Plan Check is one of our go-to first date spots, and their latest location is right on Ocean Ave in Santa Monica. That alone isn’t cause for alert, but the fact that it has a seafood-leaning menu different from any other location is. Dynamite crab dip? Hamachi crudo? Fresh oysters? All present. But not to worry, that burger still is too.
Plan Check Santa Monica is permanently closed.
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Cafe Bolivar in Santa Monica has great coffee, a decent selection of pastries, and fast wifi, and it never gets too loud to focus.
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Since 1939, Santa Monica Seafood has been one of the better fish markets on the Westside.
Upper West might be in the Westside no man’s land, but this casual spot is definitely worth your time.
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The food at Triniti in Echo Park is like what you’d find in a fancy restaurant. Except you’re eating it in a coffee shop.
Destroyer, a futuristic daytime spot in Culver City, has some of the most interesting food coming out of LA right now.
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With Little Prince, Main St. in Santa Monica finally has a cool, neighborhood-y spot for brunch and dinner.
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