The Misfit in Santa Monica: Eat Your Vegetables + Giveaway

Chef Bruce Kalman by Caroline on Crack

Veg pusher: The Misfit chef Bruce Kalman

When I got back from my two-week European cheesefest, I made a vow of (mostly) vegetarianism (with some fish flexibility) in the hopes of losing some of the weight I had gained. Fortunately in LA it’s not too hard to keep that vow but I’m still very appreciative when there’s a restaurant that offers tasty and abundant veg options. LGO’s The Misfit in Santa Monica, which opened in April of this year, is one such place with its constantly rotating selection of farmers’ market fresh small plates created by Chef Bruce Kalman, formerly of LGO’s Chelsea Kitchen in Arizona. The menu basically changes every other day.

Veg dishes by Caroline on Crack

Can't even see the table.

Chef Bruce shops for his ingredients at the farmers’ market in SaMo on both Wednesdays and Saturdays. And at the envy of most other chefs who browse the booths and have to load up their groceries into their cars, he need only show up with his cart and shuffle it back to his restaurant.

The Dinner

Recently I was invited to check out the vegetarian menu during a hosted dinner. The restaurant had gotten wind of my veg pledge and wanted to show off its vegetarian/vegan offerings. Now it should be noted that even though this particular dinner was taken care of, I’ve been a fan of the Misfit. In fact, it’s become my boyfriend’s and my favorite dinner spot off Third Street Promenade. But I had never explored their veg dishes (with a touch of pescatarian).

So after enjoying the happy hour (every day 12-7pm) of $5 well, beer, wine the chef proceeded to cover our table with nine dishes — all meat-free, save for one fish dish. If this were regular restaurant food, most of this stuff would have been doggybagged. But since it was all small plates of predominantly vegetable dishes — including kale salad, Misfit Dip Plate, street cart corn, cherry tomato herb salad, broccolini, mac and cheese, crudo hamachi with blood orange — we were able to polish everything off save for Rosa’s baked goat cheese and mac and cheese dishes. And afterward we didn’t feel gross, and still had room for the salted chocolate chip cookies that came with our “check”! By the way, LOVE getting the check here, for that very reason.

Tomato herb salad by Caroline on Crack

Tomato herb salad.

The Dishes

The veg dishes range in price from the $3 spicy caramel nut corn to the $11 brussels sprout salad. A majority of them are small plates that are meant to be shared, something my bf HATES (“There’s never enough food for what you buy and afterward you’re still hungry”). But here we found that we’re usually sated when we split three veg dishes. My favorites? The mac and cheese, the kale salad and the chickpea wrap.

Vegans and celiacs will be happy to know that the kitchen can accommodate requests to create any dish to suit your dietary restrictions.

What’s To Drink?

The Misfit also has a full bar and a specialty cocktail list of classic cocktails. The Clocktower Manhattan is basically a Manhattan but instead of Vermouth, they use the brandy that the cherries are soaked in and apparently no bitters. It’s all right but when I come here I usually go for one of the craft beers on their list, which is excellent by the way with brews like St. Bernardus Abt 12, Allagash Curieux and Alesmith Nautical Brown Ale. And don’t know if this is any good but there’s even gluten-free beer.

The Verdict

In any case, I really appreciate the Misfit at the Promenade. Nice to get some fresh, fairly affordable and fun food.

By the way, The Misfit just began a brunch service which features dishes like San Daniele Prosciutto & Eggs, Famous French Pancakes, Chilaquiles and Huevos Rancheros as well as bottomless mimosas for $12 til 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.


GIVEAWAY: So to promote the brunch they’ve given me TWO “Drunken Brunch for Two” dealios (worth $75 each) to give away! And all you have to do for a chance to win and get your morning drank on is the following (you must do both steps to qualify):

  1. Leave a comment below saying what is your favorite brunch cocktail and include your Twitter handle. (There is no right answer; I just like to hear how you greet the morning.)
  2. Tweet: โ€œI wanna get drunk @themisfitsamo’s brunch, @carolineoncrack!”

