Neal Fraser scores a second time at his encased meat emporium inside The Original Farmers Market. Western Omelette Dog ($7.95) showcases a porker dog (“juicy pork and lively French spices with just a smidge of curry”) with a a free range egg and Tillamook cheddar omelette base, toppings of sauteed peppers & onions, and Sriracha ketchup on a Parker roll (“sweet, doughy, divine”).
7. Gjelina Take Away: Chef Travis Lett and company helped Abbot Kinney Boulevard catch culinary fire with Gjelina, and Gjelina Take Away, aka GTA, has been another fine addition to the neighborhood. As my friend pointed out, Lett’s convinced trendy Venetians to squat on milk crates in the adjacent alley and eat like refugees. He’s also crafted a convincing breakfast sandwich with fried egg, bacon, braised kale and hot sauce on an English muffin. House-baked, naturally.
8. Milo & Olive: Sit at a marble slab table or the counter and enjoy Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan’s Santa Monica cafe. Breakfast Sandwich ($11.50) features silky salmon (simply cured with salt and sugar) with creamy chive studded scrambled eggs that wash over a flaky, buttery croissant.
At The Tasting Kitchen’s weekend brunch, biscuits play more of a supporting role, but they’ve scored a lead downtown, cradling fillings both sweet and savory. I opted for savory Sage, Eggs & Sausage ($4) on a buttery biscuit crafted with premium Plugra butter and buttermilk.
10. The Sycamore Kitchen: Karen Hatfield and husband Quinn, who found higher end success on Melrose with Hatfield’s, have carved out a more casual, industrial chic niche nearby. Scrambled Egg and Chorizo Sandwich ($10) showcases spiced ground pork that’s on the sweet side, caramelized roasted onions, melted Swiss cheese that pulls apart, and soft griddled pan de mie.