Hey Sesames! This is Amy, posting together with Ellen from LA for the first time!!! Cheers!!!!!
Patios and Brunch go hand in hand. My first day back in LA after a year was no exception. After flying from SFO to LAX, Ellen picked me up and off to brunch we went in West Hollywood, to meet all of my best friends that I haven’t seen since I moved to Shanghai. What better spot for this momentous reunion than Laurel Hardware, a brunch spot with some WeHo character. They describe themselves as “a neighborhood eatery embracing local culture in a casual atmosphere,” but I think that’s a humble description. Then of course, being understated is part of their charm.
Once you get past the surprise of entering what seems to be an unassuming and run-down hardware store, you’ll see details of pretty moss on the walls and industrial-glam decor surrounding the bar. Walk outside onto the large patio and there’s an unexpectedly cool painting on the wall, with oversized umbrella canopies shading tables from the sun. There’s even a cute old-school robot hovering at one table next to a pile of firewood. Those with an artsy eye would appreciate these quirky details!
Onto the food! Instead of the usual mimosas, the 7 of us shared 2 champagne carafes – one with watermelon and the other blood orange. We were advised that the watermelon one might not taste as watermelon-y as we expected since watermelon in itself is a more watered-down fruit, but we all enjoyed it and found the flavor to be just as refreshing as the blood orange. One of us also had the Stumptown Cold Brew and I noticed that my favorite Bundaberg Ginger Beer was also on the menu. It’s always a good sign when they know to stock the BEST ginger beer!
After a highly anticipated group “Cheers!,” we ordered the Stuffed French Toast with hazelnut, berry jam, and mascarpone, to share. Each of us had a square and it was delicious; the sweet dripping cheese along with the nutty crushed hazelnuts was an amazing combo. It was rich and satisfying enough that sharing was the perfect choice. For mains, we had a few orders of the Chicken and Biscuit, the Marinated Steak, and Short Rib Hash. The Chicken and Biscuit came highly recommended and did not disappoint. It was flavorful, a little spicy, well-proportioned, and came with cooked greens. I ended up doing my part to “help” eat the biscuits.
I opted for the Short Rib Hash after the waiter told me it was making it debut that day on the menu. Gotta try the new stuff so I can come here to report! The ribs were smoky yet tender, and I enjoyed the fact I could taste the red wine glaze, which sometimes vanishes after meat is BBQed. Good to know the beef at Laurel Hardware is hormone and antibiotic-free, and their vegetables are all organic and sourced locally. My short ribs came with potatoes and charred bell peppers, plus two sunny-side-up eggs on some frisee, making for a well-balanced dish.
The Marinated Steak and Eggs:
What I love most about Laurel Hardware is the versatility of their space. The atmosphere here makes it a good choice for brunch or dinner, groups or couples. My first time here was a few years ago when I met up for drinks with friends. From spacious booths, to leather chairs and bar stools, to patio seating outside with twinkle lights at night, there’s a unique little corner for everyone. The next time I have a long night in LA and need to brunch it out the next morning, I’ll come here for their “Recovery” drink: Cruzan banana rum (my favorite), domain canton ginger liqueur, coconut water, and lime. And yea, I’ll take a “side” of Chicken and Biscuit too.
Laurel Hardware / West Hollywood