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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??

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  1. 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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    1. re: Azizeh

      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

      1. re: Azizeh

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: apple7blue

          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?).

          1. re: Servorg

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

        2. 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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          1. re: cjelias

            Warszawa is not open for lunch.

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            Warszawa Restaurant
            1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          2. 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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            1. re: AAQjr

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

              1. re: jaykayen

                Joe's is very much still in existence.

                1. re: jaykayen

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

              2. 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