Some days, you want to pretend you spent the day on a beach in a Hawaii instead of at your desk in a snuggie because there’s an office civil war happening regarding the thermostat. On those days, you have dinner at Shaka Shack. This little burger place on Ocean Park looks just like a touristy restaurant in Honolulu, which would be annoying if you were actually in Hawaii, but is kind of charming in Santa Monica. The burgers are solid (get the Shaka Royale), the fries are good, and the owners are both grumpy and extremely nice at the same time.
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American Beauty is a new steakhouse in Venice, and pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a Venice steakhouse - in the best possible way.
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The Win-Dow at American Beauty is a takeout window in Venice serving quick, filling, and cheap burgers and sandwiches.
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