I’ll randomly pick a winner via on Tuesday at 10am and notify the winner via email. If I don’t hear from you by 2pm that Tuesday, I’ll draw another winner so check your email, people!

The Misfit
225 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, California 90401 (map)
(310) 656-9800
Facebook: The Misfit
Twitter: @themisfitsamo

50 Responses to The Misfit in Santa Monica: Eat Your Vegetables + Giveaway
  1. Katie J
    June 30, 2011 | 11:35 am

    My favorite brunch cocktails are Irish Coffees (if I want something warm) or the classic Mimosa. Hoping to win! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. gourmetpigs
    June 30, 2011 | 11:36 am

    It’s always mimosa for brunch for me! I guess I’ve been trained to associate mornings with OJ :p

  3. Katie J
    June 30, 2011 | 11:36 am

    My favorite brunch cocktails are Irish Coffees (if I want something warm) or the classic Mimosa. Hoping to win! ๐Ÿ™‚ @alohomora1

    (forgot my Twitter handle)

  4. Jeff
    June 30, 2011 | 11:36 am

    Vodka and OJ… refreshing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Doug
    June 30, 2011 | 11:37 am

    I love me some bloody marys. Handmade, with pearl onions, plenty of worcestershire, lotsa horseradish, olives, good vodka, and some cayenne. I don’t do that twitter THAAANNNNGGG

  6. Jenn
    June 30, 2011 | 11:38 am

    I absolutely LOVE a great bloody mary while enjoying brunch.
    Twitter handle: @_jennalee

  7. Kerensa
    June 30, 2011 | 11:39 am

    I love mimosas in the morning!

    twitter: kerensacadenas

  8. Janae
    June 30, 2011 | 11:41 am

    I’m a big fan of the classic mimosa with raspberries in the bottom of the glass, but peach bellinis are a hands-down fave.

  9. Matthew
    June 30, 2011 | 11:41 am

    I like to step up my brunch with a classy Bellini

  10. Katie J
    June 30, 2011 | 11:43 am

    My favorite brunch cocktails are Irish Coffees (if I want something warm) or the classic Mimosa. Hoping to win! ๐Ÿ™‚ @alohomora1

  11. Caroline C
    June 30, 2011 | 11:44 am

    I love Blood Orange Mimosas!! mmmm!! and i love the Misfit and all the LGO restaurants!!!
    twitter handle- @djsweetcaroline

  12. Sam
    June 30, 2011 | 11:48 am

    Ramos gin fizzes! At The Raymond in South Pasadena!

    Twitter handle: @tttotallywired

  13. crystal
    June 30, 2011 | 11:50 am

    I’m a mimosa girl myself


  14. Dr. David Robinson
    June 30, 2011 | 11:51 am

    Spicy Bloody Marys . . . extra points for spicy pickled okra or green bean, celery salt a must!

  15. Edward
    June 30, 2011 | 11:52 am

    Mimosas. @edwardholzer

  16. Ilyssa
    June 30, 2011 | 11:52 am

    My favorite brunch cocktail is a frozen bellini. Twitter: @IlyssaS

  17. Mike S
    June 30, 2011 | 11:53 am

    Pretty traditional for me, just some vodka and OJ. Brunch sounds fun, I’m @mikeschramm.

  18. fattypangs
    June 30, 2011 | 11:57 am

    A mimosa for sure! BUT since i’m super picky, it’s gotta be fresh squeezed oj, maybe a small splash of grapefruit.

    twitter: fattypangs

  19. Kristen
    June 30, 2011 | 11:59 am

    Depends on the night before…if it’s a hangover brunch, a very strong & spicy bloody mary. Otherwise, champers baby!

  20. Kristen
    June 30, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Depends on the night beforeโ€ฆif itโ€™s a hangover brunch, a very strong & spicy bloody mary. Otherwise, champers baby!

    Oops totally forgot my handle…. @UnctuousLA

  21. Peter
    June 30, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    Gotta go with a nice spicy Bloody for Brunch, usually nursing a little hangy and need that fine flavor to start the day — that said, I’m never mad at a bottomless mimosa!

