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Ingo's Tasty Diner

This spot is Permanently Closed.

American

Santa Monica

$$$$Perfect For:Date NightDining SoloEating At The BarFirst/Early in the Game Dates

We hate the word “tasty." It’s annoying and boring and undescriptive. It’s in that same annoying vein as when an acquaintance from high school posts a sh*tty picture on Facebook of ghost-white fettuccine alfredo alongside a liter of Arizona iced tea with the caption “YUMMY!” We doubt it, Kelly. We really doubt it.

Facebook aside though, we can confidently tell you including the word “tasty” in any title is not just annoying, it's also pretty ballsy. Particularly when it’s not exactly the case. Ingo’s Tasty Diner, while having a pretty happening vibe inside, does not exactly live up to its “tasty” name.

While we appreciate what the folks at Ingo’s are going for - a trendy atmosphere with good cocktails and hyped up greasy diner classics - the food is ultimately disappointing. Everything should be a bit more stripped-down and simple than what-do-young-people-like-to-eat-right-now. We don’t need lobster on our BLT. We want our fries to be hot and greasy. And we certainly don’t need yogurt sauce on our broccoli. Don’t get us wrong, none of it is outrageously terrible. But it’s certainly not the reason you go to Ingo’s. You go to Ingo’s because the vibe is fine, and you really want a few drinks with friends and some food to munch on while you talk.

Bizarre detail alert: It closes at 10pm on weekends, which we're pretty sure is earlier than P.F. Chang's down the street. The early closing time is a requirement of Ingo's liquor license, but it's still an unfortunate logistical problem for a place that strongly pushes its cocktail menu.

Because that’s why you come to Ingo’s - the cocktails. And a big bar with an unstuffy scene where you won’t be inundated by shrieking post-grads on the prowl. So let go off the whole “tasty” thing. It's weird and unnecessary. And Ingo’s Cocktails & Vibes sounds far more interesting.

Food Rundown

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Deviled Ranch Eggs

Pretty basic. However, we might have enjoyed these more had we known the massive letdown on the horizon in the form of spicy char-grilled broccoli.
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Spicy Char-Grilled Broccoli

This was served cold and it weirded us out. We even inquired as to whether or not it was supposed to be cold. It was. When eating charred broccoli, we prefer for it be hot. And good.
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Kennebec Fries

Much like the char-grilled broccoli, these were cold and soggy. But not intentionally.
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Blue Ribbon Cheeseburger

We’d recommend ordering this if you’re coming in for a cocktail and also need sustenance. It’s probably your safest bet on the menu.

Salted Chocolate Cookie

These are provided on your way out. Try not to think about the fact that every hand west of the 405 has reached into that cookie bowl, and just enjoy it.

FOOD RUNDOWN

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