With its green ivy-covered patio, Cora’s feels like a little secret garden, but that’s also because it’s kind of a secret in general. Tourists somehow haven’t gotten to this cafe on Ocean in Santa Monica yet, so there’s never a wait to get inside. The food is what you’d expect from a fancy boutique hotel on a beach - they serve bruschetta poached eggs, Turkish-style breakfasts, and bagels that come with burrata instead of cream cheese. But you’re here for the best huevos rancheros on the Westside. The eggs come in a perfect puddle of beans and ranchera salsa, and the tortillas underneath somehow retain their chew.
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Chinois On Main
There are a whole bunch of reasons why you shouldn’t go to Chinois On Main in Santa Monica - but the most important one is that the food is terrible.
Tallula’s is a casual, modern Mexican spot in Santa Monica that comes from a very good restaurant family. But it doesn’t live up to it’s potential.
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French Market Café
French Market Cafe is a low-key brunch spot in Venice, with a great patio and a crowd of locals.
Lily’s, a tiny Mexican breakfast spot in Malibu, serves truly excellent breakfast burritos.
Cheeky’s serves excellent brunch classics in Palm Springs, and usually has the long lines to prove it.
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Tumbi is a modern Indian restaurant right off The Promenade in Santa Monica and an unexpected bright spot in a rather bleak area for good food.
Hinano Cafe is a Venice icon and the kind of place you go into for one drink and walk out plastered and maybe with a lower-back henna tattoo.
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