You know if you chose some local restaurant you love you’re inevitably going to be back home in bed by 10pm. So, go be your best Jenner and get a table at The Nice Guy. The La Cienega spot is technically an Italian restaurant, but nobody here’s scarfing down red sauce pasta and meatballs. This is a complete see-and-be-seen, which-E!-Show-are-you-on crowd, and sometimes that’s just what the doctor prescribed. Also, a free photo booth never hurt anyone.
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Electric Owl is a mostly outdoor space on Sunset that looks and feels like a vintage train station where drinking is heavily encouraged.
Mendocino Farms makes delicious sandwiches. We just wish the place didn't feel like such a whitewashed chain. The food is good - just get it to-go.
Scrumptious Cafe & Bakery
Located in a tiny bungalow just off Santa Monica Blvd., Scrumptious serves a soul-curing breakfast and great house-made pastries.
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Milo + Olive
In the pizza desert of the Westside, Santa Monica’s Milo and Olive is a giant, garlic knot-filled oasis.
Santa Monica’s Via Veneto has the kind of classic, upscale Italian food that New Yorkers claim you can’t find in LA.
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189 by Dominique Ansel
189 by Dominque Ansel is the full-service restaurant in The Grove from the guy that invented the cronut.
Basix in West Hollywood is a very low-key neighborhood cafe that also does bottomless brunch.
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