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Cheap Eats Before Movie In Santa Monica

Howdy - Any help regarding a decent restaurant before a movie in Santa Monica tomorrow night would be appreciated. Promenade. Beer/Liquor is a plus.

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  1. Price range? Type of cuisine?

    1. Ye Old King's Head if you're in the mood for english food....

      1. Less than $30 for two? $20 is even better. We don't have big appetites, so small eats are best... Thanks!

        1. wolfgang puck's express is on the promenade.....they may have beer....they have a nice outdoor patio and you can get out of there for less than 30 for 2 people.....

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          1. re: Xericx

            Wolfgang Puck Express is also the place I often go to when I want to eat cheap and decent tasting food on the Promenade. Menu prices have gone up a little but you should be able to eat there for $10 pp. The patio is very nice and has heat lamps if it's gotten cool.

            1. re: Dommy

              I do enjoy the occasional Famima run, but looking for a place to hang out for a while before the movie and have a few drinks/bites at a reasonable price... Thanks..

              1. re: tykapfh

                Ah, then perhaps try Ye Olde Kings head. If you guys share a plate of fish and chips and a scotch egg you can make it out there relatively cheap with a pint! :)


            2. There's a creperie/brasserie in the old Broadway B & G space, with decent panini, beer, wines btg, etc.; indoor/outdoor seating, as expected on Promenade.

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              1. re: tdo ca

                Very nice... thanks.

                Ok... throwing in another "want" - TVs for sports viewing... I know this is silly, but it must be presented.

                BTW... this board kicks %^&....

              2. Border Grill has a very reasonable happy hour from 4-7. $3.50 margaritas, Sangria, Mojitos, and I think beer. $3 "little plates" including empenadas, tamales, tacos, quesadillas etc. Some of these aren't so little, so you should be able to fill up rather cheaply.

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                1. re: westlafoodlover

                  Border Grill is awesome. Tough to get there (and get a seat) for Happy Hour though.

                2. Sports on the Promenade: Yankee Doodles, Hooters, Gotham Hall all have multiple TVs (as opposed to many places with one screen over a bar, etc.).

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                  1. re: tdo ca

                    forgot to add Barney's Beanery, which has lots of sports action on TV, beer, bar food, happy hour drink specials - ya don't go for the chow...

                  2. Monsoon on the Promenade has tvs, a happy hour, full bar.

                    Voda is another idea, but there's no tv.

                    1. MaKai on Ocean and Broadway has a nice happy hour menu of cheap and decent bar food. 42" plasma on the bar too I believe...nice couches, etc.

                      1. Must you stay on the Promenade? Your stomach would be much happier if you were willing to travel a short distance away from the Promenade. You could go to Father's Office on Montana for the burger and sweet potato fries. Or you could go to Tacos Por Favor on Olympic for great cheap eats. Or you could go down to Chez Jay for surprisingly good food on Ocean Ave. And that's just the tip of the iceberg...

                        1. i love border grill and the happy hour there, great deals! i also really like the chinois salad at wolfgang puck express, my fave chinese chicken salad in all of LA! i definitely second the recommendation for father's office, they've got you covered for the beer as well and such delicious hamburgers!

                          1. If you can go off the Promenade there is a Lebanese shawerma place across the street from Santa Monica College... no atmosphere but the Gyros with Lebanese Aged Cheese, Grape Leaves, Yogurt Soda & Baklava are great under $10

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                            1. re: Eat_Nopal

                              I know this is an ollldd post but I just wanted to add that the name of that place is Hungry Pocket. It's flat-out incredible. Clean hole-in-the-wall feel, some bar seating, and absolutely tasty food. I live about .013 miles away, which was the best part about moving to Santa Monica :-) Crazy-cheap, nice staff, fresh food. No, I don't work there, no, I don't get paid to send people there, but yes, you gotta try it!

                              Hungry Pocket
                              1715 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                              1. re: coreymac

                                hungry pocket is nowhere near incredible, it is palatable and cheap......that's basically it.

                                1. re: wilafur

                                  And it's not really close to the movie theaters, assuming you only want to park once. There are plenty better options.

                              2. re: Eat_Nopal

                                I prefer Sham on Santa Monica, it is within walking distance to the promenade though service can be a bit slow.

                                Sham Restaurant
                                716 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                1. re: joshekg

                                  Agreed -- Sham is an excellent cheap option in the area and a step above Hungry Pocket. The mutabaal and fava beans are particularly tasty.

                              3. Damon and Pythias on Wilshire right east of Third Street. Very little atmosphere, but good sandwiches and the like,

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                                1. re: balzachertz

                                  I live in the neighborhood and eat here from time to time. Very little atmosphere is an understatement. The food is merely okay. For that matter, there is a California Pizza Kitchen down a block on the south side of Wilshire (west of 3rd) with a Houston's a little farther past that at 2nd & Wilshire. Go have a Houston's California burger. One of the best burgers anywhere IMO.