The rotisserie chicken and the side dishes like babaghanoush and hummous are terrific...the other entrees are iffy though. This location by the beach seems to be out of the better entrees a good half of the time..the other location a few miles down Venice Blvd. doesn't have this problem. On days when they have the chicken..be prepared for a wonderful treat. You can sit at cute little sidewalk tables a block off of the sand with a beach view and breeze. It's delightful then..but if they are out of the chicken..seriously, leave!
PROS: Great chicken (when they haven't run out), low prices, ocean view
CONS: If they're out of the chicken..leave. really!
We have heard good things about Schatzi's for years..but EVERY time we have visited it's been AWFUL. Poor food, bad service, high prices..I just don't understand what there is to like about this place. In recent years it has become more touristy and run down and the food is even worse if that is possible. Cold, soggy wienerschnitzel with absolutely NO seasoning on a bare plate with a soggy little lemon slice and some sad potatoes...this is not Austrian cuisine..
PROS: Can't think of one
CONS: High prices..lousy food, bad service...icky
We actually kept driving by this location to see if they had opened yet when we learned they were planning to add a new location to their very limited roster. We have been known to drive from Venice all the way to Van Nuys for their crispy, juicy, garlicky rotisserie chicken and warm flatbread with a side of their special garlic sauce and their yummy side dishes of homemade Baba Ghanoush, hummus and other middle eastern delicacies. This family owned Armenian place ROCKS..they have tables to eat in or everything can be taken to go. The prices are comparable to other chicken take-out restaurants but this one is WORLDS apart.. a favorite spot!! They also have other dishes like Gyros and falafels, but it's totally about the chicken for us!
PROS: The crispy CHICKEN and garlic sauce..incomparable and cheap
CONS: nothing..we love this place
This chinese restaurant is the type I remember from childhood; big leather booths, a bustling kitchen and family style meals that are far too much food for the number of people served. This restaurant does primarily delivery service and could use some updating..it has gotten a bit raggedy, but the food is first rate and the luncheon specials are an unbelievable value. For around $5 per person you can sit at a big booth with a fresh white tablecloth and be served a three course meal including hot and sour soup, an appetizer, fried rice, and a huge portion of delicious fresh shrimp...not bay sized shrimp but fairly large shrimp...in lobster sauce or prepared Kung Pao style (as well as many other preparations and types of entrees..not just seafood) with enough left over for another meal at home. We love this place! A GREAT place for vegetarian meals too!
PROS: FRESH ample food, low prices, white tablecloths and big booths
CONS: Interior could use some updating...
This is not your average Barnes and Noble type bookseller. They specialize in rare and out of print titles as well as some books that look as though they may focus on the dark arts. My nephew loves to come here...says it is like a store right out of Harry Potter!
PROS: Interesting and special titles, rare and out of print books
CONS: Limited and specialized selection
This bookstore has an interesting mix of new and vintage titles. If you have a few dollars and want to find a unique way to spend it..come here! We have found GREAT 1950's and 60's kids books and cookbooks here for a pittance.
PROS: Interesting and quirky
CONS: Not the place for Oprah's latest book..but we like that!
I hope that they can survive the competition from online sellers and huge chain stores because the joy of looking at books that a real PERSON has selected is something that the discount houses can't reproduce. A lovely store!
PROS: A real store with real book lovers
CONS: pricier than the discount stores..but it has a heart!
A wonderful traditional Italian pastry chef named Massimo used to preside over the bakery here and made all the gelato by hand. He is long gone and whomever now owns and operates this bakery is clueless. The baked goods are stale and incorrectly made...the gelato that used to the best in L.A. is now just what's left in frozen batches from the days when the real pro was involved. Wish I knew where Massimo went because he is a FABULOUS baker and Gelato maker! Don't bother these days...it's really disappointing.
CONS: kind of misleading still using the "Massimo's" name
This place is not what it calls itself... they apparently bought the signage and some equipment from the REAL Massimo's gelato shop that used to be in Venice and that is ALL. They have NO idea how to make the fabulous creamy gelato that Massimo himself used to produce...a real scam!
CONS: Bought Massimo's SIGN but their gelato is awful...a RIPOFF
This used to be a wonderful little place, but Massimo is long gone and whoever runs the establishment now is clueless. A total loss! Don't bother if it is even still in business.
PROS: Used to be good...no more
CONS: terrible quality...new owners are clueless