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Santa Monica - Help me decide

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Santa Monica - Help me decide

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boingo2000 | | Jan 23, 2009 07:24 AM

We'll be in Santa Monica for a couple of days (coming from PHX) next month, staying about a mile north of the pier. I'm looking for dinner recs for a Friday night, preferably walking distance (not afraid to walk a mile or so). After doing a little research, the places that stood out as the best possibilities are:

La Botte
Locanda Portofino
Rustic Canyon
Border Cafe
The Lobster

I know The Lobster is a bit touristy, but it seems to get decent reviews for food...keep in mind that coming in from the desert, there's something attractive about a nice ocean view while we eat. What are folks' thoughts on these choices?

I'd also appreciate any good casual breakfast recommendations in the area. We plan to hit the Farmer's Market on Sat. morning....are there food booths there that might provide some decent breakfast fare?

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