Christen's Guidebook

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Christen's Guidebook

Food scene
Wait times can be long. So head down to the area early and put your name down. There is limited outdoor seating but it’s good for people watching. Be wary of their upstairs seating as some of the two tops are crammed into a corner.
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The Misfit Restaurant + Bar
225 Santa Monica Blvd
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Wait times can be long. So head down to the area early and put your name down. There is limited outdoor seating but it’s good for people watching. Be wary of their upstairs seating as some of the two tops are crammed into a corner.
Great, quick hand rolls from the folks as Sugar Fish. The rice is warm fyi but a must try. Go for the combos and sub out what you don’t like. It’s the most cost effective route. Car seating so not the most social of settings.
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KazuNori: The Original Hand Roll Bar
120 Broadway
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Great, quick hand rolls from the folks as Sugar Fish. The rice is warm fyi but a must try. Go for the combos and sub out what you don’t like. It’s the most cost effective route. Car seating so not the most social of settings.
While it’s arguably not traditional Italian food, it’s still could be considered bomb.com. Ya. I said it. But seriously. This is a must visit both in presentation, food quality, service and ambiance. They’ve got a large tequila selection amongst other spirits and the vibe is uplifting. It can be loud and the vibe is hip and younger. I once ate next to that guy from Pineapple Express. Just saying.
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Scopa Italian Roots
2905 Washington Blvd
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While it’s arguably not traditional Italian food, it’s still could be considered bomb.com. Ya. I said it. But seriously. This is a must visit both in presentation, food quality, service and ambiance. They’ve got a large tequila selection amongst other spirits and the vibe is uplifting. It can be loud and the vibe is hip and younger. I once ate next to that guy from Pineapple Express. Just saying.
Book a reservation. Can’t say it enough. But damn, these are some tasty meats. You’ll be grilling them as they’re delivered in the raw. Just note it can get a bit pricey to get full.
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Manpuku Tokyo BBQ Dining
2125 Sawtelle Boulevard
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Book a reservation. Can’t say it enough. But damn, these are some tasty meats. You’ll be grilling them as they’re delivered in the raw. Just note it can get a bit pricey to get full.
This is perhaps best described as elevated Mexican food. It can get a bit pricey especially with alcohol added...for Mexican food.
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Mercado Santa Monica
1416 4th Street
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This is perhaps best described as elevated Mexican food. It can get a bit pricey especially with alcohol added...for Mexican food.
Skewers or grilled meat and sushi. What more can you ask for?
Robata Bar Santa Monica
1401 Ocean Avenue
Skewers or grilled meat and sushi. What more can you ask for?
Great sushi and not overly expensive. This too is a 5-minute walk. Get the Seabass Miso Yako.
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Sushi King
1330 Wilshire Boulevard
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Great sushi and not overly expensive. This too is a 5-minute walk. Get the Seabass Miso Yako.
This is owned by Misfit - also on my list and suggest that before this. However, this is very close to our place - about a 7 minute walk. Full bar and a decent selection of food items.
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Ingo's Tasty Diner
1213 Wilshire Boulevard
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This is owned by Misfit - also on my list and suggest that before this. However, this is very close to our place - about a 7 minute walk. Full bar and a decent selection of food items.
Coffee
Java and java
They serve good coffee until 5pm then it converts into a wine bar. So you decide the vibe. No hard booze; beer and wine and soju. During the day it’s a work scene but a good vibe.
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Bodega Wine Bar
814 Broadway
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They serve good coffee until 5pm then it converts into a wine bar. So you decide the vibe. No hard booze; beer and wine and soju. During the day it’s a work scene but a good vibe.
It’s a bit pricey for a cup but what place isn’t on the LA area. Minimalist scene with outdoor seating on a quaint street. Quaintish.
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Primo Passo Coffee Co
702 Montana Avenue
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It’s a bit pricey for a cup but what place isn’t on the LA area. Minimalist scene with outdoor seating on a quaint street. Quaintish.
Solid coffee though the baristas can feel a bit cold. Warm up to them and they’ll generally reciprocate. $4-6 for coffee but a good scene inside and out on the long benches.
