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janelle Oct 16, 2006 05:58 PM

Have a friend coming to town & staying in Santa Monica -- she's a gourmet foodie & wants recommendations of interesting new places in the Santa Monica area to check out. (She already knows some of the usual suspects: Jiraffe, Violet, Lincoln). I live on the east side and am a little behind on what's going on over on that side of town... anything newish worth checking out?

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    noshortibs RE: janelle Oct 16, 2006 06:11 PM

    in one word- no.

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      AquaW RE: janelle Oct 16, 2006 06:17 PM

      If you can head out to Beverly Hills, CUT opened pretty recently and has (generally) been raved about.

      -AquaW
      http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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        silence9 RE: janelle Oct 16, 2006 06:21 PM

        Punch (on SMB) is newish and has garnered a few positive reviews recently for chow, ambiance and bar. Also, Literatti II is right on the SM/WLA border, and while not new, may satisfy such a visitor's needs.

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          donnival RE: janelle Oct 16, 2006 09:11 PM

          Lincoln Steakhouse actually underwent a remodel and emerged as Holly's West, a bar/lounce with a small plates menu. Haven't heard much about it.

          Valentino has a new chef (actually he worked at Valentino for years before moving back to Italy to open his own place, but now he's back!) so that might be work checking out.

          I hear Whist has had a resurgence in terms of the quality of food ... it's in the Viceroy. Might want to check that out.

          Best,
          J.

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            Babette RE: janelle Oct 16, 2006 09:17 PM

            Has she been to Josie? Not new, but still pretty terrific.

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              FoiIsGoodFood RE: janelle Oct 17, 2006 12:11 AM

              Take her to Nook immediately...foodie heaven, cheap, and you meet all your neighbors - and yes, that is a good thing for all your cloistered LA peeps! FANTASTIC.

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                LoveCulverCity RE: janelle Oct 17, 2006 12:13 AM

                Josie is amazing, as is Nook, as is Litteratti II...not too many new greats but the old favorites just keep giving and giving.

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                  janelle RE: janelle Oct 17, 2006 02:30 PM

                  thanks for the suggestions. don't think she's been to josie, no. i'll put that on her list. any other don't-miss santa monica restaurants, new or not?

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                    allecat22 RE: janelle Oct 17, 2006 03:13 PM

                    La Seranata De Gerribaldi~ mexican
                    Fritto Misto~ italian
                    LaCachette~french
                    Melisse~french
                    Valentino~italian

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                      JBC RE: janelle Oct 17, 2006 04:20 PM

                      As a Gourmet Foodie, a Don't-Miss old Santa Monica restaurant is Chinois on Main if she's never been there before; every real G.F. should dine there at least once.

                      For 2 people - Sit at the counter, watch the kitchen do their thing, and split what you order (i.e. starter, duck fried rice, sczhuan (spelling?) beef).

                      http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/rest/fine...

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                        WineTravel RE: janelle Oct 17, 2006 04:38 PM

                        I'd go to Capo (1810 Ocean Ave). It's pricey, but worth it. Great chow, very fresh. That's why its worth the few extra bucks. Great wine list too.

                        Go to Casa Del Mar either before or after for drinks and enjoy the great view, ambiance

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                          tdo ca RE: janelle Oct 17, 2006 05:13 PM

                          When thinking Capo, don't forget Cora's for breakfast/lunch!

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                            WineTravel RE: janelle Oct 17, 2006 07:01 PM

                            Cora's... exactly. For those who aren't familiar with Cora's... it's right next door to Capo... same owners. They do great breakfasts and lunches. Small (tiny) place. Has a few, maybe 6? tables for outside dining. Not straight foreward bkfsts like eggs and bacon, more interesting "gourmet" type stuff. VERY, very casual and not really that pricey. Good call.

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                              kevin RE: WineTravel Oct 18, 2006 05:01 AM

                              great kobe style burgers too. and huevos racheros, homemade preserves, and great slice of peach pie with heavy whipped cream when in season. the prices are more expensive than your garden variety coffee shoppe but then again the food is ten times better.

                            2. Fresser RE: janelle Oct 18, 2006 04:55 AM

                              Check out West at the Hotel Angeleno on Sunset in Brentwood. 17th floor with amazing views and very good food in a hip setting.

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