Drew Brees was possessed.
You survived a weekend brush with vampirism.
And now, red wine and porchetta will step in and help make some sense of it all.
At Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, a new Ocean Park beacon for quaffing wine and consuming wood-fired things, now open in Santa Monica. (The slideshow’s here and the menu’s here.)
It’s a sunny box of white subway tile and blue leather booths from the same Chez Panisse vet who commands nearby Thyme Café and Market. She’s made you this place to...
Familiarize yourself with important Californians.
There’s a handsome wine bar inside. Great for getting to know noteworthy Los Olivos syrahs, Santa Ynez tempranillos and unoaked Russian River chardonnays. And maybe a friendly Santa Monica resident. Getting to know things is fun.
Go on pizza dates.
There’s a separate eight-person pizza bar with a wood-burning oven. So you and someone interesting can watch your porchetta and bresaola-pear-and-gorgonzola pies being made.
Have lingering patio brunches...
Right out front there with anyone who’s game for eggs with an aged NY strip, bacon-and-egg pizza and breakfast wine.
If there’s breakfast pizza and steak, there gets to be breakfast wine.