I have an overnight business trip to Santa Monica and would love local input on where to eat. My flight lands at LAX tomorrow at 6:15PM, but I don't mind a late dinner. I won't have a car, so somewhere within reasonable cab or walking distance from the Double Tree is preferable.
Late 20-something from the midwest, love a good cocktail, not at all picky about cuisine; a bit of a "foodie" (though I shouldn't perpetuate the term, considering how much I dislike it).
So: If you could only eat one dinner in Santa Monica, where would it be?
In addition to tomorrow night, I'd love recommendations for a good late lunch spot on Friday.