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Jan 27, 2009 10:40 AM

Square One- Short Review

A heavy shadow falls upon the facade of Square One in East Hollywood. That shadow caused by a large Scientology building does not, luckily, effect the quality of the cooking. Proper french toast made with brioche with the requisite spider webbed lacing seared onto the outer shell, left a nice soft creamy interior. Brown butter, hazelnuts, and carmelized bananas were solid performers to accentuate the bread pillows. Clotted Cream was a nice touch, as I had a perfect breakfast dessert. I ordered a side of egg and a side of Nueske bacon (I needed to have something savory for breakfast) and was not dissapointed. I drank Ruby Red nectar, and it was nectar, as a juice to complement my meal. Too bad not enough breakfast establishments dont serve Nueske bacon. I like the fact that this restaurant on its chalkboard itemizes the purveyors that provide the ingredients to the menu.

A friend ordered the Chicken Sandwich, buttermilk marinated chicken breast with portabello mushroom confit, truffle aioli, gryuere cheese, arugula, and red onion on a baguette. I had a bite of this, and it was quite the tasty sandwich.

I will be back to try more.


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  1. Square One is one of my favorite breakfast/lunch places. Try their pancakes next time. The whipped cream with vanilla beans is like a dessert. I also like their baked egg dishes. The grits with southern vegetables are savory and comforting. I just really enjoy the vibe there.

    1. The smoked salmon egges benedict is fantastic and the fruit bowl is consistently one of the best in town. I really love this place and wish it was more convenient to my house on the weekends.

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      1. re: mollyomormon

        That house-cured salmon Benedict was my Outstanding Meal of 2008...and I ordered it because I wanted grits! But they were out of grits, so I was offered salad as an alternative, and it was a stunning combination. Golly, I'm glad they were out of grits!

        1. re: mollyomormon

          Have you had Clementine's eggs benedict with their house-cured gravlax? Damn good!

          1. re: vinosnob

            Yes the eggs benedict at Clementine's is wonderful as are the salads and most of the sandwiches and baked goods.
            If they could only work on their service.

        2. Just tried it for the first time this Saturday. Loved the Salmon Benedict and the atmosphere. I'm looking forward to trying the rest of the menu.

          Anyone know if they serve breakfast all day? And were they better before the ownership change?

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          1. re: SilverlakeGirl

            they are open 8am - 3pm and serve breakfast all day every day.

            CH sent me there about 2 or 3 weeks ago with a friend and i was not disappointed.

            i love the portabella mushroom benedict but now i am going to have to try the salmon! i had the bacon/spinach/mozz omelette and it was good - very fluffy eggs etc. but after the delicious benedict and bites of my friends french toast i know square one is special enough to skip the omelettes and move onto better things - like the amazing grits and devastatingly sinful bacon (perfectly made too - not greasy at all)

            this was the first place in L.A. i've found that hasn't made me miss my weekly brunches in NY.

          2. I live in East Hollywood, in fact just 2 blocks from Square One...I hardly go there, not because of the quality (it is quite good) but because of the price :)
            I did overhear from my neighbors that the ownership had changed recently. Does anyone who goes there frequently know if there had been any significant changes?

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            1. re: Normal Garciaparra

              The new owners apparently kept the menu, food vendors, wait staff, etc. They have added valet parking on the weekends. I used to go a lot before the change in ownership and have been back several times since, and the quality remains at a high level, the flavors consistent. If the prices have risen slightly, they are not markedly different than before.

              1. re: olivethegreat

                I think in 2006 (?) the fruit bowl and muffin was $6.75 (and was part of the L.A. Times food section "deals" for that year)

                Now it's up to $9.00. I know food prices have risen and all, but this is ridiculous!

            2. Link (with website and menu including prices) here:

              Square One Dining
              4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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              1. re: Servorg

                Yep, when cheese added is $2 on top of your $13 poached eggs, that's pretty expensive for breakfast.