Banh Mi Venice
307 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
A good banh mi was always kind of hard to find on the West Side, that is until Banh Mi Venice Beach set up shop in a nondescript strip mall on Lincoln Boulevard. It’s a teeny but well-appointed family-owned spot, with a concise menu to match, though every single item—especially the turmeric chicken cluck mi—is solid, due in large part to the not-too-crunchy baguette (baked fresh daily). And it all comes with shrimp chips on the side and a hearty pile of house-pickled daikon—always a good thing.
Blue Bottle Coffee
1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Blue Bottle is a top-notch coffee roaster and café with a sustainable ethos, in multiple locations throughout LA, the Bay Area, NYC, (and Tokyo). This Venice outpost is tiny, so not made for lingering over your coffee but perfect for grabbing a coffee while strolling Abbot Kinney. Our picks: The siphon filter and the New Orleans iced coffee.
Deus Ex Machina
1001 Venice Blvd., Venice
It's easy to miss Deus when driving down Lincoln Boulevard as it looks like a garage—albeit a pretty slick one—rather than a sweet coffee shop. This is fitting, since you can buy a custom-made motorcycle, a leather jacket, and a latte in one fell swoop. Seating is limited, but the outdoor communal table and indoor charmingly lived-in couch, coupled with an awesome soundtrack, get the job done.
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.
585 Venice Blvd, Venice
From organic produce to the juice bar, prepared foods, wheat, gluten and dairy-free treats, a salad bar, sushi and so much more, this market is a wonderful place for groceries or to have a healthy lunch or dinner. Seating consists of wooden tables outside, so go on a nice day if you’re eating in. (There’s a new location in Santa Monica, plus outposts in West Hollywood and Calabasas.)
320 Sunset Ave., Venice
Sister bakery/deli/café to the much-adored restaurant Gjelina, Gjusta literally does a little bit of everything. They also smoke their own fish, which means the cured and smoked mackerel, salmon, and trout—served open-face on fresh-baked bread or bialy—taste amazing. At the other end of the spectrum is the chicken parm: light, cheesy, and addictive. Seating is limited to scattered outdoor furniture (there are rumors of an expansion), so it’s best to take your order to go.
1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Adjacent to Gjelina on Abbot Kinney, lines snake out the door here for fresh salads, sandwiches, and inventive pizzas—if you don't want to take it to go, there are a handful of standing tables, plus some milk crates on which to perch and eat.
1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Intelligentsia is really the quintessential hipster LA coffee shop—and we get why. Tables and bar seats are usually available at all the well-designed locations, and there's a smattering of great baked goods, as well as some home goods for sale. At both the Venice and Silver Lake locations, the outlets are as abundant as the man buns. There's also an outpost in Pasadena.
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
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.
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