Right off PCH on the edge of Santa Monica, Tallula’s is actually almost in Rustic Canyon, the lightly-trafficked neighborhood known for its great architecture, lush vegetation, and literally a different climate than the rest of LA County. Rustic Canyon, of course, is also the name of Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan’s first restaurant, the duo behind Huckleberry Café, Milo & Olive, Sweet Rose Creamery, Cassia, and now this new colorful, family-friendly restaurant. The menu bets big on Mexican fare like fish tacos and mushroom and ricotta enchiladas served the way you’d expect: with sustainably sourced meats (and seafood) and locally grown organic produce. Also of note: pastries worth saving room for, a wine list from Esters co-owner and wine director Kathryn Coker, and a solid beer and cocktail menu to boot.

Photos: Rick Poon

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