Sandwiched between Pizza Hut and Cafe Alba in a food court at the base of Santee Court apartment complex, you’ll find BrunchDTLA. The daily brunch spot features a red facade with message of “good food,” five stools at a wood counter, and communal seating at mismatched tables on the surrounding concrete floor. The space isn’t what makes BrunchDTLA interesting. That distinction goes to chef-owner Michael Korchmar’s menu, which bridges breakfast and lunch and includes white board specials. Korchmar, who also runs a local food delivery service called Fresh Food Plan, has been known to make pasta with coffee and carrots. On this visit, Roast Pork & Polenta ($9) attracted my full attention.
In my eco-friendly bowl, I had to brush back a generous dusting of baby arugula and Parmesan shavings to reveal the main ingredients. Polenta wasn’t soupy in the least and helped to provide a base for the primary ingredients. Two slabs of roast pork carried nice sweetness and reminded me of ham steak. I also enjoyed a wealth of roasted, sliced vegetables, mainly zucchini and multi-colored carrots. I added a sunny-side-up egg because I can’t remember the last dish that didn’t stand to benefit from a runny, vivid yellow yolk.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.