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Walking distance of Santa Monica & Yale in Santa Monica

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redrover Feb 9, 2010 01:54 PM

It looks like I'll be staying at this location without a car. So I'm interested in eateries within walking distance of that location. All meals, all cuisines, almost all price ranges (will be solo and don't plan to drop $60 on a meal). So far I've identified Amandine Patisserie, Bread and Porridge and Monte Alban. I think Pacific Dining Car may be pushing it price wise.

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  1. Will Owen RE: redrover Feb 9, 2010 02:29 PM

    You're about 1500 ft northwest of my favorite Santa Monica French treat, Le Petit Café on Colorado. Southeast on Yale and cross the street. It's easier to get to walking because parking is a problem. Nice French/American lunch menu, nice for dinner too, not cheap but not bad. I figure on about $15 for lunch, a tad more if my schedule will allow a glass of wine. Google for the website and a menu.

    1. mollyomormon RE: redrover Feb 9, 2010 02:30 PM

      You could also check out the burgers at the Shack. Wilshire might be pushing it pricewise, but it's very good and the bar menu is cheaper. There's also California Chicken Cafe on Wilshire for a healthy option. On Santa Monica itself, Echigo and Monte Alban aren't that far. I'm a big fan of both. You're also right on the Big Blue Bus line which opens up a lot of options if you don't mind a short bus ride.

      1. wienermobile RE: redrover Feb 9, 2010 02:32 PM

        I like Snug Harbor on Wilshire. Good breakfast and a trip back in time.

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          redrover RE: wienermobile Feb 9, 2010 02:35 PM

          Thanks folks. I don't mind riding the bus at all, but it's nice to have places within walking distance too. What's Echigo got?

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            mollyomormon RE: redrover Feb 9, 2010 02:39 PM

            It's warm rice sushi. I really really love their monkfish liver preparation and their blue crab handrolls and they usually have great kumamotos too.

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          stevedi RE: redrover Feb 9, 2010 02:47 PM

          Check out Nook Bistro @ SMB and Barry. Also, Guido's @ SMB and Bundy for old school Italian.

          1. Ciao Bob RE: redrover Feb 9, 2010 03:38 PM

            Musha is about a mile walk West on Wilshire and well worth the walk or bus ride for eclectic izakaya-style Japanese pub food.
            BiMi is about a mile walk East on Wilshire and also quite good for tradiational sushi and creative cooked dishes.

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              Phurstluv RE: Ciao Bob Feb 9, 2010 04:19 PM

              Wow - do people really walk a mile each way for izakaya? I think I've been living in LA too long, we don't walk. We valet.

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                redrover RE: Phurstluv Feb 9, 2010 04:43 PM

                I was thinking that a mile is about the limit of what I'd consider reasonable walking distance, so Ciao Bob's post fits right in. It's assumed that for typical adults, it takes about 20 minutes to walk a mile.

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                  Servorg RE: redrover Feb 9, 2010 04:53 PM

                  If you want to sample the food at Pacific Dining Car just go for breakfast. You can have a nice breakfast fillet and eggs for about $20 (or even less expensive if you want to do something other than steak and eggs). Not cheap, but it's good.

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                  Pacific Dining Car
                  2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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                    maudies5 RE: Servorg Feb 9, 2010 05:24 PM

                    The other nice thing about the Pacific Dining Car is that it is open 24 hours a day. Want some good breakfast food at 3:00AM, in a nice, safe, cozy environment, this is the place. Last time I was there was a few months ago. Got off of a red eye and was starving at 5:30AM. Gotta love the PDC in Santa Monica for those times

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                    Will Owen RE: redrover Feb 9, 2010 04:54 PM

                    That's just ten standard city blocks, after all. And twenty minutes is about right if you aren't dawdling. Walking is the best way I know of to acquaint oneself with a new or unfamiliar city, especially if you're in such civilized environs as Santa Monica.

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                      Phurstluv RE: redrover Feb 9, 2010 06:39 PM

                      Hey, if you're okay with it, go for it. Like I said, in NYC, it's no big deal to walk everywhere. And when I was 20 years younger, I'd walk the entire city all night long just for kicks. But now, as I live here, I find the walk to be a tad burdensome. But that's just me.

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                    Bjartmarr RE: Ciao Bob Feb 9, 2010 10:46 PM

                    Musha's on Wilshire at 4th, right? That's a lot closer to 2 miles than it is to 1.

