We were certainly sad to see the original Santa Monica location bite the dust, but the downtown Border Grill is still going strong, and it’s time to take advantage. The large, Financial District location definitely gives off a corporate vibe, but the food holds up. Everything from their ceviche to their carnitas tacos to their skirt steak is worth ordering, and the vibe inside is always very relaxed. And at $30 for unlimited tapas and $8 bottomless mimosas, their brunch situation is very serious.
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Colori is a solid, family-run Italian spot downtown, and one of the last of its kind.
Nightshade is an upscale Arts District restaurant that’s trying a little too hard to be like everybody else.
Birdies is a downtown fried chicken sandwich and donut shop and open 24/7 on the weekends. You’re welcome.
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Taco María is a Mexican tasting-menu spot in Costa Mesa - and one of the best restaurants in Southern California.
Tallula’s is a casual, modern Mexican spot in Santa Monica that comes from a very good restaurant family. But it doesn’t live up to it’s potential.
The Mission Cantina
Mission Cantina is a vastly underrated Mexican spot in Hollywood with a $1 taco situations on Tuesdays.
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