3 Square Cafe in the a.m.
Breakfast is the most spontaneous meal in my life: usually a Peet's latte, a harried Bagel Nosh stop or a more lingering affair at Surfas Cafe, Pedal's, John O'Groat's or Du-Par's depending on the time and company. Oh, Primo's donuts is a frequent contender as well. But recently a friend was positively giddy over the breakfast he'd had at 3 Sq. in Venice so we met mid week, a great time to experience Abbot Kinney without the weekend mob. I love the modern lines and clean glass with the exposed gas and electric meters. The name seems somehow more appropriate to something the B.L.D. folk might open, you know Americana and all, then the city's second leading Austrian chef. But with fresh breakfast pastry like raspberry scones for $3 coming out of the oven we were happy. The signature dish if there is one is the lieberkass, a sort of European style camp fire meal with a fried slice of Spam like veal and pork with a sweet whole grain mustard, two eggs and that infamous pretzel bread all for $9.95. And that other chef named Wolfgang is more than eager to try you on the house oatmeal with heavy cream in case you haven't fully tested your morning calorie intake. Fresh orange juice and a fine Austrian coffee rounded out one of the more unique breakfasts in town.
I haven't been there for breakfast yet but their lunch is superb. And the bakery counter, although relatively limited in selection, consistently makes my mouth water. I'm trying to slowly make it through all the of the items but keep going back to the insanely good brownies and Rockenwagner's signature pretzel twists.