working in santa monica for a couple of weeks, what places should I try?
Had the GodMother yesterday, was delicious, only ate half, will have other half today. Will try the pastrami from bay cities before I leave next week. Also will visit Alejo's before all is said and done. What else? Prefer, american, Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Chinese or soul food. Will try anything you think is good tho.
How is that Tommy's on Lincoln? I ask because some are nasty. Any good pho in santa monica?
La Playita on Lincoln in Venice for ceviche is a great option. It's a taco stand, so don't go if you're looking for a place to sit.
Monte Alban in West LA on Santa Monica Blvd is outstanding for Oaxacan food.
3 Square, the restaurant next to Rockenwagner Bakery, on Abbot Kinney in Venice is great. At the bakery, get some fo the pretzel rolls.
Thank you all for replying! I am now going to look up some of these places, some I hadn't heard of and I think one or two were featured on diners, drive-ins and dives?
What's a good choice for someone new to Oaxacan food? I don't like mole. Sadly, I like my mexican food, americanized.
I'm narrowing the list down
Father's office, Tacos Por Favor, Joe's pizza, Baby Blues BBQ, Monte Alban, Umami Burger & Le Petit Café.
For a beginner into Oaxacan, I'd recommend the clayuda. It's kinda like a Oaxacan pizza: it comes on a big flat (crispy) tortilla, with beans, meat, tomatoes, avocado and oaxacan cheese. I've brought other people there who tend to stick to americanized mexican, and they liked the clayuda (as opposed to some of the other dishes - mole, enfrijoladas, etc...). Their goat taco is great too (if you like goat).
If I'm around there midday, I like to have lunch at Le Petit Café on Colorado. Nice little bistro-ish place with a good combination of French and American, especially at lunchtime, when they have sandwiches and burgers. Not cheap but reasonable. I usually figure on dropping about $15 for lunch, maybe more if I can have a glass of wine (that is, if I don't have to jump onto the freeway right afterwards).
2842 Colorado Ave.
Sounds like you have a car, tho the local bus is pretty good for getting around. Also I assume a moderate budget, so I won't recommend higher end dining, unless you ask.
Baby Blues BBQ, I like the pulled pork sandwich. Venice
Cora's Coffee Shop
La Grande Orange for pastries, breakfast and Intelligentsia coffee
The Father's Office for the hamburger, dinner only on weekdays. Not cheap.
Umami Burger has a truck parked in Santa Monica
Musha, Japanese Izakaya, dinner only. A little expensive.
La Isla Bonita taco truck on Rose and 4th in Venice
Tacos Por Favor
The Tommy's isn't bad. Pretty comparable to the Original.
Further inland In WLA:
Monte Alban for great Oaxuacan
Mariscos Chente for Mexican seafood (Langostino)
Sawtelle Blvd has a great Japanese selection.
There is no good Chinese or Vietnamese food in Santa Monica or the Westside.
A quick list:
- Tacos Por Favor: Taqueria. Get the chorizo and cheese tacos.
- Anisette Brasserie: French.
- Fathers Office: get the burger and sweet potato fries
- Joe's Pizza: Good NY Slice.
- Port Royal Cafe: good Jamaican/Carribean food. Call and verify hrs first.
- Monte Alban: Good Oaxacan, just outside of SM (WLA).
- NY & C Pizza - I've only had their Chicago style, which was good (not great, but the best in LA IMO).
PS - no good Chinese on the Westside. And for Japanese, you'd have to go to Sawtelle in WLA. And no good pho.