Date Spot Review: Nook Bistro
Nook’s name is very apropos, as it literally is in a nook on a very undistinguished strip mall on a very blasé section of Santa Monica Blvd. Despite the unsuspecting location, Nook serves up very creative and delicious food in a relaxed and smart atmosphere.
Coming into Nook is a complete departure from the outside scene: it has nice lighting, fashionable and well arranged decor, and an attractive full bar. It’s a spot with just enough distraction to look around and be amused, but not so much that you can’t have a conversation undisturbed at your table.
The food at Nook is very good. It has a lot of southern influence (which you will notice very early on, when you’re greeted with boiled peanuts instead of bread), with a lot of modern twists and innovative takes that make your culinary experience exciting while remaining comforting. Personal favorites include the Shrimp and Grits with Logan’s Turnpike ($24) and the Niman Ranch Pork Chop ($25). The Shrimp and Grits come with and andouille sausage that gives it a great kick of heat and keeps every bite flavorful. The Pork Chop is excellently prepared and the sweet potato puree accompaniment is a great balance of sweet to the dish. An apple-fennel slaw adds another dimension of texture really rounds it out nicely.
Having a small plate of Mac and Cheese is another must. You can’t go wrong with Macaroni and Cheese! The Key Lime Pie with blueberry compote is a wonderful ending to a lovely meal.
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