Zagat names Santa Monica ‘Best Neighborhood’

Zagat Survey has declared and named Santa Monica 2007’s Best Neighborhood for Great Restaurants in all of Southern California.

For decades now, Santa Monica restaurants and chefs have turned up as favorites of both readers and critics in food-savvy publications including Esquire, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure and Gourmet, according to the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Food enthusiasts can meet some of Santa Monica’s famous chefs at the Sixth Annual Taste of Santa Monica from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 16th, and eat while learning some tips and techniques on preparing gourmet cuisine from some culinary experts.

The Taste of Santa Monica will feature food, drinks and entertainment hosted by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and is to be held on the Santa Monica Pier.

A selection of Santa Monica restaurants will serve a wide range of gourmet dishes. Some Santa Monica chefs will perform culinary demonstrations throughout the day.