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Birdie G’s – Santa Monica, CA

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Birdie G’s is Chef Jeremy Fox’s new Santa Monica restaurant with a grand-diner sort of feel, named after his daughter and grandmother.  His Midwest roots and Jewish heritage are on full display in his kitchen, offering everything from a daily Blue-Plate Special to Matzo Ball Soup, and prime cuts of Steak & Frites.  The atmosphere is bustling, while pleasant – the perfect place to find something enjoyable for dinner.

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The cocktail and wine lists are creative and accommodating, with wines by the glass, carafe and bottle with a very large selection by the glass.  On the cocktail list – start with “Mums an Old Fashioned Gal” with chrysanthemum, sazerac and bitters – smooth and smart.

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The offerings are vast at Birdie G’s with cause to come back on several occasions. The Almond Pesto Olives and Lavender Almonds are nice for munching on while enjoying your drinks.  However, the German Potato Salad with Smoked Mushrooms, Poached Chicken, Egg and Avocado was definitely a nice start and not to be missed, even on your first and second visits.

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Texas Toasts of Avocado, Sloppy Jeremy, Sea Urchin or Sweetbreads sounded amazingly enough, but doesn’t Chicken Liver define good Jewish cooking?  Chef Jeremy’s is more of a Chicken Liver Toast for Dummies – approachable, easy going, but a hair sweet for those who can handle “the liver.”

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Sand Dabs with Brown Butter, Caper and Lemon with tiny Croutons were cleverly fancied because of the incredible texture and tang in a rustic presentation.  A side of Country Club Greens of Escarole, Pepperoncini and Provolone sauteed until soft and creamy with a mild melty cheese made me happy.

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So, try and grab a table on Resy and get ready to take a ride with Chef Fox through his destination of choice with a separate fine-dining room and menu opening in late summer.

 

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