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The Best Restaurants on the West Side??

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Hey eaters:

I am having a bit of a restaurant crisis and am hoping some of you might be able to help. I just started dating a fellow who lives in Santa Monica and thus far we have gone to some pretty great meals at Father's Office, Musha, Tender Greens, and that BBQ joint in Venice. However, we seem to be running out of affordable and most importantly, tasty options. Are there any great places we have overlooked? Something tells me yes..... We are both fairly adventurous eaters--all suggestions welcome!

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  1. You've already been to some of my favorites but there are plenty more:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/539468

    1. For a great Burger on a homemade bun or amazing french toasts, try 26 Beach. For some great BBQ near Fairfax & Washington try J&J Burgers & BBQ or great Oaxcan try Guelaquetza.

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      26 Beach
      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

      JNJ Burger Shack
      5754 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

      Guelaguetza
      11127 Palms Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      1. Terried Sake House
        11617 Santa Monica Bl.
        L.A., CA 90025

        1. shamshiri grill for persian food.
          westwood blvd north of santa monica blvd.
          their website is awful, their food is terrific.

          1. Nook Bistro

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            Nook Bistro
            11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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            1. re: donnival

              I can't praise Nook enough, as a consistently fine excellent value restaurant. Whether you just want a quick bite of their Ceasar salad and excellent mac'n'cheese, or a full-blown multicourse fine dining and wine experience. I will even forgive them for replacing my favorite shortribs with a succulent gravy for a more frou-frou potroast with a horseradish gremolita. Go, but just don't take the last reservation on a night I might want to eat there.

            2. Monte Alban - Santa Monica b/w Bundy and Barrington

              1. Also add Violet restaurant on Pico just east of Valentino, and just west of the S/M Freeway overpass.
                www.violetrestaurant.com
                Others mentioned are also good.

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                1. re: carter

                  le Saigon on santa monica blvd. good pho and small cozy atmosphere.

                  1. re: carter

                    Violet is particularly reasonable during their 7 before 7 specials on Tu-Th before 7 p.m., where a selection of their small plates are offered for $7 each.

                  2. can't go wrong with monte alban for oaxacan...

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                    Monte Alban
                    11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                    1. re: ronsilverado

                      La Bottega on Santa Monica and Purdue - good neighborhood Itallian