Saturday, December 12, 2009

Eat Out. Figaro [Sunday Brunch].

Figaro on Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz is a place some (including myself) consider a near-perfect brunch spot. It's on a street that has loads of cute shops for post-brunch strolling around, they have both inside and outside (sidewalk) seating, and the food is fresh and flavorful.

The meal is started off right with a bread basket--something many restaurants reserve for lunch and dinner only. It includes a varied mix of breads including olive and nut among others, sliced and with a little dish of strawberry jam on the side.

Their coffee is tasty and refilled often, the latte bowls are ginormous, and the hot chocolate looks like an image from a childhood dream.

We were all very pleased with our meals (omelettes for Lauren and I, a Parisian croissant for Heather, and a spinach salad with hard boiled egg and crumbled bacon for Chau) ... I went with the classic choice, Omelette Figaro (pictured). It was a perfect combination of mushroom, brie and avocado. I had a seen a neighboring bruncher with it and almost didn't order because it looked a bit dry. The egg and mushrooms are cooked together, then folded around thick slices of brie and soft creamy generous slices of avocado. I am SO glad I got it. I ate every last bite. The inside ingredients easily blend with the egg/mushroom exterior.

One downside to the cute European-style sidewalk seating--a sensitive car (parked near our table) alarm (loud!) going off every time a fast car or bus would pass.

Figaro Bistrot is located at 1802 N. Vermont Ave. in Los Feliz

-- Leslie Anne Wiggins

Photo credit: the BEAT

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