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jaticker May 14, 2011 05:30 PM

Sorry to start a new post for this. I need some fresh help on what's hot in SM. Coming in July.
Thanks

  1. wienermobile May 14, 2011 05:35 PM

    You might start here:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/762973
    Hope this helps.

    1. Phurstluv May 14, 2011 06:26 PM

      Here's some suggestions that aren't 5 months old:

      Hostaria del Piccolo
      Tar & Roses may be open by July
      3110 Main Street
      Santa Monica Place mall has a huge food court with Mexican, Californian, Japanese fusion, Chinese dim sum, & others: Curious Palate, True Food and a market, I believe.
      Copa D'Oro has excellent artisan cocktails
      Hungry Cat 2 is in Rustic Canyon

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      Copa D'Oro
      217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Hostaria del Piccolo
      606 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      The Hungry Cat
      100 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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        bulavinaka May 14, 2011 07:23 PM

        Don't know what would be new to you, but maybe give us an idea of when you last visited and/or what you've tried/liked/disliked.

        One place that immediately jumps out for me is Sweet Rose Creamery is a relatively new ice cream place that I've yet to see anything local remotely close to in terms of quality and flavors.

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        Sweet Rose Creamery
        225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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          jaticker May 14, 2011 08:55 PM

          It's been over 10 yrs. I'm staying in Westwood for a week trying to see and eat everything all over again. Thanks

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            bulavinaka May 14, 2011 09:25 PM

            Poster wienermobile has linked you with a pretty good thread that is very recent. Ten years is a long time as well, so I think you will find much has changed. Huckleberry and Rustic Canyon are connected with my initial rec of Sweet Rose Creamery. Each has a specific niche and does what they do very well.

            Since you're familiar with Santa Monica, I'm sure you're aware that adjacent areas should be included since they are all connected in some way. Abbot Kinney Blvd has changed immensely and you might consider a few meals there. The current prom king is Gjelina (they are also about to launch their take-out counter, Gjelina Take Away) but Tasting Kitchen is superb as well. Joe's is still worthy, as are the neighboring places, Primitivo and Lilly's. You may recall Hans Rockenwagner who had a resto on Main Street - he has reincarnated himself with a new more informal theme called 3 Square, a cafe and bakery concept that is doing very well. There's a bar called The Other Room, which I believe is also located in Miami and New York. Great beer, wine and drinks, but they are also opening up a market set-up next door that will hopefully open by the time you arrive.

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            3 Square Cafe
            1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

            Primitivo
            1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

            Sweet Rose Creamery
            225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049

            Tasting Kitchen
            1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

            Gjelina
            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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