Like A Local: Best Hidden Gems In Santa Monica

Like A Local: Best Hidden Gems In Santa Monica

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Anyone can find the popular spots, but if you’re willing to embrace the unknown, you’ll find that Santa Monica is full of hidden gems.

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    The pancakes are good! Skip the hot drinks cos they are too diluted. Substitute the Home Fries for something else if it's in your dish cos it's just cubed potatoes coated with some weird spices. -- Jasmine Tay via Foursquare
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    Come to the Santa Monica Go Club! Tuesday nights are beginners' nights, and the club also meets Wednesdays, both nights from 7pm to midnight. -- ChaosPlatypus via Foursquare
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    I overheard some foreign tourists say that the cappuccino here was the best they'd ever had in the USA! -- Chris Blakely via Foursquare
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    The independent chain, known for its 100% organic coffee, and cafes hippie-ish vibe, roasts its own beans and was one of the first certified organic roasters in Southern California. -- Green Light Districts Santa Monica via Foursquare
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    This was one of the best lunches I've had on the west side. Reminds me of Axe (Abbot Kinney) but with a bit more spice. Try the Cauliflower Quinoa bowl and add a protein! -- Nicole Muniz via Foursquare
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    Great nitro cold brew. They have a flight of all their cold brews for $7. And you can get cold brew by the single serving or a whole growler of it! -- Jason S. via Foursquare
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    Amazing coffee. Try a latte. Better than Luxxe and rivals intelligentsia. However, tip for new coffee shops on highly competitive streets: be extra friendly to your new customers. It goes a long way. -- Adam Bordow via Foursquare
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    Sure, it's a bit pricier than Starbucks. But it's way better. Think Intelligentsia. You don't come here for drip coffee. If drip's your thing, try an Americano. For the experience: espresso/latter/cap -- George Thiruvathukal via Foursquare
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    The mint mojito is great, like everyone says, but don't discount the rest of their coffee too - the Philtered Soul is my favorite. Also they don't charge for soy or almond milk! -- Justin O'Neill via Foursquare
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    menu musts: fried egg on pretzel croissant; challah french toast; grilled chicken and fig; spanakopita; beet and goat cheese salad. $$. -- BlackboardEats via Foursquare
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    Breakfast burritos w sausage comes with free side of tortillas. Put the salad & limes in the plastic bag, not the containers. Lol. -- A B via Foursquare
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    Get The blackboard special- goat cheese, carmelized onions and spinach quesadilla. And don't forget the mint lemonade! -- Janice Fong via Foursquare
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