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Dec 17, 2008 05:27 PM

Moving to Santa Monica's Main Street

I already enjoy Urth...

Please hit me with your local favorites!

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  1. Liberty Ale House. Joe's on Abbot Kinney.

    1. Pretty much everything on Abbot Kinney is great - Joes, Primitivo, Lilly's, Gjelina, AK, Axe

      On Main - Chaya Venice, Library Alehouse -- these are my favorites.


        The Galley for old school


        3 Square Bakery on Abbot Kinney

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        1. re: Servorg

          if you go to chinois, i recommend getting the fried catfish for sure

        2. Wonderful area -- near the ocean, trendy but comfortable, a great mix of people. But food is expensive. The Galley has an old-time vibe, but the steak prices are up there. The Library Alehouse is fun and has a nice back patio on sunny days, but a burger or fish & chips are well over $10. Joe's is a great brunch in the teens, but is expensive for dinner.

          Four blocks over to the east on Lincoln you get the value -- Tommy's Original for chiliburgers, Chihuahua Taqueria across the street, some Thai and burgers as you head south. Bay Cities Deli is just a bit north.

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          1. re: nosh

            Yeah appears to be a lot of rip offs...looks like I'll be food shopping and occasionally going to Urth.

            1. re: 1newyorkguy

              Ya asked for recs and I the ones provided were pretty varied. If you like "Urth," you probably won't be put off by the recs above.

              1. re: 1newyorkguy

                None of the restaurants we all listed are "rip offs". They are all very good restaurants. If you have a particular budget in mind, please let us know, but you asked for favorites. However, if you ask me, Urth is a "rip off", as it's expensive for what it is, and not all that great, often bland. I haven't gotten out of there for less than $25 or $30, which is in the range of what you see in these responses.

              2. re: nosh

                Nosh, I don't think the Galley prices for steak are too steep, especially when you consider you can get a 12 oz top sirloin and a choice of the following for $24 - "Choice of Baked Potato, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Steak Fries, Onion Rings, or Rice. Choice of Broccoli, Asparagus, Lightly Creamed Spinach, Canned Corn or Vegetable of the Day"

                1. re: Servorg

                  urth, abbots, cha cha chicken the makai

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Servorg, I didn't mean to imply that the Galley's steaks are too steep; I've enjoyed some very fun group celebratory meals there. I only meant that with all of the old nautical-themed rope and weathered wood, the prices for the preferred steaks weren't bargains. I thank you for pointing out what may be the value on their menu. Otherwise, I think the Galley prices are a bit more than Taylor's, though the neighborhood is more convenient for me. And when I'm on that street and focused on food, I'd much prefer Chinois, which is really special and flavorful but probably costs more, even if you stick to the small plates as I frequently recommend.

                    The problem isn't the best of Main Street, which is Chinois and the Galley and even the Library Alehouse for the back patio and burgers. The problem, and where I feel dissatisfied, are the places like the Omelette Parlor where they charge premium prices and move people in and out in droves for food that is mediocre. And you almost always have to pay for valet on Main Street or Abbot Kinney or luck into a meter, while parking usually is free along Lincoln. I didn't introduce "rip-off" to the discussion, and I'm willing to pay for a view of sun glistening off of water if you get to the shore. But I merely pointed out that for value, heading a few blocks east from Main to Lincoln might be beneficial for someone new to the neighborhood.

                    1. re: nosh

                      "you almost always have to pay for valet on Main Street or Abbot Kinney or luck into a meter,"

                      Too funny, we went to Main Street today for dinner forgeting this fact. Ended up driving away and eating somewhere else. I guess I'm cheap, but paying for parking and then tipping the valets make me mad.

                  2. re: nosh

                    Library Alehouse's burgers (except the kobe) are all 9.99 and huge. That seems to be about the going rate for a good (and it is very good) burger, no? Especially one served with a killer craft beer list....
                    I'm beginning to sound like a broken record posting about this place...