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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West 4th And Jane
West 4th/Jane is a casual restaurant/bar in downtown Santa Monica with one of the best happy hours around.
Cassia feels like a Santa Monica clubhouse. One filled with truly fantastic Southeast Asian food.
Chez Jay is classic beachside drinking hole and one of the few remaining places in Santa Monica that can actually still get weird.
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Larchmont Wine and Cheese
Larchmont Wine & Cheese continues to make some of our favorite sandwiches in Los Angeles - make sure to get there early.
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