Perfect For: Brunch Date Night First/Early in the Game Dates

You probably know Main Street in Santa Monica as a sad, bro-filled jagerbomb apocalypse. But the Venice part of Main Street isn’t like that - especially places like Chez Tex. This little spot, run by a young couple who you'll probably meet when you visit, is aiming to be a neighborhood bistro, but better than most. They’re open from morning til night, with food that is upscale but not pretentious, and they’ll let you taste all the wine before you order. We did not abuse this kindness, not one bit.

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