Subject: Re: Dining Santa Monica, CA
Dear Dawn, Having lived in west LA over 30 years there are some very good restaurants in Santa Monica. For inexpensive try the little ethnic restaurants on Santa Monica Blvd. betweeen 3rd St and Ocean Ave. Also try the following:

Ye Olde King's Head, 116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Best English pub. This is a place where everybody feels comfortable, from celebrities and rock stars to working-class people. There's always a game of darts going on. You can also get the very British fish and chips and steak-and-kidney pie along with various English ales.

Axe Cafe, 510 Santa Monica Blvd., at Fifth St in Santa Monica (pronounced ASH-ay). Serves such good food that owner now keeps restaurant-style hours. More of a neighborhood cafe than a coffeehouse. Best bets on the menu is the nine-grain pancakes and any sandwich featuring bread baked on the premises. Has an intimate atmosphere which makes people want to linger.

A very good expensive restaurant if you want to splurge one night is JiRaffe, 502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; (310)917-6671. Spiced whitefish. whitefish encrusted with a Moroccan spice mixture sharply aromatic with cumin, coriander, fennel seed and ginger. Set down in a carrot-ginger emulsion strewn with sugar snap peas, glazed carrots and young spinach, it is out of this world! $16. Hope this helps. These are all walking distance from 3rd street Promenade Elena