Looking for good food and bargain prices in Marina del Rey? Here are some good hints on eating well and not having to spend your life savings.

Rainbow Acres - inexpensive lunch counter in the middle of a real cool health food store. Fantastic fruit, smoothies, sandwiches, salads and fruits. Mostly vegetarian. Sandwiches are around $6, a real bargain for good eats. 4756 Admiralty Way 310-823-5373.

Joni's Coffee Roasting  Cafe - a popular hang out on Washington Boulevard, a favorite for local boaters, bicyclists, morning paper readers, and schmoozers. Fantastic breakfasts, individually hand-pressed coffee per order, reasonal. Not to be missed. 552 Washington Boulevard near Via Marina, behind the Marina del Rey Marriott, about four blocks east of Venice Pier. 310-305-7147.

Cafe Mermaids - tiny little sandwich and wrap place tucked into a corner near Marina (Mother's Beach) - all the locals know about it; just a few chairs inside and out, but the food is good. Open daily.  14045 Panay Way, near the public parking lot; 310-306-3883.

Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch - popular soul food restaurant (order at the front) with the area's best southern food offerings, with lots of daily lunch specials. Closed Tuesdays. 523 Washingon Blvd, Marina del Rey, 310-578-1005.

 "Beach Eats" - every Thursday evening food trucks gather at Marina Beach to serve up some of the hottest meals on wheels.