A good café isn't just the perfect place to practice close-up magic on unsuspecting patrons; it's also a great spot to meet friends and share Burton Gilliam gossip. Socialize while you appetize with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of café and bakery fare at Seventeenth Street Cafe & Bakery in Santa Monica. Seventeenth Street Cafe & Bakery welcomes diners to a quaint and charming atmosphere to explore a varied menu of Californian and international cuisine. Bitty bites—including bruschetta ($8.95) and chilled gazpacho ($7)—prepare palates for taking big bites out of entrees such as the roasted lamb loin ($25.95) or out of mountains to make a new Grand Canyon. Pizza varieties such as seafood, tomato basil, and many others ($11.95+) share space alongside sandwiches, pastas, and a selection of salads. The diverse population of dinner entrees stirs a melting pot of global influences: the balsamic grilled Atlantic salmon arrives on a bed of mashed potatoes with sautéed corn, spinach, shiitake mushrooms, and tomatoes ($23.50), and the orange-curry chicken enacts a treaty between citrus and spicy tastes on a marinated chicken breast accompanied by mango chutney ($16.95) and handsome bodyguards in chef hats. Seventeenth Street Cafe & Bakery also accommodates saccharine tongues with luscious baked goods such as the infamous Skinny Cupcake—a fat-free cupcake that flaunts red velvet, chocolate, vanilla, lemon and carrot cake flavors ($4). Dig into chocolate and cinnamon rugalah ($2 for three), jumbo cookies ($2.25), and bread puddings ($6.25), or enlist whole pies ($18–$30) and cakes ($35–$45) to share with others or build towering frosting forts.
Jack's on Montana
Now under new management, Jack's on Montana makes it easy to enjoy a home-cooked meal without the hassle and dirty dishes it takes to make one yourself. That's because they make all of their items from scratch, including artisan bread, rotating daily desserts, and salad dressings. They even smoke their meats in-house. The kitchen fuels the homey flavors with a pantry stocked with items culled from local farmers and purveyors. The energy and freshness of these locally sourced ingredients emanate from every menu items, from the roasted beet salad to the On Montana pizza' bleu cheese, walnuts, apples, and honey.
1610 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, California 90403Get Directions