Santa Monica Brew Works has been brewing and distributing excellent beer for a while, but a few years back, they opened a full taproom right in SM and the results are fantastic - a big space with tons of long tables ideal for big group day-drinking throwdowns. Their Head In The Clouds hazy IPA is still their best, but their cucumber kölsch is everything you want during this summer’s inevitable permanent heatwave.
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Sweet Lady Jane
Sweet Lady Jane in Santa Monica is the place to go for giant slices of freshly baked cakes and pastries that will satisfy any craving.
FIG is an all-around solid restaurant but that Happy Hour of theirs is the best on the Westside.
Lunetta All Day
Lunetta All Day is a much needed casual (but not too casual) all-day option on a quiet stretch of Pico.
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The Father’s Office burger (in Santa Monica and Culver City) is amazing. If you don’t know that, you don’t get it.
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