Situated on a somewhat random chunk of Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, Cadet has gone largely undiscovered, which is particularly beneficial come weekend brunch: When most other places on the West Side have lines out the door and wait times that creep into dinner hour, you’re likely to get a table right away and a French-inflected meal that easily outshines its neighbors, courtesy of Chef Kris Tominaga. In the back, you’ll find a cozy, roof-less courtyard with a lounge area and a comfortable communal table situation that’s well-suited for baby and bridal showers in daytime and loud-ish birthday parties or chill work gatherings at night.

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