Ashland Hill is a place no one seemed to care much about when it opened, but has risen to become a Santa Monica after-work go-to. The bar food (especially the mac and cheese) is solid, and that big beer garden is very dog-friendly and wonderful on a weekday night. There’s a Happy Hour every day of the week from 3pm - 6pm with $6 draft beer, gin and tonics, and wine.
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Expect the usual at Sugarfish in Marina del Rey - the best affordable sushi in Los Angeles.
Cha Cha Chicken
An outdoor, island-like Caribbean BYOB that’s a great time. In Santa Monica, no less.
Uplifters Kitchen is an unassuming coffee shop on Ocean Park with a very good breakfast biscuit sandwich.
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El Compadre is an old-school Mexican restaurant in Hollywood that’s one of the best and most consistent parties in town.
Muchos Mas is a lively Mexican restaurant in North Hollywood with big plates of carnitas and lethal margaritas.
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Manchego in Santa Monica is a quieter, Spanish-tinged spot for a casual bottomless brunch or group dinner.
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