Mystery of the Vanishing Santa Monica Restaurants

Suzanne Dranow diningI’m not 100% behind the plastic bag ban, but I do have to admit not having to choose between “paper or plastic” has freed up enough brain cells so I can tackle the important issues like “Where should I eat?”

This is actually a question (more of a conundrum) that I deal with a few times a week as I try to schedule meals with friends, clients and colleagues. For dinner, I prefer to stay west of the 405 (working out of Brentwood this is a function of traffic and not an indictment of areas further east), but this has become a harder and harder task as many of my usual suspects have gone out of business. Over drinks with my friend David, we tried to come up with a theory of why so many of our favorite places have disappeared, and though positing hypotheses worthy of a Nancy Drew book (“The Mystery of the Vanishing Restaurants”), we found a really good explanation in an article on by Tiffany Tse.
Ms. Tse addresses the restaurant scene in Santa Monica with some of the best in depth analysis (and just plain good writing) that I’ve seen in a while. I hope you enjoy the read (oh, and if you have any suggestions for great restaurants, please let me know).

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