I have a second family in Santa Monica, one that is very dear to my heart, and I had the great privilege of brunching with them the weekend before I left to come home. It was recommended that we meet at Joe’s on Abbot Kinney as I was told this is THE place to brunch. It’s one of the original restaurants on Abbot Kinney and is truly a gem in the community. While I’m not one to name drop, I’ll just say we were waiting outside with the crème de la crème of Venice society. Oh how cheesy that sounds.
After a quick glimpse of the menu, my eyes were immediately drawn to the bottomless bellini. I asked our waitress what exactly that meant and she looked at me like I was crazy. “It’s bottomless,” she said. “That means you never get to see the bottom of your glass. It starts to look low and I come over and fill it up again.” Well, I figured since I wasn’t driving I might as well indulge. It wasn’t five minutes before a massive white wine glass was put in front of me filled to the top with a Bellini mix. And true to her statement, the glass never once reached the bottom, and we were sitting there for over three hours. Not too shabby.
Now onto the food. This place is trouble, ya’ll, starting with the very first plate they put in front of you. Home baked banana bread and toasted brioche with jam and butter should be the way that every breakfast begins, right? It didn’t take long for that to get polished off. Then it was onto an appetiser we all shared – fruit drizzled with honey with a side of cheese and sprinkled with almonds. Yum, yum in my tum! The piece de resistance, however, was my order of pancakes. This is the American breakfast I dream of when I am missing home terribly. Give me a pancake covered in syrup and I’ll show you the biggest smile you can find on this planet.
Joe’s was delightful, delicious and down right perfect in setting up the day. It was a marvellous brunch with good people, great service a joyous atmosphere. This is the perfect place to catch up with friends over a long leisurely meal.
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291