Soaking in Summer Weekends at M.B. Post

Truffle honey laced fried chicken

I don’t make it a secret that M.B. Post is practically my favorite restaurant in the South Bay and one of my top picks for all of Los Angeles. So it pains me to admit that I wish I lived closer so that I could take advantage of their new “Nooner” menu – essentially a weekend daytime menu that’s served from 2 – 5 in the weekend afternoon but also lunchtime until dinner on Friday afternoons.

Albondigas

You can count on Chef David Lefevre’s terrific truffle honey laced fried chicken to be on the mid-day list, as well as Albondigas and Meyers’ Farm “Never Ever” Skirt Steak. Order the Pomegranate Cous Cous with lavender feta, Marcona almonds and grapefruit and the Blistered Green Beans with Thai basil, chili sauce and crispy pork to pair, and you’re pretty much all set.

Oh, but wait. You’d be remiss not to try one of the awesome cocktails at M.B. Post. Since it’s daytime, go for the Coughlin’s Law, or the glorified Bloody Mary. Complete with quail egg, dill and picante, this will likely be the best Bloody Mary you’ve had in awhile.

If you’re good to actually make it to weekend brunch at M.B. Post, even better. You’ll have your choice of egg dishes, including the incredible Breakfast Frittata and the same Meyers’ Farm steak but with a sunny side up egg. Their Benedict incorporates the famous bacon cheddar biscuit and La Quercia prosciutto and truly makes me do a happy dance.

Either way, any time of day – even dinner – is prime time at M.B. Post, since there’s such a great selection and execution of small plates for every occasion.

Peep below for a slideshow of their brunch items:

Brunch: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday Nooner: 2  – 5 PM
Friday Nooner: 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Nooner menu

M.B. Post
1142 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.545.5405

The Weekend Brunch at Playa Rivera: Modern & Elegant Southwestern

Huevos Polenta ($11)

There may be many a nightowl in the circles I run, but I still can’t remember the last time I heard or read about breakfast. Brunch is the meal of leisure over sustenance and a time when friends can order eggs or sandwiches. Brunch makes it okay to drink before noon. And brunch brings purpose to sleeping in on a weekend morning.

Blue Corn Muffins

Enter Playa Rivera, Chef John Sedlar’s newest venture in the space that was formerly Grace. While dinner service may be pricey for some, Playa’s brunch menu (in lieu of happy hour) is a great foray into Sedlar’s Santa Fe-influenced cuisine. Entrees range from $10-15, with no shortage of the chef’s artistic expression – or cinematic appreciation, for that matter (you may find a scene from Clockwork Orange beneath your Tamal).

But do not start with the entree. The don’t-miss at Playa Rivera’s brunch is the blue corn muffins, which are made with organic cornmeal and furnished with almond butter (I could’ve spread that butter on anything). And if you do order a cocktail, be sure you look at Julian Cox’s full selection before you autopilot that bloody mary or mimosa. The sangria is no ordinary sangria, but a complex cocktail with a hint of sour. It’s so good!

Duck Hash ($14)

As for the entrees, I have resigned to the fact that in early-day weekend meals, eggs are king. In a recent episode of “Ladies Who Brunch” at Playa, I sorely wished that my Croque Monsieur Senor was a Senorita. The layers of chorizo and queso in each bite were really good, but when the eggs on three other plates waver at you with their perfectly poached, sunny and easy yolks, you can’t help but become envious.

The duck hash was one such example as two round eggs stood against a colorful plate of potatoes, delicious dark meat and arugula. It was as beautiful a display of savory as it was tasty.

For those more Santa Fe-inclined, go with one of the red chile-laden dishes, such as the Huevos Polenta. Once I was finished with my sandwich, I couldn’t help but steal spoonful after spoonful of Maya’s dish. Sedlar’s red chile really is that good, and dare I include “authentic.” (I am no expert, though I did enjoy a blitz in chile education during a weekend trip to Santa Fe with other food bloggers a year ago, in which we were lucky enough to observe Sedlar in his native environmental and culinary elements.) Ladled over the top of a bed of polenta, the red chile just makes for a super delicious soup.

