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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Santa Monica’s KazuNori is a handroll-only sushi option from the people behind Sugarfish. Expect the same quality without the crazy wait.
Bardonna's Santa Monica location sells fresh, but not too flavorful, salads and grain bowls - sorry, "squad bowls".
Milo + Olive
In the pizza desert of the Westside, Santa Monica’s Milo and Olive is a giant, garlic knot-filled oasis.
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The popular neighborhood spot might not have the best Mexican food in town, but it doesn’t have to.
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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Cabo Cantina on the Third Street Promenade is the place to go when your main priority is drinking too many margaritas.
Santa Monica Seafood
Since 1939, Santa Monica Seafood has been one of the better fish markets on the Westside.
Blue Plate Taco
Blue Plate Taco is a rowdy, but solid option for tacos in downtown Santa Monica.
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