It has been at least ten years since I last dined at Back on the Beach Cafe in Santa Monica, with my toes in the warm sand. Today I was asked to choose a dining spot in Santa Monica so that my out-of-town friends could also visit John Kelly Chocolates retail location on Montana Avenue. I decided that Back on the Beach off Pacific Coast Highway was just the place. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it has expanded since the last time I had lunch there. Pretty striped umbrellas were perched above pale yellow picnic tables with bright orange chairs. And while I didn’t count, there had to be well over 20 tables available for “in-sand” dining and there were tables inside as well. Though why you would dine inside is beyond me. No matter your age, it’s fun to dine in the sand. Just ask 9-year-old Aiden who enjoyed Chicken Fingers and Fries with us today.
We were chatting and catching up a mile a minute and exclaiming how awesome it is to dine in the sand so much that I forgot to photograph our entrees. But I will say that we all cleaned our plates. Maybe it was the salt air, or maybe the food was just that good. In addition to the expanded space, I am pretty certain the menu has seen an upgrade as well. At Back on the Beach Cafe breakfast is available all day and so I indulged in the Brisket Hash with potatoes and sunny side up eggs. It came with a mini cranberry scone that was so good. Sarah had a quinoa burger and her mom had a regular hamburger. Both enjoyed sweet potato fries. Aiden left behind his lunch to play in the water, which you do when you’re nine years old. When we left, we took a quick peek at the Annenberg Community Beach House and Pool, which shares a parking lot with Back On The Beach Cafe. This property is part of the historic Marion Davies estate, and I plan to make a return visit (reservations needed) to lounge by the community pool. And of course have lunch again at Back on the Beach!