Venice

Barrique

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  Best Italian food on the westside of LA, which isn't hard to do with a Michelin winning chef. Don't even look at the menu, the fantastic wait staff gives fantastic recommendations and it is worth it to trust in them. 1 3/4 chubby thumbs up

Must Eat: Special pasta, doesn't matter what it is just GET IT    

  Highs: Handmade pasta in a romantic dining room

Lows: Can have a long wait, and can be a bit on the dimly lit side

The Butcher's Daughter

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  This 100% vegetarian restaurant is known for their veggie slaughtering. From the avocado toast to their fresh juices- if you are in need of a good Sunday morning cleansing breakfast make way. 1 chubby thumbs up 

Must Eat: Avocado toast 

Highs: Beautiful restaurant, and you don't leave feeling too fat 

Lows: They don't do bacon  

Felix

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Best new restaurant period.  I mean, they have a temperature controlled room where they make their pasta in house.  Besides the charming dining room, the food is outstanding.  2 chubby thumbs up.

Must Eat: Burrata Salad, any pasta

Highs:  Handmade pastas in a great setting

Lows:  It's tough to get in, but it's worth the wait

Flake

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  LA, the land of breakfast burritos and this is the best of the bunch. For me to say a veggie burrito is as good as one with sausage is saying something. Everything at this casual Venice breakfast spot is worth eating. 2 chubby thumbs up 


Gjelina

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  One of the best restaurants on Abbot Kinney but they do not alter anything on the menu- FT advice is to take a peek before you head there. Brunch is also great, one of the better pancakes in LA.  1 chubby thumbs up

Must Eat: Buckwheat pancake 

Highs: Patio seating in the back is perfect for a nice breakfast or dinner 

Lows: No changes to any dish, even asking to get the eggs well done is frowned upon

GTA (Gjelina Take Away)

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 Don't feel like waiting an hour to eat brunch next door at Gjelina, then GTA is the next best choice. Solid egg sandwiches, pizzas and avocado toast make this a great quick stop. 1 chubby thumbs up 

Must Eat: Avocado toast 

Highs: Location location location! 

Lows: For being a 'quick take away' shop they sure take their sweet ass time 

Leona

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 Fresh trendy restaurant right off the beach in Venice- Leona has a solid brunch and an interesting menu overall. 1/2 a chubby thumb up. 

Must Eat: Omlette 

Highs: Decor and overall ambiance 

Lows: Kimchi latkas

Mendocino Farms

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Ok technically there are a few Mendocino Farms around, and yes none of them are actually in Venice- but this Marina Del Rey is close enough.  Solid pick for some pre beach sandwiches and chips.  Plus they have free sparkling water. 1 chubby thumbs up

Must Eat:  Seasonal sandwiches- or CMBT and a bag of Mama Zuma's Revenge (spicy)

Highs: Pretty decent California deli with fresh ingredients 

Lows:  Bay Cities is only like 3 miles away...

NoMad Food Truck

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 NYC NoMad in a truck?! Bacon wrapped truffle hot dogs?! 100% go find this truck and eat up. Chicken burgers are amazing, hot dogs are great and they sometimes have some guest chefs creating some burgers. 1 1/2 chubby thumbs up 

Must Eat: Truffle dog, truffle chicken burger 

Highs: Quick food truck service with excellent food 

Lows: Often in DTLA and it can be a pain in the ass to get to

Rose Cafe

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 Where to eat brunch in Venice? The Rose is the place to be. On a sunny SoCal Sunday you should find yourself eating some great eggs and salads outside at The Rose 3/4 chubby thumbs up

Must Eat: Crispy brussles sprouts with eggs 

Highs: Great brunch, outdoor seating 

Lows: Service can be lacking 

Superba

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Another amazing Venice brunch spot- Superba Food & Bread is more than just egg sandwiches. Fantastic baked goods and a surprisingly, albeit small, wine list.   1 chubby thumbs up

Must Eat: Eggs in purgatory 

Highs: Great ambiance and baked goods 

Lows: Service and parking