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Very casual dinner in or near SM? Like Apple Pan or Zankou level casual ...

Baby Ruth Aug 14, 2006 06:41 PM

Looking for a super casual, almost fast food type spot for dinner in SM. Something like a Phillipe, Langer's, Zankou or Apple Pan. Super non fancy. I tried the Counter once and was very disppointed. Father's Office will be too hectic because we just want something very simple. I thought about Izzy's, but something a tinge healthier would be nice. Maybe even Hurry Curry if that's open? Something near the beach would ideal though.

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    WestsideLisa RE: Baby Ruth Aug 14, 2006 06:51 PM

    How about Damon & Pythias, right at 3rd & Wilshire? Very casual, can can eat healthy if you want, and right near the beach.


    1. wilafur RE: Baby Ruth Aug 14, 2006 07:15 PM

      there is also sunnin on westwood blvd just north of SM blvd.

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        JBC RE: Baby Ruth Aug 14, 2006 07:35 PM

        Small neighborhood Italian - there is Spumoni at 7th & Montana. Check out their website for a free $15 (?) pizza promotion if you spend at least $25. Is it for eat-in, to-go orders or both?


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          LesThePress RE: Baby Ruth Aug 14, 2006 07:42 PM

          Also near the beach (6 blocks) and not expensive and very nice atmosphere is:

          Fritto Misto
          601 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
          (310) 458-2829

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            Jesdamala RE: Baby Ruth Aug 14, 2006 07:46 PM

            I love Sunnin, but it is more Westwood than Santa Monica.

            1. PaulF RE: Baby Ruth Aug 14, 2006 07:49 PM

              There is a family owned Mexican place on Pico a few blocks from the beach called El Texate.

              Some on the board don't dig it, but I do.

              Good bar, too. You can sit in their as long as you like.

              Couldn't be more casual, even have a patio.

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                smssms RE: Baby Ruth Aug 14, 2006 08:47 PM

                the back patio at library ale house on main should work.

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                  NAspy RE: Baby Ruth Aug 15, 2006 12:30 AM

                  A few places on Main Street that are all perfectly fine: O'Brien's (faux Irish pub), Library Ale House (mentioned above), Lula's (average nouvelle Mexican with great margaritas), Wildflour Pizza. Just walk up and down a few blocks and pick a place.

                  Even more casual would be Hinano's on Washington Street in Venice, which has pretty good hamburgers.

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                    anthro RE: Baby Ruth Aug 15, 2006 01:02 AM

                    Cha Cha Chicken meets all requirements: two blocks from beach (at Ocean and Pico), fast-foody, casual (all garden seating), but has atmosphere and decent Caribbean chicken.

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                      Kishari RE: Baby Ruth Aug 15, 2006 01:34 AM

                      How about Dagwood's pizza on Main Street in Venice? Tasty pizza, very very casual and small but clean. We bought one half pepperoni/half sausage the car for our last ski trip and scarfed every bit of it all the way to the mountains...two girls, one pizza, small car. It was not pretty, but we were very happy. A few slices survived for a cold breakfast the next morning.

                      Posters in the Citysearch review below compare it to Chicago and NY versions, so maybe this could be a good chowish option. It's not deepdish, so I'd say it's more NY style. There are salads too if you feel the need for extra veg.


                      202 Main St Ste A
                      Venice, CA 90291
                      (310) 392-1450

                      1. Amanda Enclade RE: Baby Ruth Aug 15, 2006 02:38 AM

                        tacos por favor

                        wolfgang puck express
                        upstairs food court 3rd street promenade(went recently and was pleasantly surprised)

                        cora's coffee shop
                        ocean ave.

                        bravo pizzaria
                        main street(good pizza,sandwiches.pastas and salads)

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                          pezworld RE: Baby Ruth Aug 15, 2006 02:40 AM

                          Wahoo's Fish Taco.

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