Barney’s Beanery in Santa Monica doesn’t hold a candle to the allure (and history) of the original West Hollywood location, but considering your pretty dismal options in this particular area, Barney’s kitschy vibe (and very solid beer stock) feels like heaven. The food is typical bar standards, but just a little bit better than you’d expect. Bonus - their great front patio is a perfect place to get your buzz on and watch vacationing families regret everything.
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Satdha is a cozy, casual place on Lincoln serving plant-based Thai cuisine that will make you forget there are no animal products involved.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Esters in Santa Monica might be known as that place you drink at before eating at Cassia, but this wine bar very much stands on its own.
Belcampo Meat Co.
For bistro style burgers, steak, and meat with a mission, Belcampo in Santa Monica is a great option.
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The Juice Parlor
The Juice Parlor in North Hollywood is a tiny, order-at-the-counter shop with acai bowls actually worth driving for.
Jar is a fancy-ish Beverly Grove restaurant that doesn’t quite separate itself from the pack.
Saint Felix is one of the rare chill options to grab a drink and some food in boystown.
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