Ice Cream Sundae ($7)

If you’re feeling like a tamale, you can enjoy that same red chile atop the Tamal – that of which are topped by some beautiful, sunny-side up eggs. Yes, you get the Clockwork Orange mural, as well. (In the latest series of dish art at Playa, expect a controversial radioactive theme – an homage to the chef’s native New Mexico.)

But just like the muffins, you best not miss dessert. The Sundae comes with a blue corn chocolate chip on a jar with goat’s milk ice cream, cocoanibs, hazelnuts as well as hazelnut syrup. If the blue corn muffins were mind-blowing, the dessert rendition is really the icing on the blue corn cake.

With just one experience under my belt, Playa Rivera brunch is in the ranks of being one of my favorite brunches in town. It won’t break the bank and isn’t one of your standard issue pancake-waffle breakfasts over mimosas. Not that those are necessarily a bad thing, but it’s a good idea to change the pace – and the cuisine – when the results come out this good.

Brunch: Sat – Sun

10 AM – 2 PM

Playa Rivera
7360 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.933.5300

@playarivera

Giveaway: Tickets to Artisanal LA Featuring Sustainable, Local and Handmade Edibles

11 AM - 6 PM at The Cooper Building

Next weekend, you can find a lot of Los Angeles’ local goods downtown in one spot thanks to Artisanal LA. It takes place in The Cooper Building and not only will you be able to shop, you’ll be able to attend live workshops and more.

Saturday, there will be a Sustainable Caviar Cooking Demo and Tasting by Christopher Klapp and Chef Ben Bailly, a Hand Made Egg Cozies Demo by Common Thread Studio, a Growing and Cooking With Artisanal Pumpkins Demo by Peninsula Hotel’s Chef James Overbaugh. On Sunday, Suzanne Griswold and Rachael Narins of Chicks with Knives will be doing a Pickling 101 demostration and tasting as will The Beer Chicks be hosting a Craft Beer Panel (and tasting) featuring brews from Eagle Rock Brewery & Nibble Bit Tabby, the recently opened brewery in town. You can also peep the full vendor list here.

Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at-the-door and includes Honest Tea, Dry Soda, Function and Bonadea drinks; local craft beer and organic spirits tasting (for 21+ only); a tote bag for the first 1000; access to the workshops, demos, arts and crafts; a chance at giveaways; unlimited re-entry for the weekend and partial proceeds to the LAUSD Edible School Garden Programs. DJ Bryan Davidson will be spinning the tunes.

So buy your tickets in advance and save yourself $5 – as well as guaranteed entry since the lovely organizers are expecting to have to turn people away at the door. I’m also giving away a couple tickets here on the blog, so simply comment in this post with what you are most looking forward to at Artisanal LA for your chance to win. Entries will close on Wednesday, October 20 and I’ll inform the winner that night.

See you there!

Saturday – Sunday

October 23 – 24, 2010

11 AM – 6 PM

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at-the-door, or comment below to enter giveaway

Artisanal LA
The Cooper Building
860 S. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Weekend Brunch Now at Dominick’s

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Dominick’s, the neighborhood hangout on Beverly (no, not Jerry’s Famous Deli), is one of those places you can rely on for great, Italian food in a great atmosphere. Fortunately, they’ve recently also implemented a weekend brunch with some tasty options on the menu – complete with some cocktails, of course.

Now, you can enjoy brunch on their covered, pleasant patio or inside their 50’s-ish tiled, dark wooded restaurant from 9 AM – 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Try their airy blueberry ricotta pancakes and pair it with a mimosa ($12 per bottle of Prosecco!). Or, take a look at a sampling of their brunch menu below for your other options:

Polenta Waffles with Strawberries, Whipped Mascarpone & Warm Honey – $9
Biscuit & Mushroom Fontina Gravy – $8
Soft White Corn Polenta & Two Fried Eggs with Parmesan Cheese – $9
Smoked Salmon, Herb Waffles & Poached Eggs with Dill Hollandaise – $15
Wood Grilled Oysters with Oregano, Crushed Red Pepper, Garlic, Lemon & Butter – $15
Zucchini Pancakes with Cucumber Mint Yogurt – $9
Prosciutto & Warm Ricotta with Arugula on a toasted Baguette – $11
Wood Grilled Hamburger with Burrata, Roasted Tomato Mostarda & Speck – $12

Cocktails include:

Dom’s Bloody Mary – $9
Strawberry Bellini – $11
Arnold Palmer – $9
Cardamom Crisp – $12

I’d say brunch in a former Frank Sinatra Rat Pack hangout is not a bad way to start off a weekend morning. And if you were smart and got the Blackboard Eats discount recently for 30% off, I’d say your next trip to Dominick’s is a win-win.

