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New to West Hollywood: Food + Lab Cafe and Marketplace

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Anyone who lives on or just off Santa Monica Blvd between the streets of Fairfax and La Brea knows great joy and equally great frustration. It is a tremendous area to live in, centrally located, rent controlled West Hollywood, quiet side streets, a plethora of parks and supermarkets and even the honest to goodness one up on Wal-Mart, Target. But while Melrose to the south and Sunset to the north flourish with cafe's, restaurants and other places to satisfy hunger, Santa Monica Blvd remains inexorably silent.

This writer has lived in the black hole for the better half of a year now and has often wondered why this is. Santa Monica Blvd takes second to no boulevard in his mind--it matches the length of Sunset and further to the west, the fashion of Melrose. It even has stretches which are part of the single greatest road that has ever been called a road, Route 66.