montana of santa monica: is there a best?
haven't hit on a place to rely on for a great dinner. any ideas for one on montana? (i've tried 17th st cafe, pradeep's, rosti, blue plate and found none of them to be adequate.
Really? Me too. There just isn't a great place on Montana, unfortunately. And, take it from me, I can walk to all those places.
Have you tried Locando Portofino and Father's Office? There's also that new place Montana Grill. There are some strong supporters of Blue Plate, but I'm not one of them.
Locando Portofino. It's not "every day," but it's always good. The pasta portofino keeps me coming back. Also, it requires some work, but Patty's Pizza (take home and bake yourself) is very reliable and higher quality than expected. Desserts from Babalu or Cafe Montana are good - banana brownie pie is great.
I think Vincenzo is often overlooked when people talk about Montana. Definitely a cut above Rosti (which I like for a quick bite) and not as cramped as Locanda Postofino. If you aren't totally locked into Mpontana, it is only 3 blocks down 11th St to Wilshire where you could try Rustic Canyon.
Portofino is one of my favorite restaurants in all of LA. Their penne vodka is fantastic.
Marmiton is always great. And they have ready-made dinners that you take home and heat up - gourmet meals to go.
Montana Lounge isn't a restaurant, per se, it's a bar that serves food. Everyone is nuts for the bacon wrapped scallops (which I don't eat), I love the kobe burger. I had a chili dog there last night that was suprisingly really good! And only $4.50.