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MarlaPR Jul 29, 2010 07:42 PM

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??

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    aventinus Jul 31, 2010 08:33 PM

    I live two blocks away but don't love anything within a short walk. My choices for lunch would be Anisette, Border Grill, Ye Olde Kings Head, and Real Food Daily. (I have not been to Fig and it may well be the best option.)

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

    Real Food Daily
    414 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

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      yogachik Jul 31, 2010 05:54 PM

      Dont know why people say there are slim pickings, there's actually a lot of options - they're just not on the Promenade itself

      Buddha's Belly, Anisette, Houston's, Fraiche, Fred Segal, Swingers (a couple blocks away), Bay Cities, Fritto Misto, Le Pain Quotidian, Border Grill, Robata Bar, Joe's Pizza....I could go on, actually.

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

      Fred Segal
      500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Fritto Misto
      601 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Buddha's Belly Restaurant
      7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      Robata Bar
      1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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      1. re: yogachik
        Servorg Jul 31, 2010 06:03 PM

        Not to mention the choices are about to increase by a factor of 4 or 5 since Santa Monica Place is so very, very close to reopening with a bunch of new, exciting food choices from what I keep reading - http://www.santamonicaplace.com/dining/ as you can read here.

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          apple7blue Jul 31, 2010 10:52 PM

          The market seems interesting place to get good ingredients. My concern is that they will charge us the privilege of spending our money there, heh . . .

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            Servorg Aug 1, 2010 06:01 AM

            I understand that the mall is set to reopen tomorrow, Aug. 2. I wonder what the traffic in the parking garage will be like? It's going to be a wonderful addition to the Santa Monica / west side / LA dining scene. That's for sure.

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              yogachik Aug 1, 2010 08:51 AM

              It opens on August 6th. There's a big preview opening on the 5th. I'm also excited, and i don't like malls. But the new restaurants look pretty darn good.

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                Servorg Aug 1, 2010 08:53 AM

                I was talking to someone associated with one of the restaurants the other day and he said that they were opening on Monday. So maybe some of the food places are opening in advance of the Nordstroms?

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                  apple7blue Aug 1, 2010 01:18 PM

                  They might be open, but maybe they debut on the 5th/6th. To iron out wrinkles?

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                    yogachik Aug 1, 2010 03:23 PM

                    I know a couple people associated, also, and there are soft openings the next few nights, but not open to the public.

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                  mdpilam Aug 1, 2010 10:40 AM

                  Just checked some of the restaurants that are going to be there. Is there really a need for another Fatburger and Stefano's Pizza (since both are on the promenade)? Or are they moving to this location? And I don't know anything about Pinches Tacos, so hopefully it's good because this location could definitely use a good Taqueria, but $2.50+ tacos?! C'mon. (unless they are huge)

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                  bulavinaka Aug 1, 2010 01:28 PM

                  They're hoping and shooting for something along the lines of San Francisco's Ferry Building. If they can come close to that in terms of quality of selection, then the prices might be easier to swallow.

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                    apple7blue Aug 1, 2010 01:44 PM

                    How do you think Frank Gehry's architecture compares to the Ferry's architecture? And what do you think of the new design?

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                      bulavinaka Aug 1, 2010 04:19 PM

                      I haven't seen but a couple of renderings of the new mall myself. And I find the Ferry Building itself to be more utilitarian and historical. The style of architecture itself was very popular at the turn of the the previous century, and it does impress me that it has survived two major earthquakes with little damage.

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                        apple7blue Aug 2, 2010 01:46 AM

                        Neither have I . . . though the new department stores' details remind me of the great department stores being built around the world now, though a pale reflection. I like Frank Gehry's work, but the old mall sucked. I think the Ferry Building is the most aeshetically pleasing, but Gehry's design is colored by the horrible mall within. I think his mall work isn't that good also. The renderings of Santa Monica Place are unspectacular commercial crap. The eating area on the roof seems an interesting experience especially so close to the ocean winds.

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                          bulavinaka Aug 2, 2010 08:25 PM

                          The rooftop dining area is supposed to face an give a view of the ocean. This could be one of the hottest seats in the Westside if the food is even half-decent. A relatively unimpeded view of the sun setting over the Pacific for the price of a mall court meal.

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                            apple7blue Aug 2, 2010 09:14 PM

                            Even if the food sucks in the place itself, there are plenty of places in the Promenade and nearby to grab a picnic off of. Hopefully, it's not the case. I think a lot more places will open there because there are only a few vendors listed so far. Unless, they really, really scaled back the plans to the community opposition. I think the community opposition saved them, because they weren't overextended in the market crash.

