A Bright Spot for Brunch

Brite Spot French Toast

Perhaps my two favorite things on earth are diners and breakfast. So you can imagine that having breakfast on Saturday at a diner I’d never been to before is my idea of a party. The Brite Spot in Echo Park is a delightful, hipster-y dive that boasts old school booths, friendly alternative staff, and a dessert case that would make Mariah Carey elbow Jenny Craig in the stomach. Now, being in bootcamp working towards a weight loss goal, I was unable to fully indulge in the majesty of their breakfast creations like the brussells sprouts and bacon hash or the house-made buttermilk biscuits with eggs and sausage gravy or the chicken fried steak with same said gravy…. however, the date I was with could. He opted to keep it simple and went with French toast and eggs, which were perfectly executed, rich and fluffy, and smelled divine. I opted for a bowl of oatmeal, which was perfectly thick, just the way I like it, served with brown sugar, walnuts, and raisins. A delightful way to fortify my Saturday. Our waitress was totally precious and indulged our questions about her new skeleton dolphin tattoo, which was apparently meant to be a tasteful nod to animal rights. Well done.

Despite being fully packed for Saturday brunch time, our food came out almost alarmingly fast. Our waitress never missed a beat – totally on the ball, very attentive. That damn dessert case was calling my name, HAUNTING ME the entire time, but I managed to run screaming from the restaurant before I could indulge. Next time, Brite Spot…. next time.

But I think what I loved most about this place is the atmosphere. You can tell it’s a community spot – people wandering in barely dressed and hungover, groups of friends laughing, locals stopping in to grab take out – it has that air, that feel that you can’t buy or force. It just has to be there; it has to be brought in by the food and the clientele. For me, this is exactly the characteristic that warrants a five-star score on Yelp.

In short, this is starving artist heaven. Affordable, relaxed, full of life, outstanding home made food. Can’t wait to come back and try all those baked goodies!

The Brite Spot
1918 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
www.britespotdiner.com

Click here to read my review on YELP

Sunday Brunch Day

Brunch. It’s what gays do. For a while now I’ve been hearing of the wonders of a restaurant called BLD (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) in West Hollywood. I finally had an occasion to visit this past Sunday with my friend Meg and her father who graciously treated us. The decor is very typical WeHo – polished, modern, yet with some nice homey touches. I was particularly tickled by a display of little mini stoves from days gone by on one of the walls.

The restaurant boasts a traditional brunch menu with a modern flare. Benedicts, egg sandwiches, burgers, salads – all with twists that make them modern and a little classier. What stood out to me was their entirely homemade breads and baked goods. Everything made on the premises, down to the english muffins. These people are not messing around. And believe me, the starving artist really appreciates restaurants (and men) that don’t mess around. I went for one of the specials, which was an heirloom tomato frittata topped with pesto, served with a choice of potato and bread. I ended up with both a biscuit and an english muffin (I’m not ashamed) as well as their chorizo homefries. Really outstanding. And one of the best biscuits I’ve had in a long time.

More good news: their service matched their food – very friendly, very professional. Our waitress messed up Meg’s order and put in the wrong dish. Meg didn’t really mind that much as she was happy with the food that they did bring her, but the waitress was still very apologetic and took her meal off the bill. That’s how you keep customers happy.

As for pricing, if you’re looking to spend less than $10 this will not be the place for you, but I still think it is very reasonable considering it’s brunch in WeHo.

Verdict: highly recommended. Get there before 10am or have a reservation.

BLD
7450 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
www.bldrestaurant.com

Click here to see my review on YELP