Top 5 Venice Beach Snack Shacks
Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 3), we'll be bringing you periodic lists of some of the best things we've found to eat and drink around town. Ice cream sandwiches and bowls of tsukemen, fish tacos and dan dan mien, cups of boba and glasses of booze. Read on.
Colin Young-Wolff The Wee Chippy's French fries
Nothing compliments a day at the beach quite like a calorie-packed treat, and the snack shacks that line the Venice Beach boardwalk don't let anyone's greasy craving go un-fried. While years of McDonalds and In-N-Out may have left you somewhat jaded, believing that it's impossible to screw up a burger and fries on the fly, think again. Burgers can be burnt, fries can be soggy and not all pizza makes you want a second slice.
So before you zero-in on the closest storefront that advertises all-American nosh-to-go or seek out the longest line, trusting that popularity directly equates to tastiness, maybe look for one of these top five Venice Beach Boardwalk snack spots instead. (You're welcome.)
5. Big Daddy & Sons
Big Daddy & Son's fried Oreos
It seems Big Daddy was creative in the kitchen, and this snack shack's standing in the number five slot is more of a testament to its wacky eats than a recommendation that you actually eat ALL its wacky eats. With a menu full of classic fair food, this is no place to count calories. It is, however, the place to snack if you're interested in sampling a freak show smorgasbord of deep fried grub. You like Oreos? Why not deep-fry them? That's the approach that Big Daddy and his sons have taken. The result: deep-fried pickles, apple fries, deep-fried pizza and a seemingly unending array of other ooey, gooey, pulled-from-the-fryer delicacies. You won't leave hungry or without a totally deserved -- but totally worth it -- stomach ache. 1424 Ocean Front Walk, Venice; (310) 296-4112.
4. Poke Poke
Colin Young-Wolff Poke Poke's Hawaiian style Aloha bowl
Finally, a beach snack that won't sit in your stomach for the rest of the day -- or week. These Hawaiian style raw tuna salads are the perfect (read: only) lightweight snack option available on the boardwalk. While all bowls are made with little bites of ahi tuna, white and green onions and sesame seeds, you can still do your fair share of creative customizing. With the choice of four different spicy and mild poke bowl styles, you can mix and match vegetable add-ons and additional sauces to create your perfect tasty tuna snack. White and brown rice are both available -- and suggested -- to serve as a cushiony bed to sponge up all the saucy flavors. Though the fish may be a little tough, and the sauces just a pinch too salty, poke is poke. And poke is good. 1827 Ocean Front Walk, Venice; (424) 228-5121.
1425 Ocean Front Walk, Venezia, CA