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Brought to you by chef (and West Side restaurant veteran) Raphael Lunetta and the guys behind Maple Block Meat Co., this just-opened spot is a seriously welcome addition to Santa Monica’s Pico neighborhood. The bright, chic space—which is complemented by a quiet, ivy-shrouded patio away from the street—is laid-back but elevated enough for a working lunch or date night; the menu has something for everyone, which is something you can say confidently when decadent ricotta pancakes, a bright brassica salad, and an amazing burger are all options for dinner. Two other things that cannot be understated: a free parking lot behind the entrance, and also their just-sweet-enough iterations of the margarita and Moscow mule. (Look out for the adjacent, more upscale dinner spot, Lunetta, set to open in time for summer.)

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