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Best Lunch on Westside... Santa Monica... Venice... Culver City

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i'm having lunch with an old friend, who i haven't seen in a long time, today. he might want steak or oysters or somewhere with red booths. possibly great burgers. i'd like to be able to sit and talk and sip some pretty good wine. i was considering:

wilson
ford's filling station (i have considerable doubts here)
buggy whip

whaddya think?

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  1. Joe's?

    Not necessarily the best, but pretty good.

    www.joesrestaurant.com

    1. Houston's

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      1. re: vewyfunny

        i'll second that one!

      2. actually wilson is closed today for a private party.

        1. Scarboni?

          1. Nook (WLA, on SMB) or Literatti 2 (SM, on Wilshire).

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            1. re: silence9

              I like Nook, but I don't believe they offer wine.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                They do.

                1. re: hrhboo

                  They have wine for dinner, so I can't imagine that they wouldn't for lunch. And they have a better selection of glasses under $10 than a lot of other places I've been (or seen websites for) on the westside.

            2. The Palm.

              1. not the buggy whip unless you're planning to eat the boothes.

                1. Cafe Del Rey.

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                  1. re: nosh

                    Yes, especially the Dungeness melt... Hmmmmmmmm...

                    --Dommy!

                  2. Wilson - they have a cute outdoor patio, perfect for sipping wine. Not impressed at all by Ford Filling Station.