  22. Talia
    June 30, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    I love a Tequila smoothie– Camarena Tequila Silver, a splash of orange juice, some frozen peaches and mangos. Put it in the blender and ta-dah! Refreshing and delicious!

  23. Laura L. Thatcher
    June 30, 2011 | 12:46 pm

    My favorite brunch cocktail is the classic, mimosa — easy on the orange juice! Twitter handle @lltlaw

  24. Claudia
    June 30, 2011 | 12:51 pm


  25. Angie
    June 30, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    Gotta have a greyhound! @angieabrantes

  26. Kaygrill
    June 30, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    My favorite is Playa’s Poblano Escobar! It’s poblano peppers, fresh pineapple, cumin, agave and lemon. A nice kick to rid myself of hangover blues!

  27. MIkey
    June 30, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    What if you don’t have a Twitter account? Damn, I guess I can’t win your giveaways.

  28. Nancy
    June 30, 2011 | 2:01 pm

    Love, love mimosas. But must be fresh juice. Also like them made with Prosecco. My twitter handle @rbgal

  29. cb
    June 30, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    At brunch I want a classic Tequila Sunrise.

  30. Kelly
    June 30, 2011 | 2:15 pm

    My fave is an extra spicy bloody mary, yum! @kellynicole9

  31. Michael / South Bay Foodies
    June 30, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Brunch is best served with a Long Island Iced Tea. @southbayfoodies

  32. Cake & Heels
    June 30, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    Um, boozy brunch?! YES please! And I’m with Sam… Ramos Gin Fizz all the way.


  33. David Neudorfer
    June 30, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    Extra Spicy Bloody Mary for me.

  34. Leah Falls
    June 30, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    Love me a fresh mimosa in the morning!!!

    Twitter: @leahfalls

  35. Danielle
    June 30, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    bloody mary with celery and green olives

  36. Kerri Buckley
    June 30, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    My favorite brunch cocktail is any flavored mimosa!

  37. Kerri Buckley
    June 30, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    Oh and @kerribuck

  38. carina
    June 30, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    BELLINIs… for SURE!!!! @carinanina

  39. Maggie
    June 30, 2011 | 4:53 pm

    Something just doesn’t seem right at brunch without a mimosa in your hand…

  40. Frances
    July 1, 2011 | 9:54 am

    When I’m feeling casual, a blood orange mimosa with some good prosecco and a dash of limoncello does the trick…but if I’m feeling feisty, a manhattan straight up alongside some steak and eggs. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Twitter: @Ottertune

  41. Jeff
    July 1, 2011 | 10:15 am

    Beer! Particularly a good oatmeal stout.

  42. Austin
    July 1, 2011 | 7:30 pm

    clamado and beer!

  43. Yvonne S
    July 2, 2011 | 1:04 pm

    I love brunch because it’s the only opportunity I have to indulge in a Bloody Mary. If that’s unavailable, a Manhattan on the rocks goes nicely with my Eggs Benedict (or oatmeal, if I’m feeling virtuous). Thank you for this giveaway!

    Twitter ID: @Grimlock710

  44. Amber
    July 4, 2011 | 10:13 am



  45. Miki
    July 5, 2011 | 9:34 am

    Spicy bloody mary!

  46. cari
    July 5, 2011 | 9:38 am

    tequila blanco neat with a side of sangrita!

  47. Jay Lukes
    July 5, 2011 | 9:39 am

    Just a classic Bloody Mary with lots of horseradish.


  48. michelle woo
    July 5, 2011 | 9:39 am

    Bloody Mary, extra spicy!


  49. Courtney
    July 5, 2011 | 9:42 am

    My favorite is definitely a Bloody Mary, extra spicy.


  50. Diane Wagner
    July 8, 2011 | 3:31 pm

    The Misfit is one of my new favs – in fact, I just wrote a blog post on it on called “Fitting In With The Misfit” that you might enjoy checking out!

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