CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST
26 BEACH Venice Beach Dropped to ◊ from ♦♦ a shocking down-grade, I know, but it deserves every bit. Something has happened. The two-sided board menu and separate winelist has changed to a 7-or-8-page laminated menu with a tiny selection (9 or 10 reds) of the most boring, disgusting wine imaginable. Seriously, JLohr Merlot is the nicest bottle on the list. (and I love JLohr, BTW, it’s just….). I am almost POSITIVE they had a full bar before, but are now just wine & beer. It has gone from an above-average regular visit of mine to somewhere I can’t POSSIBLY dine–and right in the middle of Venice’s amazing resty growth.
ZINQUE Venice Beach added at ♦♦ Great winelist, casual atmosphere, great staff and just enough France to make me really comfortable. We did a wide range of small plates, and will return.