Only three train stops from the ocean!
Tucked away within Santa Monica’s historic Bergamot Station, we’re helmed by award-winning chef Jeremy Fox (also the chef/owner at Rustic Canyon and Tallula’s). As a member of the Rustic Canyon Family, a collection of celebrated, neighborhood dining destinations, Birdie G’s is a partnership with Jeremy and our co-owners Josh Loeb, Zoe Nathan and Colby Goff. Curious about our name? Birdie is Jeremy’s daughter and the “G” stands for Gladys, his grandmother. We’re the kind of place where you eat too much, drink too much and leave with a really big smile on your face. The menu is delightfully large and comforting, which means there’s truly something for everyone!
Everything from the food to the cocktails to the wine list has a story and pays homage to loved ones who inspire the team. We make everything with great, local ingredients, a lot of love and a wisp of nostalgia.
Gather a big group in our dining room or outdoor patio over a variety of wood-grilled steaks and meats, fresh west coast seafood, pasta, salads and whimsical mashups like a Hangtown Brei or “Sloppy Jeremy” Texas Toast. Deanie Hickox, Jeremy’s friend and ex-wife, is our rockstar consulting pastry chef, so don’t forget to leave room for a slice of “World-Famous Rose Petal & Pretzel Pie!”
Just as Gladys served as Jeremy’s muse, Rustic Canyon Family Wine Director Kathryn Coker looked to her own grandma, who used to drink a glass of wine every night, for inspiration. Birdie G’s Wine Director Aaron Day can help you navigate through our massively, fun list of over 250 selections. With cocktails by Bar Manager Stephanie Reading, our intimate bar and lounge (aka, “The Bird’s Nest”) is also perfect for gathering friends over a round of martinis and a relish tray. Our fare is a little familiar, a little playful, and we hope it reminds you a little bit of home.
Meet the Team
It takes a lot of people to keep this place humming, and we’re really proud of everyone’s hard work and passion. Meet a few of the talented folks who make Birdie G’s so special.
Jeremy Fox — Chef/Owner
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Nothing gives Jeremy greater joy than watching people eat while shaking their head either in agreement or in disbelief with how good something tastes. His favorite dish as a kid was Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard. He’s pretty sure he recalls his grandma Gladys saying in 1988 that “Jeremy is without a doubt one of my top four favorite grandchildren.” Here’s to you, Gladys.
Brittany Cassidy — Chef De Cuisine
Hometown: San Diego, California
Brittany’s favorite part about cooking at Birdie G’s is the satisfaction of accomplishment every day, even if it’s a lesson. It’s that continual growth. The dish she loved growing up as a kid was Chicken Caesar Salad. According to her grandma Fran, “she’s awesome at her job because when she first started, she was still a dancer and the choreography of the kitchen, the discipline and the dedication people showed was so similar to her upbringing of dance. I knew she was meant for this. She had a seamless transition, that it was evident she was going to excel.”
Charity Sanchez — General Manager
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Charity’s favorite part of the job is creating a family that’s chosen and giving back to her staff and community. Growing up, she loved eating any Puerto Rican dish her grandmothers would make, such as red beans and rice, pork chops with onions, Mofongo and Pasteles. Absolute Heaven. Charity’s dad says “she’s loyal, dedicated and has a kind heart with demanding standards, but always appreciates the effort people put in. She has her eye on all the plates at once and none hit the floor. She’s my #1 draft pick for the team and her appreciation for the game makes it all happen!”
Kathryn Coker — RC Family Wine Director
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
One of the top things that gives Kathryn joy about overseeing the wine programs for the entire restaurant group is all the amazing people she works with every day. Her favorite thing to eat growing up was beets. According to her mom, “Kathryn was born with a fist-pumping attitude toward everything she is involved in leading, creating or tasting. She can’t help it!”
Aaron Day — Wine Director
Hometown: Claremont, California
Aaron couldn’t be happier than when someone steps outside of their comfort zone with wine and falls in love with something new. Growing up, his favorite dish was spaghetti with meat sauce. His mom says “Aaron is passionate and has always enjoyed sharing that with others.”
