Mercado isn’t the best Mexican food you’ll ever eat. It is, however, as good as you’ll find in the immediate downtown Santa Monica area, and after a day of walking around the pier with your out-of-towner cousins, that’s good enough. The space is nice and relaxing and not as scene-y as you think it’d be.
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Circle Bar is on Main St. in Santa Monica and where you go when you want to make mistakes.
Fia in Santa Monica serves a wide menu of Italian-ish dishes, has a gorgeous patio, and will probably be a location in a rom-com one day.
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The famous Rooster food truck now has a brick-and-mortar spot in Pico-Robinson. You’re obviously here for the breakfast burrito.
Via-Mar Seafood is a counter-service spot in Highland Park with great ceviche tostadas.
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La Cabaña Restaurant
Mexican restaurant La Cabaña is a Venice landmark with huge burritos and a killer back patio.
Hermanito is a casual Mexican cantina on Sawtelle and a great place to post up after work while traffic dies down.
Los Tacos in West Hollywood is open 24-hours and is an ideal pit stop after a long night of drinking.
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