From the couple behind Rustic Canyon, this bakery/cafe is just a stones throw away (across the street) from their restaurant and two doors away from Santa Monica Seafood's new location. Zoe Nathan is a James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Need I say more?
The space is bright, open and airy, thanks to high ceilings and a long skylight above the counter. On day one, the place was going full force. People were lining up at lunch time to eat in or take out. I had a well balanced plate of four prepared salads:
- Cumin-roasted carrots with avocado
- A medley of roasted squash, cauliflower, sunchoke and parsley
- Farro with feta and Persian cucumbers.
-Peas and pea tendrils.
The plate was a well-balanced selection. A three, salad plate is on the menu but I asked for four smaller portions and they complied. All were very good, the cumin-roasted carrots and avocado and roasted medley were excellent.
The carrot and avocado combo really surprised me. The contrast of the earthy, cumin-roasted carrots to the buttery-soft Haas avocado was delightful. The roasted medley was comforting and sweet, perfect for a Los Angeles winter day in the 60s.
Everything looked so good, I was tempted to order one of everything. I passed on the Savory Crostata with roasted vegetables and cheese, but couldn't help taking a photo. Yum. I wish I had one of them in front of me now. The sweet pumpkin tea cake was scrumptious, so light I could have eaten a whole cake. I also spied some huckleberry jam for sale, a fun hostess gift. I'll have to try that on my next visit.
Top quality food and a friendly staff, Huckleberry is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
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1014 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401