Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Rate-A-Restaurant #320: La Brea Bakery

La Brea bakery

Restaurant: La Brea Bakery

Location: 468 South La Brea Avenue (Mid-City)

Type of restaurant: Bakery/Coffee Shop/American

We stipulated: After picking up Maria from the airport on a Sunday morning, we wanted to celebrate her return with brunch. Driving up La Cienega and then La Brea, we realized we hadn't tried La Brea Bakery in its new location (once the home of Rita Flora).

La Brea bakery

They stipulated: "When the original La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles opened its doors in 1989, no one knew that the small bakery would spark an artisan bread renaissance and eventually lead to La Brea Bakery breads being sold at the finest grocery stores and restaurants across the country."

La Brea bakery

What we ordered: WOOD OVEN TURKEY SAUSAGE FRITTATA 12.75 (grilled scallions, shredded potato, white cheddar); EGGS ANY STYLE 11.95 (three eggs served with breakfast potatoes, toast, & applewood smoked bacon); BREAKFAST BREADS 5.50 (a daily selection of fresh breads, toasted & served with jam, honey, butter & cinnamon-sugar); KIDS' PIZZA

La Brea bakery

High point:  They smartly told us to order the smaller basket of breakfast breads -- combined with the bread that came with our plates, it was more than enough.

Low point: Poor service. Our orders were wrong, so our food came late. We were promised things (like coffee refills) that never came.

La Brea bakery

Overall impression: We should have kept to the Baked Golden Rule: At a bakery, stick with the baked goods. The breakfast was just OK. For one thing, my frittata was too greasy (I had to remove the cheese).

Will we return: I might stop by to pick up a baked item to go one day. But I don't think we'll be back to the restaurant.

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