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                      wienermobile Aug 1, 2010 02:04 PM

                      The Market section will not open until late 2010 to early 2011.

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                        bulavinaka Aug 1, 2010 04:20 PM

                        I've heard that the line-up of places isn't even near complete. I'll be curious to see who eventually moves in there and what they're offering. This could pair well with the FM on Arizona, like the Ferry Building does on FM days by the Embarcadero.

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                          apple7blue Aug 2, 2010 01:49 AM

                          Except the market is on another street right? It's not adjacent like Embarcadero . . . they should add a real skate park though in Santa Monica.

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                            bulavinaka Aug 2, 2010 08:22 PM

                            Yeah, I hear you, but we all could use a little more walking in LA, right? :) It just gives me a reason to walk back to the car to drop off the produce from the FM and walk over to the Promenade.

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                  yogachik Aug 1, 2010 08:50 AM

                  Also a short walk away (not in LA terms, but in reality), is Huckleberry. It's about a 10 minute walk from the Promenade. Within a 10 minute walk are even more options, if that walk is okay with your son.

                5. Bob Brooks Jul 31, 2010 04:34 PM

                  Fig, in the Fairmont Hotel is terrific. Also, there's a branch of Umami Burger at Fred Segal.

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                  Fred Segal
                  500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                  1. aching Jul 30, 2010 08:40 AM

                    Houston's lunch is very solid. I know it's a chain, but the restaurant is very attractive, the service is excellent, and I could eat their Thai Steak Salad all day long.

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                    Houston's Restaurant
                    202 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                      mdpilam Jul 29, 2010 11:22 PM

                      If you're going for something casual, Umami burger. More upscale, Anisette or Fig. Sandwiches: Bay Cities or HuckleBerry (though both are a bit off the promenade).

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                        wienermobile Jul 29, 2010 11:25 PM

                        Yes, Umami Manly Burger and cheese tater tots.

                      2. Kitchen Queen Jul 29, 2010 11:17 PM

                        I like Buddha's Belly. Great lunch place. Santa Monica location http://www.bbfood.com/

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                        Buddha's Belly Restaurant
                        7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                          AAQjr Jul 29, 2010 10:25 PM

                          In addition to some good suggestions...
                          Joe's pizza for a good slice

                          Huckleberry for good and casual comfort food

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                          Joe's Pizza
                          111 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                          Huckleberry Cafe
                          1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                            jaykayen Aug 1, 2010 02:38 PM

                            Hmm, does that Joe's still exist? I thought I saw a gyro shop or something.

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                              yogachik Aug 1, 2010 03:22 PM

                              Joe's is very much still in existence.

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                                mdpilam Aug 2, 2010 12:00 AM

                                That place (I think Alexandra's) has been there for a while, it is next to Joe's.

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                              cjelias Jul 29, 2010 10:12 PM

                              I used to live near there. It can be slim pickings but here are some sneaking good choices:

                              Wahoo's fish tacos - its a chain but their cilantro sauce is good

                              Bay Cities - not too far depending on what end of the promanade you start from.

                              Warsawa - interesting and pretty tasty.

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                                Dogbite Williams Jul 31, 2010 09:22 PM

                                Warszawa is not open for lunch.

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                                Warszawa Restaurant
                                1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                                apple7blue Jul 29, 2010 09:50 PM

                                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.

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                                Fred Segal
                                500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                Locanda Del Lago
                                231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                Il Fornaio
                                1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                Cafe Crepe
                                1460 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                Comfort Cafe
                                420 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                Monsieur
                                1260 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                                  Servorg Jul 31, 2010 04:42 PM

                                  Is the Comfort Cafe still at the Santa Monica Fred Segal? When we ate at the Umami Burger there recently I didn't notice any other place to eat outside of Umami (but then again I didn't go exploring, so it may well be someplace else in the store?).

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                                    apple7blue Jul 31, 2010 10:50 PM

                                    Yes it is. It's across the street of where you ate, and inside. I ate there very recently.

                                2. Azizeh Jul 29, 2010 07:58 PM

                                  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.

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                                  Anisette Brasserie
                                  225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                                    hboy Jul 29, 2010 09:07 PM

                                    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

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                                      foodiemahoodie Aug 1, 2010 11:47 PM

                                      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.

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