This casual chef-driven spot features an excellent lineup for breakfast, lunch and family-style dinner pickup. The morning menu includes breakfast tacos and sandwiches and loaded “hangover” potatoes. At lunch, chef Derek Walker offers a range of delectable tacos with fillings like brisket, carnitas and veggie options like the irresistible butternut corn nut. There’s also sandwiches like the green chickpea falafel or salmon with arugula. Grab a bite and a cold-pressed juice and head to the spacious patio in back, or take home one of the daily family-style dinner specials.
Wedged between Venice and Culver City, Mar Vista has typically been seen as a relatively sleepy neighborhood that many Angelenos have a hard time placing without a map. But that’s all changing—and fast—thanks to the growing buzz over new additions to the neighborhood and long-running favorites. With stylish new restaurants and cafés plus fun and quirky independent boutiques, Mar Vista offers plenty of excellent options to eat, drink, shop and explore.
The neighborhood, which is primarily centered around the stretch of Venice Boulevard on both sides of Centinela Avenue, also features an excellent weekly farmers’ market, a regularly occurring art walk and huge colorful murals painted by local artists. The area is also one of the first in L.A. to undergo improvements as part of a pilot program for the citywide Great Streets Initiative, and recently received new crosswalks, protected bike lanes and more to make the neighborhood safer for pedestrians and cyclists.