Subject: Santa Monica/ Venice Restaurants
Hi Jennie. You were looking for restaurant recommendations in Marina del Rey or Venice. The Cheesecake Factory in MDR is very popular and good, they do not take reservations and there can be a long wait, but worth it, good menu not too expensive. On Washington Blvd. at the end that is the beach is the 26 Cafe and across from that (north side of Street) is the C& O restaurant, both not expensive and very good Italian.

The following are from my file Eating is good in LA!! Elena (I live in Playa del Rey, next door to Marina del Rey)

Beachside Cafe (Jamaica Bay Inn), 4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Informal setting with poolside patio dining overlooking beach and marina harbor. Great for breakfast or lunch. Inexpensive.

Cheesecake Factory, 4142 Via Marina, Marina del Rey; (310)306-3344. Always packed for both lunch and dinner. Very popular and active bar also. Serves a large variety of international cuisine, and of course, famous for its great variety and taste of cheesecakes. Inexpensive to moderate.

Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch, 4325 Glencoe Ave., (in the Von's shopping center) Marina Del Rey; (310)578-1005. Delicious and very filling Southern soul food. Inexpensive to moderately priced.

Beachside Cafe (Jamaica Bay Inn), 4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Informal setting with poolside patio dining overlooking beach and marina harbor. Great for breakfast or lunch. Inexpensive.

Cheesecake Factory, 4142 Via Marina, Marina del Rey; (310)306-3344. Always packed for both lunch and dinner. Very popular and active bar also. Serves a large variety of international cuisine, and of course, famous for its great variety and taste of cheesecakes. Inexpensive to moderate.

Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch, 4325 Glencoe Ave., (in the Von's shopping center) Marina Del Rey; (310)578-1005. Delicious and very filling Southern soul food. Inexpensive to moderately priced.

Cafe Marinella, 517 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, 310-821-9999. It's fun to sit out on the balcony, but if the sea breeze acts up, dine inside this tiny corner spot. Pavarotti (on tape) is in fine voice and the chef (live) in good form, cooking up a storm of Italian favorites at prices that'll blow you away. Shrimp picante ignites your tongue in an explosive marriage of Italian and Cajun spices, or for delicate palates, there's a lemon, wine and oregano version ($9.95 each). Veal scaloppine is so thin, you can see the menu through it, but it's milk-white and an unbeatable $8.75. If you haven't OD'd on tiramisu, you can sneak that in, under the wire, for $2.50. Lunch and dinner daily. Beer and wine. AE, DC, DS, MC, V.

26 Beach Cafe, 310-821-8129. A short walk from the beach to this garden oasis. complete with fountain and tented roof. Dinners come with a salad that's almost too pretty to eat. Try the Cuban flank steak, marinated for hours in citrus juices and port wine, $11.95. Lunch and dinner daily. Beer and wine.