Review: The Misfit Restaurant & Bar, Santa Monica
I’ve had the pleasure to dine here twice, and I can’t wait to go back. The Misfit doesn’t take reservations, so if you’re going with a group on a weekend, you might want to show up early. Both times I’ve been here, all of the outdoor tables were filled and the bar scene was in full swing, but we lucked out and were able to be seated right away.
Inside, the Misfit is dark and cozy with an old-timey clubby decor out of the 1920s. If you look around, you’ll notice that people are very happy here. The sound is lively, but you’ll still be able to talk to the people at your table.
I’m a fan of “interesting” cocktails. Handcrafted, well-mixed takes on old classics with house-made bitters? I’m in. The first time I went to the Misfit was with a group of 5 people. We ordered different cocktails and passed them around. Everyone was happy with their drinks. I remember that the Clocktower Manhattan and the Jumping Jack Flash were both super smooth and tasty. They also have a good selection of beers on tap and wines by the glass or bottle.
This is a small-plates restaurant with dishes meant for sharing, and thanks to my friends I’ve had a chance to taste a good chunk of the menu. I haven’t had anything that wasn’t perfectly prepared and delicious. The veggie dishes on the menu may change, as they buy what’s local, but there are lots of veggie options. That’s one of my favorite things about eating in California restaurants in general: lots of veggies on the menu.
We had crunchy, delicious green beans with mushrooms as well as green beans with tomatoes … a fresh brussels sprout salad with manchego, and a dish of crispy fried brussels sprouts. The mac and cheese was yummy and gooey with the perfect amount of kick from green chiles. Lobster nik niks are delicious, crunchy lobster sliders, and the Dixie fried chicken was tender and juicy on the inside and super-crunchy on the outside. We ate fat, juicy mussels, and my friends said that the fillet mignon was absolutely perfect. There’s gelato for dessert, but the best part of the whole night is when the server passes around a bowl of freshly made salted chocolate chip cookies. They are to die for!!! Really, the best I’ve had. My mouth is watering as I write. The first time I was polite and took only one cookie, but on the second visit I was bold and took two. I’m serious about good cookies.
In summary, The Misfit is a winner. I don’t think you can go wrong. It may be easier to get a table if you go early on a weeknight; otherwise there will likely be a wait, but it’s worth it. I highly recommend it, and I give it five hearts.
The Misfit Restaurant and Bar
225 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401