As if we needed another excuse to venture to Santa Monica, Maire Byrne (of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Ajax Tavern in Aspen and Aqua in San Francisco) opened her second restaurant Local Kitchen & Wine Bar on Ocean Park recently (her first is Thyme Cafe and Market), and we wasted no time making our way over to check it. Hand-crafted pizzas, pastas, and seasonal small plates, oh my! It's all delish and paired in a cozy, casual environment that will have you staying well past your bedtime. (Unless in you're dining for lunch in which case, get back to work friends!)
When I say the more the merrier, I'm referring to the number of people in your party. Bring as many friends as possible so that you can order as much food as possible and try it all. There are just so many great things to choose from!
As if the delicious food wasn't enough, the decor makes us want to move in!