I'm only in for two nights and both evenings are spoken for, this leaves me a Saturday lunch and possibly a Sunday Brunch to fill. I'd love to have a sushi lunch on Saturday, but the only things I can find within reasonable public transit range that are open on a Saturday are Hide and Sasabune. What is the story with Sasabune? Why does everyone hate on it so much? Should I just forget about sushi on a Saturday in LA and go to Tacos Por Favor or Santouka Ramen instead?
For the Sunday brunch, I'd love to do some really good Pho. Nong La seems to have some decent buzz and I get a distinctly "meh" vibe from LA hounds when it comes to Pho 99 and Le Saigon. Is it worth having pho in Santa Monica or should I just go to Fig and have steak and eggs?