Abbot Kinney in Venice may be a short strip, but it’s not short on restaurants. Joe’s remains the undisputed champion after many years (“never had a bad meal,” reports ElJeffe). Two other restaurants really stand out: 3 Square and Axe.

3 Square appears on most everyone’s list for unique breakfasts and a good burger (though yogachik is still bitter over the loss of the full-size turkey burger), especially when you count the knockout bakery selection, with cheese-bacon twists and pretzel rolls.

“I know the menu at Axe sounds too hippy-turned-middle-class, but actually, it’s delicious,” says e_ting. Its food is much more flavorful than its neighbors’ chow, and the chicken soup rocks. Here, too, yogachik mourns the loss of the simple but great pasta with garlic and red pepper flakes, along with what may have been the best chicken sandwich in town. The lemonade is still superior, though.

Some favor Jin Patisserie, but e_ting blasts the “sad looking cakes with fridge condensation.” And Tortilla Grill? Maybe if you’re a vegetarian—it uses less lard than most. But why settle? In LA, you’re never far from a really good Mexican restaurant.

Joe’s Restaurant [Westside - Beaches]
1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice
310-399-5811

3 Square Café [Westside - Beaches]
1121 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice
310-399-6504

Axe [Westside - Beaches]
1009 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice

310-664-9787

Jin Patisserie [Westside - Beaches]
1202 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice
310-399-8801

Tortilla Grill [Westside - Beaches]
1357 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice
310-581-9953

Board Link: Abbot Kinney Top 5 List….GO

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