WHY A crisp margarita on the sidewalk patio is a beautiful thing.
WHAT The former La Grande Orange is now M Street Kitchen, part of the huge LEYE restaurant chain, which makes us disinclined to like the place. That said, it’s worth knowing about for its sidewalk tables, breakfast sandwiches, brussels sprouts salad (an LGO carryover), happy hour and burgers. Prices are modest given the high-rent neighborhood. ;
WHO A diverse crowd of 20something cocktail kids, tousled young families and date-night boomers.
Region: West of the 405
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Features: Breakfast, Cocktails, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Patio Dining, Value
Price Range: $10-$16, $17-$24
Cuisine Type: American