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Staying ay Loews Sanata Monica this weekend - no car - where to eat.

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after reading posts am looking at going to Fig or the Blue plate oysterette

I am traveling solo from Chicago without a car and am saddened that I Cuguni ( spinach bread) is no more

I am sure Benito's frites are also long gone

Any good authentic Asian in the area of the hotel?

Nothing too pricey though it is my one chance to get out without my 2 year old!!

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  1. Yes Benito's is long gone and I miss them too. They had the best fries in LA. Fig is a wonderful choice, really good food in a great setting. Not authentic asian but Wolfgang Puck's Chinois on Main is very good and just a few blocks away and they are part of DineLA with special a 3 course menu if you will be here in the beginning of October. If you are eating solo they have a very nice dining bar with a full view of the kitchen,
    http://discoverlosangeles.com/restaur...

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    Chinois
    2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    Fig
    100 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Here is almost your same question in an earlier chowhound post:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/762973

      1. re: wienermobile

        And, (as wienermobile took the time to post http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7629... in that linked thread) you and your two year old would have a good time exploring Santa Monica Place (including Zengo) and all of the food options (and great views) from up top.

    2. The one place I really recommend is Musha, which is a bit of a hike, but worth it I think. I also recommend Fig and Stella Rossa. All of these places are great for dining at the bar.

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      Musha
      1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

      1. Musha is a good rec.
        Also, Bay Cities Deli on Lincoln for a good sub and sides.
        The Yard
        La Cachette Bistro
        Bar Pinxto
        Ye Olde King's Head for pub fare
        Blue Plate Oysterette
        Tudor House for tea time and continental fare and pastries

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        Ye Olde King's Head
        116 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        La Cachette Bistro
        1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Musha
        424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Tudor House
        1403 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Blue Plate
        1415 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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        1. re: Emme

          Cora's Coffee Shop is the greatest thing to ever happen to Santa Monica dining.

          There, I said it.

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          Cora's Coffee Shop
          1802 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        2. Sounds great. Definitely checking out Fig!

          Sadly my 2 yr old is staying home but it allows me to dine slower.

          I saw the other post but am more like a middle aged senior citizen!

          LA has changed a lot since I lived there

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          1. re: lvhkitty

            Even if you don't stay for dinner you might drop into the Lobster for a drink and an appetizer.

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            The Lobster
            1602 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          2. You've gotten some great suggestions so far.
            I would definitely go with Musha as the closest nearby Asian spot.

            Since you're from Chicago, get to BP Oysterette for a lobster roll. Ocean Avenue Seafood is more corporate, but also does very solid seafood and has an oyster happy hour. Also curious what your take would be on an Italian sandwich from Bay Cities.

            I'll also add Huckleberry as a walkable brunch/lunch option and the Umami Burger in Fred Segal.

            I know you said not too pricey, but if the urge for upscale strikes you, JiRaffe and Melisse, with the latter being one of LA's best but very $$$$.

            Everyone steered clear of recs on the Promenade or in the mall which is about right, but if you end up there, Monsieur Marcel and Cafe Crepe are both tasty choices.

            Enjoy your trip!

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            Musha
            424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            Ocean Avenue Seafood
            1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

            BP Oysterette
            1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            Monsieur Marcel
            6333 W. 3rd St. AND 3rd St. Arizona at the Promenade, Los Angeles/Santa Monica, CA 90036

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            1. re: TracyS

              Ocean Ave Seafood has their Oyster Hour from 4 pm-6 pm. Monday through Friday, featuring oysters at $1.50 each. Really fresh!

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              Ocean Avenue Seafood
              1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

              1. re: wienermobile

                Alas, the Happy Hour oysters are now $1.95 each. Not much of a bargain compared with their regular pricing, and no choice!

            2. Dunno if it's too far but I really like Madame Chou Chou on Main. You have to sit on the patio though. Good for any of the meals from bfast, just coffee/pastry, or full dinner with wine. The pistacchio raspberry cake visits me in dreams.

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              Madame Chou Chou
              2518 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

              1. I'm here now and managed to find the Whole Foods first. It is by far the smallest Whole Foods I have ever seen. Check out Chicago's South Loop and Lincoln Park stores!

                I stopped in Musha and contemplated the soon tofu but was a bit overwhelmed by the menu and not very hungry at the time.

                After a lot of shopping for the baby, I finally made it to the food court at Santa Monica place.

                I had an excellent eggplant lasagna type item for $5. Can't knock that. Just layers of eggplant with sauce and minimal cheese. Want to go back just for that!

                I made a reservation for Fig but cancelled it. Way too much fun stuff to check out elsewhere!

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                Musha
                424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                1. re: lvhkitty

                  that WF is really super small. we have much bigger, just not in walking distance. the one on montana is also super small. but if you found a way down lincoln (not to walk), that one is big.

                  enjoy your stay!