Humble Potato is a true gem in the rough. Located on a somewhat random strip of Lincoln Boulevard near to LAX and LMU, the new casual cafe combines classic American plates (burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, sides) flavored with Japanese ingredients. And while owner Eric Ong's whole mantra is understated simplicity (hence the eatery's name, too), foodstuffs are anything but basic. First off, dishes are reasonably priced with a burger costing as little as $7 (up to $9), and sandwiches running between $7.50 and $9 (Philly steak sandwich). And the quality here is high. Sure, not every ingredient is sourced from the Santa Monica farmers market, but regardless all are fresh and tasty. No pale grainy tomatoes here.
Humble Potato is full of surprises. Shichimi & Garlic Parmesan Fries are surprisingly addictive with a dose of umami from the skinny wisps of nori on top, the Katsu Sando — a buttermilk panko-crusted fried chicken sandwich with a yuzu-jalapeno slaw and tonkatsu sauce — is a perfect balance of crunchy and juicy, and both desserts, a light mocha custard topped with a touch of heavy cream and an avocado chocolate shake, are sweetened with just a hint of palm sugar.
Affordable prices, an unassuming location (likely to cater to students and those en route to LAX), unexpected flavors, and a funky Japanese aesthetic make Humble Potato a quadruple threat. The restaurant is a smart, well-executed, thoughtful concept that would likely do well in any part of the city.
As of Friday, Humble Potato will serve lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday/Satuday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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