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Cheap Eats Before Movie In Santa Monica

tykapfh Oct 5, 2006 06:44 PM

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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    balzachertz Oct 6, 2006 06:47 AM

    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
      ThatPat Oct 6, 2006 04:34 PM

      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.

    2. Eat_Nopal Oct 6, 2006 12:02 AM

      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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        coreymac Nov 18, 2009 08:25 AM

        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

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          wilafur Nov 18, 2009 08:57 AM

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

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            glutton Nov 18, 2009 05:11 PM

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

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          joshekg Nov 18, 2009 05:45 PM

          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
            a_and_w Nov 20, 2009 11:43 AM

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

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          love2chow Oct 5, 2006 11:47 PM

          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!

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            glutton Oct 5, 2006 11:41 PM

            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. Xericx Oct 5, 2006 09:36 PM

              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.

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                yogachik Oct 5, 2006 09:34 PM

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

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

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                  tdo ca Oct 5, 2006 08:34 PM

                  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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                    tdo ca Oct 6, 2006 05:35 PM

                    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...

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                    westlafoodlover Oct 5, 2006 08:30 PM

                    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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                      tykapfh Oct 5, 2006 08:33 PM

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

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                      tdo ca Oct 5, 2006 08:21 PM

                      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
                        tykapfh Oct 5, 2006 08:25 PM

                        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. Dommy Oct 5, 2006 08:04 PM

                        FAMIMA! Get the Bao and some pocky to sneak into the theatre!! :)




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                          tykapfh Oct 5, 2006 08:15 PM

                          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
                            Dommy Oct 5, 2006 11:56 PM

                            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. Xericx Oct 5, 2006 07:40 PM

                          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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                            ThatPat Oct 5, 2006 07:57 PM

                            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.

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                            tykapfh Oct 5, 2006 07:36 PM

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

                            1. Xericx Oct 5, 2006 07:34 PM

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

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                                ThatPat Oct 5, 2006 07:31 PM

                                Price range? Type of cuisine?

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