Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize winning food writer for the LA Times. This week, he visits Cassia in Santa Monica. The buzzy new opening is a partnership between Chef Bryant Ng (formerly of Spice Table), Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan.
What to order: the charcuterie plate, cucumber salad, chopped escargot, white pepper crab and Vietnamese pot au feu.
Where is it? 1314 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, (310) 393-6699
Pro tip: Esters wine shop and bar just opened next door, so you can browse the selection and grab a glass of wine while you wait for a table.