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Trofie pasta at Felix Trattoria
Trofie pasta at Felix Trattoria
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Six Delicious Things to Eat in Venice

Eater editors’ favorite dishes in Los Angeles’ bohemian beachside town

Welcome to a new series about the best dishes to eat in various neighborhoods across Los Angeles. We’re heading to Venice, a neighborhood that has undergone dramatic changes over the past few decades. What was once an artist community has transformed into one of the hippest and techiest enclaves in LA. From a pitch-perfect tostada to scratch-made pastas, here now are Eater editors’ favorites in the neighborhood.


Breakfast burrito at Great White

Breakfast burrito at Great White
Breakfast burrito at Great White
Great White

California’s sunny surf and hearty food culture collide at Great White, situated just underneath the iconic Venice sign that leads to the boardwalk. Inside the small Australian-tinged cafe, one can find what may be a top-five Los Angeles breakfast burrito, served simply with scrambled eggs, smokey bacon, tater tots, and plenty of Oaxacan cheese. It’s a seemingly simple affair, but with the pull of the ocean nearby and the rest of greater Los Angeles hovering not far away, it really takes something special to hold one’s morning attention here. This breakfast burrito is that special. 1604 Pacific Ave., Venice. —Farley Elliott

Chop salad at The Rose Venice

Chop salad at The Rose Venice
Chop salad at The Rose Venice
The Rose Venice

Jason Neroni’s enduring restaurant The Rose Venice might be one of the busiest single places in the city, serving upwards of 12,000 people a week, according the chef. Sure, that includes a brisk weekend brunch and a bustling dinner, but lunchtime at the patio might be when The Rose shines the most. The chopped salad doesn’t rewrite the rules of the classic, but it does sport a higher non-lettuce to solid ingredient ratio. Square chunks of cheese and sausage counter the crunch and vinegary tang of pickled vegetables and olives, all encompassed by a brightly-flavored vinaigrette. Lettuce is kind of an afterthought, but the dish still manages to feel light thanks to all that acid. 220 Rose Ave., Venice. —Matthew Kang

Ceviche tostada at La Isla Bonita

La Isla Bonita Taco Truck
La Isla Bonita Taco Truck
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In a popular neighborhood like Venice, it’s incredible that La Isla Bonita still keeps lines down the block. Open since 1987, the family-owned business was recently visited by former first-daughters Sasha and Malia Obama. And while there’s plenty to choose from, with Baja-style fish tacos, seafood skewers, and a touch of beans on meat tacos, the local taco truck’s tostadas are a labor of love. It involves a dizzying amount of chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro, imitation crab, octopus, and shrimp. The shell always remains crispy, a firm layer of the seafood mixture remains steady on the tortilla while topped with avocado and lime. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common for La Isla to sell-out of this gem. The truck keeps daytime hours on the corner of Rose and Fourth Street, and gives the Westside some hope in keeping up with LA’s mariscos game. 400 Rose Avenue, Venice. —Mona Holmes

All the pastas at The Tasting Kitchen

Tagliarini with shrimp and chiles at The Tasting Kitchen
The Tasting Kitchen
Matthew Kang

Chef Casey Lane serves up an ever-changing “bill of fare” drawing on Italian, French, Moroccan, and Spanish cuisines. The space, the epitome of California cool, coupled with the kitchen’s incredible cooking, has made this restaurant an enduring neighborhood favorite. Most everything on the menu is made from scratch, from the pickles to the charcuterie, and of course, the pastas. From classics like bucatini all’amatriciana to more unexpected creations like the spaghetti with crab, bottarga, and basil, every plate is as unforgettable as it is delicious. And with nearly a dozen different pasta preparations to choose from, there’s always something new to taste. 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. —Cathy Chaplin

Burger at Hinano Cafe

Burger at Hinano Cafe
Burger at Hinano Cafe
Farley Elliott

Years before Venice was cool (and even more years before it was a hub for tech millionaires), there was Hinano Cafe. The surf-side dive bar still keeps sand and sawdust on the floor and serves cold brews, but over time locals and outsiders alike have come to rely on the steady presence of the burger as well. Cooked simply, the California-style burger offers thin patties, a nice sear, and just about as many toppings as anyone could want, though in most cases, it’s best to opt for cheese, tomato, onion, and shredded lettuce as a baseline. 15 Washington Blvd., Venice. —Farley Elliott

Trofie pasta at Felix Trattoria

Trofie pasta at Felix Trattoria
Trofie pasta at Felix Trattoria
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Evan Funke has banked his career on the power of pasta. His elegant restaurant Felix, located on the western end of Abbot Kinney, is a temple of the Italian comfort food, with a slew of handmade and extruded gems that are among the best in Los Angeles, if not the country. There are many excellent pastas here, from the tonnarelli cacio e pepe to the rigatoni all’amatriciana, but the pesto-covered trofie are the most distinctive bowls on the menu. Sporting a bright green color and carefully rolled nubby pieces of egg pasta, it’s a dish that seemingly gets boring after a few bites. It then rebounds with that interplay of rich cheese that miraculously sticks to the randomly shaped dough, with the brightness of basil recalling the endless spring/summer of LA. 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. —Matthew Kang

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