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Santa Monica for the weekend

SarahN | Apr 24, 201203:53 PM

The boyfriend and I are spending a weekend in Santa Monica / Venice in early March and are looking for some dining recos. We are consider a move, and thus looking not just to wine and dine, but get a true sense of everything LA has to offer. We would like to eat a few meals in Santa Monica / Venice area, but are willing to venture out for at least one good meal.

I've seen some posts of a similar vein and have checked out a few places based off those. Red Medicine looks great, as do Fig and Gjelina. However, I have a few added "needs" (otherwise known as frivolous wants) to throw into the mix...

- So many of the restaurants I see touted here are very pricey. While we're up for one splurge night, a $15/glass of wine pains me. Of Red Medicine, Fig, Gjelina, Sotto and a few others I've seen recommended, which splurge is most worthy?
- I love Korean BBQ. Any recommendations that are nearby?
- I've seen quite a few moderate sushi places recommended. What's your fav? Irori looks like a good option for when we first get in.
- Dim Sum. My parents lived in HK for awhile, so authenticity (carts and chicken feet please) are key. Anything we don't need to trek an hour away for?

Thanks all - Sarah

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