Nostalgia can be a main ingredient in what makes certain foods “good.” Chicken soup just like mom used to make, a pie created from grandma’s recipe, or a pizza order from a favorite high school hangout: all carry emotional weight beyond the food itself. At Art’s Table, a breezy corner restaurant in Santa Monica, the sentiment is the same. Named for revered local Art Verge, this place is as much about its classic beachside dishes as it is about the man who inspired them. By embodying the welcoming and gracious spirit that Art was known for, his namesake restaurant is an inviting space for a meal.
Gather with loved ones at tables outside or in the sun-filled dining space at brunch for a mix of colorful dishes that all have a homespun quality. Try the A.T. granola with shredded coconut, brown sugar, and fresh berries, or opt for the Johnny cakes topped with Vermont maple butter. If lunch options sound more appealing, share scoops of the Greek corn salad served with a spiced lemon dressing, or stick to the lobster salad sandwich made with red oak lettuce and avocado.
While this food may not resemble personal memories, eating here can keep one man’s memory alive.