A Friendly Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant From the Rustic Canyon Family

It’s the Beach-Adjacent Mexican Spot Santa Monica Needed

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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Just when you thought you were safe from the margaritas...

Here comes Tallula’s, a casual, beach-adjacent Mexican restaurant from the Rustic Canyon crew that opens tomorrow in Santa Monica. Here’s the slideshow.

After arriving here post-beach, there are some things you’ll see that are notable, as far as notable things go:

­—A Japanese roof. It was a Japanese restaurant before it became Marix. Now it’s this. Embrace reincarnation.

—Ysbael-vet Mario Alberto through an open kitchen. He and Jeremy Fox imagineered the braised barbacoa and mole-slathered organic chicken you’re sharing with dates.

—A colorful, breezy Yucatanese interior easing your transition from the sand.

—Abundant overhead agave distillates. Consume them neat, in market-driven margaritas, or in Hibiscus Refrescos with prickly pear brandy, sloe gin, Bruto Americano, agave and lime.

—Handmade tortillas. Whew, they passed your rigid tortilla test.

—Good beer and Spanish wine. You’re in the hands of an Esters co-owner. Good hands.

—Dessert. How is a Zoe Nathan Mexican restaurant not going to serve you tres leches and pan dulce with your stone-ground drinking chocolate?

We’re ejecting ourselves from this narrative for even phrasing that as a question.
Hadley Tomicki

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.


118 Entrada Drive
Santa Monica, CA, 90402


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