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Down-to-earth in Santa Monica or Venice?

Jel212 Aug 23, 2007 02:40 PM

Going to be doing a drive up the coast, and one night is in Santa Monica. Looking for good, solid food at decent prices (under $20/entree) with a vibe that's down-to-earth, not glitzy or sceney. Reccomends?

Thanks!

  1. Servorg Aug 23, 2007 05:16 PM

    One good place, given the description of the type of place you are looking for, would be Cora's Coffee Shoppe. It's right on Ocean Blvd. on the bluff top on the west side of the street just a bit north of Pico.

    http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta...

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      mollyomormon Aug 23, 2007 05:21 PM

      The only problem being that Cora's is only open for breakfast and lunch. But it's a great choice for either of those meals. For dinner, I'd recommend Musha. If you're not drinking, it's easy to get out of there for under $20 a person.

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        Servorg Aug 23, 2007 05:26 PM

        Nice catch on my overlooking that little problem. How about Acadie in Santa Monica for crepes?

        http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta...

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      umeakai Aug 23, 2007 05:22 PM

      Fritto Misto at 6th and Colorado - Always reliable Italian food where you can get a nice meal for under $20/entree. Just a note - they don't take reservations, so on a Friday or Saturday night, it's worth getting there before about 7:15pm, otherwise there can be a wait.

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        Wolfgang Aug 23, 2007 05:23 PM

        Chez Jay on Ocean.

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          ns1 Aug 23, 2007 05:31 PM

          and 2.50 corkage @fritto misto!

        2. Emme Aug 23, 2007 06:52 PM

          If you are willing to do solid food at decent prices ethnic style, I love Warszawa in Santa Monica.

          Gaby's Mediterranean in Culver City/Venice

          26 Beach in Venice

          Beechwood just skates in at below your budget requirements.

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            yogachik Aug 23, 2007 06:57 PM

            Chez Jay
            Bruno's
            Rosti on Montana
            Father's Office
            Serenata di Girabaldi
            World Cafe
            Library Ale House
            Beechwood bar

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              Frank_Santa_Monica Aug 23, 2007 09:49 PM

              Try Coast Restaurant at Shutters. Really reasonably priced entrees. I think the highest priced dish is $25. There are burgers, salads, pizzas, soups, apps for $15 on average.

              I also like Fritto Misto, but I normally order in from there. The vibe is definitely more low key.

              In Venice, La Cabana for Mexican is fun. Somenights live music and really quick service, and you're a happy camper when you get the bill (great prices).

              Houstons is on 2nd, but that's a chain.

              Real Food Daily on Santa Monica and 5th for your daily overdose of tofu.

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                nick_r Aug 23, 2007 10:17 PM

                Lula on Main Street is one of my favorites. Good prices, tasty food, and killer margaritas.

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