One of my favorite stops on a recent sugar tour through Los Angeles was Farmshop, a combination gourmet grocery shop, farm-to-table restaurant, and bakery, all under one roof in the yuppie-chic Brentwood Country Mart. The shop, which opened in 2010, is owned by Jeffrey Cerciello, whose resume includes one season at el Bulli and 13 years working with Thomas Keller (including seven years as culinary director for Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery and Ad Hoc properties).
The bakery counter is stocked with plenty of cookies, scones, and croissants, but I urge you to try the meyer lemon tart ($6) while the mellow yellow citrus is still in season.
The crumbly bottom shell is filled with a dollop of meyer lemon filling that's fluffier than your standard custard or curd. It's mellow, with a tinge of orange flavor, but still tart enough to make your taste buds tingle. The berries on top (blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries) bring additional pops of acidity, along with sweet, jammy flavors. Though the overall profile leans towards the tart side of the flavor spectrum, it's still sweet enough to satisfy (and so light, you'll have no problem finishing it, even after a big meal).
Farmshop225 26th St. Santa Monica, CA 90049 (map) 310-566-2400; farmshopla.com
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax