Sunny Blue's excellent rice balls come in flavors and fillings that suit just about everyone. And at just $3.15 to $4.95, there's no reason to skimp on your order...which is why we decided to take on the full dozen they had in stock. See them all!
'Santa Monica' on Serious Eats
Given the beautiful selection of fresh and prepared goods, it's no wonder that the open-air Santa Monica farmers market attracts over one million shoppers a year. But it's more than just the quality produce, meats, and dairy that makes this particular market so popular—adjacent to the highly trafficked Third Street Promenade and a mere three blocks from the Pacific ocean, the location is prime. See what's on offer in the slideshow!
This small onigiri shop devotes a good portion of their space to their frozen yogurt case, probably because there are so many toppings. We're talking yuzu, cornflakes, sprinkles, matcha green tea, graham crackers, toasted coconut, condensed milk, organic animal crackers, organic granola, mini marshmallows, gummy bears, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, pineapple, adzuki red beans, mochi, mixed nuts, Belgian dark chocolate chips, Oreos, Hello Panda Cookies, heath toffee bits and, sweet mamma yes, giant Pocky.
It's easy to drive by Hungry Pocket Falafel House hundreds of times before you realize that this tiny run-down shack on Pico Boulevard is home to delicious Middle Eastern fare. The dilapidated exterior may even make you question whether or not it's safe to go inside, but have no fear: you'll be welcomed instantly and the food is well worth it.
At Huckleberry, everything looks good, so we asked co-owner Zoe Nathan for her top five picks. A unique smattering of sweets made the cut, including the shop's signature item: salted caramel squares.
The iconic modern Mexican eatery from celebrity chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken serves up a fantastic burger with a Mexican twist.
Though California is blessed with beautiful produce throughout the year, the crowd at the Santa Monica Farmers Market seemed especially excited with spring and summer offerings overlapping. Fava beans and asparagus were plentiful, and there were some early heirloom tomatoes as a harbinger of summer.
Milo and Olive is making artisan bakery style pizza more of a thing in Los Angeles. The focus of these hardy baker's pies is the crust, incorporating a mix of flours. Open just two months, this pizzeria has already carved out a place in the LA pie-scape.
With beach views and fire pits, the Dining Deck of Santa Monica Place has quickly become a popular public space in Los Angeles. In this lovely setting sits Pizza Antica — not to be confused with Antica Pizzeria. With four locations in California, Executive Chef Gordon Drysdale's American-inspired Italian food is market-driven with a seasonal rotation of increasingly popular pizzas. Their Roman-style pies have a thin, crisp crust with absolutely no sag. For this edition of Top This, we learn how to make their addictive Broccoli Rabe, Caciocavalo, Burrata and Chili Oil pizza.
In Los Angeles, the prevailing sentiment seems to be that the sandwich has gone the way of our beloved La Brea Tar Pit mammoths. But the "Godmother" sandwich from Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica is a testament to old-world sandwiches still being done right, as the perpetual line in front of the deli counter can attest. Genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella, coppacola, ham and provolone cheese are all thinly layered inside a crusty length of Italian bread. Be sure to give it "the works."
R + D Kitchen puts together an excellent patty and bun, but all the toppings obscure just how good the basic components are.
When I first heard about the maple bacon biscuit ($3.75) at Huckleberry, the Santa Monica bakery and cafe, I figured, it's just the token bacon thing for all the bacon heads. There are plenty of other scrumptious-looking baked goods sitting there behind the glass counter. But I was a sucker, and ordered the darn biscuit—and it was amazing.
My name is Leah and I am a summer fruit junkie. It's not easy to admit in this land of plenty, but from the moment strawberries first hit the farmers' market stands here in late February, I start jonesing for cherries, particularly the Raniers, which look like perfect miniature Fuji apples with their blushing skins. I imagine biting into peaches that look like they've come from outerspace and pluots that resemble apricots dipped in ink. At the Santa Monica farmers' market, I embraced my inner fruit junkie, and spent the rest of the time looking at garlic, shell beans, eggplant, and more.
Recently, I noticed that almost all of our Grilled interviews are with burger eaters. As a Serious Eater, this is didn't so much disturb me as leave me undernourished—I found myself hungry for some insight into the mind of the...
[Photographs: L.A. Pizza Maven] I love pizza! Everyone reading this site loves pizza (I hope). The very thought of a 14- to 18-inch round, properly baked crust covered with a fresh, spicy sauce and a fresh, creamy mozzarella (and perhaps some crumbled fennel sausage) triggers a salivary response worthy of one of Pavlov's dogs. So the recent opening of a new high-concept pizzeria here in Santa Monica, California, set me percolating and salivating with anticipation. The name, NY & C (as in New York & Chicago), belies the concept. The Big Apple and the Windy City, competitive in everything...
Note: On Mondays, one of our various Market Scene correspondents checks in with what's fresh at farmstands, what's coming up, and what you better get while the gettin's good. This week, we hear from SoCal correspondent Leah Greenstein of SpicySaltySweet. Take us to the market, Leah! Carnival Squash at McGrath Family Farms. [Photographs: Leah Greenstein] I'm tired of tomatoes. There. I said it. After two months straight gorging myself on Early Girls and Purple Cherokees, Green Zebras and Sun Golds, I think I've finally had enough tangy-sweet-tomato-goodness to last me until next summer—or at least until January, when I break into my stash of homemade canned heirloom tomatoes for lasagnas and stews. Fortunately, the Los Angeles farmers' markets (and Southern...
Note: On Mondays, one of our various Market Scene correspondents checks in with what's fresh at farmstands, what's coming up, and what you better get while the gettin's good. This week, we hear from West Coast correspondent Leah Greenstein of Spicy Salty Sweet. Take us to the market, Leah! [Photographs: Leah Greenstein] Labor Day can mark the end of summer or the unofficial start of fall, depending on how you look at it. This time last year autumn's apples, pears, and pomegranates had already begun to arrive but this weekend at the Santa Monica Pico Farmers' Market on Cloverfield and Pico (map) summer seemed to be holding as tight as a kid to their last day's of freedom before school...
The hoards of people stocking up for the Thanksgiving holiday on Sunday made the Hollywood Farmers' Market (map) feel like Lollapalooza with vegetables, which means the upcoming Santa Monica market on Wednesday may end up looking like Burning Man at the beach. The best way to battle the crowds this time of year is to hit the market with a plan and a heavy helping of patience. With that in mind, the Southern California farmers' markets have almost everything you need to have a delicious Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to thank your farmers! Turkeys Dozens of people lined up early this morning to pick up their organic, pastured turkeys from the folks at Healthy Family Farms, who also had an on-farm...
Habeñeros and Jalepeños Southern California is suffering from a case of the "in-betweens." It's practically Octobernormally time to trade in the grilling gear for a cast iron Dutch ovenbut yesterday it felt like the middle of August. Now I realize complaining about hot weather won't inspire much sympathy when most of the country is unpacking their sweaters, but it can be a little disheartening when you're eager for those cooler weather fruits and veggies. Instead, most of the Hollywood Farmers' Market (map) still looked like late summer. The heirloom tomatoes were beautiful (and bountiful) and there were a surprising number of tables full of peaches, plums, berries, corn, and melons. There were also still lots of hot and sweet...