Dinner Plan: Nuanced dinner and drinks in SaMo
From the driving, to the parking, to the not knowing where to drive or park, dinner in LA is harder than it should be. That’s why we created Dinner Plan — your three-step itinerary to a damn good time.
This week: dinner and cocktails in Santa Monica. Here’s your plan.
Rustic Canyon’s Chef Jeremy Fox is a master of texture. His grilled peaches — placed around creamy ricotta in fresh olive oil — are expertly complemented by crispy fried polenta croutons. And he double-layers mini corn chips on top of his earthy clam pozole verde, a light Mexican stew that stays crispy till the last bite. Go. Go now.
The mixologists behind Scopa just opened The Chestnut Club, a brick-walled, wood-raftered tippler’s haunt. It’s a welcome addition to the hood, which has few other good drinking options. In Chestnut’s bar: 75 unique bottles of mezcal distilled in Hudson Bourbon and Rye casks. Adds a whiskey note to the smoke from the mezcal. Also tasty: the Del Mar, a G&T with kumquats.