Barney’s Beanery in Santa Monica doesn’t hold a candle to the allure (and history) of the original West Hollywood location, but considering your pretty dismal options in this particular area, Barney’s kitschy vibe (and very solid beer stock) feels like heaven. The food is typical bar standards, but just a little bit better than you’d expect. Bonus - their great front patio is a perfect place to get your buzz on and watch vacationing families regret everything.
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Santa Monica Brew Works
Santa Monica Brew Works is only craft brewery in Santa Monica, now has an excellent tap room.
Citrin does have a few good French-ish dishes, but overall, the food at this Santa Monica restaurant isn’t worth the high price tag.
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In a city increasingly dominated by mega-restaurants from other cities, All Time is a Los Feliz cafe that feels like an LA original.
572 Social Kitchen + Bar
The American food at 572 Social Kitchen is good, but you're really at this Big Bear spot for the rowdy atmosphere.
Nick’s Cafe in Chinatown is an LA institution where you can get a classic diner breakfast and do some quality people watching.
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