A friend of mine will be visiting from Texas the first weekend in May and I'd like to take her to some fun, moderately priced restaurants while we're in Santa Monica. I live in the Valley but we'll be getting a hotel on the beach in SM during the weekend.
Any suggestions for an afforable breakfast, lunch and dinner, perhaps one of them on the beach so we could walk? We're both mid-twenties on a budget so would love a hip dinner spot that won't cost too much over $35 per person. Please no Mexican, as she's from Texas and there's plenty of that around those parts. She's never been to LA so will be interested in the slightly touristy "LA" places but only if the food is great and the price is right.