It comes as no surprise that the opening of a second Wexler’s in the heart of Santa Monica got the locals pretty damn excited. Staying faithful to the Grand Central Market original, there are bagels, lox, pastrami, and egg salad, with a mix of counter seating and tables. What’s different? Slightly earlier hours, specially-roasted coffee, smoked trout, matzoh ball soup, and some very tasty babka. It’s also far enough from the Promenade to not be a total death trap - which wouldn’t stop us from visiting anyway.
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Bardonna's Santa Monica location sells fresh, but not too flavorful, salads and grain bowls - sorry, "squad bowls".
Mercado isn’t the best Mexican you’ll ever eat. But it's right downtown Santa Monica and after a day of misery at the pier, you simply don't care.
Sunnin Lebanese Cuisine
Sunnin Lebanese is one of the best Lebanese restaurants in LA and an ideal casual lunch spot.
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Il Tramezzino Cafe
The menu at Il Tramezzino in Beverly Hills is big, but what you need is the chicken sandwich. It makes this cafe worth your time, for $10.
Uncle Paulie’s is a great new deli in Beverly Grove and the kind of spot this salad-worshopping neighborhood never knew it needed.
Fat Sal’s is a sandwich shop with the kind of heavy-handed food that requires several naps afterwards.
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