March 06, 2011

Larchmont Bungalow

There are many excellent brunch places in L.A.
But there are certain places that stand out because of its particularly attentive service (Blu Jam), consistently delicious food (BLD), or awesome portion-for-price ratio (Griddle Cafe).
Then, there are a handful of gems that know how to "do brunch" particularly well. In other words, they have the three important factors addressed above while still maintaining the ever-important, endearing charm. Lucky for you, I shall feature one right here, right now. So read on!

Aside from the occasional pick-up at Village Pizzeria, swing by Larchmont Wine & Cheese, or brief stop at Bricks & Scones, I'm rarely in Larchmont Village. Now I have a newfound reason to change all that. Why hello there, Larchmont Bungalow.

Upon entering the... err, bungalow, I kept exclaiming to myself, 'Wow, this place is so charming!' And it is. With a wood-paneled interior and blue shingled exterior, an old-fashioned coffee holder/grinder/thingamajigga and enticing cakes and muffins displayed ever-so-perfectly to attract lustful stares from all, this place captures words like "rustic" and "homey" to their fullest ("cute," as elusive as its definition is, also works). They also do an excellent job of making every single item on their menu sound ridiculously delicious.

Smoked Salmon Benedict: Smoked salmon, Bermuda onions, two poached eggs, and spinach on focaccia and topped with hollandaise and capers. Served with fresh fruit - $12.95

Nom nom nom nom.

Yes, you read correctly. Two beautifully poached eggs on focaccia bread! Eating fresh focaccia is like going to bed with a down comforter -- it's pillowy, heavenly, and brings a smile to your face. Everything about this dish - right down to the melon balls - were scrumptious! 

Lobster crab sandwich, topped with a chipotle aioli and tropical salsa with crisp sweet potato fries on the side - $14.95
Bam. Take a look at those vibrant sweet potato fries. While the sandwich was good, it was really the fries that stole the show on this plate.

Berry Cloud Cake (what a fitting name!) - fluffy white cake with light cream, a layer of blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries, and white chocolate shavings covering the top and sides.

Lemon bar - with very dense lemon filling. 

The plain coffee (not pictured) is also pretty good.
I shall be back soon, LB!

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cuisine:  American
location: Larchmont VillageMid-Wilshire
hours: M-Sun: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
website: LB | yelp }
attire: Casual
parking: meter, lot, or between 1st and 3rd streets, there is free residential parking. Make sure you read the signs carefully, though!
notes: Two of the their most popular dishes include: the Red & Blue Velvet Pancakes and the French Toast.
Shoutout to my fellow foodie friend Ms. AK -- we managed to have a lovely convo while stuffing our faces. Go us! :]


Spiritual Food for Thought:
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Hebrews 5:12-14

Never be complacent.