Recess Time (buttermilk streusel pancakes), The Griddle Cafe
-- The Edison -- This bar and lounge in downtown LA is housed in the first private power plant in the city. Once inside and you've descended the stairs to the underground bar, you're taken back to the Jazz era. The ambiance of The Edison really makes it something special, with old generators, Chaplin-era films projected on the walls and plenty of seating for a dually intimate and lively lounge experience.
-- The World Cafe -- The World Cafe is eclectic in both its food and its decor. The beautiful patio is inviting and a perfect spot to dine when the weather is agreeable, which is fairly often in Santa Monica. Not to take away from the food which is delicious, including some wonderful appetizers, pizzas and pastas. My personal recommendation: the Chicken or Shrimp Pesto Pizza.