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Intelligentsia Coffee Venice Coffeebar
1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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Solid coffee though the baristas can feel a bit cold. Warm up to them and they’ll generally reciprocate. $4-6 for coffee but a good scene inside and out on the long benches.
Good for a quick danish and/or coffee. Located within a 5-minute walk.
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La Monarca Bakery
1300 Wilshire Boulevard
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Good for a quick danish and/or coffee. Located within a 5-minute walk.
Night Life
Enter with caution (or excitement) on the weekends or Thursday nights. It’s a singles scene at those hours and busy. During the weekends there is day time drinking that is perhaps as popular as the night. That said, it’s one of the largest bars in Santa Monica and is outside to a large degree. Some nights they have a live band but I aged out of this place a few years ago so I’m no longer dialed in ;).
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The Bungalow
101 Wilshire Boulevard
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Enter with caution (or excitement) on the weekends or Thursday nights. It’s a singles scene at those hours and busy. During the weekends there is day time drinking that is perhaps as popular as the night. That said, it’s one of the largest bars in Santa Monica and is outside to a large degree. Some nights they have a live band but I aged out of this place a few years ago so I’m no longer dialed in ;).
If you want a loud filled, packed to the shoulder bar/club experience with a mix of people from all walks of life, this is your spot. While located in West Hollywood, this night club is a must visit and caters to all in terms of visual enjoyment and overall debauchery.
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The Abbey
692 N Robertson Blvd
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If you want a loud filled, packed to the shoulder bar/club experience with a mix of people from all walks of life, this is your spot. While located in West Hollywood, this night club is a must visit and caters to all in terms of visual enjoyment and overall debauchery.
It’s a small speak easy like environment. Drinks can run expensive but it’s one of the more relaxed bars in Santa Monica.
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Bar Chloe
1449 2nd Street
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It’s a small speak easy like environment. Drinks can run expensive but it’s one of the more relaxed bars in Santa Monica.
This is your quintessential Irish bar. Drinks are a reasonable cost. Just watch out for the awkward male bathroom with the awkward urinal.
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Ye Olde King's Head
116 Santa Monica Boulevard
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This is your quintessential Irish bar. Drinks are a reasonable cost. Just watch out for the awkward male bathroom with the awkward urinal.
I highly recommend visiting this spot during the day and not on a weekend. It’s very relaxing. However, at night I’d personally steer clear as it’s a bit startup bro.
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Elephante
1332 2nd St
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I highly recommend visiting this spot during the day and not on a weekend. It’s very relaxing. However, at night I’d personally steer clear as it’s a bit startup bro.
Rooftop bar. Cocktails are about $20. You’ve been warned but worth a visit.
Santa Monica Proper Hotel
700 Wilshire Boulevard
Rooftop bar. Cocktails are about $20. You’ve been warned but worth a visit.
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The Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
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Neighborhoods
You know it. You’ve seen it in movies. It’s totally different than santa monica. Go to the boardwalk. Check out the skate park. It’s generally very safe. Just be a bit wary at night - id avoid the boardwalk after sunset.
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Venice
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You know it. You’ve seen it in movies. It’s totally different than santa monica. Go to the boardwalk. Check out the skate park. It’s generally very safe. Just be a bit wary at night - id avoid the boardwalk after sunset.
This is a cute shopping street, though it has become more and more commercialize in the last 5 years, hence why it’s now a shopping street. There are more food spots these days but still limited. Intellegentsia coffee and toms shoes are good places to stop into. And first Friday’s is the month are a scene.
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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This is a cute shopping street, though it has become more and more commercialize in the last 5 years, hence why it’s now a shopping street. There are more food spots these days but still limited. Intellegentsia coffee and toms shoes are good places to stop into. And first Friday’s is the month are a scene.
This is primarily a shopping street. But there is some entertainment by way of people, steer artists and weirdos alike. Food on the promenade isn’t great so head to Misfit which is close by.
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3rd Street Promenade
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This is primarily a shopping street. But there is some entertainment by way of people, steer artists and weirdos alike. Food on the promenade isn’t great so head to Misfit which is close by.
Shopping and food
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Fairfax
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Shopping and food
Hiking and science stuff. Parking can be crazy so plan accordingly.
