The Venice Beach zip line project is, well, zipping along after delays.
While the opening of the zip line was delayed by concerned residents and business owners (who managed to stall the original July 1 opening), the project is now back on track, according to the Los Angeles Times. The City Council unanimously voted to reject the appeal by the concerned residents.
Once approved by the California Coastal Commission, the attraction would work as a three-month pilot project, says ABC.
Unfortunately for the LA City Council and construction company Greenheart Conservation Co., the zip line will probably open towards the end of the tourist season, in August or September, the Times tells us. While natives will be able to enjoy the $20 joy ride, people who flocked to the beach for summer vacation will miss out.
3 Square Café and Bakery
<a href="http://www.rockenwagner.com/cafe.html" target="_hplink">3 Square Café and Bakery</a> 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 This restaurant is a great option for breakfast, lunch or dinner on weekdays, and for brunch on weekends. Guests are invited to walk in and enjoy great, fresh food from the menu, which changes seasonally. The dining experience is always casual and relaxed, but what makes 3 Square so unique—and delicious—is the fact that this restaurant adds an extra touch of decadence and refinement to traditional meal items. Their take on Mac and Cheese for example, involves Truffle Macaroni and cheese croquettes with marinara, and 3 Square offers a tuna burger with aioli as an alternative to the traditional burger. Photo via <a href="http://www.rockenwagner.com/cafe.html" target="_hplink">3 Square Café and Bakery</a>.
Lilly’s French Café and Bar
<a href="http://www.lillysfrenchcafe.com/index.html" target="_hplink">Lilly’s French Café and Bar</a> 1031 Abbot Kinney Rd Venice, CA 90291 Lilly’s French Café and Bar is rather unassuming from the outside, but once inside, guests are invited to sit either in the dining room or on the simple yet elegant outdoor patio overlooking a garden. The menu features classic French dishes such as Confit de Canard (Duck Confit) and Soupe a l’Onion Gratinée (French Onion Soup), but also offers less traditional French dishes such as the light and airy Seared Ahi Salad with nappa cabbage. This restaurant is a great option for lunch as well, as the menu offers $12 lunch specials. Photo by Nicole Larson.
Hal’s Bar and Grill
<a href="http://www.halsbarandgrill.com/pages/home.php" target="_hplink">Hal’s Bar and Grill</a> 1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 This restaurant always has a vibrant atmosphere and is always packed with hip, trendy people who come to mingle over food, drinks and live jazz. With a forty foot bar that has a television for sports fanatics, Hal’s provides a casual yet fun dining experience. Hal’s Bar and Grill offers guests the perfect mix of delicious surf and turf options--like the pan roasted duck breast with kale and sweet white corn bread--from either the chef’s seasonal menu or its year-round signature dish menu. Photo by Nicole Larson.
Abbot’s Pizza Company
<a href="http://www.abbotspizzaco.com/" target="_hplink">Abbot’s Pizza Company</a> 1407 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 There is usually a line at this tasty pizza place, but the pizza is worth the wait. With bagel-like crust, consistently great toppings, and cheap prices, Abbot’s Pizza Co is likely to hit the spot any time of day. The restaurant serves traditional New York style pizzas with classic toppings, but also offers a Californian twist with topping options for the more adventurous pizza connoisseurs, such as tequila-marinated chicken, mushrooms with pesto, and even a salad pizza. Photo by Nicole Larson.
<a href="http://www.abbotshabit.com/" target="_hplink">Abbot’s Habit</a> 1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 Abbot’s Habit is the perfect place to grab a quick, cheap bite while also seeing Venice’s eclectic culture firsthand. This neighborhood café makes coffee, sandwiches and salads to order, and offers a tasty selection of bagels and pastries. With its emphasis on local art and affordable food, it is no wonder that Abbot’s Habit also attracts many of Venice’s artists, writers, and professionals. Any visitors stopping in to eat as they explore Abbot Kinney should be sure to try one of this café’s Signature Sandwiches. Photo by Nicole Larson.
