The menu at Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan's Santa Monica wine bar may not look that different from other modern farm-to-table spots, but chef Jeremy Fox's light touch and masterful use of seasonal produce puts it way out ahead of the pack. A silky cream of sunchoke soup has its sweetness amplified with touches of coffee and fennel pollen; his clam and mussel pozole verde manages to sing a clear, bright note of acid while also being comforting and hearty. This is a chef who has attracted attention over the years for all sorts of reasons -- one gets the feeling that right now, in this moment, that attention is because he's finally doing exactly what he's best at, with no constraints.
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Wine Bar
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards
Parking: Street, Valet
Reservations: Accepted, Recommended