We had a great experience at Art’s Table yesterday afternoon for MLK day brunch. We don’t live in the area and were searching for a brunch spot near where we were, and this place came up on the what felt like hidden local gem of the street Montana, which felt like the antithesis to what one might experience on Third Street.
Thanks to Yelp reservations we were seated right away inside, when every other table inside and outside was occupied.
Let’s start with the coffee; I’ve said many times if a brunch/breakfast place doesn’t have good coffee it has no business being in business. Art knows what he’s doing with his coffee. It’s richly dark and bold in taste, with no acidity and served in delightful ceramic owl mugs that are exactly what they seem… It would be worth coming to Art’s just to get a cup of coffee.
The only caveat with the coffee is that a cup costs $4. I’ve seen premium pricing for coffee when they bring you a French Press but this, despite how good it was, seemed pricy for a basic cup of coffee.
There are plenty of gluten-free options on the breakfast menu including Johnny cakes, a cornmeal-based pancake that looked amazing (though we didn’t have it.) And the dish my wife and I both got a version of , The veggie eggs, which is served with gluten-free potato pancakes topped with greens delicious portobello mushrooms that are perfectly cooked, and two poached eggs, topped with a wonderfully spiced bernadine sauce. The eggs were poached perfectly. The potato pancakes (and to be fair to all concerned if a restaurant that I’ve never been to before has potato pancakes on the menu that’s all my body will allow me to order) were a little thin for my taste, but speaking of taste, they tasted pretty good albeit a little greasy, but considering the very nature of potato pancakes it’s hard to complain about there being oil involved. In our “eye-vesdropping” that we did of other dishes walking by it seems there were other options which had more substantial potatoes and, again, potatoes of any kind will draw me closer to your heart.
The dish was served with a generous salad that was tasty though in terms of volume, but visually overpowered the rest of the dish.
We would definitely come back to Art’s Table and try some of the other tantalizing things that we saw walking by (to be clear they were being carried by serving staff and not walking by under their own power.) The only thing which was a slight downer was our super friendly and cool waiter who seemed to really know what he was doing when he took our order and greeted us, but then never spoke to us again until after we finished eating and wanted to know if we were ready for the check. Again he was awfully nice but you kind of expect, or at least hope that a server will check in with you after you’ve received your food just to make sure that everything was OK. Everything was OK so we would’ve had nothing to complain about but it would have been nice to have seen him again before it was time to get the check.
1002 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403-1604