<a href="http://www.gjelina.com/" target="_hplink">Gjelina </a> 1429 Abbot Kinney Rd Venice, CA 90291 “This modest restaurant, named after one of the owner's mother (pronounced "jewelina"), became a local favorite within weeks of opening, and it's easy to see why. The long communal tables and large U-shaped bar immediately create a fun atmosphere in the main dining room, where diners can sit, hover and move around the room. Already a favorite foodie outpost, the menu is all about locally grown food that's simple yet rich with taste. Subject to what's available at the weekly farmers' market, the options change often, but it's roughly divided into vegetables, salads, pizzas and plates. Brunch is available on weekends, too, with omelets and other classics.” - <a href="http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/47172494/venice_ca/gjelina.html" target="_hplink">Lillian Lee at Citysearch</a> Photo via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kthread/4080393719/" target="_hplink">Flickr: kthread</a>.
<a href="http://www.wabisabisushi.com/" target="_hplink">Wabi-Sabi</a> 1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 “Part sushi joint, part chic Asian bistro, Wabi-Sabi exemplifies the eclectic character of its boho-chic Abbot Kinney Boulevard location. Japanese in concept, fusion in flavor, it melds industrial decor with a casual atmosphere and personable service. While there's an extensive choice of top-quality sushi, there's more to a menu that pairs such items as battered onion rings and a sweet pumpkin puree with grilled beef filet.” <a href="http://losangeles.citysearch.com/listings/los-angeles-ca-metro/wabi-sabi/82087? what=wabi-sabi" target="_hplink">Citysearch</a> Photo by Nicole Larson.
<a href="http://www.joesrestaurant.com/" target="_hplink">Joe’s Restaurant</a> 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd “Chef/owner Joe Miller's farm-to-table menu pulls out all the stops with dishes such as the popular grilled Scottish salmon served with wasabi mashed potatoes (green with a kick!), sitting in a broth of citrus-peppercorn vinaigrette and can't-miss brunch options--which include a choice of appetizer--like blue crab hash anchored by poached eggs; two-inch thick pancakes topped with whipped cream; and "Bacon & Eggs" featuring tomato jam & grilled toast, crisp pork belly, fried eggs and avocado.” <a href="http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/150156/venice_ca/ joe_s_restaurant.html#profileTab-reviews" target="_hplink">Mar Yvette at Citysearch</a> Photo via <a href="http://www.joesrestaurant.com/" target="_hplink">Joe’s Restaurant</a>.
Primitivo Wine Bistro
<a href="http://www.primitivowinebistro.com/" target="_hplink">Primitivo Wine Bistro</a> 1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 “The seasonally driven tapas menu ranges from cold options like a farmers' market heirloom salad and marinated French, Greek and Spanish olives (although you can just stick with the complimentary tapenade and warm bread and be no less satisfied) to hot dishes like braised beef short ribs and pistachio-crusted salmon served atop a dollop of potato puree. As for the wine list, you can take your pick among the well-priced selections from California, South Africa, Chile, New Zealand and other parts of the world.” <a href="http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/11664131/venice_ca/ primitivo_wine_bistro.html#profileTab-reviews" target="_hplink">Mar Yvette at Citysearch</a> Photo via <a href="http://www.primitivowinebistro.com/" target="_hplink">Primitivo Wine Bistro</a>.
The Tasting Kitchen
<a href="http://thetastingkitchen.com/" target="_hplink">The Tasting Kitchen</a> 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 “Venice Beach might be known for its wild acts along the wacky muscle beach boardwalk, but this low-lit and lively spot on Abbot Kinney is quite the opposite. Its romantic vibe is complemented by candle-topped tables and a built-in wall fireplace, while the bi-level rear bar area is perfect for a whole lot of mingling. But beyond the cool scene, it's the food that keeps locals coming back for lunch and dinner. After a brief stint as AK, the space is now home to the Tasting Kitchen, a concept based on a daily-changing, farmer's market-driven menu. (Yes, that includes the drinks, too.) Halibut with cranberry, beans, carrots and onions, burgers topped with cheddar and heirloom tomatoes, and oyster po' boys are just a few samples of the many dishes served up. Dishes feature touches of Spain, Morocco, Italy and France like mussels served with white beans and fennel and cod served with potatoes and saffron aioli.” –<a href="http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/603171192/venice_ca/the_tasting_kitchen.html" target="_hplink">Brandi Fowler at Citysearch</a> Photo by <a href="http://eatdrinknbmerry.blogspot.com/search? q=tasting+kitchen" target="_hplink">Dylan Ho</a>.