Mercado isn’t the best Mexican food you’ll ever eat. It is, however, as good as you’ll find in the immediate downtown Santa Monica area, and after a day of walking around the pier with your out-of-towner cousins, that’s good enough. The space is nice and relaxing and not as scene-y as you think it’d be.
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The Misfit Restaurant + Bar
The Misfit is located uncomfortably close to The Promenade tourist hellzone, but when it comes to this laid-back restaurant, we grin and bear it.
Santa Monica’s KazuNori is a hand roll-only sushi option from the people behind Sugarfish. Expect the same quality without the crazy wait.
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Lola's Baja Tacos
Lola's is a decent option is you're in Granada Hills and looking for a quick taco fix.
A modern space for excellent tacos on the Westside. Yes, you read that correctly - the Westside.
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La Cabaña Restaurant
Mexican restaurant La Cabaña is a Venice landmark with huge burritos and a killer back patio.
Hermanito is a casual Mexican cantina on Sawtelle and a great place to post up after work while traffic dies down.
Los Tacos in West Hollywood is open 24-hours and is an ideal pit stop after a long night of drinking.
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