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Recommendation near/in Santa Monica Promenade

JinCC Jun 17, 2009 09:00 PM


We're doing a father's day movie at the Santa Monica Promenade. We're looking for a good, lunch place for less than $20/hd. We'd like to be able to finish the meal within an hour or so. The restaurant does not need to be on the Promenade but close by given the time constraint. Atmosphere is not too important as long as it's not too loud. Child-friendly is not requred. Open to all types of food, just looking for something tasty. I have not been in this area for some time.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance

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    Cinnamon Jun 17, 2009 09:31 PM

    You can check some of the things I mentioned in this post:

    Not sure about price ranges. Personally I like Broadway Deli a lot. I've had things like a nicoise salad that turns out to be exquisite, etc. It's like all pretty straightforward food but they do beautifully with it. Comfy booths, and reasonable distance to the theaters.

    If you did want atmosphere, might look into Monsoon on the north end of the Promenade. Beautiful Indonesian decor inside, restful, great place for conversation.

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      Phurstluv Jun 18, 2009 09:56 AM

      I really like Monsoon as well. One of the better restaurants on the promenade.

      If you don't mind chainy, I think you can get out of PF chang's for that price. But may have to wait.

      Riva is excellent, but don't know their lunch prices. Also very popular. Border Grill would also fit the budget and probably the time frame.

      1. re: Phurstluv
        THINK_BLUE Jun 19, 2009 08:54 AM

        I second Border Grill. You should be able to get by on $20pp. You might want to make a reservation though, especially on Father's Day.

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      bruinike Jun 18, 2009 07:25 AM

      I would try LA GRANDE ORANGE that just opened up on Main Street. www.lagrandeorangesm.com
      It's a nice space and big so getting a seat shouldn't be a problem. I would also recommend Cora's Coffee Shoppe or Jack n Jills but there might be a wait around that time.

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        yogachik Jun 18, 2009 08:22 AM

        Anisette. Best restaurant in the area by far - but you'll need to up your budget a little.

        Other than that, try Cora's Cafe or Houston's.

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          TomSwift Jun 18, 2009 09:11 AM

          For a little fun, think about Ye Olde King's Head, a "traditional" British pub. Great draft beers and ales, Welsh Rarebit is OK, Shepard's pie I like a lot. Darts. Usually lots of fun, but not a food destination by any means.

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          1. re: TomSwift
            westsidegal Jun 18, 2009 09:37 AM

            i've also had good fish and chips at Ye Olde King's Head

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              TomSwift Jun 18, 2009 09:54 AM

              Absoutely!. One of Ms. Swift's favorites.

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                daftpunkxl Jun 18, 2009 12:28 PM

                Absolutely. Best fish and chips around.

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                  dendet Jun 18, 2009 07:30 PM

                  just a great place.ditto on the draft beer...go to their shop next door and get some smarties or a Flake bar for the movies

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              ohdaylay Jun 18, 2009 04:22 PM

              Any time somebody asks for recs in Santa Monica I always tell them Bay Cities Deli at the corner of Lincoln and Broadway.

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                gzembow Jun 18, 2009 10:32 PM

                Buddah's Belly at the corner of 2nd and Broadway should meet your requirements. A bit off of the Promenade is Fritto Misto at 6th and Colorado or Syrian food at Sham on Santa Monica Blvd. just west of Lincoln. Also consider Jinky's Cafe on 2nd just north of Broadway.

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