Brunch served: Saturdays and Sundays

9 AM – 3 PM

Dominick’s
8715 Beverly Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048
310.652.2335

The Weekend Brunch At Malo

Egg Tostadas (green onion, tomato & cheese scrambled eggs with black beans, tortillas & Oaxacan sauce)

There’s another brunch option in town – and it’s at Malo in Silver Lake. If tequila cocktails with your eggy entree and sides sound like a choice accompaniment, this brunch will be worth your trek. For one, Malo has that spicy burnt habanero salsa that always does a solid for your pre-appetizer chip indulgence. (Because I’ll be the first to admit I’m always the one at the table who eats too many chips and has to take her meal home.)

Bloody Maria

Try ordering your Bloody Maria “extra spicy” and the bar will oblige. (I did. Twice.) In between the Bloody Marias was a Medicina Latina for that smokey kick (El Jimador Reposado, fresh ginger, agave nectar & lime w/Mezcal mist) as well as a La Paloma Fizz (made with El Jimador Reposado, fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice & grapefruit bitters) for that refreshing-but-sour morning cocktail. Or if you’re feeling the wake-up coffee more, go for the Malo Cafe, with Grand Centenario Anejo, Kahlua dark creme de cacao & coffee and topped with whipped cream. Delicioso!

Tres Leches Cake

Favorite dishes of mine included the Egg Tostada – with the eggs still wet, the way I like it. I even found myself appreciating one of their Vegan Breakfast Burrito, which was simple yet delicious enough, with tofu, potatoes, spinach, pinto beans, mushrooms, avocado and pico de gallo – though maybe the trick was that I dumped a whole bunch of red-orange salsa on it. 😉 The Tres Leches cake was my favorite dessert. The slice was perfectly wet but not soggy and oh-so-milky. If you’re feeling like an all-around sweet breakfast, try the Mango & Banana French Toast, made with sweet bolillos, warm piloncillo and cinnamon syrup.

If you’re looking for a little twist on your typical ham & eggs brunch, Malo’s a good place to start. The tequila in your morning cocktail will spice things up in many different ways – so your lazy weekend day will be sure to get kicked off to a great start.

Weekend Brunch:
Saturday – Sunday, 9 AM

Brunch Menu (including cocktails)

Malo
4326 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029-2112
323.664.1011

Delphine at The W Now Open For Weekend Brunch

Eggs Benedict

Now’s this could be your legit excuse to have brunch in a hotel. After all, The W Hollywood is still new and now, they’re serving a weekend brunch. And let’s face it, Delphine‘s space is one-of-a-kind. The subtle back-lighting over bookshelves and aquamarine hues, white flourishes and matching crown moldings are calming; it’s up to the scene to complete the dining room’s character. A Hollywood Hotel, it is.

So let’s focus on the food, shall we? Executive Chef Sascha Lyon (Daniel, Balthazar, and Pastis – NYC) will be featuring French classics with some Mediterranean dishes. Choose from the le petit delphine ($58) or le grand delphine ($98) platters for the oysters on the half-shell – and that’s just to get you started. Knock it out of the park by ordering the Whole Roasted Lobster & Fries ($36) as your entree. The good news is there are also more casual menu options like pastas and pizzas, sandwiches and salads – and a thankfully large Les Oeufs section. My eye is particularly drawn back to those French classics, which are include Croque Monsieur ou Madame ($12/13), Eggs à la Basquaise ($17) and Steak Frites with Béarnaise ($26), for my follow-up post. Available to wash everything down is fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juice, a handful of morning cocktails and glass or carafe options from a small wine list.

If you travel by Metro, there’s added incentive thanks to The W’s prime location on top of a station – in Hollywood. After all, you may as well stroll around nearby Space 15 Twenty while you digest.

Saturday – Sunday

Brunch: 10 AM – 3 PM

Menu

Delphine at the W Hollywood Hotel & Residences
6250 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.798.1355
Reservations recommended