At Home, Restaurants

“Hashigo” In Santa Monica

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Took a bus to Santa Monica mainly for Happy Hour. Plus some window shopping. A lot less crowds. It’s hard to tell seasons in LA, but summer seems officially over.

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Recently I watched Spanish Bars offering a variety of pincho (pintxo) on TV. Since then, I have been looking for a pincho place. Here we are! Starting 4pm, they have Happy Hour that looks a great deal.

Our drinks: Sangria Tinta $6, Cabotella Blonde Ale $6

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6 pintxos for $6
It could be mix & match any 6. Some of them were more appealing but I wanted to try everything and there were 6 kinds on the menu anyway.

Huevo Relleno, Serrano Ham with Fresh Tomato, Manchego Y Membrillo, Gildas (anchovy), Morcilla Sausage, Sobrasada…To be honest nothing impressed us.

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Ceviche De Atun Blanco $6, Albacore, Red Onion, Tomato, Potato Chips
Unfortunately, this is mediocre too. Then we got an idea we should do “Hashigo.” Hashigo means moving one bar to another in Japanese.

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Damage was very little.

Bar Pintxo
109 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-2012
$$

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We walked a few blocks to get another Happy Hour.

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His: La Flaca (Sour Margarita) $8, Mine: Dos Equis Amber $4

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Tacos De Carnitas $8
Oh yeah! He was so happy to have this best taco again.

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Tamales $8
Very tasty.

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Chef’s choice of filling was carnitas as well. Wished it was something else, but still good and perfect with beer.

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Tres Leches $10
Our dinner complete with dessert.

I really want to come back for dinner next time. Everything on dinner menu looks good.

Mercado
1416 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 526-7121
www.cocinasycalaveras.com/mercado
$$
★★★★

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Breakfast: Trader Joe’s Frozen but Freshly Baked Chocolate Croissant

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Lunch: Negi Rice with Egg

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