This was one of my favorite places for lunch and dinner because of the casual atmosphere and healthy menu, but the last few visits have been disappointing. Watery pasta dishes, food that's served borderline cold. Perhaps I just had bad luck, but after three times I stopped frequenting this location.
Tucked away in a strip mall, next to a 7-11, is this little gem of an Italian restaurant. Seating is family style, with one long table running down the middle of the dining area and a few other tables surrounding it. Food is served quickly, but the wait to get in can be lengthy. You're also allowed to bring your own wine without a corkage fee. Food is heavy on the garlic!
Selection of grocery items isn't as good as some of the other major chains i shop at and the sales aren't as good. When there is a sale, however, the prices are good but be careful to check your receipt! Many times, items that are marked as sale ring up at full price. Store is clean and has a pharmacy, bank, florist & Starbucks. It's located right next to Costco so entry into the parking plaza can be slow going.
The yogurt is fine at this store but the employees aren't the friendliest, especially if you ask for a free sample before purchasing. They'll give you the tiniest possible taste, and won't look too happy about it. Not surprisingly, the portions aren't the biggest either when you do make a purchase. If you're craving Penguins, go to the one on Westwood Blvd instead.
Fantastic food, giant portions, reasonable prices, friendly staff. I've never had a bad meal here. After 7pm it gets crowded and the line stretches down the building, but it does move fast. The dining area is fairly large and the staff turns over tables quickly.
The food isn't bad at this place and it's great for bagels and soup. The service is touch and go -- just depends on who your server is. You know the lazy ones pretty quickly and try to avoid sitting in their stations! Prices are average. Parking is also a pain; their spaces are always filled and street parking in Santa Monica is scarce during business hours.
This restaurant is always busy, particularly on the weekends, and is a fun place with great atmosphere. The food is good (check out the Dan Dan noodles) but a bit pricey given the size of the portions.
Huge selection of tamales, including vegan and vegetarian. The quality of the food is excellent but at $3-6 per tamale, this can get quite expensive. There are special prices if you buy a dozen of the same item. It's mostly a takeout place, though there are a couple of small tables & chairs.
I always thought talk radio was for old people, so I've either joined those ranks -- or KFI is different. I prefer to think it's the latter. Personal favorites are the drive time shows: Bill Handel in the morning and The John & Ken Show in the afternoon (3-7pm weekdays). Handel also has a call in show where he dispenses legal advice on Saturday mornings. Check it out!
Fun, funky little store on trendy Main Street. Great place for gag gifts, kitschy toys, t-shirts and collectibles. My personal favorties are the oversized flannel pajamas. Wide selection of humorous greeting cards and books, too. I always stop in here when I'm walking by, even if I'm not in the market for anything.