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Nov 16, 2008 04:23 PM

Rustic Canyon Breakfast Kaput - I snoozed, I lost. Shot at redemption...

A few weekends ago, the line out the door at RUSTIC CANYON sent me packing to Anisette, which was good. I thought we'd try it again in a few weeks, when we could get the timing right.

Yesterday, I pulled up to RC at a few minutes before their posted 9AM opening to find the front of house deserted. I wandered around back to the bustling kitchen where I learned (from Zoe, the pastry wizard) that they recently canceled RC breakfast, though not for lack of ratings.

The good news, however, is that their breakfast was so successful that they've signed a lease on the former PICKUP STIX a few blocks west of RC, where they're starting construction shortly on HUCKLEBERRY CAFE (or maybe BAKERY). "I'll make you all the breakfast you want," promised Zoe, "if you can wait until February."

What choice do I have. I'll wait.

On the bright side, the RC squad are systematically cleansing that stretch of Wilshire of mediocre to poor Chinese restaurants. Like a fire triggering the regrowth of forestland, perhaps they'll unintentionally trigger an elevation of the standard of Chinese food west of San Gabriel. We can hope, can't we?

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  1. According to the Rustic Canyon's email newsletter,

    "Huckleberry will offer fresh baked breads, pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches, rotisserie chicken and other specialty dishes, all created by Rustic Canyon Pastry Chef Zoe Nathan. Huckleberry will be open daily from 8AM to 7PM, and like Rustic will use only the best Farmer's Market ingredients around. We will also offer full service catering for small and large events."

    I'm looking forward to this too!

    1. Hi techbod,

      Thanks for the info. Did you find out a reason why they would cancel breakfast at RC and then decide to build an entire establishment devoted to it a few doors down? (Just curious.) Maybe the breakfast operation was interfering w/ their regular hours and menu?

      1. That's going to be a very popular block. Santa Monica Seafood is planning to reopen their 10th Street Cafe with the new retail seafood shop incorporated pretty soon, too. I think they are shooting for the first couple months of the new year.

        1. My incredibly sweet co-worker was awesome enough to bring in a sampling of the pastries from Huckleberry this morning to the office. Here's what I tried: the chocolate croissant, the blueberry crostata and the bacon maple scone. The croissant was very good, with a smooth, dark chocolate filling, but the croissant itself just wasn't all that flaky. I prefer the ones at Anisette or Amandine over this. The blueberry crostata, though, was fantastic: amazingly flaky crust with a filling packed with blueberries and that had the perfect level of sweetness. And the bacon maple scone? I want to eat this every single day. It's the absolute perfect balance of sweet and savory and the texture of the scone made me feel a sharp pang of regret for all the sad, dry Starbuck's scones I've eaten over the years.

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          1. re: mollyomormon

            What?? They're open? I thought they were planning on a March opening. Dang it, I had hopes on going as soon as they were open. This is what happens when you don't live and work in the area....

            1. re: baloney

              They just opened today so you still have time...:)

          2. yeah i was bummed to miss their brunch but can't wait to check out huckleberry! heard about the opening today, didn't know it was the same pastry chef as RC. good to know.

            amen to that... i've been praying for the day the west side will have proper dim sum...