A good cafe 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 deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of fresh fare at Seventeenth Street Cafe & Bakery, the Montana Avenue eatery that Los Angeles magazine says "does everything right." This quaint eatery is known for its straightforward and fresh fare, moderate prices, low-key décor, and paradoxical door that leads to itself, according to Gayot.
The menu features Californian and international cuisine, from Chinese chicken salad ($13) to bruschetta ($9) and gazpacho ($7). Pizzas (seafood, tomato basil, and more, $12+), pastas ($13–$17), and big salads (such as Granny Smith apple and walnut, oak-smoked salmon, and grapefruit with chicken and avocado, $15+) are favorites. Many entrees have a Mediterranean flair: a New York steak comes brushed with olive oil and herbs and served with whole green mustard ($25), and the roasted lamb loin is rolled with spinach, feta, and pine nuts ($26).
Seventeenth Street Cafe & Bakery recently expanded to stock fresh baked goods including chocolate and cinnamon rugalah, black-and-white cookies, bread puddings, and gourmet cupcakes. With your Groupon in one hand and random baby bird in the other, explore the cafe's tasteful offerings, whether it's a first date with a fellow foodie or just an 11 a.m. sorbet bender.
- This café does everything right... Local screenwriters and producers love it for its lack of schmooze. – Los Angeles
- ...patrons swear by the freshness and quality of the food. Even if you just come for a coffee or a sample of the beer and wine menu, however, 17th St. Café offers a pleasant environment in which to relax, with an assortment of art—provided by a revolving group of local artists—hanging from the homey brick walls. – Los Angeles Times
- This cozy eatery has been a favorite Montana Avenue dining destination for years due to moderate prices, an array of intriguing dishes and fairly good wines. The subdued, earth-toned dining room is a pleasant refuge for many of the café's high-profile regulars, steering out of the fast lane for an evening of straightforward fare. – Gayot
- Casual but really nice. Food is always really good. I've had brunch and lunch here, but do prefer lunch - their salads are really great. Healthy and full of flavor. – Erin S., Yelp
- I've been to 17th Street Cafe several times over the years. It seems to be a convenient spot for a casual sit-down meal, nice enough to warrant the outing, but informal and reasonably priced. The venue is cheerful and relaxed, and the service is pleasant and unobtrusive. – Steph C., Yelp
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