Birdie G’s industrial space in Santa Monica doesn’t look much different from other new restaurants in LA. There’s exposed air ducts, an open kitchen, and an eager waitstaff proudly proclaiming that everything’s meant to be shared. But once the food starts hitting the table, all those lingering “We’ve seen this before” thoughts quickly fade away. Whether it’s mustard-doused German potato salad, crab and prawn cakes, or sloppy joes on Texas toast, this is the kind of hearty, stick-to-your-ribs comfort food that you just can’t find in this city. Also, it all tastes great. Birdie G’s is the most excited we’ve been about a Westside restaurant in over a year.
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