Saturday, December 5, 2009

Eat Out. Square One Dining [Sunday Brunch].

As the land of unconventional jobs with nothing close to the regular 9-5 workday, Los Angeles makes for a wonderful breeding ground for the perfect brunch spot. In this regular feature, The Beat will feature the best of the tried and true brunch scenes, which you'll probably find filled weekday to weekend, morning to late afternoon, because frankly, is there any better meal than brunch?

In our inaugural Sunday Brunch post, we welcome you to Square One Dining. The eastside eatery only serves breakfast and lunch, so let’s just say the expectations do come high for how it’ll handle brunch.

Square One gets it right. Even starting from its d├ęcor and locale, the restaurant nearly steps out of the imagination for what the perfect brunch setting should feel and look like: quaint, quiet and with an outside garden patio, for goodness sakes. And even though Square One’s olive green walls fall within the shadows of hospitals and a Scientology Centre, you’re far enough into the neighborhood to barely even notice.

But it’s the food that really makes this place shine. The restaurant prides itself in using local and organic produce and hormone-free meat for its dishes, and it shows. The vegetables and salads are undeniably fresh, and egg dishes like my bacon, tomato, mozzarella and spinach omelet and Heather’s baked eggs were fluffy and light. Leslie and Lauren opted for one of Square One’s most popular picks, the brioche French toast. It was moist, buttery and served with fresh vanilla bean cream. Lauren had hers topped with figs, one of the seasonal fruits available, and it looked delicious.

Though the place can definitely get crowded on the weekends, the service was attentive but not too intrusive. Overall, if you need a sweet spot for simple, refreshingly fresh food served with obvious care, Square One is a great place to go. Plus, with all dishes under $14 (most around the $10 mark), it’s a pretty decent deal.

Sometimes, it’s just good to be square.

--Chau Tu

Square One Dining is located at 4854 Fountain Ave., near the intersection of Vermont Ave. and Sunset Blvd. Open everyday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., street parking. 323.661.1109.

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