April 13, 2011


Third Street, LA is a place to see and be seen.  It also boasts a handful of breakfast and brunch big-hitters such as Toast, Doughboy's, Joan's on Third, and the newest addition, simplethings.

I first heard of simplethings when I learned it was taking up the space of a quaint, family-owned breakfast place (I want to say it was called Mireille - remember it, k.lee??).  Initially I was sad, but as I learned more about simplethings and its promising offerings, my mood brightened.  Pie & sandwich shop?  Hooray!

Grilled sweet potato, apples, jammy onions, chevre spread, avocado, cumin coleslaw on a pretzel roll - $8.50 

There are many healthy options at this cute mom 'n pops sammie + pie shop.  While the veggie sammies and lush salads all sounded nice, the grilled sweet potato was calling my name.  And it did not disappoint, although I made quite a mess trying to eat it.  Love, love, love the pretzel roll!

Avocado Melt - sliced avocado, roasted peppers, fontina, buttermilk bleu, manchego, apricot chutney on brioche - $8.50

Turkey Avocado - turkey, lettuce, avocado, dijon mayo on pretzel roll - $8.50

Small side of roasted potato salad - $3.50

Market Veggie Salad - seasonal grilled veggies, portabella mushrooms, oven roasted tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, mixed greens with a balsamic dressing - $10.00

The food is as delicious as it all looks.  But what I love best about simplethings is its homey atmosphere,  attentive service, and well, its ability to appreciate the simple things in life.  Additionally, I love how the chefs make the food, while also sometimes working the register and serving food to their patrons.  That extra effort to personalize their food is nice.  Plus, everything is very casual.  In other words, there's no pressure to act or look a certain way, and there is no indication of pretense.  Lastly, the bursts of yellow (seat pads, napkins, signage) really add a bright factor to your meal.

And of course, the pies, oh the pies!

(L-R): Missouri Mud; Chocolate Peanut Butter; Key Lime; Salted Caramel
Salted Caramel, for the win!

If you get the chance, try to sit in one of the four tables outside.  If you're going to brunch on Third, you have to enjoy it in the glorious California sunshine and while people-watching.  Have fun!

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cuisine:  American
location: WeHo
hours: M-Th: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Fri: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM; Sat: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM; closed Sun.
website: { styelp }
attire: Casual
parking: street meters on Third St. or select side streets.  Make sure you look at the street signs because certain blocks are permit only.
try: Salted Caramel Pie. Pretzel roll sandwich bread.