Venice, CA 90291
Anne Fishbein Grilled Channel Island ika
- Mon.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-mid.; Sun., 5:30-11 p.m.
- Vegetarian Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining
MTN in Venice is one of L.A.'s essentials on the Westside for izakaya. Travis Lett's fourth restaurant has ironed out the bugs and is chugging away after almost a year in business on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The classic California style of seamless indoor/outdoor dining is walk-in–friendly, with communal and bar-style seating; reservations are taken as well. The Wagyu beef–wrapped enoki mushrooms with shoyu tare, scallion and myoga ginger might change your life, and the Peads & Barnetts pork bone ramen with black pepper chashu, pickled Fresno chili and black bean paste with noodles made on the premises is a close second. No matter what you get, be sure to order at least one Erika's Pickle Plate of seasonal veggies. And since it's a gastropub, it's worth ordering the chicken wings or the grilled pork cheek to go with your Concord grape fizz (Concord shochu, cremant and yuzu). Ginger lemon cake is a good finish. —Michele Stueven
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