Commissary at The LINE Hotel

I had brunch at Commissary last week. Well, not brunch because they don’t serve brunch. Breakfast ends at 11 AM, so when I arrived around 10:55 AM they informed me I had 4 minutes to order bfast! Sigh. Little do they know how much more $ they’d make if they actually had a proper brunch.

Either way, I ate here on a Sunday during which I’d normally have brunch – and it was delicious. They have a few brunch-esque dishes available during lunch so we had hash browns and 2 orders of eggs. We then proceeded to put the egg on top of the hash brown (they wouldn’t do it for us) and it was incredible. The eggs are served poached on top of a delicious tomato sauce. Oysters were delicious and fresh. The eggplant was in a curry soup/sauce and it was phenomenal. It was creamy, warm and nice little spicy addition to the rest of the meal. The fruit & cheese plate was forgettable, but the drinks were divine. I believe I had the blackberry drink – whichever has bourbon in it. Shrimp Po Boy really hit the spot – though I thought it was overpriced for what it was ($16?!).

I’ll definitely be back, just probably not in time for breakfast.

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The Patio on Goldfinch – San Diego

I’m realizing I had a lot of brunch this weekend and I’m okay with that. The Patio on Goldfinch  is a cute place with a patio (obviously) and a very dog friendly patio it is. I ordered the crawfish cake benedict and the slightly sexist named beverage “man-mosa” (Rittenhouse Rye, Citrus, Angostura Bitters and Champagne). Both were very freshly made and delicious.

My friend ordered the breakfast pizza which was large enough for two people and extra creamy. I’ll definitely be back to try their Bourbon Dutch Pancakes and/or Grand Marnier French Toast!

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Snooze San Diego

I’ve heard about Snooze in San Diego a few times before. I’ve also heard about how the brunch wait is Portland-Style long, but I still obliged this weekend after hearing and reading rave reviews.

Our name was put on the list around 11 AM – and we were told an hour wait. An hour came and went but we were taking full advantage of their mimosas, bloody marys and other various brunch beverages which helped keep us from collapsing onto someone else’s pancakes.

Finally we were sat before 12:45 PM and we ordered bacon (I didn’t have any bc of my juice cleanse prep), the Benny Goodman (Lox style salmon and cream cheese served over toasted rye and topped with poached cage free eggs, cream cheese hollandaise blended with sun dried tomato and caper relish), and a pancake flight. The pancake flight consisted of the special of the day which had molasses and pumpkin (and possibly crack), sweet potato, and a pineapple upside down pancake. All were INCREDIBLE and worth the long wait. Or was I just that hungry?!

After reviewing my photos it was definitely delicious regardless of my hangry level. 🙂

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BLD Brunch

BLD is a little foodie haven that never disappoints.

Located on Beverly Blvd close to the Grove, they serve up one of the best brunches in town with no pretentiousness. The wait for a table is usually around 30 minutes – I don’t think they take reservations for small parties but it is always worth it. I had the strawberry cream cheese french toast (graham cracker crumbs, whipped vanilla cream cheese, fresh strawberries) and my lovely date had the breakfast hash (fried eggs, bacon, shaved yukon gold potatoes,
bell peppers, onions, hollandaise.)

I thought the french toast would be too sweet for me – but it was so delicious I got through a good 3/4s of the it before giving up. They have 4 types of bloody marys, my drink of choice was the original “granny mary.”

I think I need to go back there today.

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BEP Vietnamese Kitchen

Today I tried the BEP Vietnamese Kitchen Brunch – a pop-up just a hop, and a skip away from home.

Connie Tran is the chef (Zov’s in Tustin, Cafe D’Orient in Orange) and she serves up 8-course bi-weekly brunches at Franco on Melrose. It’s BYOB and there was a wine pairing list sent over yesterday to go with our meal.

My favorite dishes were the soup (bun rieu: minced crab & egg dumplings, tofu cafe, vermicelli in tamarand tomato broth served with threaded water spinach, bean sprouts, red cabbage, lemon balm) and the ice cream sandwich (ca rem dua: coconut lime ice cream, chili sesame cookies). There was also a spam sandwich (don’t hate- it was delish!), bo la lot: grilled beef wrapped in betel leaf, and cha ca thanh long: turmeric catfish, wilted dill, scallions.

Reservations are made via email and if you’re late you’ll miss any food that has already been served – so don’t be! They also have a little “market” that has Pho ingredients, Viet Ice Coffee ingredients and t-shirts that say Hon the cook (kiss the cook!).

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ps: hey guys, i’m back after an accidental vacation. 🙂

The Roof on Wilshire

Today I had a brunch at The Roof on Wilshire. It’s located on top of the Hotel Wilshire, A Kimpton Hotel near the corner of Wilshire and Crescent Heights. I actually didn’t know that this place existed at all until yesterday.

They have bottomless mimosas on weekends from 10-3 for $22. The views are breathtaking and unique- I don’t think there are many places nearby that have rooftop restaurants so it’s a different (but equally gorgeous) view than looking out from Runyon, Hollywood or Downtown.

Eric Greenspan (The Foundry) opened the restaurant and the food was not surprisingly delicious. My cousin ordered the pancake lasagna – yes – pancakes, sausage, eggs, cheese, bacon, and maple cream. There is no way this is remotely healthy but it is incredible! It sounds weird/gross at first but it’s a must-try for anyone who goes here. I just had a few bites but was blown away!

I ordered the Cinnamon French Toast and it was perfect. It wasn’t too heavy or too sweet. Perfectly battered and came with a side of brown sugar topping.

LA is reaching arctic temperatures right now (hello 40 degrees and sunny?), so once it warms back up I am definitely going back.

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Brunch is my absolute favorite meal of the day. Since I was in London this year for my birthday, I ended up doing a tiny little brunch with my close friends once I got back to LA. I chose BLD because I have seen those waits out front on the weekends- they did not dissapoint!

Mind-blowingly delicious. I kid you not. Proof below. Oh and the maple syrup comes in a little house. (!!!)