Pop Physique class and some shopping at the new Santa Monica Place, Jen and I stopped for lunch at the Pinches Tacos in the food court on the third level. Pinches Tacos first opened in Hollywood, and now has four locations including Culver City and Birmingham, Alabama (??). I thought that the selection of tacos were good and the prices reasonable, similar to Tacomiendo or Tacos Por Favor, which are considered pretty authentic taco shops. I ordered the lengua, adobada, and carnitas tacos with chips, rice and beans, for $8.95, which isn't bad. They also top each taco with its own specific salsa and vegetables, as opposed to at other places, where they basically give you meat in a tortilla. Can't beat the ocean view! There wasn't that much else in the food court that looked appealing; a pizza place and two Japanese places, although prices seemed reasonable; cheaper than the Century City mall food court. I have to say, while I like the design of the mall a lot and a lot of the stores there, the department stores are much smaller than the same department stores at the other local malls (ie. Westside Pavilion and Century City), which is disappointing because the selection is also much more limited. Even the Barney's Co-op is smaller than the Co-ops in Manhattan, and the real estate in Manhattan is even more pricey! I was hoping that Santa Monica Place could be a replacement for those other malls, which are a little further of a drive, but unfortunately, I don't think it's going to be the case.
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401