So... driving down Main st today on the way to an appointment... hungry... did I just see a sign for omusubi? I pull a u-turn and sure enough, the sign says Sunny Blue- Omusubi and frozen yogurt.
The place is tiny, hole-in-the-wall, even, but cheery enough inside. There are two chalkboard menus- one for omusubi and the few savory sides and one for yogurt.
The omusubi run between $1.75 and $2.50 each- I tried both the miso beef and the spicy salmon. Miso beef was nicely meaty flavored and the salmon was shredded and mixed with a spicy mayo. The ratio of filling to rice to crunchy bite of nori is just about perfect for my tastes, and most importantly she makes each one from scratch right in front of you so the seaweed is still crisp when you get it.
I was asked if I was going to eat the omusubi immediately, otherwise the nori comes separately- a nice touch.
There is complimentary mugi (barley) iced tea to sip as you wait for your order.
I did not try the side dishes but I saw tsukemono, daikon salad, hijiki salad, and pickles, all for cheap prices.
The girl behind the counter seemed surprised at how familiar I was with the items she serves and told me she wanted to expand into serving hearty fall/winter soups, noodles, and oden (or did I imagine the oden part? man I wish someone on the westside would start making oden....)
Anyway, when you are in Santa Monica check out this cool little place- I want her to do well!