Santa Monica’s artsy Bergamot Station is one of the neighborhood’s most underrated areas, but that’s changing—partially accelerated by the arrival of Jeremy Fox’s Birdie G’s two years ago. Named after both his daughter and grandma, it’s one of Fox’s most personal restaurants, so the nostalgia-steeped menu is full of American comfort food, inspired by what he ate growing up. In addition to paying homage to soul-warming Jewish fare with matzo ball soup and a Southern take on kugel, Fox channels his Hungarian and Russian roots with several new, Eastern European-inspired dishes, like duck sausage pasta with Tokaji (a wine from Hungary) and duck-and-watermelon radish kebabs with strawberry kvass—all executed via a California lens with an emphasis on seasonality. If you’re hankering after some of Birdie G’s classics, check their Instagram account for announcements about weekly specials.
How to book: Walk in or make a reservation via Resy. Order pickup by calling directly at 310-310-3616 or download the Rustic Canyon Family app for pickup and delivery options.