Huckleberry

1014 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-451-2311
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Photo: Amy Scattergood

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  • Sun, Sat 8am-5pm, Tue-Fri 8am-7pm
  • $$
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Catering, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
You could put a "brunch" sign up over a cell-phone store in Santa Monica and a line would probably curl down the block. But Sunday mornings at Huckleberry, the bakery/café from Rustic Canyon pastry chef Zoe Nathan, come perilously close to full-contact brunch, a scrum of Prada, Lululemon and UCLA-logoed bearware stretching the walls of the storefront, angling for views of the chalkboard menu, bribing small children to scout the pastry case, jostling for position in front of the serene counterstaff, who have obviously done enough yoga to rise above the petty turmoil of the crowd. Nathan now gets the kind of food-world attention previously reserved for Sherry Yard and Nancy Silverton, and her reputation for homey, carefully constructed desserts may be exceeded only by the buzz about the weekend breakfasts she used to do across the street at Rustic Canyon. And it is worth a certain amount of trouble to get a crack at her prosciutto-stuffed croissants, so buttery that they threaten to spurt like a well-constructed chicken Kiev, or her flaky bacon-maple biscuits; her crumbly rustic tarts stuffed with goat cheese or her ultrarich flatbread.

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