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Interstellar

Santa Monica
Café
$$$$
Available for Delivery/Takeout

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This neighborhood newcomer and one of our fave women-owned spots features a daytime menu of globally-inspired items with a full coffee bar, selection of pastries, and a mix of sweet and savory dishes. Tuck into panko-fried chicken and waffles topped with truffle honey butter, a loaded bagel with Scottish smoked salmon smeared with scallion cream cheese and a slice of avocado, or mixed berry brioche French Toast. Interstellar’s beverage menu stands out with a sake list, plus craft cocktails like a Pink Mimosa with pink guava juice and extra-dry prosecco, and a Spicy Bloody Mary with applewood smoked bacon and jalapeno. There’s also a menu “For the Pups” featuring Wagyu beef or chicken with market veggies and fruit.
How to book: Reservations can be made via Yelp.

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Interstellar is defined as the space occurring between two stars, and in the case of chef/owner Angie Kim, those stars are her Korean and American heritages, with her menu acting as an ongoing homage to the flavors and dishes that shaped her upbringing. The restaurant successfully toes the line between coffee house, sake bar, and all-day restaurant, with plenty of seasonal dishes, and a short but worthwhile menu for those dining with their furry friends. Highlights from the breakfast menu include Shakshuka with three eggs and Breakfast Truffle Linguini, while the Branzino Ochazuke and Moroccan Harissa Papparadelle with Burrata are stellar choices for a main. Don’t disregard the happy hour menu that’s offered from 3–5 pm, featuring food specials and discounts on draft beer, sake, wines by the glass, and cocktails.
How to order: Make reservations via Yelp. Order online for pickup and delivery via delivery apps.

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Not many restaurants could open at the start of a pandemic and thrive, but Interstellar’s fusion eats have resonated with locals and visitors alike since wife-and-husband team Angie and Daniel Kim launched last year. Although the Korean and American couple have created several Asian-inflected dishes for the restaurant’s deliciously diverse all-day menu, they happily pay homage to other cuisines and cultures too. Standouts include the bulgogi burger, the seared branzino steeped in dashi broth, and the ridiculously creamy garlic shrimp and pesto pasta served with thick pappardelle noodles. As if it couldn’t get better, Interstellar offers a dog menu with the option to get your four-legged friends either wagyu beef or chicken breast accompanied by farmers market veggies and fruit.
How to book: Walk-ins only or order pickup via their website.

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