There are other posts about this, but they're more than 2 years old or focused on other areas.
I'm going to be in town on business for 4 nights in December, staying at an LAX hotel. For lunch I'll be able to fend for myself, but are there any great restaurants for dinner the Chowhound community can recommend for dining solo? I don't mind eating at the bar, and it could be really upscale or really dive-y, just as long as the food is great and the staff won't shun a solo diner.
I won't be in the downtown area at all, unless the consensus is that I need to go there. Mostly looking for the Santa Monica, Culver City, west-side area, and to avoid tourists....I have a car and I'll be in a suit the whole time, but bring it on, mom & pop shops, hipster enclaves, feel-good vegan, greasy burgers, I'm open to anything!