Huckleberry Café is a great addition to the rich Santa Monica casual dining scene. The café, owned and operated by Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb, who own Rustic Canyon across the street and down the block, is a warm, informal breakfast and lunch spot, which offers family dinners on Thursday nights.
Huckleberry is both a bakery and a restaurant, with gourmet, mouth-watering options ordered at a counter and delivered to one of the indoor or outdoor bistro tables.
The back entry from the parking lot features an herb and vegetable garden, which signals the freshness and flavors available inside.
Breakfast offerings are creative combination of eggs and omelets, with delicious sides, home-made pastries and breads and wonderful coffees and teas.
Lunch fare includes daily soups, flatbreads and paninis, imaginative salads from the display case and gourmet meats and cheeses along with several hot entrees.
The menu changes frequently to reflect the reliance on local, seasonal produce. Meats, poultry and dairy products are free range and hormone and antibiotic free.
Bakery items include a wide array of cookies, cupcakes, cakes, pastries, breads and rolls.
Prices reflect the artisanal nature of the offerings, making them a bit higher than a typical café, but well worth it.