Myself and 4 girlfriends are traveling to Santa Monica for a week in October from CT to celebrate a 50th birthday. We will be staying at The Shores Apartment complex on Nielson Way and none of us are rich. But we love to eat and play!! Looking for any and all suggestions for reasonably priced, excellent food in the area. Looking to splurge a couple of nights as well. Have car, will travel, too! None of us have been in that part of the world for at least 25 years and can't wait! Thanks in advance for all your suggestions.