Best Lunch near 3rd Street Promanade?
My son is going off to college and is currently working near the third street promanade. Looking for place to get a tasty lunch with him during his lunch hour, while he's still here. Ideas??
I live right by the Promenade and consider it a waste land as far as food goes. Sure, there's Fraiche and Anisette Brasserie, but not much in the way of good, inexpensive food.
I'd probably end up at Houston's if I had to stay near the promenade.
225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
my wife works down there, it's definitely pretty rough going...Chain-wise Houston's and Wolfgang Puck would work, I think a teenage boy going off to college would probably be into the huge, bar food-centric menu (think burgers, wings, nachos, etc) at Barney's Beanery (maybe not you)...Anisette is good but pricey - if you like sushi, the Sushi Roku down there has some pretty decent lunch specials
The query was for tasty food, not inexpensive food.
Fraiche and Anisette are the best - and both very good. Fig at the Fairmont would be my third choice. And then there's the best of the rest; Houstons is decent "chain" food (better than the Olive Garden - on a par with Daily Grill), Locanda del Lago, the restaurant in the Shangri La hotel.
I am your son's age, well in the stage of life he's entering. I like Comfort Cafe at Fred Segal Santa Monica. It's a casual place with good food. I also really like Locanda del Lago, but I would reserve and order ahead if you go there since its during his lunch hour. Someone mentioned chain places, I'd go to Il Fornaio, and reserve a spot and order ahead. Monsieur Marcel is good. I think my number one choice at this very moment would be Cafe Crepe.
Edit: This is also my rebuttal to the area being a wasteland or rough going for good, inexpensive food.
500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Locanda Del Lago
231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
1460 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
420 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
1260 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401