaurants are in the Mission - has that whole area been gentrified? When I was there, it wasn't the kind of place that I'd want to spend a fancy evening out.

Returning to SF - my old stomping grounds...

Sure. Somewhere in the City, preferably somewhere we can get to easily on Muni. Fancy without being shi-shi; Nice without being outrageously expensive. Somewhere that two of us can get a meal for ~$50 per person, not counting wine.

As far as cuisine, basically anything goes. Sushi, Italian, French, steaks, etc, not to mention more obscure places.

Returning to SF - my old stomping grounds...

I haven't spent much time in San Francisco since I graduated from San Francisco State University in 1995, but I just booked tickets for my wife and I to spend the weekend there to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. Here are a couple questions for the Bay Area readers:

1) Two of my favorite places to eat for cheap were El Balazo on Haight for the mole burrito, and a nameless sushi place about one block south of Market Street on Church Street, on the western side of the street (I must have gone there twenty times over four years, and never found out what the name of the place was... we called it No-Name Sushi). Are either of these places still around, and if so, how's the food?

2) Now that I'm older, and have a little more spending cash than in my college days (when Top Ramen was one of my staple foods), I can afford to take my wife out for a nice dinner on Saturday night. Anyone have any suggestions for a nice restaurant that I could get a reservation for in two weeks on a Saturday night? It doesn't have to have Four Stars, but as long as it's on the nicer side.

3) Any popular food trends in San Francisco I should check out? Or odd/interesting.

4) When I took my trip to NY a few months back, I tracked down the only Belgian French Fry shop in the city. Any place in San Francisco that I can go to feed my french fry habit?

Thanks!

Downtown Manhattan Beach

No worries. Mama D's isn't the greatest Italian place in the world, but the OP was looking for something in the Manhattan Beach area. I haven't found much to like down there, but I thought Mama D's was good enough.

Business dinner near the Marina?

I work for a company in Marina del Rey, and my team managed to exceed all of our expectations for the quarter, so our boss wants to take us out for dinner. We're trying to narrow down our choices, so I thought I'd come on hear to get some new ideas. It's going to be for four people for an early dinner, and though we work in the Marina, we can range a little bit to get to a good restaurant - the westside, down to the South Bay, maybe Beverly Hills.

We discussed Fogo de Chao, but that might be a little too expensive. I know that Samba will reopen later this month, but we need to do this before then. Steak places are good, as are seafood; italian is probably out, but if there's anywhere that fits, let me know; we discussed other ethnic places, but nothing jumped out and grabbed us.

Any suggestions?

Downtown Manhattan Beach

I haven't been to the Kettle in years, but when I did, during High School, the only reason to go there was because it was open late. The food was awful... I don't know if that's changed since that section of Manhattan Beach has been gussied up.

The place I would recommend down there is Mama D's Italian Kitchen, which is one block down Manhattan Beach Blvd on Manhattan Ave. Very good Italian food, reasonable prices (as long as you don't get the specials), great fried calamari! Not standard American food, but good stuff anyways.

Can't miss restaurants in NYC?

People really went all out in recommending places in NY... I could have stayed there for six months and not tried all of the awesome places on this list!

May 02, 2007
Dr. Confoundo in Manhattan

Can't miss restaurants in NYC?

Huh. I stand corrected. I live not too far from the orignal Musha in Torrance - I'll have to check it out.

May 02, 2007
Dr. Confoundo in Manhattan

Can't miss restaurants in NYC?

So we went to New York and had a wonderful time, in no small part due to the suggestions we got here. We got a chance to sample just a sprinkling of the awesome places on this list, and hopefully there'll be another trip soon.

We started at Babbo, which was awesome. We both had the Pasta tasting menu - my favorite was the garganelli with wild mushroom, my wife's was the asparagus ravioli. The only problem was with the Fernando’s Pyramids... there was just something that didn't work out right in that dish: It tasted like it came out of a can. But between all the other great dishes, and the pineapple upsidedown cake they gave us in addition to the other deserts, I heartily recommend this place.

