I'll be visiting L.A. next week on business, and unfortunately chose to arrive at 5:30 P.M. (i.e. rush hour). I fly into LAX and then have to drive up to Chatsworth. I figured perhaps I can avoid some traffic by going to Dinner when I arrive. A colleague has offered to drive down from Chatsworth and meet me half way. Seems like Santa Monica fits that bill. I've eaten before at Melisse, Valentino's and Chinois. Any other recommendations in Santa Monica (or 1/2 way between LAX and Chatsworth?) All suggestions welcome. Thanks for the help.