Ari Taymor’s Little Prince began as a seaside pop-up and is now a permenant part of Santa Monica’s Main Street neighborhood.
We loved Ari’s Alma at the Standard in West Hollywood for it’s stylish take on super-conscious, but late-night-cravable health food and Little Prince doesn’t disappoint either…
What I Ate: Serving brunch and dinner, we’ve tried it all at this stylish little cafe. Here’s our ideal dinner order: Hope Ranch mussel toast with seaweed hollandaise, shishito peppers with squash blossom and coconut yogurt, heirloom bean stew with miso and a fried egg and the Desert Fox cocktail with sage, aperol and apricot shrub. Don’t miss the summer herb trifle! Our ideal brunch order: green chia pudding with sorrel and coconut, herb side salad, a kim chi bloody mary, turmeric latte, and avo toast with labne, dukah and shaved fennel (add the poached egg, of course).
Why I Ate It: Ari focuses on seasonality and farmers market ingredients to craft the laid-back meals the brunch pop-up became known for. Every place feels special and inventive, while still easy and familiar.
Why You Need It: Design is half the draw for us when it comes to a good brunch or dinner date. Little Prince’s fresh, raw, ‘Cali-fari’ dining room is designed by stylish duo, Andrew Noel and Tegan Butler. Tegan told us, “When we designed the space, we really pulled inspiration from our own style at home in the hills of East LA. It’s an eclectic mix of casual Californian bohemia; combining a raw, organic palette with bright, leafy florals to create a romantic, other-worldly feel. Or as Andy likes to call it – ‘Califari Chic’ (californian-safari chic). We really just want you to feel like you’re transported somewhere else from the moment you step inside. An unfussy, but sophisticated space with good vibes to fill with good friends – and the perfect neighborhood date night spot.”
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