Unfortunately, going to such an amazing pasta place kind of ruined my experience at Becco a few days later. It was good, but no comparison to what we had at Babbo previously... I should have scheduled a better combo of restaurants. I'll know for next time.

We headed out to get Pommes Frites, and accidentally wandered right past the Bamn! Automat, so I had to stop in and grab something. I chose the Mac & Cheese Kroket, and it was ok, but fun. No comparison to the Pommes Frites that we had a few minutes later, with mayo, warm satay sauce, and my favorite: sweet mango chutney mayo. I debated buying another cone of fries after I finished the first, but my wife talked me out of it.

We tried to go to Dim Sum A-Go-Go, but couldn't find it. The whole street was under construction, and we couldn't see any signs. We tried to get into Serendipity 3, but the wait was too long, and we had theatre tickets. I wanted to get to Kat's Deli, but we just couldn't fit it in.

I did get some banana pudding from Buttercup Bakeshop, and it was awesome! The cupcakes were okay, but the pudding rocked.

Finally, my friend took us to a japanese place near 9th and 23rd? (sounds about right). All sorts of little dishes, like a japanese tapas bar. Fun and good, but not my favorite. This kind of restaurant doesn't seem to have made it to Los Angeles yet.

Thanks again to everyone who responded to my request for help! You really made our trip special (even if I didn't get to go to any of your recommendations).

Apr 25, 2007
Dr. Confoundo in Manhattan

Cinco de Mayo dinner?

My boss and I are going to be in the Chicago area (Bourbonnais to be specific) for a business trip on the weekend of May 5th, and she keeps joking about how annoyed she'll be to leave Los Angeles on Cinco de Mayo. Does anyone know of a good Mexican restaurant where we can go? It should be somewhere between Chicago and Bourbonnais (closer to the latter if possible) and not be too incredibly lame.

Is there anything out that way at all?

Apr 25, 2007
Dr. Confoundo in Chicago Area

Can't miss restaurants in NYC?

This meal definitely does not have to be high-end... I'm pretty much breaking my bank with all of the other places I've picked out. Thai and Mexican can't be any better in NY than they are in LA, so I'll pass on those. Anything else odd and tasty in the Theater district?

Mar 16, 2007
Dr. Confoundo in Manhattan

Can't miss restaurants in NYC?

Ok - I need one more thing. So far I've got Babbo on wednesday, and Becco on friday before the theater, so that's two Italian meals in three days. Anything else interestingly ethnic for a pre-theater dinner on thursday that would give a good contrast? I'm not crazy about Vietnamese, but other stuff with easy access to the Theatre District would be great: Chinese, Morrocan, German even.

What's a good non-Italian, non-American, non-French place to change up my trip?

Mar 16, 2007
Dr. Confoundo in Manhattan

Can't miss restaurants in NYC?

Awesome - just around the block from my hotel! Thanks for the tip.

Mar 16, 2007
Dr. Confoundo in Manhattan

Can't miss restaurants in NYC?

I'm definitely going to make a stop at Katz for the pastrami - too many recommendations not to. As for bagels, anything closer to the Theater District? I'm not sure that I can spare the time to go all the way up to the UWS to get a bagel.

Mar 15, 2007
Dr. Confoundo in Manhattan

Can't miss restaurants in NYC?

Cool beans. I didn't see any reference to reservations on the Becco website, so I didn't know. I've got em now, thanks.

Mar 15, 2007
Dr. Confoundo in Manhattan

Can't miss restaurants in NYC?

Yep. I'll be lucky if she can make it through the show without falling asleep, let alone starting out for dinner afterwards. Pre-theater dining is a must.

Mar 15, 2007
Dr. Confoundo in Manhattan

Can't miss restaurants in NYC?

What's the best way to do theater dining? I've looked at the websites for Becco and Ellen's Stardust, and it doesn't look like they accept reservations. Should we just show up at 5:30 and hope for a table?

Mar 14, 2007
Dr. Confoundo in Manhattan