It comes as no surprise that the opening of a second Wexler’s in the heart of Santa Monica got the locals pretty damn excited. Staying faithful to the Grand Central Market original, there are bagels, lox, pastrami, and egg salad, with a mix of counter seating and tables. What’s different? Slightly earlier hours, specially-roasted coffee, smoked trout, matzoh ball soup, and some very tasty babka. It’s also far enough from the Promenade to not be a total death trap - which wouldn’t stop us from visiting anyway.
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Milo + Olive
In the pizza desert of the Westside, Santa Monica’s Milo and Olive is a giant, garlic knot-filled oasis.
Best known as that place you drank too many tequila sodas at a few weekends ago, Basement Tavern calms down mightily during weekday happy hour.
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John's Garden is a tiny little sandwich in the Malibu Country Mart and the best quick lunch on the coast.
Mendocino Farms makes delicious sandwiches. We just wish the place didn't feel like such a whitewashed chain. The food is good - just get it to-go.
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