Santa Monica lecture, Monday at the Milken Institute

by on October 11, 2007 at 1:01 pm in Education | Permalink

Me, at 4:30, here are the details, they request that you register in advance.  I request that you tell me where I should have lunch in or near Santa Monica that day.

1 Alex October 11, 2007 at 1:08 pm

Although it’s a 15 or 20 minute drive from Santa Monica, you can try Versailles on the corner of Motor and Venice. Delicious fast Cuban food. In Santa Monica, you can try the Counter, which is an excellent burger place at 2901 Ocean Park Boulevard
Santa Monica 90405.

2 Kevin October 11, 2007 at 1:21 pm

+1 for Versailles

3 brian October 11, 2007 at 1:39 pm

Driving east from the downtown area on either Olympic or Pico during lunch hour, you will find taco trucks which serve excellent tacos of many varieties (chicken, carne asada, beef tongue, etc.). Getting 3 or 4 of these tacos (at a dollar each) was my favorite lunch in Santa Monica.

4 Sean Carroll October 11, 2007 at 2:04 pm

Typhoon, next to the Santa Monica airport, is a great choice:

http://www.typhoon.biz/

Very good selection of conventional pan-Asian food, but the real draw is the selection of insect dishes (waterbugs, scorpions, crickets…). I haven’t worked up the bravery to try the really exotic ones, but the ants were tasty! (Even less brave people will be happy with the Mongolian beef, moo shu pork, etc.)

5 andrew October 11, 2007 at 2:19 pm

Father’s office is great but only open for lunch on Weekends
Musha also great not open for lunch

Echigo Sushi best sushi in santa monica is open for lunch

6 MockPuppet October 11, 2007 at 2:27 pm

Do any of the previous posters actually live in Santa Monica?

Father’s Office (neither your father nor mine) is easily the best burger in town, and ranks up there with the all-time greats (this from a veteran of Louis’ Lunch!).

The Promenade is just an outdoor mall, and the food offerings there would not be out of place in a mall food court. Set your expectations accordingly.

If you want good food, go to 3 on Fourth (www.3onfourth.com). I also hear great things about Rustic Canyon (www.rusticcanyonwinebar.com) but I haven’t been myself.

7 Bababooey October 11, 2007 at 2:52 pm

If Tyler were to follow his own advice, and the advice of all common sensical diners, he would never go to “3 on Fourth” because it is always completely empty at lunch. I walk by it several times a week.

There is no doubt that Promenade and Santa Monica are not prime locations for cheap, popular ethnic food. You’d have to travel by car to Monterey Park (Chinese), Culver City or Farmers Market(Brazilian), L.A. or Pico River-ish (Oaxacan), Korea Town (obvious), Fairfax (Ethiopean), Beverly Hills, (fine dining), Vietnamese (I think Van Nuys?), BBQ (Crenshaw), Third Street/West Hollywood (hoighty toity hollywood types). About the only ethnic food where Santa Monica prevails is British (“The key ingredient in curry is corn starch”).

8 Anonymous October 11, 2007 at 3:00 pm

Yeah, SM is definitely one of the weaker LA neighborhoods for food. Too bad neither Father’s Office nor Musha are open for lunch.

9 Sam October 11, 2007 at 3:37 pm

I heard that you’ll be coming to Rome, GA at the end of the month to speak at Berry College. There are a couple of nice places to eat here, but good luck finding much culture.

10 jgabree October 11, 2007 at 3:51 pm

I’d second Typhoon, especially because there are no parking issues. If you want a great burger but without attitude, I’d pick the Angus at The Library Alehouse on the 2900 block of Main Street over Father’s Place. But you might as well stay within walking distance of Milken, which leaves plenty of choices: La Seranata de Garibaldi, Border Grill, Ivy by the Shore, Michael’s, The Lobster (overlooking the Pier), and Casa del Mar (right on the beach), to name just a few. And for cheap and ethnic, Cha Cha Chicken on Nielsen at Pico.

11 jgabree October 11, 2007 at 3:55 pm

I’d second Typhoon, especially because there are no parking issues. If you want a great burger but without attitude, I’d pick the Angus at The Library Alehouse on the 2900 block of Main Street over Father’s Place. But you might as well stay within walking distance of Milken, which leaves plenty of choices: La Seranata de Garibaldi, Border Grill, Ivy by the Shore, Michael’s, The Lobster (overlooking the Pier), and Casa del Mar (right on the beach), to name just a few. And for cheap and ethnic, Cha Cha Chicken on Nielsen at Pico.

12 Jacqueline October 11, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Starbucks has nice sandwiches. 🙂

13 wrharper October 11, 2007 at 5:12 pm

As far as I know the closest Guelaguetza is at the corner of Palms and Sepulveda.

I’d skip Father’s office and the Counter. I don’t think either are particulary great.

The best place I can think of within walking distance of the Institute is Bay Cities Deli. The Godmother is one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. Cha Cha Chicken is also a pretty good spot.

