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Venice Specialty

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Jeni’s
540 Rose Ave., Venice
Not new to LA, but new to the West Side, Jeni’s new outpost on Rose is conviently adjacent to some of our favorite things: StretchLab, Moon Juice, and Café Gratitude, to name a few. If you haven’t already been, know that this ice cream shop excels at decadent and out-of-the-ordinary flavors: brambleberry crisp, churro, ylang ylang and fennel, Riesling poached pear sorbet, etc. Jeni’s started in Ohio, founded by Jeni Britton Bauer—James Beard award-winning author of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, and has since expanded to other cities. Photo: Caroline Juen
Eggslut
1611 Pacific Ave., Venice
Anyone who has ever found themselves in the enormous line at Eggslut's original Downtown outpost will surely appreciate the addition of a second location, this one across town in Venice. Every element of their take on the hangover breakfast staple is carefully considered: the brioche bun is perfectly browned, the bacon is just the right thickness, and the eggs, of course, are exactly the right fluffy consistency (they offer them over-medium, but scrambled is definitely the order of choice). The famous Fairfax sandwich comes with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and Sriracha mayo.
Juice Served Here (Closed)
609 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice
In addition to being incredibly convenient for satiating juice cravings (there are locations sprouting up all over the city) this the perfect juice gateway drug for cleanse newbies: Beyond their most popular drink, Green Milk, which is like having dessert for dinner, the Charcoal Lemonade is delicious, despite the suspiciousness of drinking montmorillonite clay and activated charcoal (in contrast, the jalapeño-laced beet juice is tough to swallow). You can also add in extras to ease the process: We opted for the raw soup (a carrot-based gazpacho) and the coconut superfood bar (nice when you miss the sensation of chewing). Bonus points for the DO ME (FIRST, 02, 03, 04, 05, LAST) directions on the caps and the recent addition of lifestyle-y giftables at most outposts. There are additional locations in Studio City, Downtown, Pasadena, Silver Lake, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood.
Salt & Straw
1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
The small-batch ice cream business, which cousins Kim and Tyler Malek launched out of a single neighborhood ice cream parlor in Portland, has grown into a family of shops, including two in L.A.—the original is in Hancock Park and a second just opened on Abbot Kinney. The focus at S&S is on inventive flavors: salted caramel cupcake, pear & blue cheese, avocado & strawberry sherbet. On the flip side, the single origin vanilla is some of the best we’ve ever had. For those who aren’t fortunate enough to live near a shop, the seasonal Pints Club, which sets you up with five unique pints every month and delivers them right to your door, is an excellent option.
Wurstküche
625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
Though the menu is extensive, the offerings lean heavily on bratwurst—more specifically, bratwurst made using only the finest meats, with veggie-friendly and exotic options thrown in for good measure (pheasant with herbs de Provence, for example). Fittingly, everything comes tricked out with your choice of gourmet toppings—sweet peppers, sauerkraut, and fancy mustard for days—plus, the option to tack on a side of truffle fries. The communal tables are set up beer garden-style and outfitted with paper tablecloths and crayons for the littles, though it gets more and more jovial (i.e. boozy and loud) the later it gets so consider planning a lunch if eating with the whole brood in tow. The sprawling space is really great for large groups—each person orders at the walk-up counter so everyone ends up paying for themselves, and the draft and bottled beer assortment is one of the best in the city.There's a second location Downtown in the Arts District.
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