The Toms store is basically just another spot on Abbot Kinney that will try to lure you in and sign you up for their newsletter. Bypass all of that and head to the back patio. One of our favorite places to get some work down on the Westside, this hidden plot of astroturf has scattered chairs and tables, plus a whole wall of wooden bleachers to sit on with your laptop. If you need a pick-me-up, they have a full coffee bar inside.
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The Tasting Kitchen
The Tasting Kitchen might forever reside in Gjelina’s shadow, but that doesn’t mean we won’t give it some well-earned time in the sun.
Both neighborhood hangout and special occasion spot, Charcoal is sometimes a bit confusing, but not when it comes to their very tasty food.
For outstanding pasta on the Westside, look no further than Felix on Abbot Kinney in Venice.
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HealthyCA isn’t much more than a counter and some chairs, but it’s one of the best salad spots in the Valley.
Bondi Harvest is a breakfast and lunch spot bringing Australian vibes to Santa Monica.
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El Compadre is an old-school Mexican restaurant in Hollywood that’s one of the best and most consistent parties in town.
Great White is a light and bright breakfast and lunch spot near the Venice sign with excellent coffee and good breakfast burritos.
Checker Hall is a laid-back bar in Highland Park where you should be planning your next big group outing.
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