Food & Drink

The Lazy Ox guy's Westside paella haven

Taberna, Santa Monica
Photo by Ryan Tanaka

Located right by the Promenade, Taberna Arros y Vi's a rustic, washed-out room that looks kinda like an upscale version of the type of place Antonio Banderas would walk into in 1995 carrying a guitar case full of not-guitars, except at this one, the owner of Lazy Ox is doling out Mediterranean dishes and booze, not vengeful murder lust.

Taberna, Santa Monica
Photo by Ryan Tanaka

You're one billion percent going to want to order a paella -- they've got multiple options, including this bad boy that's chock-full of seafood, as well as one topped w/ rabbit leg, lima beans, and bomba rice, or what a very Italian offensive coordinator used to instruct Joe Montana to throw on third and long.

Taberna, Santa Monica
Photo by Octoplace

Don't you dare write off the squid-ink pasta.

Taberna, Santa Monica
Photo by Ryan Tanaka

If you get desperado for drinks, you're gonna wanna cozy up to the balsamic-upped "Spanish Berry", or the housemade sangrias, including one w/ red peppers and cilantro.