One might assume casual wine bars are a dime a dozen in Westwood, but one would be wrong. And for that reason, Fundamental LA is one of our favorites. If you’re looking for a midday buzz, the extensive beer and wine list will certainly provide it, but it’s the food that’ll really keep you coming back. Everything from the chicken torta to the orzo is excellent, and with the daily “Power Lunch” special, you basically get all of that and a cookie for $15.
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Thyme Cafe and Market
Thyme Cafe in Santa Monica is a great neighborhood spot for breakfast when you don't feel like waiting two hours to eat.
The food at Forage is fresh. The recipes are amazing. And they will plate you a nasty-good plate of baked mac n’ cheese that is definitely not Whole30 Diet approved. Damn you, farm-to-table morons. You got this one right.
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Marvin is a neighborhood French restaurant/wine bar where you’ll want to hang out all night.
You’d think that a place like Bar Covell that so thoroughly holds your hand through the ordering process would feel a bit condescending. But as much as LA pretends not to need it, the crowd at Covell every night proves otherwise.
Wally's Beverly Hills
Wally's Beverly Hills is a wine shop and restaurant perfect for after-work drinks.
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