Huckleberry * 1/2 LOCATION 1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 451-2311; www.huckleberrybakery.com. AMBIENCE Storefront bakery and cafe from Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb of Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica featuring Nathan's irresistible baked goods, plus breakfast items, salads, sandwiches and takeout rotisserie birds. SERVICE Friendly and earnest but sometimes slow because of the crowds. PRICE Breakfast items, $9.50 to $14.50; breakfast pastries, $2.75 to $8.50; lunch salads, $10.50 to $12.75; sandwiches, $9.50 to $13.50; whole rotisserie birds, $23 to $42. BEST DISHES Poached eggs over fresh market vegetables, fried egg sandwich, cured salmon platter, maple bacon biscuits, fruit crostata, coffeecake, layer cake, doughnuts, trifle, salted caramel, rotisserie chicken, homemade English muffins, country boule and multigrain loaf, flatbread of the day. DRINKS LIST Artisanal sodas, teas and coffee. No wine or beer. BEST TABLE One in the front corner. DETAILS Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Parking in large lot in back. (Open on Tuesdays starting June 2.) Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level. ***: Excellent. **: Very good. *: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory.
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