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    Eating in Santa Monica

    I visited LA for the first time in my life last weekend. I was working nonstop, so my favorite new-place activity was limited to Santa Monica and a little bit in Culver City, HOWEVER:

    With the exception of a beachside joint in Santa Monica called Cha Cha Chicken that serves Caribbean food cooked by people from Caribbea, as it were (a formula for success, regardless of style/ethnicity,) the quality of my meals had a consistent and clear inverse linear relationship to their costs.

    Cha Cha Chicken excluded, because it was the best food at 10 bucks a pop.

    Best: $1 tacos at a truck (Ruben's Tacos)
    Second Best: $2 tacos at a shack (Cinco de Mayo)
    Third: $3 tacos at a beachside stand (no idea what it is called, but it is on the Santa Monica Pier, and open at 10 am)
    Fourth: $11 Burger at Father's Office. A damn fine burger, but the chorizo, beef cheek, beef tongue, chicken, and brisket tacos at the aforementioned were all better. Recommend this though, as I think it may in fact be the best burger in Santa Monica.
    Fifth: $12 omeletized sandwich sorta thing at a nearly tofu organic crappery style joint. I am told that my companions had excellent food. I did not. It was decidedly average.
    Fifth (tie: ) Decidedly average $12 sandwich called a Bacon Bomb at Dogtown Coffee. It was OK and should have been fifth on merit, but given the name I am letting disappointment with What Could Have Been rule the day.
    Worst: $16 Evil Thai Princess salad at some stupid joint near Dogtown Coffee. Something with that many bits of red pepper and a name and description suggesting fiery danger and exotic potentiality should not taste like a bad muffaletta (to put that in perspective, I think a great muffaletta tastes like ass.)

    Also got to see sunset from the rooftop bar of the Shangri-La Hotel, which was nice.

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    I enjoyed the Border Grill restaurant in Santa Monica. Probably not so cheap anymore.

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    Did you find time to grab yourself an In-N-Out burger?

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    I don't recall an In-N-Out all that close but there's a Tommy's Burger on Pico. And lots of trucks, which he did find.

    I used to work in the building just north of the hotel (1 Wilshire at the corner of Wilshire and Ocean) back before they closed off the promenade to traffic.

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    There are a fair amount of In and Out Burgers in the L.A. area. Definitely worth getting, if you don't have an In and Out in your area.

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