Living in Santa Monica, I really don’t have a TON of restaurant options west of 26th street and north of Wilshire. On a regular basis, you’ll find me at:
- Rustic Canyon (best seasonal f-t-t on the westside)
- R+D kitchen (I call it my “Cheers bar”)
- Kreation (healthy Persian and juice bar)
- Milo + Olive (casual pizza)
- FarmShop (seasonal delicious f-t-t)
- Mercado (light Mexican)
- BluePlate Taco (best Tex-Mex)
- Fig (Best Happy Hour: 50% off from 5-6pm. In the Fairmont Hotel)
- Marmalade (Diner meets deli on Montana)
- Toscana (Italian restaurant with “fun” westside bar scene)
- Villetta (hand-crafted Italian that is often worth the expense)
- Via Veneta (small, special occasion, authentic Italian on Main Street)
That covers Santa Monica and Brentwood. Please note Sawtelle and Venice are not included on this list. Thankfully in the last month we’ve had two new restaurants open and I love them both!
On the corner of Montana and 10th Street, the old Babalou was totally renovated to be a modern, rustic wine bar and gastropub of sorts. A month or so ago, the doors opened and the “tired of the same old food” neighborhood flocked into Art’s Table named after Art Verge, a Santa Monica local historian and business man, also father to Mark Verge (founder of Westside Rentals). My gratitude goes to chef Mark Middleman who gives character to a very safe menu of American classics. They’re known for the burger, kale salad, and veggie sides. You won’t recognize many of the wines, which I have found to be a good thing. Dinner is busy and you’ll see a line around the block for brunch.
More pics on their instagram @ArtsTableSM.
In the coming weeks, my peeps at Villetta and Toscana will discover they have some serious competition for best Italian fare with Adoteca on the block. Literally all three are in Brentwood a stone’s throw from each other. When I saw this picture on Adoteca’s homepage, there was no question where our group was going for dinner. It was no surprise the Michelin starred chef Antonio Mure and front of house manager Paolo Cesaro from Ado in Venice are the duo behind Adoteca. Every dish delivered on our expectations. Unfortunately, as a measure of etiquette, I kept my phone in my purse so I don’t have pictures to post. If you go, we all insist you order the beet pasta with a quail bolognese. It was hands down the fan favorite along with the creme brûlée.Tweet this!