August 26, 2006 - 9:56 p.m. PDT - Santa Monica, CA
We finally had an opportunity to check out small-plate American comfort restaurant, Violet in Santa Monica. Think family style eating and be ready to sample and share relatively small portions. A group of four to six is perfect for tasting half the menu. Start with the artisinal cheese plate, continue with the grilled white fish and heirloom tomato salad and finish with complimentary milk and cookies (skip the wilted salad). Violet is a bit pricey for the fare, but I'd go again. I enjoyed the vibe and felt the service was top buzz.