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Jul 7, 2006 01:42 AM

URTH CAFE Santa Monica advice

Could you please tell me what the best time is to avoid lines and find parking?
ALSO....please, what does everyone love to eat here? I have only been once, and had an amazing tuna salad. I am interested in hearing all your rec's, especially desserts! Thanks so much.

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  1. We've never had issues parking (on the street) or waiting when we go at 8 PM or after. They still serve food, but we go for dessert.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Oh, thanks! I had no idea they were open for dinner. What desserts do you get?

      1. re: cupcake

        Yep, they are open into the evening. I'm not sure what time they close, but I've been there around 10 p.m., and it is a pleasant time to enjoy the patio seating on a warm summer night. It is still lively, but not a zoo. And street parking has never been a problem for me at that time; you should be able to find a metered spot just north of the cafe on Main.

        The only downside is the dessert offerings will be diminished at that hour, but I do enjoy the occasional (huge) slice of the berries-and-cream layer cake. For a real meal, I usually go for their mediterrean plate. It's about $12, but is a lot of food.

        And their extra-strong Quadra espresso drink is my favorite cup of high-octane caffeine in town. Strong, smooth, slightly sweet. Vroom vroom!

    2. i'm a nyc hound who ate at urth cafe every morning on a recent trip over there. their croissants are amazing--perfect level of crispiness with buttery ooze. i also sampled their bread pudding which was gorgeous looking, but a bit too rich for my taste.

      (f/k/a freddie)

      1. Urth sometimes have these mini-banana cream pies that are decadently good.

          1. They are one of the few places on the Westside that have Sfoliatella, and their croissants are amazing.

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            1. re: triplecreme

              They -always- seem to run out of sfogliatelle before I get there. I get my fix at Eagle Rock Italian Bakery on the occasions I can deal with the attitude.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Sorry, realized I already responded down further.