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Upscale Comfort Food At A.O.C. In LA

Patio Dining Area
Patio Dining Area

First off, if this is will be your first time here, you'll want to bring a friend or two, as you'll want to try a lot of things on the menu. Or maybe that's just me projecting my own gluttony… I mean, “foodiness.”

Second, and probably most important: You're probably wondering what's good here. I mean, with food this popular, who cares about the service, anyway? We'll get to that later. Here's the rundown on what we had:

1.) Bacon-Wrappped Dates- Pretty darn good balance between the slight sweetness of the dates mixed with the savoriness of the bacon. The only downside was the tiny portion for the $8 we shelled out. We only got about 6 or 7 dates. I'm not very good at math, but I do believe that's a bit of a ripoff.

Bacon-Wrapped Dates — by Juvi Guevara
Bacon-Wrapped Dates — by Juvi Guevara

2.) Vanilla Bean French Toast with Hazelnuts- I am not one to need much convincing to scarf down a heaping plate of French Toast, but this disappeared before even I knew what had happened. Perfectly sweet and balanced with a hint of citrus that wasn't overpowering, and huge slices of soft, fluffy bread… er, toast, with a garnish of hazelnuts and slices of what could have been caramelized pear or apple, for good measure. This is truly the breakfast of champions. And unlike the dates, the portion did not disappoint.

French Toast
French Toast

3.) Chicken & Waffles- What? You didn't think I was full yet, did you? Psh! This dish was amazing on so many levels. The chicken was perfectly seasoned, fried to a golden crisp on the outside, yet still tender and flavorful on the inside. The best part is it's more like small pieces of chicken tenders that help you bypass that whole battle of trying to tear off every last juicy morsel of meat from the bone like some angry animal. I've seen it before, and it ain't pretty. And the waffle it sits on is warm, fluffy, and already pre-soaked, (yet not drowning), in something to make it sweet. This is a guilty indulgence with an air of sophistication.

Fried Chicken & Waffle
Fried Chicken & Waffle

4.) Latte- I know, boring, right? But you know what? Considering, this isn't your local hipster-infused coffee shop, I was pleasantly surprised by how perfect this coffee was. It had the most delicious nutty flavor, with a perfect pairing of coffee & creaminess from the milk. So, I ordered two. You know, just to be sure the first wasn't a fluke. It wasn't.

And for you booze lovers out there, these guys have an alcohol menu that's about ten times bigger than their food menu. Unfortunately, one of my favorite coffee cocktails has been taken off the menu, however they're usually accommodating with your requests if you'd like them to whip something up for you. Other than that, they do have an impressive selection of fruitier cocktails with a hefty kick.

Cocktails — by Juvi Guevara
Cocktails — by Juvi Guevara

What I found interesting was how cozy this place was. I honestly thought I'd walked into someone's elaborate dining room. And the outdoor patio is a great place to enjoy brunch on a warm, sunny day; though if it's too warm, the indoor dining area is your best bet.

As to the service, in case you were interested: It's LA. We should all be used to it. The people who work here CAN be friendly, although don't always choose to be. However, the girl who greeted us at the door was pretty awesome, and our server was attentive and sweet. And that's what matters.

Overall, great place to try at least once.

This article was originally published on @juvi_guevara