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Griffith Observatory
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Hiking and science stuff. Parking can be crazy so plan accordingly.
Mostly boutiques. The west end is high end. The east end less so.
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Melrose Avenue
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Mostly boutiques. The west end is high end. The east end less so.
Cheap(ish) Eats
Hailed as some of the best pizza on the West Side. I prefer Sicilian but it’s all generally good.
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Joe's Pizza
111 Broadway
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Hailed as some of the best pizza on the West Side. I prefer Sicilian but it’s all generally good.
This a must try for those not familiar. It’s a variety of meats inside of a rice ball wrapped in seaweed with furakaki on top. It’s a great fulfilling snack. The shop is tiny and their door is backwards. So you’ll experience awkwardness in the ordering and eating (just stand outside) but that all adds to the vibe.
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Sunny Blue
2728 Main St
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This a must try for those not familiar. It’s a variety of meats inside of a rice ball wrapped in seaweed with furakaki on top. It’s a great fulfilling snack. The shop is tiny and their door is backwards. So you’ll experience awkwardness in the ordering and eating (just stand outside) but that all adds to the vibe.
There is a famous story that is quite sorted around this spot. That aside, the food is great and the sizes are large if you like kabobs and schwarma. I recommend the combo plate with whole steak pieces and chicken. It takes about 10 minutes. And try their garlic paste.
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Zankou Chicken
1716 South Sepulveda Boulevard
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There is a famous story that is quite sorted around this spot. That aside, the food is great and the sizes are large if you like kabobs and schwarma. I recommend the combo plate with whole steak pieces and chicken. It takes about 10 minutes. And try their garlic paste.
Grass fed and rated one of the hormone free burgers in recent time. This is a great greasy spoon burger. I suggest their hiho burger in the largest size.
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HiHo Cheeseburger
401 E Ojai Ave
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Grass fed and rated one of the hormone free burgers in recent time. This is a great greasy spoon burger. I suggest their hiho burger in the largest size.
The food is simple and the environment inviting. I’d recommend a hot plate such as the chicken with roasted potatoes and kale salad.
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Tender Greens
201 Arizona Ave
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The food is simple and the environment inviting. I’d recommend a hot plate such as the chicken with roasted potatoes and kale salad.
Great great burgers.
Shake Shack
4786 Admiralty Way
Great great burgers.
This is a bar. But a bar with Kogi truck tacos. There is also a burger, quesadillas and a full stocked bar. Seating can be sparse but well worth the trip.
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Alibi Room
12236 Washington Boulevard
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This is a bar. But a bar with Kogi truck tacos. There is also a burger, quesadillas and a full stocked bar. Seating can be sparse but well worth the trip.
Don’t confuse this Thai Dishes with the one on Wilshire. I suggest the Pad See Yew and the Shrimp with Beans.
Thai Dishes on Broadway
123 Broadway
Don’t confuse this Thai Dishes with the one on Wilshire. I suggest the Pad See Yew and the Shrimp with Beans.
While I wouldn’t go out of my way for this...well you don’t have to. It’s across the street from our place at the corner. Just turn left out our door and cross the street. It’s at the corner of 14th and Santa Monica Blvd. It’s convenient in a pinch and you need some nourishment.
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Truxton's American Bistro
1329 Santa Monica Boulevard
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While I wouldn’t go out of my way for this...well you don’t have to. It’s across the street from our place at the corner. Just turn left out our door and cross the street. It’s at the corner of 14th and Santa Monica Blvd. It’s convenient in a pinch and you need some nourishment.
Sightseeing
If you’d like to see what a $1 billion mall looks like, look no further than CC Mall. Located close by is CAA which is open to the public.
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Constellation / Cent Pk Ws
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If you’d like to see what a $1 billion mall looks like, look no further than CC Mall. Located close by is CAA which is open to the public.
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Aleja Gwiazd w Los Angeles
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Dessert
Decadence at its finest. Get the donut with Ube ice cream or the bread pudding.
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B Sweet Dessert Bar
2005 Sawtelle Boulevard
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Decadence at its finest. Get the donut with Ube ice cream or the bread pudding.
The best and freshest donuts on the Westside.
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Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee
631 Wilshire Blvd
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The best and freshest donuts on the Westside.