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Huckleberry, Santa Monica

September 19, 2009

A friend recently mentioned this quaint restaurant, Huckleberry Cafe when I asked for restaurant recommendations in Santa Monica. I checked out the menu and everything looked amazing, from a warm house made brisket sandwich to green eggs and ham. I am a huge fan of ordering breakfast out since for the past two years, I have been eating oatmeal every single morning. I just don’t cook eggs in the morning, my brain doesn’t fully function that early until I’ve had a couple cups of coffee in me 🙂

Jess and I headed over for lunch and upon walking in, we found that the place was packed. People were sitting at the tables either drinking coffee and eating one of their homemade pastries or enjoying a leisurely lunch. Ah, I love the weekends and being able to enjoy the nice weather while people watching. They had freshly baked pastries lined up in the window case and a wide selection of coffees and teas, along with an amazing brunch menu.

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I had read about these bacon biscuits online and knew B would love them. We ordered one to-go for him and ate one at the cafe. These Niman Ranch maple-bacon Biscuits had bits of bacon mixed in throughout. The sweetness came from the pure maple syrup, but it wasn’t overly sweet. I was a little surprised that these biscuits weren’t soft like a regular biscuit, instead it reminded me of a scone. The biscuit was super flaky probably from a good amount of butter. It didn’t have as much of a bacon presence as I would have thought, either way, it was pretty darn good, but what doesn’t taste good with bacon?

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I ordered the Poached eggs over fresh market vegetables with pesto & toasted bread crumbs. Loved the bed of vegetables under the poached eggs, and I could just taste how fresh these vegetables were. The dish had cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas and corn. My only complaint would be the use of oil in this dish. I felt like they doused the vegetables in oil which was really unnecessary. The flavors were still spot on and the vegetables were crisp, but honestly, the oil didn’t do much for the flavor. However, the eggs had a delicious pesto over the top with breadcrumbs. I love runny yolk and that was exactly how the eggs were cooked. Perfection.

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Jess ordered the Fried egg sandwich with sunny side up eggs, Niman Ranch bacon, Gruyere, arugula & aioli on country bread. She didn’t even look at the menu at the restaurant since she already had her heart set on this beauty. I have to admit, I was a little jealous when they brought out her plate. You really can’t go wrong with a fried egg sandwich in between two pieces of crusty bread with melted cheese and bacon inside. Even though it looked like I wanted to eat her entire sandwich, she graciously gave me a couple bites. It was as delicious as it sounds.  I can’t speak for her, but I’m pretty sure she enjoyed it as much as I did.

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And then we proceeded to 3rd Street Santa Monica, where  a lot of this happened…

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