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Nov 13, 2009 02:25 PM

Santa Monica 3rd St. Promenade

Need picks and pans for Santa Monica 3rd St. please! Staying at the Georgian, with no car - so it must be walkable. Not into Italian!

I'm a big Top Chef fan, does Stefan have a restaurant, or is it just catering? Cj is at the Yard and their menu looks good.

I need a breakfast palce as well. I see there's a few crepe places, which is best?

Which bakery/cupcakes are the best?

Which Pinkberry/ice cream/ fro yo place is the best?

Thanks very much!

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  1. The Yard is walkable however Stefan's at The Farm is not.

    1. For breakfast, you might try Anisette. Low frills, and good for omelettes and some pancakes, try Jinky's Cafe.

      Vanilla Bake Shop is on Wilshire, and they do good cupcakes. There's also Yummy Cupckaes, though I prefer the former.

      For dinner, you're very close to JiRaffe. If you like izakaya, try Musha, also on Wislhire. There's also Michael's. Also, Fig is lovely.

      For small plates, Bar Pinxto

      For good Mexican, try Border Grill

      In case you're a shopper, and end up at Fred Segal's, the cafe has good lunches.

      For tea, and a lovely custard tart, stop into the Tudor House at tea time.

      For fish'n'chips and sticky toffee pudding, try Ye Olde Kings' Head.

      And in case you're looking for drinks and good music, try Renee's Courtyard Cafe on Wilshire.

      Border Grill
      1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Wilshire Restaurant
      2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

      Vanilla Bake Shop
      512 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Fred Segal
      500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

      Jinky's Cafe
      8539 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

      Tudor House
      1403 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Renee's Courtyard Cafe
      522 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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      1. re: Emme

        All good recs. I'll try to add:

        Fig at the Fairmont Hotel, just off the Promenade.

        Joe's Pizza on 2nd and Broadway, good NY Slice.

        And a little walk, is a fantastic burger and great beer at Father's Office, 10th and Montana.

        Father's Office Bar
        1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

        Joe's Pizza
        2412 S Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

      2. Basic rule is to not eat on the Promenade itself.

        Fraiche is fantastic (Wilshire at Third), and Bar Pinxto, and I'll echo Musha and Annisette (breakfast on weekends only). The Yard is worth visiting, for sure. You'd need at least a week to eat at all the great restaurants in that neighborhood, and they're all walking distance from your hotel.

        For breakfast, walk down to Cora's Cafe on Ocean at Pico.

        1. Excellent breakfast, bakery & cupcakes @ Huckleberry

          1. You don't say what your price point is so note, most places on & around SM & the promenade are priced for tourists -- $$$.

            Jinky's Cafe on 2nd has decent breakfasts that won't break the bank like Anisette or some hotel restaurant. Cafe de crepes is passable.