Food & Drink

Why Santa Monica’s Main St Is LA's Best New Food Street

Published On 06/29/2015 Published On 06/29/2015
Ashland Hill
Ashland Hill
Arsen Vasquez
Tiffany Tse
Shoops European Market & Café
Tiffany Tse
Aussie Pie Kitchen
Sunny Blue
Dogtown Coffee
Rita's of Santa Monica
Stella Barra Pizzeria
M Street Kitchen
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1. Ashland Hill 2807 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Santa Monica)

Ashland Hill opened in the former Wildfire Pizza space in 2015; the beer bar boasts a massive patio -- perfect to camp out on during the summer -- and a strong-to-very-strong draft list and shareable goodness like shishito mac & cheese and lamb and pork meatballs.

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2. Fork In The Road 2424 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

A kitchen fire in 2015 forced Santa Monica’s Fork in the Road to shutter. Over a year later, 2016 brought the restaurant back to life, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, with a refreshing new look for its 62-seat dining room. The New American menu is accented by Mediterranean influence, with dishes like roasted Spanish octopus, a duck prosciutto flatbread with artichoke, arugula, and smoked mozzarella, and a compressed pork belly with mango-tomato chutney. Craft cocktails (virgin cocktails are also on offer) are creative twists on classics like the Autumn Old Fashioned with bourbon, bitters, and apple spice elixir.

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3. Hinterland 2917 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

This eatery serves southern inspired and seafood dominant dishes, cooked behind a bar that serves quality wine and beer. The small space can get crowded, but there is a chance of a celebrity sighting -- namely Joe Jonas, who was part of the opening of this Main Street spot.

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4. Jinya Ramen Bar 2400 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

With homemade noodles that have a near-perfect portion of broth, tender pork chasu, fresh garlic you can press yourself, and poached eggs instead of hard-boiled, Jinya takes traditional ramen and takes it right over the edge without hesitation (and without an heft increase in price). Despite its name, this Ocean Park spot offers up far more than just ramen, though, including a few basic sushi rolls. little steamed buns stuff with meats and vegetables, and rice bowls.

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5. Shoops European Market and Cafe 2400 Main St Ste A1, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

Shoops serves European classics, breakfast, and lunch in this family run shop. Bacon lovers, look out for Shoops Famous Bacon Pancakes. They also have a European imports market when you can find all the amazing candy they have in Europe that are so hard to find here, among other specialty items like sausages and cheeses.

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6. Dolcenero Gelateria 2400 Main St, Santa Monica, CA (Santa Monica)

The house-made gelato at Dolcenero is made with all natural ingredients is made fresh every day and rotates in flavors including salted caramel, strawberry cheesecake, and hazelnut. They also make an assortment of sorbets in house, including strawberry, lemon, and the dolcenero itself.

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7. Aussie Pie Kitchen 2510 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

Bringing savory Aussie pies to Santa Monica, this unique spot serves pastry pies stuffed with ground beef, chicken & tarragon, and lamb & rosemary (among others). Stacking your order with the likes of mashed potatoes, sriracha, and gravy only adds to the appeal of the pies themselves.

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8. Sunny Blue 2728 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

This beach side stop serves the Japanese rice balls known as omusubi, stuffed with over ten different fillings and often wrapped in nori. But, if you're looking for something sweet they also serve frozen yogurt, which maybe almost makes sense.

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9. Dogtown Coffee 2003 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

Though technically a coffee shop, Dogtown serves way more than just local coffee. From breakfast sandwiches, burritos, acai bowls, to more predictable artisan baked good, everything is (mostly) good for you, and can be gluten-free or vegan friendly.

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10. Rita's of Santa Monica 2307 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

Rita's serves their traditional ices and old fashioned creamy custards all year round from this location. Look out for the signature white and red stripped awning to find it.

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11. Three Twins Ice Cream 2726 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

This Bay-Area based ice cream brand serves their organic desserts on Santa Monica's Main Street. Their flavors include more traditional combinations like Cookies and Cream, but also Chocolate Orange Confetti, Lemon Cookie, and Dad's Cardamom.

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12. Stella Barra 2000 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

The open kitchen lets you watch the pizza magic, and the cocktail program offers fun drinks to go with your exceptional pizza.

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13. M Street Kitchen 2000 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

Happy hour during the week, brunch on the weekends. Pretty much everything you could ever need, and the food is great too. The menu includes sandwiches, burgers, tacos, seafood, and desserts, all considered Modern American with a couple twists.

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