Foodie-in-training (and on a budget) from Manhattan heading out to Santa Monica for 10 days in mid-August and want to taste some of the city's gems! I'm staying with a friend near the Third Street Promenade area and will be without a car for most of my weekday breakfasts and lunches. I'm an adventurous eater, and don't mind walking far, I'd love to explore the area beyond the promenade/mall/pier.
I'm looking for:
-A few places for breakfast and/or lunch that have solid food but are either very casual with a friendly staff or take-out. I'm one of those people who is relatively uncomfortable sitting at a restaurant alone, but will have a few days where my host will be working during the day and I'll be on my own before another friend flies out to join us. (Last time I was in town, I made myself brunch every day before heading out for the day to avoid sitting awkwardly alone at restaurants, but my inner-foodie was appalled at missing so many opportunities for great eats...I'm determined to overcome my fear this time around)
-Any other great breakfast/lunch spots in walking distance of Lincoln Blvd/Santa Monica Blvd for when I'll have company
-The best brunches in Santa Monica; I'll have company and a car for this one!
-Some great, budget friendly happy hour and/or dinner spots (with friends and a car) I've heard that The Yard has a good happy hour...any thoughts? Is the HH menu enough to get a sense of the restaurant, or is it better served with a dinner visit?
-Any interesting places for my fellow east-coast friend and I to occupy ourselves during the day
while our friend is at work (aside from the obvious promenade)
I have a great appreciation for craft beer, so I'd love to make it out to Father's Office, I've heard great things about their bar snacks as well, any thoughts?
Any advice is much appreciated, thanks so much!
1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403