Mondo Taco is a tiny, order-at-the-counter spot near the promenade, so don’t come here looking for a scene. Instead, come for the less authentic but creative taco fillings like Thai chicken, hot dog, or coconut shrimp. A lot of them are pretty good - we like the Southern Decadence, which is a forced-fun way of saying fried chicken tacos.
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Cafe Bolivar in Santa Monica has great coffee, a decent selection of pastries, and fast wifi, and it never gets too loud to focus.
Ye Olde King's Head
For some unknown reason, Santa Monica has more than its fair share of traditional English pubs, and Ye Olde King’s Head is one of the best.
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Tire Shop Taqueria
This taco spot in South Park doesn’t really have a name, but everyone calls it Tire Shop Taqueria, and they make excellent carne asada.
Tacos Quetzalcoatl splits its time between Downtown and East LA, and has some of the best vegetarian tacos around.
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Santa Monica Seafood
Since 1939, Santa Monica Seafood has been one of the better fish markets on the Westside.
Cabo Cantina on the Third Street Promenade is the place to go when your main priority is drinking too many margaritas.
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