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May 31, 2013 10:13 PM

Ex-LA hound: need tips in Santa Monica, lunch catering in Culver City

Returning from exile in New England for business at Viceroy Hotel in SM.

Thoughts on...
- "Only in LA" great restaurants in SM area (walking preferred)
- Park yourself for hours and "work" on a laptop in SM area?
- Indian / Thai lunch places that deliver large orders in CC?


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  1. "- Park yourself for hours and "work" on a laptop in SM area?"

    Novel Cafe on Main Street or the other one on Ocean Park are both fine for this. Bergamot Cafe also a fine location. If you want something that is more of a throwback look (think a beatnik vibe) then Unurban on Pico Blvd. will do the trick.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Agreed re: the Novel Cafe on Main St. That location was my second home when my place was being remodeled.

      If the OP is interested in bringin' on The Weird in the wee hours, he could wander a bit further toward Venice to 212 Pier coffeehouse (open 24/7). While the food and drink is execrable for the most part, the people-watching is off the hook, esp. after the witching hour.

      An early-riser option close to the Viceroy is Dogtown Coffee (opens at 5:30 a.m. on weekedays). Not much seating inside, though.

    2. Stella Rossa/Barre? It's VERY close to your hotel....

      1. Walkable from the Viceroy would include:

        Cha Cha Chicken
        Chez Jay (not great but close and does begin with a "C")

        Culver City Indian delivery--probably Mayura or Tara's Himalayan would be your best bets.

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        1. Whist is doing some nice stuff, right in your hotel, but I would go to FIG at the Fairmont (FIG at Five 50% off everything from 5-6 PM). It has a bit of that Only in LA with chef Ray Garcia's Mexican-American influences. Try the lengua.

          1. Only in LA within walking: Catch, Tar and Roses, Chinois, Umami

            Laptop: any Peets or Starbucks