Hello. Short notice I know, but partner and I will be meeting some of his friends for dinner tonight. We’ll be picking them up at Venice Beach (where one of them will actually be exercising, so casual is good) and then dropping them off at LMU. His friends are teaching at a summer camp there, so I assume they don’t want to spend a ton of $ (let’s say $20pp w/o tax, tip, alcohol), and we don’t want to drive super far. Neither guest is from CA.
One person in the group is vegetarian. I had originally been thinking Ekkamai Thai, but one of the guests apparently doesn’t like Thai. They do like Vietnamese (I vaguely recall a decent Vietnamese place being down there, possibly even near Humble Potato?).
We could go to Metro Cafe, Sawtelle, or Takuma. My last few visits to 800 Deg (SaMo) have been less than satisfying, so I’d prefer to avoid that. I think Milo and Olive might be too expensive. Not sure how the guest who doesn’t like Thai might react to Indian.
I feel like Marina del Rey is a totally unknown area to me.
So, FTC’er, what recs do you have for good, relatively inexpensive eats from Westchester to Santa Monica and no further than a 3 miles (or so) east of the 405?