Coni’ Seafood, Inglewood
This once little-known gem just opened up a new location in Marina del Rey, so the secret’s officially out. Coni’ is amazing. It may not look like much from the outside, but the family-owned joint has an incredible menu of Nayarit-style seafood favorites (aguachile, al gobernador). And considering its contiguous location to the airport, you’d be doing a disservice if you didn’t give it a go.
Playa Provisions, Silicon Beach
Coast down to this beachside joint for everything you crave: excellent coffee, delicious lunch food, a great wine selection, a dimly lit cocktail bar, and even an ice cream parlor.
Drake’s Brewing Company, Oakland
Brewing some of Oakland’s finest since 1989, Drake’s is practically next door to Oakland Airport. Break away for an afternoon or evening or morning (no judgment) pint before takeoff. They also have a brand-new pilsner to boast about.
San Bruno Golf Center, San Bruno
They say the best deals are made on the golf course, but if you're on a time crunch, hit the driving range. San Bruno Golf Center is the perfect place to work on your backswing or plan a future partnership, and it's a quick drive away.
Blue Bottle or Philz Coffee, San Mateo
12-minute and 17-minute drives, respectively
Two favorite spots to caffeinate would be Blue Bottle and Philz. They’re both ideal spaces to get some work done or have a quick offsite meeting. One more reco: try your coffee “Philz’ way”.
Tocaya Organica, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
For a healthier rendition of one of our WEHO favorites (Toca Madera), head over to Tocaya Organica. The restaurant, owned by the Madera Group, features an array of options that won’t weigh you down for the rest of the day, all made with organic produce, hormone-free meat, and sustainable seafood.
Mission Beach, San Diego
Though the beach may be one of the farthest places on your mind, you’re physically very close! Find some much-needed headspace and put your feet in the sand at Mission Beach. It’s a low-key piece of the coast where you can unwind to actual sounds of the ocean.
The Paradise Cafe, Santa Barbara
The Paradise Cafe has been serving the Santa Barbara community delicious fare since 1983. Their oak wood grill items are not to be missed.