Breaking Bread In Venice…

Gjusta
Gjusta

We set our alarm for 6:15am.

We needed to adjust our Sunday in order to accommodate a 10am NFL kick off.

Getting out early is a dream…no traffic or people. A perfect world.

Gjusta
Gjusta

On my Brunch Bucket List were two new offerings in Venice, Gjusta and Dudley Market.

Gjusta
Gjusta

It took a mere 10 minutes to arrive at Gjusta, the newish marketplace and bakery from Gjelina owner Fran Camaj and chef-owner Travis Lett.

Gjusta Preserves
Gjusta Preserves

Gjusta was just named one of the top restaurants in the U.S. by Bon Appetit Magazine.

Gjusta
Gjusta

The ambiance inside the 5,000 square foot warehouse is fabulous. Everything is placed just so. The food and decor shine.

Mike & David
Mike & David

Gjusta was empty as it had just opened. Mike was our food guru. His suggestions were marvelous and he was very informative and accommodating.

Gjusta PAtio
Gjusta PAtio

We made our way to the charming patio in the back.

Gjusta Patio
Gjusta Patio

The only drawback is that dogs are not permitted on the patio.

Gjusta Cappuccinos
Gjusta Cappuccinos

We started with delicious cappuccinos ($4.36).

Cherry Scone
Cherry Scone

The freshly baked scones were stuffed with cherries that had been soaking for ages. The edges were crispy and the middle fluffy, flavorful and a delicious compliment to the capo ($4).

Smoked Salmon Mini Toast
Smoked Salmon Mini Toast

We then sampled the smoked salmon mini toast on black bread with a sweet schmear of cream cheese, accented with dill ($5).

Apple Pie
Apple Pie

There are so many enticing options including granola, egg dishes, sandwiches, an assortment of croissants, pastries, soups, breads, sandwiches, rotisserie plates, pies and smoked fish.

Gjusta is working on a liquor license which will round out the lunch and dinner selections.

Seeded Rye Sourdough
Seeded Rye Sourdough

We purchased a fabulous loaf of seeded rye sourdough to take home. 5 days later it was still delicious ($8).

Skid ROse
Skid Rose

Gjusta is a piece of paradise amongst a depressing backdrop of a homeless encampment on Third Street between Sunset and Rose, renamed Skid Rose.

Dudley Market
Dudley Market

We then cruised over to Dudley Market just a few minutes away,

Venice Beach
Venice Beach

The recently opened restaurant is situated on a narrow alleyway adjacent to the funky Venice Boardwalk.

Parking is a challenge. It just seems crazy to spend $20 to park. The beach is right there, but you have to be a tourist or enjoy an alternative lifestyle to want to spend the day on Venice Beach.

photo:laeater.com
photo:laeater.com

We were able to find a spot on Main Street and it was a nice 10 minute stroll on an empty Boardwalk to arrive at Dudley Market, a hip retail shop & eatery for gourmet, grab & go snacks as well as prepared meals in a setting with room for 20.

Dudley Market is chef and owner Jesse Barber’s dream come to fruition. Barber left Barnyard Restaurant, located in Venice,  in March.

As with Gjusta, the decor is attractive and french influenced. There are all types of cooking items and knick knacks for sale.

Dudley Coffee
Dudley Coffee

We dove into our second breakfast. The coffee was strong and flavorful.

Salmon Rillette
Salmon Rillette

We chose the salmon rillette which was presented beautifully. It was a large chuck of salmon on lovely country bread with Italian parsley and juicy pomegranates ($8).

Fried Crab Omelette
Fried Crab Omelette

We also selected the omelette with fried crab accompanied by an arugula and tomato side salad. The omelette was creamy and tres French. The crab, marinated in beer, was amazing…crispy, light and flavorful.

Our server, Tommy, was an endearing chap and an accomplished independent film maker.

Tommy deserves a shoutout for asking if we wanted our selections staged. It seems that small plates are all the rage and servers just bring everything at once…I am not on a buffet line. Staging is important.

Also, I need to mention that the breakfast music was as good as the food. I love great coffee with Amy Winehouse.

Dudley Nick Knacks
Dudley Knick Knacks

Satiated beyond belief we strolled along the beach back to the car.

Gjusta and Dudley Market are both enticing samplings of delicious, engaging new breakfast restaurants.

The morning was perfection until I arrived home and watched the NY Giants…a highly unappetizing experience.

Gjusta 320 Sunset Avenue Venice, California. Open 7a,-9pm daily. Street parking as well as a small parking lot.

Dudley Market 9 Dudley Avenue Venice, California. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with breakfast and lunch served until 2 p.m. and dinner served from 5 to 10 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays. the brunch menu is served from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations on OpenTable. Limited street parking. Lots available. Parking $20.

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