Eating at the OP Cafe feels like having breakfast at a beachside B&B - there’s a heavy nautical theme, the walls are covered with old photos of the city and its residents, and the staff is incredibly friendly. While there’s no alcohol (turns out your B&B hosts are on the conservative side), the food at this tiny, daytime-only Santa Monica spot is breakfast classics done very well. And you can usually get in without waiting long (or at all).
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Upper West might be in the Westside no man’s land, but this casual spot is definitely worth your time.
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The Stocking Frame in DTLA is serving solid, shareable gastropub-style food in a beautiful converted factory.
Yard House is an aggressively corporate sports bar and ground zero for drinking before a game at Staples.
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Local Kitchen + Wine Bar is the neighborhood spot in Santa Monica the rest of the city is jealous of.
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