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Sauce on Hampton, Venice-SM area


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Sauce on Hampton, Venice-SM area

jdwdeville | | Mar 12, 2009 11:34 AM

So I wondered about posting this because the place literally has less than 5 tables inside, but it's a great local place, just opened, serving solid food at VERY nice prices. We're not breaking into any new culinary territory here, people, just leaving very satisfied and happy without spending a fortune or eating unhealthily.
The owner is European, I think, and spent some time in Amsterdam (hence all his self taken photos of tulips adorning the walls). Decor is simple, yet inviting enough to make us want to linger a while, now that he's bought candles and turned the lights down.
There are 2 menus: Brunch (always available) and Lunch/Dinner. I have yet to try a breakfast dish in 4 visits. No alcohol yet, but we have byo'd each time, and they are kind enough to open it, provide glasses, and pour.
Dinner menu has appetizers and salads on one side and sandwiches/entrees on the other, along with a substantial selection of sides made from fresh veggies prepared very simply. Last night the farmer who grows the baby broccoli was dining next to us.
We started with an app of grilled polenta squares topped with rich sauteed mushrooms for $5.
Burgers are good for $8, and come in Beef, Turkey, and Veggie flavor, with a number of set "styles" to dress them up. I've been going with the most classic: good quality cheddar, applewood bacon, red onion and baby spinach (?).
There is a half day cooked pulled pork w/ 5 spice (very good!), either in entree form or sandwich($10/11), and a grilled cheese with some fancy cheese (i think i saw gruyere and fresh mozz) and more bacon.
Traditional entrees are limited to the aforementioned pork, a chicken dijon-esque dish, and a seared tuna, all of which attest to the simplicity of the food here.
The sides are killer, as well. Roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes w/ garlic, red cabbage cole slaw, simply sauteed baby broccoli, kale, etc, all are very fresh and served with a minimum of adornment. All are about $4.
I haven't tried any dessert other than the owner's homemade cookies (excellent) and a cup of seriously good coffee.
Bottom line: are you going to drive all the way from the valley? No. But if you live near here, as I do, you now have a great informal option to add to your roster. Beer and wine should be coming in a few months, and I want to make sure the place is full until then because I like having this neighborhood kind of place available.
It's on Hampton, one block East of Main St, just North of Rose, about where Venice becomes
Santa Monica. Enjoy!

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