LA is littered with customized salad places these days, but not all that long ago it wasn’t. The fearless pioneer who started it all? That’d be Tender Greens, whose original downtown Culver location had lines wrapped around the block for years. The place is now a bonafide chain, but the quality is still there. And so is that tuna nicoise we will forever crave.
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Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Esters in Santa Monica might be known as that place you drink at before eating at Cassia, but this wine bar very much stands on its own.
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Playa Provisions is a four-concepts-in-one eating emporium, and the kind of all-day dining option this neighborhood needed.
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