Anyone who knows me, knows that I actually enjoy moving! The thrill of experiencing a new neighborhood and designing a new residential space is exhilarating.
Along with that comes getting to know the insider neighbor tips on where to eat. Venice Beach is our new home and I must say this is a wonderful culinary spot! With that said, let’s dive right into my latest favs…
For the best pizza, look no further than South End. The Owner; Mario, has done his heritage proud in bringing this perfect dish to L.A. Experience a rustic pie made with love with local ingredients and complimented with a fine wine list. Certainly gives Mozza a run for their money!
And when the fog rolls in and the air is crisp, the first place I think of going to is: Venice Ramen. Let’s face it, if you’ve ever been to Tokyo and tasted ramen there, it’s definitely hard to beat that experience, but Venice Ramen is a top L.A. contender. Handmade broth and noodles with deep flavors that create the most enjoyable comfort food experience. Ask for it spicy!
Craving a local neighborhood non-fancy joint to get a delish breakfast, run on over to Buna Cafe. They have a wide selection of pancakes, waffles and omelettes. And a side of fried plantains…a must! Prefer breakfast in a glass? Try one of their fresh fruit smoothies.
For a more sidewalk cafe and laid back local experience, try French Market Cafe. I’m a fan of their french onion soup and croissants. Their salads and paninis are quite popular as well. They are located on Abbot Kinney, but on the residential south end, tucked in a corner lot – just the way we locals like it.
Have a sweet tooth, but can’t stand the thought of waiting in line? Try Jeni’s Venice. For an artisanal ice cream experience, look no further. They use whole ingredients to create a uniquely smooth and mouthwatering experience. And the flavors! I can’t decide what I like most – Brown Butter Almond Butter or Roxbury Road.
After having moved 13 times in 17 years here, I noticed that L.A. is extremely diverse – each neighborhood has a distinct personality. My suggestion is to get to know your neighbors and ask them to share their favorite spots with you. Then get out and experience it for that’s what makes L.A. a fun place to live!
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(photo credits: South End photos: Shawn Ferjanec, Jeni’s Ice Cream: Jeni’s Instagram)