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                    chuck RE: redrover Feb 9, 2010 05:22 PM

                    At lunch time many of the gourmet food trucks park by 26 and Boadway. Look at Findlafoodtrucks.com to find out when they will be there.

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                      QualityMart RE: redrover Feb 9, 2010 10:00 PM

                      Not sure if it's pushing the distance limit, but Javan on Santa Monica (past Barrington) for good Persian food. Google maps says 1.3 miles from Yale. Or super easy bus ride since you stay on Santa Monica.

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                        Servorg RE: QualityMart Feb 10, 2010 04:31 AM

                        Or, only a half mile to Darya.

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                        Darya
                        12130 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                          redrover RE: Servorg Feb 10, 2010 09:04 AM

                          Tremendous job everybody, thank you. Now I'm hungry!

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                            john gonzales RE: redrover Feb 10, 2010 06:15 PM

                            I live about three blocks from there. I'd consider Sasabune and Akbar up on Wilshire, and the Shack does have a decent burger. Dragon Palace right there on SaMo is edible inexpensive Chinese.
                            The bus is actually very easy right there. You can ride the MTA or the Big Blue (SaMo) bus. I actually ride the #10 fwy bus to downtown a lot,

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                        gordo26 RE: redrover Feb 11, 2010 04:02 PM

                        Also check out Bar Food on Wilshire just west of Bundy. All day happy hour and a decent burger. I personally like Darya on Santa Monica and Bundy than Javan. Plus its closer!

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                          estnyboer RE: gordo26 Oct 22, 2010 01:34 PM

                          Darya does better koobideh, Javan probably does a better job with the kabobs and cornish hen skewers. Javan's rice is better. Darya might have an edge in the appetizers. Darya has blue and gold interior with an awesome painting of some kind of blissful holy waterfall experience on the south wall. Either place will serve you a pretty damn nice lunch.

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                          Ginger9 RE: redrover Oct 24, 2010 07:11 AM

                          I give Musha my recommendation as well... great food and won't blow your budget. Wilshire Restaurant is also close to you (25th and Wilshire area) - nice patio/outdoor dining area, cool bar scene, good food but on the pricey side.

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                            Ogawak RE: redrover Oct 25, 2010 07:07 AM

                            There is a strip mall on Santa Monica and Yale with a Japanese restaurant called Kaido. It's not Chow worthy like Musha, but it has a decent lunch menu for sushi, sashimi, etc. and pretty good tempura. Just saying, since you're right there. Avoid Maya in the same mall.

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                            Musha
                            424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                            Kaido
                            2834 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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                              Servorg RE: Ogawak Oct 25, 2010 07:33 AM

                              Kaido (and the now closed Asakuma) is the favorite place of our friends Japanese mother. We have gone to Kaido a couple of times and it's solid. But for some reason I either haven't found the right item that keeps me coming back (or they don't have one that will do that for me).

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                              Asakuma Restaurant
                              11701 Wilshire Blvd Ste 15, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                              Kaido
                              2834 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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                                Ogawak RE: Servorg Oct 25, 2010 08:09 AM

                                I agree. Kaido is close to where we live. I used to like their sashimi, but have had average offerings lately. My wife likes their tempura, but I would rather go to Sawtelle for Japanese.

                                Servorg, You must know every good and decent restaurant on the Westside and beyond.

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                                Kaido
                                2834 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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                                  Servorg RE: Ogawak Oct 25, 2010 08:17 AM

                                  I actually have a hard time convincing my wife to try new places. Which explains why I am still trying to get to Mezze in Culver City! We were going to have a late lunch at 26 Beach yesterday (where I was finally going to have the California Roll Burger) and when we got there at 2:30 PM there was still a mob of people waiting to be seated. We ended up at 17th Street on Montana (where I had the red velvet pancakes with cream cheese frosting and went into a sugar induced coma - but enjoyed it).

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                                  26 Beach
                                  3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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                                    Ogawak RE: Servorg Oct 25, 2010 01:40 PM

                                    I think my wife would love those pancakes. 17th Street, check

                                    Re: 26 Beach, yeah the seating is ridiculous. i think we sat down in minutes because it was the Sunday of the World Cup Finals.

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                                    26 Beach
                                    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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