I'll say this until the cows come home, but brunch really is my favorite meal of the day. Lately, my new favorite brunch place is The Mercantile in Hollywood. The restaurant is not so new, but I've recently enjoyed some fun brunches that I just had to share.
The Spring Veggie Hash ($12) is so beautiful and delicious. You feel virtuous eating asparagus and pea tendrils, but don't be fooled. The poached eggs, meyer lemon hollandaise, and home fries make this pretty decadent. It's a great way to start your morning.
My friend enjoyed the Black Kale Salad with Chili-Citrus Vinaigrette, Feta, and Oranges ($10.50). For an additional charge, she got it topped with crab.
Yesterday, I went back to get my brunch on. A last minute affair for a dear friend's birthday, we had a lovely time sitting on the patio talking, laughing, reminiscing, and laughing some more. After an unplanned night out, I needed some hair of the dog and some hearty food. My Huevos Rancheros ($11) fit the bill. This is an interesting take on the dish with a quesadilla filled with chorizo, queso Oaxaca, and black beans. It's topped with two fried eggs and a creamy chili Manzano salsa.
No brunch is complete without a cocktail. I really love the Lilosa ($8) which is the same thing as a mimosa, but with grapefruit juice. I prefer the tart grapefruit juice with the bubbly since I find a lot of orange juice to be too sweet.
Service can be a little slow so give yourself plenty of time. It's not hard to spend a few hours gawking at the interesting people walking down Sunset Blvd, having cocktails, and sharing great times with friends.
One year ago: Pesto Quinoa with Tomatoes,Chicken, Arugula, and Red Currants
Two years ago: Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
Three years ago: Shrimp Fried Rice
6600 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028