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Santa Monica Wolfgang Puck Express

October 28th, 2007 · No Comments

T: One word: blecch. Well, ok, that was a sound, not a word, but you get the idea.

I swear that the staff (ba-da-boom, ba-da-bing!) from East Side Mario’s was holding the WPE staff hostage in the back of the kitchen and decided to take over food preparation for the day.

Well, it wasn’t that bad, but after our great experience at the downtown WPE, this was a bit of a comedown – well, to tell you the truth, this was more like what we expected to get on at WPE the first time we went.

I ordered a spinach pizza and a roast beef hot foccacia. They took about 25 minutes to come out of the kitchen, and when they did – both were served on oily bread and were a bit too heavy on the cheese and sauce. The ‘foccacia’ was just pizza dough, and you couldn’t taste the beef through the cheese and sauce that it was smothered in. The cabbage salad/coleslaw was nice however – crisp, cold, a bit of salt and a nice accompaniment for the sandwich.

The pizza was certainly tasty, but the crust was super-oily and had a very soft, chewy consistency. You couldn’t really taste the spinach and instead you just got an ‘impression’ of the flavors used, not an appreciation for the toppings themselves.

To be fair, the staff were all very friendly and it was a very busy afternoon on 3rd avenue.

Bottom line: these places seem like they’re probably ‘hit-and-miss’. While the WPE that we went to on Friday night was similar in quality to excellent, make-the-trip gastropub kind of food, this WPE was similar in quality to an Applebee’s.

Based on our (obviously insufficient) sample size of 2 – If you need quick, tasty food, WPE will satisfy that urge – and it might even turn out to be a great meal. But you should really expect something along the East Side Mario’s/Jack Astor’s/Kelsey’s/Boston Pizza continuum and that way if you get something better, it’s a great surprise – otherwise, you’ll just get what you expected – tasty food, reasonably fast, not too expensive, and definitely not the worst meal you could have.

Wolfgang Puck Express
1315 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-576-4770


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