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Abott Kinney: It's like SoHo--but not, dude

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Abott Kinney: It's like SoHo--but not, dude

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Overview

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Abbot Kinney. It's what New York City's South Houston (that's how-ston) district was before it became SoHo. A natural and easy extension of the artists and visionaies who live and work in a five square block neighborhood surrounded by bigger and 'better' neighborhoods. Abbot Kinney, named after a founder of LA's bungalow architecture, is just a half mile from the beach and just down the road from Santa Monica and Venice. It is the home of Gold's first gym, hand-crafted furniture, and first-rate antiques, and simple dining at its best. Fresh air, fresh ideas, and easy-going attitude make this the perfect place to stroll aimlessly or plop down to watch the sunset. During working hours, there ...Read More

Tortilla Grill

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Restaurant | "Tortilla Grill: baja cantina"

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It's hard to tell what's bigger at this cantina--the fresh grilled baja flavors or portion sizes. Come ready to lug your leftovers home. No matter how hungry your are or pressed on to eat beyond hungry because the food is so tasty, only the most intrepid diner will finish a plate. And no Mexican food lover will leave any of these meals behind. Salsa, moles, tortilla chips, meats and veggies cooked to order are freshly prepared to make the tens of standard Mexican menu items. There are the predictable combinations of heavy beans, cheese, and meat into burritos, tacos, taquitos, etc. Also, there isn't anything noteworthy about the decor of this extremely casual corner diner on the artsy d...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2000

Tortilla Grill
1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
310.581.9953

Joe's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Joe's (impressive without trying)"

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The owner's name really is Joe. This simple, uncontrived approach to his restaurant tells you all you need to know about its California/American menu and atmosphere. Rarely, do you get great uncomplicated flavors prepared so well, and without any hype to distract from the experience. You'll find interesting fusion cuisine with no embarassingly complicated pronunciations or crazy mixtures too far off the beaten path. I recommend the grilled vegetable rissoto to start. It's creamy texture was full without weighing us down. An unexpected sharpness to the base married well with the grilled flavor. We also enjoyed the mixed green salad with a light, tart balsamic dressing. There are interesting c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2000

Joe's Restaurant
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, California 90291
(310) 399-5811

Hal's Bar & Grill

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Restaurant | "Hal's Bar & Grill (really nighclub & fine dining)"

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This isn't like any Hal your Dad used to know! This Hal is hip! It is THE club for those in the up and coming bungalow district! Nowhere else on this side of town will you see a weekend doorman, complete with Italian leather jacket. Don't worry. His function is ordering cabs and greating guests. There is no "list". Weekend reservations are highly recommended. Don't be fooled by Hal's 'grill' name or unassuming brick facade or black awning. This is a sophisticated restaurant with sophisticated clients. The interior is polished dark woods, full wall mirrors and modern art hang behind one of the largest and best stocked bars in Los Angeles. No matter how crowded, at this bar you never f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2000

Hal's Bar & Grill
1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90291
310.396.3105

Abbot's Pizza Company

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Restaurant | "Abbot's Pizza (creative tops on bagel pizza crust)"

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I lived in NYC. The way I figure it, that gives me instant credibility on life's essential topic of pizza. So, if I told you I have driven 20 minutes to get a slice of this bagel crust pizza, you know it is amazing. First there's the bagel crust--firm to support globs of veggies, shrimp, four cheeses, olives, shitake mushrooms, oysters, tequila lime chicken--you name it! Crusts are trimmed in typical bagel fare--sesame, poppy, onion, garlic or plain. Sauces? Alfredo, olive pesto, garlic pesto, and tomato. Abbot's has done the work for you in coming up with great, unique combinations; five onion, the greek, the four way (w/ red onion, peppers, mushrooms and four cheeses w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2000

Abbot's Pizza Company
1407 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, California 90291
(310) 396-7334

Australian Trading Company

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Attraction

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Shannon Barbone's specialty is refurbishing antique woods to build fine classic Australian furniture. Drawing on her own outback tradition, Shannon's work is distinctively simple and wonderfully functional. Dark woods, like mahogany and teak, predomininate. The shop focuses on large pieces, such as dressers, tables, beds, hutches and desks. Shannon's process of reclaiming timber to reconstruct age-old designs gives the feel and appearance of antiques with all the modern conveniences of drawer rollers and magnet door clasps. Imagine, you can enjoy historical pieces without all the incoveniences of outdated design and their inconveniences! I enjoyed the highboy dressers. It is a heavy p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Australian Trading Company
1337 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90291

Digs

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Attraction

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This is one of my favorite home furnishings stores to browse. The two stories are chock full of curios and accent pieces with character. Their taste impeccable and always just ahead of emerging styles for modern conservative homes(not trends--inflatable furniture and lava lamps never showed up here). The back room is dedicated to Indonesian furniture, lamps, wall hangings and table art, such as faux ivory carvings. The front room leaves you feeling you've entered an African farm house that Meryl Streep might have used to prepare for 'Out of Africa.' There are leather boxes, polished mantel clocks, weathered picture frames, even antique magnifying glasses. The upper floor is...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Digs
1340 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90291
(310) 450-3072

Toni's Arte

Attraction

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Look up as you enter. You'll see a cadre of Mexican marionettes, multicolored blowfish and pink flamingo ceiling lamps, and a flying paper goose. On the walls are blown glass butterfly and mosquito sconces.

Toni'e Arte is the place to find an interesting accent light that makes a statement. There also are complimentary home accent pices like water sculptures, candle holders, and picture frames. Traditional couches and lamps are also available here.

No matter what you are shopping for, pop in here for a bit of fun. Prices are affordable.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Toni's Arte
1426 Abbot Kinney blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90291
(310) 399-1462

Lily Henry Zoe

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Attraction

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Anything you might want for a children's room you can find here. Beds and dressers (for children and adults) are available. But the real wonder of this shop is the accent pieces and toys. Start upstairs to get a feel for the possibilities. The staircase is stacked with hand-painted wood storage boxes decorated in travel trunk style but announcing sports instead of destinations. On the walls there are fortune cookie collages, magnets in the shape of bugs, balls, and tools, and a life guard station bird house looks like the Santa Monica lifesaver just reported to work. There is a child's room that has every type of decoration and plush toy you could want. There are hand puppets of dogs a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Lily Henry Zoe
141 S Barrington Pl
Los Angeles, California
(310) 392-2119

Scentiments

Attraction | "scentiments (flowers, garden, zen)"

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Your pulse lowers just walking through the large cast iron and glass doors. Immediately, you hear tabletop waterfalls flowing, pass rock and sand zen gardens, asian topiaries, and classic eastern small table pieces like picture frames and candle plates.

Feng shui lives here. The floor plan draws you in to tall grass garden displays, a full nursery, and cut flowers pouring out of tall iron pales.

This is a luxury store. Great for idle shopping and unexpected treasures. With a price tag fitting a treasure. There are few bargains here. But who can put a price on peace of mind -- even fifteen minutes of imagining buying it?

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 20, 2000

Scentiments
1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90291
(310) 399-4110

Just Tantau

Attraction | "Tantau Smith"

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West-side eccletic sums up the various items you'll encounter in this sidewalk shop. Delicate beads appear on purses, loose-fitting dresses, embroidered scarves, jewelry and stuffed picture frames. Everything you find here will fit in any home with a loose and fanciful spirit.

Among Abbot Kinney's shops, all of whom pride themselves on unique selections and sparking the next trend of consumable art, Tantau Smith has one of the broadest list personal and home accessories to oggle.

Parking behind the shop in free public lot.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 20, 2000

Just Tantau
1353 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90291
(310) 392-4646