I had heard so much about this new taco place in Santa Monica. We had a great Sat, starting at Huckleberry first for breakfast. You can see the pictures on the Huckleberry page. After Farmer’s MKT we stopped here for lunch. Since it was our first time we tried each one of their tacos except for tofu. The fish Taco was cooked well and tasted fresh. The Shrimp Taco was nice. I thought the Scallop taco’s batter was too thick. The highlight was the Tostada. It was so fresh and flavorful and the best $5 you can spend anywhere. Watch out for the Mango Habanero sauce, it puts your mouth on fire. If this place was close to us we would go there all the time for their Tostado.
Chef David LeFevre
Maryland Blue Crab Cake
In-house dill pickles, whole grain mustard remoulade
Loup de Mer
Braised Fennel, Caramelized Onion and Red Wine Reduction
Black Miso Cod
Japanese Eggplant, Adzuki beans, pickled ginger, Thai basil
We were excited to finally try a new seafood place in Manhattan Beach by Chef David LeFevre. We had been to his other restaurant, Manhattan Beach Post, previously. FWD was really small and Chef David LeFevre was busy preparing the seafood plates and towers. Their menu was divided into raw section, Oysters, platters, old school, new school and after school(dessert).
We started with Chef David’s mom’s Cape Cod Squash rolls with Rosemary butter. It was a great start and very tasty. We then had the most delicious Crab Cake we have had in a while. It was all lump Crab meat without any filler. The mustard remoulade and house-made pickles added a great tasty balance to this wonderful dish. Let’s just say I can eat a few of this every day. Next was the Loup de Mer with Fennel and Red Wine reduction. It was a very flavorful dish. Our final dish was the Black Miso Cod. It came with eggplant and Adzuki beans. It was good, but not as great as the other dishes. I guess I like more bold flavors. Overall, a great lunch and wished this restaurant was closer to us.
I had heard about this place for a while and we decided to give this place a try. They make artisan sausage sourcing local, sustainable and humanely raised ingredients or at least that was what they claimed. We each had their beer brat and it was a Neurenberger Bratwurst with bacon-apple kraut, beer mustard on a pretzel roll. It was a very flavorful combo and the bacon apple kraut added great crunchiness to the sausage roll. I think one of this with an order of their Frites is enough for an average person. We also had the naked smoked Cheddar Bratwurst and it was a miss and dry. Overall a nice sausage place if you are in the area.
We had brunch here to check out their Lobster roll and to see if this was a good place for brunch. My lobster roll was good, but I don’t know if it was worth the $24. It came with vinegar chips that was fine. My husband’s smoked meat hash at $13 should be called potatoes hash. As you can see in the picture there was hardly any meat in that dish. Superba Snack Bar in Venice charged us $15 for their wonderful hash and they almost served double the portion. Too bad I don’t see that delicious and hearty dish on their menu any more.
We picked up a few pieces and our favorite was Passion Fruit, Coffee and anything with caramelized nuts. The French lady that helped us was very friendly and talked to us for a long time. Shopping at their Boutique allowed us to pick up the pieces we really liked and wanted. A lot of times they offer free shipping through out the year, but you have no control over what pieces you get.