Plan Check is one of our go-to first date spots, and their latest location is right on Ocean Ave in Santa Monica. That alone isn’t cause for alert, but the fact that it has a seafood-leaning menu different from any other location is. Dynamite crab dip? Hamachi crudo? Fresh oysters? All present. But not to worry, that burger still is too.
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Local Kitchen + Wine Bar
Local Kitchen + Wine Bar is the neighborhood spot in Santa Monica the rest of the city is jealous of.
The Father’s Office burger (in Santa Monica and Culver City) is amazing. If you don’t know that, you don’t get it.
Gilbert’s El Indio
A classic spot that’s perfect for giving out of towners an LA Mexican food experience.
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The Library Alehouse
If you’re a beer person on the Westside, The Library Alehouse in Santa Monica is your place.
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With Little Prince, Main St. in Santa Monica finally has a cool, neighborhoody spot for brunch and dinner.
Margo’s is an all-day restaurant on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica that does a low-key brunch with $18 bottomless mimosas.
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