Santa Monica dinners
Greetings from a DC hound. My wife and I will be staying in Santa Monica for a few nights early January. Trying to decide on dinners, will definitely hit Fathers office once or twice for lunch as we're out and about. We have a rezzie at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar, which we've really enjoyed on previous visits. Ate at Jiraffe a few months ago; it was good but I can't say it was memorable. Can't really decide how "upscale" I want to go for other 3 dinners. Any recent experiences at Chinois? Other thoughts? I know this is a little vague for now but as always any suggestions are most appreciated. Thanks!
Chinois is still very good. You might also consider Anisette [French Bistro], Josie [American with game options], Musha [Japanese pub food] and Riva [upscale Italian Cafe].
2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
312 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Let me make some suggestions for your other lunches: One of the best taquerias on the westside of L.A. is in Santa Monica on the S/E corner of Olympic at 14th -- Tacos Por Favor. Simple soft tacos are on the large side and just over $2 each, and the clear favorite on this board is their chorizo and cheese. I also like the al pastor, carnitas, and their crispy tacos and tostadas are good as well. I tried their milanese, offered only in a torta, recently and it was excellent. Gotta admit, one of my main reasons for going there is the salsa roja on their salsa bar -- best hot sauce on the westside.
Bay Cities Deli is very popular, on the east side of Lincoln just north of Broadway and south of Santa Monica Blvd. Best known for its premium Italian coldcut sub sandwich called the Godmother -- be sure to add either the spicy or mild pepper spread and enjoy their phenomenal rolls, crusty and delicious. A real zoo at prime lunchtime. An underrated hot food section to the right with excellent meatball subs and daily hot specials. Closed Mondays.
Burgers: The classic SoCal specialty is In'N'Out, but there aren't any in Santa Monica. There is one way south on Lincoln, another on Sepulveda right out of LAX, and if you are going to the Getty Museum or visiting the Hammer Museum or UCLA there is one in Westwood Village. For an original Tommy's chilicheeseburger, there is an authentic one on the S/W corner of Lincoln at Pico. For an upscale burger in Santa Monica and a beer, with outdoor seating if it is a warm day, try the Library Alehouse on Main Street.