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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Nothing beats sitting on Shutters’ patio overlooking the ocean, sipping champagne, and pretending this is your everyday life.
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