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Court duty, S.M., where to eat?

maudies5 Jun 14, 2007 08:03 PM

Have to be in Santa Monica Superior court for several days. The Court website lists "vending machines" on the 2nd floor. Any options nearby for a quick, healthy lunch within walking distance of the courthouse?

  1. goodhealthgourmet Jun 14, 2007 10:09 PM

    where's the courthouse?

    1. Emme Jun 15, 2007 12:14 AM

      You gonna walk or drive? Lots of Main St. restaurants.
      World Cafe
      Urth Caffe
      Wildflour Pizza
      The Galley
      Counter (on Ocean Park if you drive...)
      Library Alehouse
      Vecchia Cucina

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        Frank_Santa_Monica Jun 15, 2007 01:12 AM

        Nothing is going to be a real easy walk. Broadway Deli is the closest of your health conscious options. They've got some nice $12 salads for you. A little further east is Real Food Daily, about a 15 minute walk on Santa Monica Blvd at 5th Street. And, if you want to take healthy to a new level, Juliano's Raw is 6th and Broadway.

        I think the easiest place to get to is probably Chez Jay on Ocean Ave, and while the food may be cheerful and cheap, it's not all that healthy.

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          whatsfordinner Jun 15, 2007 07:57 AM

          Delicious Jamaican jerk chicken at Cha Cha Chicken at Pico and Ocean is an easy walk from the courthouse. You may also want to try the hotels in the area: Viceroy, Loews, Shutters, Casa del Mar, etc.

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            ozhead Jun 15, 2007 09:26 AM

            There's a pretty good Oaxacan restaurant on Pico, just south of the Civic Auditorium (which is just south of the courthouse). It ain't Monte Alban, but it ain't bad, and it's maybe a 5-minute walk. I also second Cha Cha, particularly if the weather is nice -- since seating there is all outside.

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            1. re: ozhead
              igj Jun 18, 2007 04:04 PM

              The Oaxacan place is called El Texate.


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              tdo ca Jun 15, 2007 03:05 PM

              Cora's on Ocean is not too far, nor are the hotels listed in the above post; you can also walk pretty easily across the bridge to the Mall/Promenade

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              1. re: tdo ca
                whatsfordinner Jun 15, 2007 04:02 PM

                I forgot about Cora's. Also there's Il Fornaio on Colorado and Ocean, and a few doors down from there is Abode. The food court in the mall scares me.

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                glutton Jun 15, 2007 04:20 PM

                You could walk for 10 minutes south down Main Street and eat at Urth Cafe. There is a pizza place across the street from Urth Cafe, as well.

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                  yogachik Jun 15, 2007 04:58 PM

                  If you're on Jury Duty, you'll get a 2 hour lunch (this is where I've served several times), so you can walk to anywhere on the Promenade, or anywhere on Main Street

                  There are many choices, but I usually go to Jinky's on 2nd, or down to Urth on Main. There's a great Mexican place on Pico near Vidiots, also very close.

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                  1. re: yogachik
                    ozhead Jun 18, 2007 08:08 AM

                    The "great Mexican place on Pico" is the Oaxacan place I referred to above.

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                      yogachik Jun 18, 2007 09:52 AM

                      Yet neither of us know the name...

                      1. re: yogachik
                        chowbee Jun 18, 2007 10:37 AM

                        I believe it's El Texate.

                        There is also a reasonably good and reasonably priced sushi/Japanese place called Yuni sushi on Lincoln and Bay street which is walkable (especially for a two hour lunch). It's not blow your mind sushi, but it's good and the lunch specials are a good value (about $12), and service is efficient.

                        I also like Ninjin on 6th and Colorado, for sushi/japanese lunch specials. But it's a little more uneven. Some days fantastic, other days not so much. And service can be a little slow. It's next door to Fritto Misto as well.

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