I get it, Cali. Your weather is amazing, your people are happy, and the food has been winning. So far from the winter blizzard going on in NYC, I’m trying my best to feel guilty, but I’d be lying if I don’t say I’m a tad bit relieved. I’ll save you the pretty beach pictures and screenshots of the weather (cuz, admittedly, that’s just not right), and skip straight to the food. When I came here years ago, my friend Natasha and Pat took me to Urth Caffe which is noted mostly for their organic coffee but their fresh food and decadent desserts are worth the trip too. I came to remember how much I liked the food then and wanted to check it out again so made a trip to the location in Santa Monica right off the plane. There was a line out the door (I thought I left those behind in NYC), but it moved fast enough. And honestly, it was worth the wait if you can get through the dizzying amount of options on their menu.
For an early meal, we chose The Rustic Poached which comes over toasted whole wheat bread topped with capers, basil oil, tomato & red onion, and Butternut Squash and herbed ricotta pizza (that comes with a side of chili pepper oil, fresh oregano, and grated parmesan).
The oregano and ricotta made the pizza and the poached eggs with the salsa was a delicious medley of flavors. So fresh and yum. I also ordered a blended cappuccino (they ask if you want it dark or mild roast, hot or cold…I got it strong and cold :)).
Tip, eat a meal here then go to the beach and rent some bikes. Just to remind yourself not to take this weather for granted. People in NY are suffering, OK.
2327 Main St,
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Occasion: Cali dining
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: *** (Indoor and outdoor seating and tables in little nooks)
Would I go back?: Yes!