A mini-Westside empire (with a location in Silver Lake too), Samosa House is our go-to for a casual vegetarian lunch or dinner. Walk in, head to the counter, and ask for the three-item combo. You get naan, rice, and your choice of three constantly changing entrees. If the smoky cauliflower curry is present, do not pass go without it.
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Mtn on Abbot Kinney in Venice is the casual but pricey Japanese izakaya from the people behind Gjelina and Gjusta.
Teddy’s Red Tacos
Teddy’s Red Tacos in Venice is the third outlet of the fantastic red beef birria tacos mini-chain.
Hinano Cafe is a Venice icon and the kind of place you go into for one drink and walk out plastered and maybe with a lower-back henna tattoo.
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Bibi Ji isn’t just one of the best Indian restaurants in Santa Barbara, it’s one of the best Indian restaurants in Southern California.
Addi’s Tandoor in Redondo Beach serves great Indian classics, and has the crowds to prove it.
Tumbi is a modern Indian restaurant right off The Promenade in Santa Monica and an unexpected bright spot in a rather bleak area for good food.
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