Conner Mitchell is back in the space with a totally different menu and renewed wine focus
In spite of relentless development and change in the beachside neighborhood of Venice, it seems that there’s always the spirit of local flavor and love from the restaurants in the area. That homegrown, sometimes funky, often passionate approach is especially evident at the reopened Dudley Market from Conner Mitchell, who’s retaken the space after a stint there with Jesse Barber in 2015. The restaurant began serving diners last weekend without too much fanfare to help ease into a smooth service.
While the name and the location are the same, what’s inside is a fairly different experience, with a renewed focus on wine and a specialization on the bounty of the ocean. Seafood, plus some non-swimming dishes come with attainable pricing and accessibility on the flavor front, which should appeal to Venice locals and tourists alike.
For Mitchell, who has already tattooed the name of the place on his arm, Dudley Market wasn’t so much a place as it was an idea: an establishment for the every day diner looking for a fantastic seafood tower and some Sunday fried chicken with chili cornbread to go along with a glass of 2015 JB Becker kabinett riesling. Bottle prices are shockingly low here, starting at $25 for a sparkling Bordelet from Normandy to juicy 2014 Moric Blaufrankisch for just $55. Of course, since this is Venice, the land of beachbum tech millionnaires, there are baller Burgundies and Champagnes to help enjoy a chopped burger or fresh oysters (respectively).
Mitchell brings along former colleagues and friends to help operate the place, with Evelyn Goreshnik of APL, Scopa, and Salt’s Cure; Josh Fisher of Makani; and chef Daniel Somoza who used to work at Saved by the Max, Superba, Fully Baked Ice Cream, and Waterloo & City. Taylor Grant of Scopa and Dama helped compile champagne while Josh Kennedy comes on board as sous chef.
And since Dudley Market is ultimately a locals joint, Sundays are a bring-your-own vinyl night, wines are half-off on Mondays (which could be dangerous), and oyster dozens come compliments of the kitchen after the 12th order. Peruse the menus, check out the revamped interior, and pop in a cool spring evening.
Dudley Market. 9 Dudley Avenue, Venice, CA.
Source: LA Eater