Gran Blanco is a bar by the Venice Boardwalk. So, yes, it’s just as busy as you’d expect it to be - but fortunately, the crowd is less tourists, and more low-key locals who definitely held a surfboard at some point within the past 24 hours. The cocktails are great (get the Celery Southside, with gin and celery) and the burger is more than capable of standing bun-to-bun with any of its beachside peers.
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Great White is a light and bright breakfast and lunch spot near the Venice sign with excellent coffee and good breakfast burritos.
Real deal Italian pizza at the quiet end of Abbot Kinney - complete with real deal charming Italians.
The Venice staple has been turned into an all-day play pen for Venice locals. And we’re pretty into it.
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Ddong Ggo is a lively Koreatown bar with a smoked-filled patio and excellent fried chicken.
Stout is a burger and beer bar with good food and a low-key space that provides a needed break from the chaos of downtown Santa Monica.
Augustine Wine Bar
Augustine in Sherman Oaks is the kind of wine bar that makes other wine bars look like they're phoning it in.
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We all know the food at Gjusta in Venice is great. The real question is, is it worth the trouble? We say yes.
For outstanding pasta on the Westside, look no further than Felix on Abbot Kinney in Venice.
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