As a new transplant to LA, I don't really mind the driving for good food. After all, from my perch in Santa Monica it is only about 20 minutes on a good night to Koreatown for tofu and another 10 minutes to Thai town. But if I want to have a glass or two (or three) of wine with my meal, I don't want to have to drive. (In fact, the traffic jam at 2:30am after the bars closed is one of the scariest things I have ever heard of!)
So, I am looking for great fish and/or vegetarian options that have very good wine by the glass selections in the northern half of Santa Monica. Cheap to midrange prices to the very occasional upmarket meal. Pretty much any ethnic food is fine, but the wine selection often lags far behind food here and I'd like a perfect balance between the two.
My top pick for this so far is Rocca. Any other ideas?
Just trying to be responsible :)