The Misfit newly opened in the old Anisette Brasserie space off of Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, which is a bit of a shame because I really liked Anisette. They had a tasty, affordable steak tartare that came with delicious waffle-cut crisps and served cute French bistro food in a nice setting. The Misfit didn’t really have to do anything with the interior, as it was pretty much exactly the same as I remembered from Anisette, with a long, shiny bar and a repainted mural. It still has a literary, French bistro atmosphere, but the menu is all shared bar plates and drinks at good prices. Their brunch options with $12 bottomless mimosas just started, so they’re doing a (limited time?) neat offer for buy one brunch entree, get the second for only $3. Amazing.
Prosciutto and burrata with poached eggs on toast. Their side salad is shaved asparagus in vinaigrette with shaved parmesan. What a good idea; asparagus is already kind of stringy, so why not save people the trouble and just turn it into a thick slaw anyway? Plus, it absorbs runny yolk much better, and asparagus and eggs go together like… mimosas and brunch. Even though my fatty mental self first wished this was a Benedict plate drowning in Hollandaise, the burrata cheese was creamy and rich enough to banish those thoughts from my mind. I do wish they could do a version of biscuits and gravy, but in a pseudo healthy way like 515 Kitchen in Santa Cruz that serves homemade biscuits with a vegetarian mushroom gravy (soooo good) and sweet potato home fries.
Tom’s huevos rancheros look a bit of a hot mess. It didn’t exactly have typical rancheros accompaniments (no rice, the beans were mixed into this ranchero sauce stuff, no salsa except for some guac at the top), but it was really good.
Hey, there’s mac and cheese here! Okay, this also looks like a bit unappetizing, but it was really good! It used gluten free brown rice pasta and had a gruyere and parmesan cheese sauce with green chiles. I pretty much ate the whole thing. Yeah…