Mondo Taco is a tiny, order-at-the-counter spot near the promenade, so don’t come here looking for a scene. Instead, come for the less authentic but creative taco fillings like Thai chicken, hot dog, or coconut shrimp. A lot of them are pretty good - we like the Southern Decadence, which is a forced-fun way of saying fried chicken tacos.
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Cha Cha Chicken
An outdoor, island-like Caribbean BYOB that’s a great time. In Santa Monica, no less.
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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.
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Santa Monica Seafood
Since 1939, Santa Monica Seafood has been one of the better fish markets on the Westside.
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