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Drake's Venice - Closed

23 Windward Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
The big old brick St. Mark?s building, a former famous jazz club just a stone?s throw from Venice Beach, has been completely gutted and refurbished as a clubby new dinner house espousing or aspiring to the ideals of Decadence, Desire and Indulgence. The music gets louder and the crowd gets younger as the hours pass. Chef Christian Shaffer has an admirable take on New American chow ? terrific sand dabs, fresh shucked oysters, short ribs, pork chops and, most importantly, steak. Try the trendiest new steak in town, the flat iron ? a well-marbled, tender, big-flavored, generously sized and reasonably priced ($22) piece o? meat.

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    13 years ago by Michelle Huneven

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