One of the aspects of travel that I really enjoy is the exploration of new neighborhoods. I love meandering through the shops and finding hidden gems. Our weekend cottage was off Abbott Kinney Blvd in Venice,CA. This street was named the “Coolest block in America” by GQ magazine. Indeed, it offered great shopping and dinning opportunities, as this street is full of boutiques, restaurants, and clubs.
Hal’s Bar and Grill
We quickly found Hal’s Bar and Grill which was equally busy. We lucked out, a couple was just finishing up as we walked in, and we got a table in the bar area. I like it when bars offer their own unique specialty drinks. Hal’s had a nice offering of cocktails, and I ordered the cantaloupe Martini. It was a bit sweet. I tend to like tart more than sweet when it comes to my cocktails, but the overall taste was just like a melon. It was light and chilled – making it rather refreshing! This would be a perfect drink to have in the summer. I think I will try to make these for one of my ladies’ pool parties next July. Gavin had the Manhattan, and since he had more than one, I’d say it was a hit. We also ordered the calamari appetizers. This is a go-to appetizer for us. Hal’s calamari was cooked perfectly! It was golden and tender. It was also nice and hot when it was delivered to the table. The service was good, though not spectacular. Our waitress was busy with many tables. She had friends at a near by table, and we did notice that they received every order much faster than us (even when we ordered quite a bit before them). But we had a nice time. It was relaxing, and with a seat near the window, we could people watch those outside as well as the many singles sidled up at the bar. If I lived locally, I’d definitely hit this hot spot often!
Feed Body & Soul
We were not super hungry, which was a good thing, because when the burger arrived I was surprised at its smaller size. But the most surprising bit was that instead of fries of any kind, the burger was served with a side of green beans. This place is Feed for the Body & Soul after all. The green beans were absolutely delicious! Whatever they had on it for the seasoning was perfect! They were just lightly cooked – tender and a bit of crunch at the same time. I ate every green bean before I took even one bite of the burger. The burger was nice, cooked a little more than I had asked for, more medium than medium-rare. The burger was tasty, and I loved the tomato jam that was served on it. My only thought, if we were really hungry we would have needed to order more food.
When in Culver City be sure to visit Rush Street – you will not be disappointed!