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Good cheap(ish) lunch in Santa Monica??

Mrs. O and I are spending part of tomorrow afternoon in Santa Monica, and are looking for a nice fun lunch spot, preferably not too far from Bergamot Station. Any suggestions? We would like to keep it under $20 apiece, no alcohol.

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  1. Will, not too far from Bergamot: Reddi-Chick at 26th st. and San Vicente blvd. (the Brentwood Country Mart). Stick with their rotiserrie chicken (and NOT their fried stuff). Al Fresco (picnic) dining, for about $10 for the two of you. Spend the other $10 on a cookie from City Bakery (next door).

    1. Sounds like you might be on foot (in LA?!?!?), but if I was in Santa Monica this afternoon, I'd go down the road to Marina del Rey and the C&O Trattoria for lunch. Share one of the pasta selections, even a half order can be plenty for 2 with a salad, some stuffed mushrooms and the garlicky rolls.

      Sorry, I can remember how to get there, but not the street name or address.

      1. You're not that far from Tacos Por Favor on 14th and Olympic which is cheap and festive at lunch...cheese and chorizo tacos? yum. There's also Mrs. Winston's in the Water Garden, although that's not sit down. I love, love, love their lentil soup and the salad/sandwhich bar. Best ever. You could take it and go eat outside. That's my 'hood and I have to admit it's pretty slim pickings in the immediate vicinity for a good lunch.

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        1. re: mollyomormon

          Where exactly is the Mrs. Winstons in the Water Garden complex? A long walk for me, but I miss my days of working next to the Ocean Park location.

          Which also leads me to a recommendation for the OP: Il Forno, the Italian restaurant in the same strip mall as Mrs. Winstons, Subway and Starbucks on Ocean Park, near 29th Street. Close to Bergamot Station and a decent, low-key place. Easy to stay under $20 per person there. Although not ideal for a 'nice' meal, they even have a $5 to go special on numerous dishes at lunch - with plenty of outdoor seating in the complex available.

          1. re: igj

            i second the il forno recommendation.
            we love their individual pizzas and their whole wheat pasta primavera.
            their food is consistant and good, and the prices are reasonable.

            1. re: westsidegal

              I love that place, it is in our neighborhood, we walk to it on regular bases. The food is modern California Italian, light, fresh, and to die for.

              1. re: Chaza Malas

                I really enjoy Il Forno's takeout place in the Water Garden (esp. the linguine with sausage). But it's a little misleading to call this true "California Italian," which has a specific connotation (i.e., places like Oliveto or Delfina in the SF Bay Area). BTW, are Mrs. Winston's and Il Forno owned by the same people? Or is it just a coincidence that they're neighbors in two locations?

            2. re: igj

              2450 Colorado. I work downtown now and I so miss Mrs. Winston's...:(

          2. I don't know if it counts as "fun," but the little cafe that's actually at Bergamot Station has decent, fresh lunch items like soups, salads, and sandwiches. There's a pleasant patio and it's cheapish, with everything under $8. There are daily specials too.

            http://www.bergamotcafe.com/

            (I just went to the website, which mentions Nook Bistro and has a similar style as Nook's website. Are they related?)

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