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M Street Kitchen

bakeries/cafes/dessert places - breakfast

I haven’t been to M Street Kitchen in so long, the last time I was here it was called La Grande Orange!

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It’s related (and attached) to my favorite Santa Monica Pizzeria – since then, we got our own Stella Barra in Hollywood – and I’ve become friends with the chef!

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I texted Jeff Mahin to make sure he was responsible for these creations, since I also recognized his famous cookies

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…he was, indeed – and I’m not just kissing his ass when I say they’re INCREDIBLE.

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The best bran muffin I’ve ever eaten (doesn’t deserve to be lumped into the same category as those typical cardboard ones)…

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…and a seriously brilliant Pretzel Croissant.

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Maybe we can get Jeff to bring these babies closer to Hollywood, too?

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M.B. Post

brunch - restaurant - salads - vegetarian

For the last few years, every time I’ve met somebody from Manhattan Beach, I’ll pick their brain about M.B. Post

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…known as one of the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants – but since it’s not exactly around the corner from me, I couldn’t bring myself to drive down “just to see” – until they lured me with an invitation.

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I met David LeFevre at The Taste last summer, and knew the chef-driven/seasonal menu would be something special…

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…we were seriously blown away!

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Sticky Buns with Pecan and Brown Sugar…

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…a Seasonal Medley of Fitzgerald Farm Stone Fruits/Mint/Honey…

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…and a Breakfast Sandwich (sans Sausage) – English Muffin, Calabrian Peppers, Fontina, Tomato + a brilliant yellow egg scramble.

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We came during Sunday brunch, so there weren’t too many “lunch” options – Chopped Salad of Baby Artichokes, Chickpeas, Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Parmesan…

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(Salami on the Side for me)

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…and a Burrata/Roasted Pepper Sandwich with Green Olive Pesto on a Pretzel Roll…

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…side of perfect house-made potato chips.

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Not normally served til dinner, the kitchen hooked us up with their infamous Brussels Sprouts – which I’ve seen featured on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats…

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…roasted to perfection with emmental, hazelnuts, and fried sage.

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The only thing Abe couldn’t eat is the one that’s been haunting my dreams…

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…Bacon and Cheddar Biscuits with Maple Butter. I wondered if it would be overkill, but it’s not. It’s everything a biscuit should be.

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Almost everything above was boxed/taken home but we couldn’t stop our spoons once they dug into dessert…

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…”The Elvis” – Chocolate Pudding, Peanut Butter Mousse, Bruleed Bananas…

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…and Bacon Brittle.

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Absolutely worth the drive. Even the traffic.  Not one thing was less than extraordinary, and the service couldn’t have been friendlier/on point, despite a crazy brunch crowd. We’ll definitely be back!

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