Restaurant Review: Strand House

Restaurant Name: Strand House
Location: 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Genre: Dinner, drinks
Great for: Seafood

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What we loved: If you’re about seafood and white wine, Strand House doesn’t let down. I love that their seafood is always extra fresh, and that you get to enjoy a lovely ocean view while eating it!

What we’d improve: The place is super busy and often doesn’t have all the oyster options listed on the menu. If you’re picky with oysters (like me) that can be annoying, but otherwise, NO COMPLAINTS! Love this place!

What we’d recommend: Oysters, oysters, and anything seafood. The brussels sprouts and mac are also to die for!

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Strand House also makes their own hot sauce from a very-secret recipe (that’s the blue vial photographed above), which is beyond amazing! If you love hot sauce, the stuff is good on basically anything! I especially like adding a drop or two to an oyster shooter!

If you plan on stopping by, be sure to make a reservation (and don’t forget to ask for an outside table!).

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Restaurant Review: Zengo

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Restaurant Name: Zengo
Location: 395 Santa Monica Pl, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Genre: Tapas
Great for: Brunch

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What we loved: $39 brunch includes unlimited tapas & drinks for a two-hour period

What we’d improve: If you don’t make a rezzie, tough luck. We wish there were better accomodations for walk-ins, but this place is so great, we’re actually okay with making brunch plans ahead of time.

What we’d recommend: Ask your server to bring out an assortment of dishes, proportionate to the number of guests you have at your table. Once you’ve tried everything on the extensive brunch menu, you can request seconds (and thirds) of your favorite items!! I’m in love with the empanadas, brussel sprouts, sushi rolls, yucca fries, and meatballs!!

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Be forewarned… on weekends Zengo is known for DJs spinning hot tunes! It can get loud, but is a perfect way to keep the party going on Sunday Funday!

Restaurant Review: Mercado

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Restaurant Name: Mercado
Location: 7910 West Third Street, Los Angeles, California 90048 
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Great for: Happy hour

What I loved: Guac & margaritas! And their carnitas are absolutely drool worthy… among the best I’ve had. EVER.

What I’d improve: I’d love to see more drink options on the happy hour menu.

What I’d recommend: The carnitas, shrimp taquitos, and hibiscus margarita!

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Looking for an extra “cool factor”? The restaurant sits facing the street with a super airy vibe! The front facade is completely open, letting in the warm breezes that define LA. It’s a super fun way to people watch while enjoying yourself :)

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Don’t forget to ask about drink specials! Servers are all super well versed in their offerings and are always coming up with great new mixes! My fave are the margs, especially the hibiscus margarita and the blood orange ruby grapefruit margarita!

Yum yum! Enjoy friends! This place is a must visit!!

Restaurant Review: Daily Dose Cafe

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Restaurant Name: Daily Dose Cafe
Location: 1820 Industrial St #104, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Great for: Brunch, quick bites, outdoor dining, groups

What I loved: Fresh juices, daily specials, large portions, ambience

What I’d improve: Parking can be tricky and combos get a little pricey

What I’d recommend: The “white juice”, nutella mocha, and farmer sandwich

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Above: Nutella Mocha & “White Juice” (coconut water, coconut meat, bananas, dates)

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Above: Kale couscous

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Above: The Farmer Sandwich (Vegetarian and stuffed with goodness! This makes any carnivore happy to forego meat)

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Above: The Butcher Sandwich (Dijon mustard with sopressata and pickles)

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Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Daily Dose Cafe is super artsy. Rustic exposed brick and an overgrowth of verdure and flowers define the cafe’s “look”, while untreated woods make for great art pieces and mismatched tables. The  Cafe is located in an alley full of light – there are candles to line the walkways and brighten tables, string lights are laced overhead, and vintage chandeliers hang along the ivy. While most guests sit outside along the narrow alley, there are options for indoor seating as well.

Beyond the atmosphere and decor of the place, the food is delish. The menu is super simple, totally fresh, and LA-healthy.

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Restaurant Review: Daily Dose Cafe

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Restaurant Name: Daily Dose Cafe
Location: 1820 Industrial St #104, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Great for: Brunch, quick bites, outdoor dining, groups

What I loved: Fresh juices, daily specials, large portions, ambience

What I’d improve: Parking can be tricky and combos get a little pricey

What I’d recommend: The “white juice”, nutella mocha, and farmer sandwich

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Above: Nutella Mocha & “White Juice” (coconut water, coconut meat, bananas, dates)

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Above: Kale couscous

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Above: The Farmer Sandwich (Vegetarian and stuffed with goodness! This makes any carnivore happy to forego meat)

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Above: The Butcher Sandwich (Dijon mustard with sopressata and pickles)

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Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Daily Dose Cafe is super artsy. Rustic exposed brick and an overgrowth of verdure and flowers define the cafe’s “look”, while untreated woods make for great art pieces and mismatched tables. The  Cafe is located in an alley full of light – there are candles to line the walkways and brighten tables, string lights are laced overhead, and vintage chandeliers hang along the ivy. While most guests sit outside along the narrow alley, there are options for indoor seating as well.

Beyond the atmosphere and decor of the place, the food is delish. The menu is super simple, totally fresh, and LA-healthy.

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