Friends are visiting from San Diego and are staying in Santa Monica. We're supposed to meet them for drinks and dinner on Saturday night, but as residents of Silverlake/Los Feliz, we are westside-illiterate. I would really appreciate any suggestions for affordable places for drinks and dinner in Santa Monica or Venice -- someplace that gives out-of-towners a cool "LA" experience but does not break the bank. I am thinking about El Cholo, but I'd love some other suggestions. Thanks, hounds.