THINK RED. LIP STICK RED… You’ll find it throughout THE MISFIT – installed within the art collection, upholstering the furniture, caressing the candle light, and capping the menu with the following tag line: “I’d rather eat in a bar than drink in a restaurant” - a quote from owner Bob Lynn that succinctly epitomizes everything that is THE MISFIT.
THE MISFIT reprises a sense of Americana – a “back to the bar” ideal of casual destination dining. Designed with a nostalgic nod to the Clock Tower Building that rises above (built in the late 1920’s), the cherished dining room that preceded us (the golden “ANISETTE” remains in the mosaic tile floor as a show of acknowledgment), and the end of prohibition (1933), THE MISFIT plays it coy with inexpensive drinks, served large and strong, menus of accessible comfort food intended to be enjoyed on a daily basis (with most items available in vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free versions), and a casual, carefree neighborhood atmosphere that encourages relaxation…and perhaps a little late night mischief, as well. The interiors have been toned down quite a bit, eliciting a more informal mood, while preserving many of the cherished design features that existed previously, from the double story back bar, to the private balcony, to the mosaic tile flooring. From there, however, THE MISFIT soars. Toiling for months, artisans crafted hand painted murals of frolicking nudes that float high above the bar, a nod to the romantic era of portraiture that inspired this glorious building. Books and memorabilia peek from behind dramatic, striped drapery on massive bookshelves, encouraging guests to linger over a drink or a conversation. The music and the atmosphere are decidedly pumped, however, offering an alcohol fueled soundtrack for the clientele that will likely join in after a few sips of something cool. Climb the circular staircase in the back to enjoy a collection of vintage cocktail shakers, a collection that symbolizes the back story of this particular MISFIT. Collected by the staff over a period of many months, the cocktails shakers serve as a vivid installation of folk art, created just as Prohibition ended and fun loving men and women returned to the bar. Many shakers arrived with cocktail recipes etched into glass and metal, as drinkers discovered themselves woefully out of practice when these artifacts were created once again for legal use. Every shaker, however, is visually arresting, providing a sense of nostalgia to those perched along the room-length bar or tucked into a secluded booth.
Chef Bruce Kalman leads the kitchen of THE MISFIT. House specialties are provided to sustain happy imbibers, such as ‘house made spicy carmel nut corn with Aleppo chili and almonds’ (Read: The spiciest nuts you’ll throw down your gullet!). THE MISFIT menus are designed for daily enjoyment, including a rotation of five fresh soups, half vegetarian or vegan; large healthful salad options that are vegetable (not lettuce) based; and a large selection of menu items specifically constructed in a manner that can be offered as either vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free (i.e.: Brown Rice Pasta Mac & Cheese!). Chef Kalman makes good use of the twice weekly Farmer’s Market just outside his doors, as well, offering an evolving, daily selection of five vegetables, the dish determined entirely by what catches his eye during weekly market runs. Lunch and dinner are served daily beginning at 11am, along with a late night menu, which is offered 10pm until closing. The bar program opens with sixteen craft beer selections, signature cocktails, a daily selection of Punch, available in a single serving or a punch bowl for the group, as well as a curated selection of wines by the glass and bottle. Happy Hour arrives Monday through Friday, 3pm until 7pm, with half off all well liquor (all call brands humorously dubbed “This house pours!”) with wine and beer offerings for $5.
THE MISFIT struts into Santa Monica, just off the most highly trafficked path in Southern California, yet close enough to the surrounding neighborhoods to serve as the new watering hole for friends, co-workers, and west side residents alike.
THE MISFIT is owned and operated by LGO Hospitality. Based in Santa Monica, CA, LGO also locally owns the hugely popular LGO Café and Luggage Room Pizzeria in Pasadena, CA. LGO is not affiliated with any other restaurants in LA that may previously have bared our brand or name.
225 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.656.9800 | www.TheMisfitRestaurant.com