It comes as no surprise that the opening of a second Wexler’s in the heart of Santa Monica got the locals pretty damn excited. Staying faithful to the Grand Central Market original, there are bagels, lox, pastrami, and egg salad, with a mix of counter seating and tables. What’s different? Slightly earlier hours, specially-roasted coffee, smoked trout, matzoh ball soup, and some very tasty babka. It’s also far enough from the Promenade to not be a total death trap - which wouldn’t stop us from visiting anyway.
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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.
The Santa Monica location doesn’t have the magic of the original Ktown location, but El Cholo is still fun and serving solid old-school Mexican food.
Punta Cabras is a modern Mexican spot in Santa Monica with an all-day taqueria and a dinner-only restaurant.
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Monte 52 is a fantastic sandwich counter in the back of a convenience store in Highland Park.
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