Homie is a restaurant I want to root for but there are some shortfalls in one major area…the food. The cuisine by no means is bad or offensive but blah. It doesn’t have a wow factor. And a restaurant’s decor should not overwhelming exceed the core, the actual culinary dining experience. My friend said his sandwich was bland and he would never dine here again. So why would I want to root for this restaurant? The location, location is great and the decor is eye-catching with the menu on the wall that even a 90-year-old could read the bold big letters. The menu ideas are as ambitious as the beautiful decor and warm environment. But no matter how chic the restaurant may be or how friendly your staff may be, the food has to be the best thing going in a restaurant. Homie is riding in the mediocre lane. If you want a basic salad, a healthy sandwich and if you think healthy means no flavor then Homie is a safe choice.
Now on a more decadent menu item, dessert. I ordered an $8 ice cream sandwich called “The Buddy”. This classic treat takes on a not so classic spin covered in bacon and chocolate sauce. Vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two perfectly soft chocolate chip cookies. The dessert did not fail visually but the bacon choice needed to pop it didn’t offer much to the dessert but calories. Perhaps a more smokey or salty bacon might have added to the flavor profile.
The next item I tried was the Lavender latte. The latte had a perfect foamy heart but the lavender notes didn’t shine through so the beverage came across as no more than an unflavored latte.
If I wanted to simply hang out and pass the time then Homie is a great spot. But if I wanted to dine on great food, I would go somewhere else. I hope the restaurant can elevate their flavor and seasoning to help Homie be an amazing experience. I haven’t met more obliging and friendly staff than the people there so I hope they continue with great servers.
The website for Homie: https://homiemb.com
Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. They also have a coffee bar.
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
1140 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach