We found cheap-o airfare to LA in mid-May, and want to make a quick trip down there for some warm weather and relaxation on a budget. We haven't picked a hotel yet, but will have a rental car. We're looking for some yummy casual meals, preferably with al-fresco options. Some things we'd like to try:
Casual Mexican with good Margaritas (trying to research this is a lot like trying to research BBQ in TX--to many options!)
Beach Bar-style place for maybe burgers or tacos, someplace we can hang for a few hours to eat and drink by the shore. (Moonshore seems a bit swanky...Rusty's Place? Duke's?)
Casual seafood or maybe slightly upscale for a dinner (How about Connie & Ted's? Menu looks good, but why East Coast seafood in Cali?)
Casual Italian (I read about a place in Venice...C&O Trattoria that looks like good food, outdoor dining and casual vibe?)
Thanks for your suggestions!