Hint Hint: Hinterland in Santa Monica


HinterlandMain Street in Santa Monica is home to more than a handful of the Westside local’s favorite restaurants. A few local/family owned spots have had to close, due increasing rents on this street, which makes us sad. Now, there are a few newer spots popping up and since I’m a Girl on Food, I have to a give them a shot.


My mom and my niece were visiting and since my niece, Syd was hoping to see some Hollywood stars, I figured we’d try to scope out Joe Jonas at his new restaurant called Hinterland on Main Street. No luck seeing Joe, sorry, Syd.

2917 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

I was very impressed by the interior design of Hinterland. It’s minimal and has a “California Coastal” feel to it. Hinterland has an open kitchen, but the noise is controlled. Chopping or dishes clanking never interrupted our night. There’s no liquor here, it’s beer and wine only. I’m okay with that, especially for seafood and other white meats. I started with a glass of sparkling rose, which was beautifully crisp and dry. It paired perfectly with all of my items.

Hinterland 1

For the appetizers, we noshed on the PEI mussels and a shishito pepper special. The mussels were drenched in a beautiful sauce. However, the shishito peppers were this table’s favorite. I love shishito peppers because they vary in spiciness. Some are mild and some can be pretty hot. These roasted peppers came with large dollop of burrata cheese, crostini and a green onion salsa. I hope they add this item to the menu it’s just marvelous.

Hinterland 2

For my entrée I had the country cut Neiman pork chop. It was perfectly grilled and it maintained its juiciness in each bite. I haven’t had this good of a pork chop since I lived in Sacramento. This dish totally took me back home.



Hinterland 3My mom ordered the grilled Scottish salmon, which came with farro and veggies. Although I only got a couple of bites, it was so good I wanted to include it too.





1506638_10153447180897642_5420279560061261984_nWe ordered the ice cream sandwiches for dessert, which Syd loved because it allowed her to get a little creative with the side of hot chocolate sauce. Everything from the food to the service here was impeccable. Can’t wait to come back!Hint ice cream

Hinterland Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Actress and Founder of Girls on Food: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. I grew up a typical “McDonald’s kid”. I was very picky about what I ate and refused to try new foods. No fun, I know. My Mom started taking me on trips to Europe when I was a teenager and that’s when my palate for finer foods began to develop. Some of my most memorable favorite meals include Veal Bolognese in Rome, Gyros in Athens, Paella in Lisbon and Duck L’Orange in Paris. While this helped me grow out of a fast food phase, I still eat out quite a bit. I know I should be at home cooking, but I love dining out. I started working in restaurants in various front of the house positions at age 15. Since my start, I’ve worked in every casual restaurant setting you can think of: a teriyaki stand, brewery, sushi nightclub, trendy Mexican, family-style Italian, American diner, pizza parlor and even a BLT themed food truck. I can't help but notice that many of the LA food bloggers don't have any sort of background working in a restaurant. A lot of my perspective on food and dining out comes from my years of experience in the biz. Since starting this blog, I have shot appearances on a couple of cooking competition shows as a taster (including MasterChef Junior and another upcoming show). We have also started producing a Youtube Channel. IMDb page here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2023647/ For this site I contribute content from all over Los Angeles (and the world) to showcase my favorite fine-dining spots, steakhouses, exclusive supper clubs, Hollywood nightlife and our very own #GOFx events, which I plan and coordinate.

1 Comment

  1. Marji

    August 27, 2015

    I was so impressed with Hinterland, I can’t wait to go back.

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