Omusubis are an ideal form of food. Quick to make, easy to eat, portable, balanced, customizable. No need for utensils. Generally not too messy (looking at you, messy sandwiches). It makes a good snack on the go, something you can eat on your commute, but paired with some miso soup and sides can also be rounded out into a full meal.
Sunny Blue feels very southern California. Sunny and blue like its west side anchor. It’s been around for nearly a decade, since 2010, serving up fresh omusubi to a beachy clientele. Casual, cute, the kind of food you want to enjoy with an ocean breeze. Rice filled with savory flavors (with meat, fish and vegetable options) wrapped in seaweed and topped off with crunchy salty furikake. Simple and delicious, it’s an understated local favorite for fast food that feels fit for the west side.
|Hours||11am – 7pm (8pm at the Culver location) Tuesday – Sunday, closed Monday|
|Price||$-$$, omusubis are $4-5 each, combo with 2x and a side are $14|
|Aesthetic||simple, beachy, playful|
Go here for: a quick lunch or afternoon pick me up
Order this: miso beef omusubi, spicy salmon omusubi, kinpira gobo
Amount of time to spend: 10-20 minutes is plenty for a drive by pit stop but it could be good for a longer casual meal too
When to come: when you’re feeling snacky
Parking: Main Street Santa Monica is always tricky but your best bet if there are no open meters near by is making a quick loop around the residential blocks to snag street parking. Culver tends to be pretty easy, there is usually plenty of street options on Washington or side streets.
Other things to note: The Santa Monica location is more of a takeaway spot, the Culver location has some outdoor seating.
Last visited: March 2019
Last updated: June 2019