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She's Back! Cynthia's on Montana

srgx2 Apr 25, 2009 02:21 PM

After 3 years in Barcelona, Cynthia has opened a new restaurant on Montana in Santa Monica. Small 8 table place with all the Cynthia on Third recipies. Great fired chicken and cobbler's to die for. Check it out. Prices can't be beat.

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  1. techbod RE: kevin Apr 26, 2009 12:45 PM

    I saw the news that Cynthia's was on Montana and went to pick up dinner to go last night. Cynthia is there, and just as nutty as ever (this is a direct quote, "People say I was a real bitch at the old place. But at least I got it done."). Frankly, I was relieved to learn that she is in on the joke in a Soup Nazi/Father's Office kind of way, which makes her theatrics somehow charming.

    The new space is very comfortable. The menu is surprisingly inexpensive. The food is every bit as good as it was in its 3rd Street glory days. They're awaiting a beer & wine license, so it's currently BYOB with no corkage. They have a giant flat-screen on the wall to watch the Lakers. They have wi-fi.

    They packed me fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, and 2 berry cobblers a la mode to go. Yes, that's right Kevin - even the "We don't do cobblers to go!!!" edict is out the window. Cynthia has mellowed a bit (a tiny bit), and this place is just right for our times.

    In estimating the prospects for Cynthia's new outpost, I'm inclined to invoke an old screenwriting cliche "it's crazy, but it just might work."

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    1. re: techbod
      kevin RE: techbod Apr 26, 2009 05:25 PM

      is she still sporting those black leather hot pants???

      maybe i'll drop by for the fried chicken and mashed potatoes and of course the cobbler.

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      yogachik RE: srgx2 Apr 25, 2009 03:47 PM

      Montana and what? I haven't seen anything new on Montana...

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      1. re: yogachik
        kevin RE: yogachik Apr 25, 2009 05:19 PM

        i hate to be a douche. but Google is your friend.


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          Servorg RE: kevin Apr 25, 2009 05:30 PM

          Although that "location tear drop" on the Google map that comes with the link is at the corner of Main St. and Pico (a long way from Montana Ave.).

          1. re: Servorg
            kevin RE: Servorg Apr 25, 2009 05:38 PM

            then i made a mistake, my bad. then i guess google is not our friend.

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              Servorg RE: kevin Apr 25, 2009 05:40 PM

              Maybe a Cynthia "disinformation" campaign? It begins all over again...(cue the theme from "Jaws")

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                kevin RE: Servorg Apr 25, 2009 05:43 PM

                so wait a second does this restaurant not really exist.

                from the menu, that i took a look at it, it defeinintely might just work for montana. the reason being is it sounds a lot like take out, everything is priced by the piece, so you won't have to deal with Cynthia herself too much.

                the prices sounds cheap but it adds up so a six dollar juicy breast, plus mac n cheese (for eight bucks) plus mashed potatoes (for 3 bucks) sets you up at 17 bucks, throw in another breast and it's around 23 dollar for an entree neck in neck with what it was at a few years ago.

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                  Servorg RE: kevin Apr 25, 2009 05:46 PM

                  I wonder how those financial numbers would work for paying the freight on Montana. Would the place have to be open 24/7 with only Cynthia working the kitchen and the FOH? Inquiring CPA's want to know.

                  1. re: Servorg
                    kevin RE: Servorg Apr 25, 2009 08:00 PM

                    Perhaps. Though there have been many vacancies in the area recently (and you know when the economic downturn hits Montana, it effects everyone poor or rich).

                    if i can get only a fried breast for six bucks and possibly a side for under 10 bucks, i'll still saving quite some dough over the previous storefront.

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                      RacerX RE: kevin Apr 25, 2009 08:06 PM

                      Is the old Cynthia's still any good? I've never been but its been on my list of places to check out. Or should I skip it and head to the Montana location?


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                        Emme RE: RacerX Apr 26, 2009 01:07 AM

                        not having been to the new montana outpost, i can't speak to comparisons. however, since the food is the same, but cynthia *isn't* there, i'd head to 3rd street first to fall in love with the cobbler... then if you're in santa monica, or live closer to montana, go check out that one. this has a two-fold benefit, you'll be more likely be going to check out cynthia's behavior as a sideshow, but you'll be able to tolerate what she throws because you know you're really there for the gustatorgasm.

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                          srgx2 RE: RacerX Apr 26, 2009 11:48 AM

                          She sold the 3rd street location some years ago and moved to Spain. Her son wanted to open a place in LA so she moved back and now has this spot next to Kiehl's on Montana.

                2. re: kevin
                  Peripatetic RE: kevin Apr 25, 2009 08:31 PM

                  I've fixed the address in the CH places database, now Google's your friend again.


                  1. re: Peripatetic
                    kevin RE: Peripatetic Apr 25, 2009 08:38 PM

                    You are definitely peripatetic, Peripatetic.

                    And now that Google is our friend again, we're all back in business.

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            yogachik RE: srgx2 Apr 26, 2009 12:39 PM

            Went by today, am so excited! Chopped salad! Fried Chicken! Cobbler! Open everyday from 8AM to 10PM - boy does this make me happy :)

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              fdb RE: srgx2 Apr 26, 2009 06:42 PM

              Never been to her other restaurants. What's good besides fried chicken and cobblers?

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