Hello, CA Hounders! I'm visiting (from snowy Minnesota) my best friend in Santa Monica at the end of the month and would love some suggestions on where to eat. We are both into great food, particularly Thai, pizza, Mexican, sushi, and Italian; however, we don't necessarily need nice decor. We are all about a dive atmosphere if good service, great food and killer drinks are involved. She has a few favorite places for her certain "fixes", such as the burger with gorgonzola/bacon/carmelized onions at The Office, I think it is called, so I'm sure we'll go there, but she is always up for new places, as am I!!
I am a huge pho fan and would love to try it out there to compare it to my favorite Minneapolis joint. Thank you very much in advance for your input!