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Moving to 2nd street in Santa Monica, What's good that I can walk to?

2nd and Hill St.

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  1. Depends. My sister the New Yorker could probably walk to Rustic Canyon (the restaurant, not the neighborhood) from there...

    More realistically, tons of stuff on Main Street. What's "good" in my opinion:

    Sunny Blue for omusubi. We go at least once a month.
    Brick + Mortar was decent but I've only been once.
    Urth Caffe's not bad.
    Rita's Italian Ice.
    Stella Barra is great. Might be a little far, but again it depends how much of a walker you are.

    Haven't been to Chinois or Chaya Venice but they're classic choices. Like I said, lots on Main.

    If you add a bike to the mix, then more opens up. Fast-casuals ShopHouse, Tender Greens, Burger Lounge, etc. on the Promenade (The Misfit, not a fast casual). Gjelina, and all the other places on Abbot Kinney.

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    1. re: TheOffalo

      Another vote for Stella Barra and Chinios on Main. A little farther Superba Snack Bar.

        1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

          I like their lattes, my older daughter likes their tomato soup. No one dish will blow you away, it's a nice neighborhood cafe kinda place.

          1. re: TheOffalo

            You will be right by 800 Degree Pizza and you could walk
            to Mondo Tacos at cloverfield and colorado. Also Frito Misto at 6th. Bay Cities at Lincoln nr Broadway. Wahoo's Fish on Wilshire nr 6th, Fromin's Deli (great tuna fish) on Wishire at 18th and Earth Wind and Flour at 23nd and Wilshire. But be alert on a bike. S.M. cops are intense! My husband was on a bike, just about to enter the promenade when cops stopped him and prevented
            his entry...

            Santa Monica peeps are walkers, bicyclers and eaters.

            1. re: TheOffalo

              You will be right by 800 Degree Pizza, next best is Santa Monica Seafood Cafe, Wilshire and 10th. Also Frito Misto at 6th before it closes. Bay Cities at Lincoln nr Broadway. Wahoo's Fish on Wilshire. You could probably walk to Fromin's Deli (great tuna fish) on Wishire at 18th and Earth Wind and Flour at 23nd and Wilshire. Mondo Tacos at Cloverfield and Colorado is also possible. But be alert on a bike. S.M. cops are intense! My husband was on a bike, just about to enter the promenade when cops stopped him and preventedhis entry...

              Santa Monica peeps are walkers, bicyclers and eaters.

              1. re: VenusCafe

                That 800 Degrees is awful. I don't think anyone who works there has ever tasted a real neapolitan pizza. I've eaten there twice and the pizza is always a slimy mess. My last visit I complained to the manager but even the replacement pizza he personally made was soggy. The Westwood location is better but I've completely soured on that place after a great initial impression.

                1. re: m3tan

                  Good to know, I only did Westwood 1X, but the noise level was way too much to bear and I've never been to SM one except to buy the Italian branches of oregano.

                  1. re: m3tan

                    Ummm, are you under the impression that a Neopolitan pizza is supposed to be crispy?

                  2. re: VenusCafe

                    OP lives at 2nd and Hill, below Ocean Park Blvd.. That would be more of a bike ride than a walk.

                    1. re: Ogawak

                      I agree. I live right near the OP's area, and love to walk, but hoofing it to 23rd and Wilshire or Cloverfield/Colorado would stretch the limits of what I'd consider an easy stroll for food. Might as well head to Abbot Kinney instead.

                2. Wild flour pizza is pretty good
                  Lula Mexican Cocina is fine
                  There's always Finn McCool's, the Galley and Chez Jay for stiff drinks.

                  1. Too bad not second and hill downtown food wise. Lots close.

                    1. Fathers office on Montana and 10th st makes a mean burger, The walk from 2nd and Hill oughta work up a hearty appetite, Sometimes I park almost that far.

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                      1. re: heybaldy

                        That would be a three mile walk from Hill

                        1. re: Ogawak

                          Yes, many of the places that are being recommended are 2 - 3 miles from 2nd and Hill. Walkable, maybe, but not exactly a leisurely stroll to dinner. I would have to say that there isn't much in that immediate area that I absolutely love other than Stella Bara. Chaya Venice and Enterprise Fish Co. are both decent for happy hour. La Vecchia is good if not cutting edge Italian.

                          Also someone may have already mentioned but you're not too far from all the places on Rose in Venice - Venice Beach Wines, Superba Snack Bar, Cafe Gratitude, Hostaria del Piccolo.