Met a friend for cocktails/snacks in Abode's lounge in Santa Monica on Tuesday night. Two of the three sandwiches on the "three sandwich sampler" plate were fantastic--I loved the jamon serrano with cheese and egg on sweet walnut bread as well as the hot, juicy merguez and carmelized onions on a small roll. The caprese sandwich? Eh, nothing special. A whopping $16 total. The rest of the bar menu included a steak frites, burger, cheese plate, as well as some foie gras, among other items. None below the $14ish range.
The cocktai menu reads like a list of health drinks or yoga class titles. I enjoyed the Spanish Rosemary, with rosemary infused gin, lemons and cranberry juice. Again, pricey at the $13-14 range (can't remember which). The spaci is quite pleasant, and the outdoor patio would be nice on a warmer night, so if you order carefully, it might be worth a stop.
On the way home I was still a bit peckish so I pulled into Kike's Tacos for the first time at 2nd/Beaudry. I don't know if you can call this a proper taco "stand" or just a fly-by-night grill, but whatever it is, the choriso tacos more than satisfy. Deeply porky, but not too greasy as the helpful 20-something guys surrounding the place pointed out. They come HOT off the grill and you can dress them yourself with blistering green or red salsa, chopped cilantro, lime, onions and/or radishes. $1 a pop, and if you order them for "here" they come served in a reusable plastic basket--how's that for sustainable (Abode's all about eco-chick enviromental sustainability).
Photos here: http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2007...