Stephanie Reading — Bar Program Director
Hometown: Mill Valley, California
Stephanie loves being able to see a person and create them a drink they’ve never had or heard of before – the exact perfect drink for them that they didn’t even know they had wanted in the first place. Her favorite dish growing up was Spinach Quiche. Her stay-at-home mom was an awesome cook and introduced Stephanie to all sorts of foods growing up with the help of her trusty Good Housekeeping cookbook (also the first cookbook that Stephanie owned). According to her dad Michael, “Stephanie has the bartending skills, enthusiasm and imagination to craft amazing and unusual drinks to complete your dining experience.”
Deanie Hickox — Consulting Pastry Chef
Hometown: Sunnyvale, California
To Deanie, baking is just a pure expression of the desire to nurture. It brings her great delight when one of her desserts manages to bring a little sunshine to someone else. She has fond recollections of her mom’s chicken and dumplings – she can’t think of anything that made her feel more loved! Her husband Francisco says that “every time I try to describe what makes Deanie’s desserts so transcendent, all I can come up with is a growled ‘MMMMMMMMM!!.’ Also, if I could only pick one of her desserts to survive the apocalypse, it would be her ice cream. And her cheesecake. And her donuts. And oh yeah, her chocolate chip cookies! Those four things are the one thing. And her chocolate cake.”
Jeremiah Lacsamana — Sous Chef (Also Squire & Back-Up Vocals)
Hometown: San Francisco, California
One of Jeremiah’s favorite parts about the job is working with people from so many backgrounds, which includes communicating in broken French, Spanish and English. His favorite dish growing up as a kid was Vienna Sausages with eggs, rice and banana ketchup. His mom, Henedina, is proud of him because “he’s always been able to maintain a job.”
Matthew Schaler — Sous Chef
Hometown: Port Orange, Florida
Matthew’s favorite part about cooking here is that he loves manifesting creative ideas and refining his skills. His favorite dish growing up as a kid was vegetable soup. According to his wife Hannah, “he’s passionate about developing other cooks and leading the diner through a joyful, educational and delicious experience.
Joel Spadafore — Sous Chef
Hometown: Syracuse, New York
One of Joel’s favorite parts of the job is getting his hands dirty and into whatever ingredients he’s working with. Feeling each piece of food and giving it the respect it deserves, warms his soul. Growing up, he just loved his grandma Camerota’s Manicotti. It was as light and fluffy as anything he’s ever tasted. His dad says that the #1 thing about Joel is his “passion for fine foods and sharing those tastes with everyone he meets.”
Taylor Cartmill — Hospitality & Events Manager
Hometown: Los Gatos, CA
Rustic Canyon Family regulars may recognize Taylor from Milo & Olive and Huckleberry. We just can’t quit her, and neither can her dear friend Adam at Huckleberry, who says “she has a passion for giving guests the most memorable experience, allowing them to connect to the space, navigate the menu and advocate for her team!” One of Taylor’s favorite parts of working at Birdie G’s is “connecting people over our food and sharing our hospitality. I love that each day brings new opportunities to learn and grow.” Her favorite dish from childhood? Pesto, pine nut and goat cheese pizza!
Hot off the Press
- Los Angeles Times – “Rustic Canyon’s Jeremy Fox Opened Santa Monica’s Hottest Restaurant of the Year”
- Eater LA – “The 16 Hottest Restaurants in Los Angeles”
- New York Times – “Where Dessert Is Much More Than An Afterthought”
- Food & Wine – “Jeremy Fox Finally Opens Birdie G’s in Santa Monica, and It's a Big Deal”
- Robb Report – “Why You Should Care About Birdie G’s, a New Restaurant Steeped in Americana”
- Life & Thyme – “Jeremy Fox’s New American at Birdie G’s”
- Vogue – “2019’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings ”
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