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Though still a few blocks from the beach, the Santa Monica location of Swingers radiates the beach city’s sunny, easygoing atmosphere. The cantilevered ceiling opens up to greet floor-to-ceiling windows, while its blue-and-white-tiled exterior wall welcomes in light through a trio of portholes. The diner is a mutt of retro design and throwback flair, a place where oversized paper lanterns and tiled walls manage to mix with plaid plastic upholsteries and purple cow graphics. It’s bigger and brighter than its Beverly Boulevard counterpart, though that space boasts a beautiful, blue and white curved facade.
The prices on Swingers’ menu can make you feel like you’re getting away with something—it’s that much of a steal. The food here doesn’t skimp on quality, though. A shortstack of pancakes produces one of the fluffiest, most perfectly golden breakfast plates, made an even bigger accomplishment by the fact that they’re plain and not doused in whipped cream or slivers of fruit. The French toast is a dream, too, so it’s clear that Swingers has their breakfast carbs down pat. Also a plus: the counter is a friendly spot if you’re dining alone.
|Opening hours:||Sun-Wed 7am-2pm; Thu-Sat 7am-3pm|
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