Here's the carnivorous glory that is Holy Cow, a barbecue restaurant from MessHall's Rob Serritella that takes over an old Louise's Trattoria on the dividing line between Santa Monica and Brentwood. Right across from the Brentwood Country Mart, this new joint doesn't adhere to any particular style of 'cue, but keeps the smoke low and slow. Think about rubbed baby back ribs, or USDA choice brisket with Texas toast. Consider tri-tip, a California specialty, with chimmichurri, or perhaps Carolina-style smoked pulled pork.
There's even roasted turkey, grilled salmon, and fried chicken, as well as a slew of salads, because we all know the folks in Brentwood can't live on beef alone. Dig into the farmer salad with an endive and frisee mix with blue cheese and sweet pecans, or perhaps the real McCoy, made with romaine hearts, cherry tomatoes, and avocados.
And since barbecue just isn't complete without sides, Holy Cow's offering everything from collards to slaw, and potato salad to quinoa (which would be heresy in Texas). To drink, try a draft beer like Saint Archer IPA, or an Alesmith X Pale to wash down the 'cue, or be refined and sip on a cabernet sauvignon appropriately dubbed "Carnivor."
264 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.
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