We have never done a collab before but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with an awesome blogger like Annie from Story of my Life, the ultimate lifestyle blog. She shares recipes, advice, workouts, and everything in between. Life is all about balance and this girl’s got it down.
We are so excited to have Annie here to share her favorite Santa Monica eateries with us. Sometimes we forget how big Los Angeles is. There are COUNTLESS different places to eat at any given moment. Since we don’t venture over to the coast all that often we’re so excited that Annie can give us all some insight on where to grab a bite.
Every time my brother takes a girl on a date in the Phoenix area I receive a phone call. “Where is the best Mexican? Best Italian? Best place that looks like you’re trying but not really?” Due to spot-on recommendations, he often jokes that what he really needs is a Yelp-like Ask Annie app. I’m not overly confident about much, but restaurants are my jam.
Until I moved to Santa Monica recently, and I’m like a fish out of water. Or near the water. Who is wondering where she can grab some sushi. While I still have a lot to explore, I now know the staples after 6 months of living on the Westside. The following restaurants are what I would recommend to anyone new to the area or visiting Santa Monica for the weekend.
Favorite Coffee Shop: Groundwork Coffee
When I tell friends about my favorite Poke Bowl in town they’re shocked to hear it can be found at the coffee shop I frequent daily. Not only does Groundwork Coffee on Montana Ave boast the most beautiful fresh flowers in town, they also offer strong coffee and a menu that rivals most restaurants. For breakfast I often order the Tree Hugger Oatmeal in a Jar though they are best known for their Avocado Toast. If you’re not ordering the Poke, I would recommend the Brown Rice Chicken Bowl.
Favorite Dinner: Misfit
As a creature of habit, I quickly sought the restaurants that reminded me of home. With the same owners as two of my favorite Phoenix restaurants, La Grande Orange and Chelsea’s Kitchen, Misfit features all of my favorite dishes plus more. It’s long bar offers the perfect place to grab drinks before going out, including White Sangria and Pimm’s Punch, and has a happy hour that goes from open to 7pm. Must try’s are the crispy Brussels sprouts, shredded kale and quinoa salad and bacon wrapped dates. And don’t leave without grabbing their signature mini salted chocolate chips cookies! (I request them by the bowl.)
Favorite Sunday Funday: Brick + Mortar
If you’re new to the Sunday Funday scene in Santa Monica, I would recommend heading to Brick + Mortar for their bottomless mimosas and legendary Bloody Mary bar. If you haven’t filled up on Pizza Rolls and licorice on top of your Bloody Mary drink, order a pizza to share with friends. You’ll be happy to have the carbs when you head to The Bungalow afterwards for champagne and Vodka waters.
Favorite Healthy Option: Flower Child
Another Arizona favorite recently opened in Santa Monica near 3rd Street Promenade, and my waistline is pumped. Everyone has experienced times when they want something reasonably quick and healthy without standing in line for a Chipotle chicken bowl sans-sour cream. The Summer Vegan salad and Forbidden Rice bowl are two of my favorites.
Favorite Dessert: Beachy Cream
Call me super-Santa Monica, but something about “organic” makes me feel better about eating ice cream. Located on Wilshire, not far from the beach, Beachy Cream offers the best old school ice cream cones, as well as chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches. It’s a must-stop, especially if you grab burgers before at Ingo’s next door.
Favorite Sushi: Sugarfish
While I love walking down to Hara Sushi for divey sake bombing, sometimes a girl wants a three-course sushi date. Their Trust Me style menu is as dependable as a 5-star Uber driver, serving up delicious pieces of sashimi and hand rolls you didn’t even know you wanted. You might not be able to bang on the table for sake bombs, but everything is guaranteed to be bomb.com.
Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant: Ox & Son
When I’ve had too much coffee to drink at Groundwork, I head across the street to Ox & Son for beer or a drink from their extensive cocktail menu, such as the Ox Mule or Lavender Blanc. The Charred Brussels Sprouts & Carrots are enough to eat for dinner or perfect to share with friends. The Crispy Chicken Sandwich is a must for brunch or lunch, especially if you’re hungover, along with a rocky candy-topped latte.
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