If you have a car, head to Versailles if you want Cuban (the shredded pork is incredible), or Guelaguetza for Oaxacan.

14 Tong October 11, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Within walking distance:
Michael’s at 3rd and Wilshire has classy Italian food;
Ocean Ave. Seafood for clam chowder and salad;
Bravo at 3rd and Arizona for Fillet Mignon salad..

For a short drive:
Bay city for deli;
Yabu at Pico, b2 Bundy and Barrington for fresh-made soba and udon;
Sasabune on Wilshire for good sushi
:))

15 Austin Flack October 11, 2007 at 7:27 pm

Bay Cities is probably your best option. It’s one of a kind, and the Godfather is spectacular.

Unless you want to come by and eat some free Google lunch…

16 cactus October 11, 2007 at 9:08 pm

Versailles is very, very good. Or, in Santa Monica itself… I’m certainly no fan of Indian food, but I make an exception for Nawab at 1621 Wilshire. Their mutton is amazing. My friends from India also seem to think its pretty authentic so it passes that test too.

Seconding some folks upthread, I also don’t get the point of Father’s Office.

17 Ted Frank October 11, 2007 at 10:17 pm

I would’ve guessed Versailles for you, but it seems you’ve been there. I can second the recommendation for Typhoon for creative Asian. There’s a number of decent sushi places on Sawtelle, but they aren’t up to the quality of the best sushi places in the LA area.

Personally, whenever I am in Santa Monica, or within fifteen miles of it, I go to Gate of India on the western end of Santa Monica Boulevard just off of Ocean, and order the saag paneer, extra spicy–their version is uniquely tasty and composition-intensive and I haven’t been able to duplicate it at home or in other Indian restaurants–but that’s my idiosyncratic taste. I like their chicken makhani and their aloo dishes as well. But I have severe doubts about authenticity.

18 TJ October 11, 2007 at 11:46 pm

I’m outsourcing: Our best food reviewer is Jonathan Gold of the LA Weekly. While he specializes in finding obscure ethnic restaurants, he has an eye for the best in all categories of restaurant.

There’s a Google map mashup of his current list of the “best” 99 restaurants in the LA area with links to his reviews — you can scroll over to Santa Monica to see his picks, and you can compare his opinions to those of the other posters, since he talks about some of the same places.

http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/dining/map-of-the-la-99/16643/

19 martin October 12, 2007 at 12:55 am

Bro in law, LA resident and hard core foodie, suggests in the immeidate vicinity

icugini.com at 1501 Ocean Blvd 310.451.4595

Thelobster.com 1602 Ocean Blvd 310.458.9294

20 peter Russell October 12, 2007 at 1:56 am

NO! Dude, I’m a total foodie, you must ignore these poltroons.
There is only one spot in S.M to eat your lunch: Echigo.
Warm rice sushi from an astonishing chef. It’s on Santa Monica Blvd. Just google it.
Do omakase (surely you know what that is, my foodie friend.)
He will stun you.
Best…sushi…in…city. Yes. And guess what? Amazingly cheap.

Trust me, sir. Your blog gives me enjoyment. I cover the food waterfront in S.M.

Echigo.

You will not regret it.

21 J October 12, 2007 at 5:01 am

The Oaxacan place in question is Guelaguetza (not far from the Sepulveda Versailles, incidentally).

22 yoshi October 12, 2007 at 1:19 pm

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24 Craig Yirush October 12, 2007 at 6:45 pm

I see others have beaten me to the Father’s Office recc’d.
There’s also the string of Asian – Korean, Thai, Japanese – places on Sawtelle between Pico and Olympic. This is right by the 405 so not best placed for the talk.
If you want to have good food and, at the same time, be morally appalled, check out “Mao’s” in Venice (on Ocean – I think – near the tackiest part of the beach).
The “great” man himself smiles down on you from the wall.

25 kim October 13, 2007 at 5:14 pm

boo on father’s office. way too crowded with after-work yuppies. burger is OK, but pales in comparison to the counter (also on this list, from someone who obviously knows something about burgers). apple pan (again, also noted by someone here) is a near second to the counter if you’re in the mood for a burger – plus, their pie is awesome, and the service is great; get a cream soda there if you can.

musha is yummy, but see aforementioned reference to yuppies – you’ll face a similar affliction here. but yes, very very yummy.

the venice spots are really great. i would skip la seranata or gaucho grill or el cholo for mexican (who are these posters?) and instead head to la cabana (a tilde over the n); they have a great plate called “pechugas de angel” – it’s chicken and it is DIVINE. comfy booths to sit in, decent margaritas. the people who have posted about taco trucks and guelaguetza are telling you the truth. i’d most definitely go to a taco truck over la seranata any day of the week.

ditto on via veneto. it’s swanky, but quite possibly the best food in LA.

another ditto on cha cha chicken.

for breakfast in SM – omelette parlor has some yummy eats (also open for lunch). get there early, and prices are reduced. nice mom&pop shop in the middle of main st madness in SaMo.

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