The Penthouse is, without a doubt, a complete and utter scene - one that’s a strange mix of bachelorette parties, moms gone wild, and slightly lost-looking tourists. But nowhere else will you get a practically unobstructed view of the coast from Santa Monica up to Malibu. The food isn’t great, but neither you nor the bachelorettes on their fifth bottle of champagne are here for that.
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Bay Cities is a Santa Monica classic that’s been open since 1925. Most importantly, it’s home to The Godmother, Los Angeles’ greatest sandwich.
Milo + Olive
In the pizza desert of the Westside, Santa Monica’s Milo and Olive is a giant, garlic knot-filled oasis.
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Waffle Love is an order-at-the-counter cafe in Northridge with good version of both sweet and savory waffles.
Hawaiian Hot Chicken
Hawaiian Hot Chicken is a nightly sidewalk pop-up in Northridge with good hot chicken sandwiches and even better fries.
Birds Rotisserie Chicken Cafe
An all-chicken bar/restaurant for when you're waiting for your friend's improv show to start next door.
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