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BLD Restaurant: "Baby Grace" - Has anyone been? Feedback, please?

degustateur Jan 25, 2010 11:20 PM

I stumbled across an interview with Grace owner/chef Neal Fraser and discovered that he also owns BLD, located just down the block. Whaddaya know, a “Baby Grace”. Has anyone been? Breakfast/brunch seem to be the strong points and the menu looks wonderfully inviting. Feedback, please?

7450 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036


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    baloney RE: degustateur Jan 26, 2010 06:17 AM

    It's been there a while but I just finally got around to trying it for breakfast this past weekend. It was packed with a 20 min wait for a table inside but luckily we got one outside right under a heat lamp so it wasn't too bad.

    I got the blueberry ricotta pancakes and even though blueberries are not really a favorite of mine, I loved this dish and ate almost every bit of it myself. Light but not foamy (as I find Square One's pancakes to be), crisp bits all over the top, it came with soft butter and good maple syrup. What more do you need? The other at my table had the pastry trio of coffee cake(meh), ham and cheese croissant(not good), and the kouign amann(warm and AWESOME). I need to come back for more of them pancakes, soon!

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      Davebr RE: degustateur Jan 26, 2010 06:52 AM

      Ive been a few times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I like it a lot. My chick is a vegetarian and there are plenty of options---even a few for the vegans. Im a glutton and there are plenty of things for me too. Very reasonable wines by the glass, a few tricky cocktails, and some booze spiked milkshakes.
      I think the Chef de Cuisine just got some Rising Star Chef award. I would only whine about one thing: Fried chicken is only fried chicken when it comes on a bone.
      Other than that, I routinely drive from the top of Bel Air just to relax and eat there.

      1. wutzizname RE: degustateur Jan 26, 2010 08:05 AM

        BLD opened three and a half years ago and it bears almost no similarity to Grace. I live up the block so have probably been there 30 or 40 times.

        I gave up on dinner long ago after being consistently underwhelmed.

        Lunch is hit or miss, though, for me, also mostly disappointing.

        Breakfast is the one consistent winner here -- hence the line on weekends. The blueberry ricotta pancakes are in fact amazing. Their egg sandwich is also quite good. Though both of the breakfast potato choices usually come out cold and flavorless (no easy feat when there's chorizo in one of them). But the cream cheese & chive biscuit more than makes up for that lapse... Like the pancakes, it is nearly transformative.

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          ExtraCheesePlease RE: wutzizname Jan 26, 2010 09:10 PM

          Exactly! It's a great breakfast place, especially the ricotta pancakes and the biscuits (which is also done well at BoHo in Hollywood). Lunch and dinner are blah. Too expensive for what you actually get. I would walk down the street two blocks west to Terroni for a better night scene and better food.

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            lil mikey RE: wutzizname Jan 27, 2010 03:56 AM

            Agree on the great breakfast; and as wutzizname alludes, there are no lines on weekdays. Hence, it is a good place for business breakfasts.

          2. dougnutz RE: degustateur Jan 26, 2010 03:12 PM

            went there for a group dinner recently. not that exciting. expensive charcuteries, not a lot on the plate.

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              uwsister RE: degustateur Jan 26, 2010 11:49 PM

              We love brunch at BLD. Fantastic blueberry-ricotta pancakes as mentioned and excellent variations of Egg Benedicts, if your taste run that way. Prepare for a wait but worth it, IMO.

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                IDguy RE: degustateur Nov 6, 2010 11:42 PM

                Celebrated friends birthday dining at BLD this evening. Ordered appetizers, scallops, fish and chicken. Appetizers took 30 minutes. Salmon was severely undercooked. Waiter announced they had ran out of scallops. Chicken was ok but brussel sprouts were raw. BKD has some serious troubles in it's proverbial hands. We could see wait staff and management scrambling trying to deal with their kitchen woes. Will not be going back anytime soon.

                BLD Restaurant
                7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                1. J.L. RE: degustateur Nov 7, 2010 10:31 AM

                  Breakfast only at BLD for Mrs. J.L. & myself as well.

                  BLD Restaurant
                  7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                    orangepeel85 RE: J.L. Nov 7, 2010 01:13 PM

                    I had brunch there today and there were a lot of people. I think we got there before the morning rush and were able to get a table right away. I thought the food was amazing. The fried egg sandwich and the blueberry pancakes were both very delicious and I liked the interior. I recommend it.

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                      wutzizname RE: orangepeel85 Nov 7, 2010 05:19 PM

                      As I mentioned above, I think BLD is very hit or miss...but you picked their two biggest hits, in my opinion, the pancakes and the egg sandwich. Anyone who sticks with those should be fine. But beyond that...you're own your own people.

                      BLD Restaurant
                      7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                    Kvguzman RE: degustateur Nov 7, 2010 03:17 PM

                    I agree BLD wins for breakfast everytime but seems to lack on their lunch. I've not been for dinner but am not running through their doors based on my other non-breakfast experiences there.

                    BLD Restaurant
                    7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                      imontome RE: degustateur Jan 29, 2011 10:34 PM

                      I've been going to BLD since they opened mosntly for breakfast - I love the huevos rancheros or the house cured salmon. The egg sandwich is also yummy. I'm not a pancake eater, but everyone in my family loves those blueberry ricotta pancakes. I also love the coffee in those silver carafes.

                      For lunch I LOVE the butter lettuce salad which was on the menu at Grace - I like that I can order a half size and it fills me up. I also really like the cuban pork sandwich with those yummy grilled onions.

                      When they first opened I would stop in for a turkey burger for dinner sometimes and in the evenings I like to sit at the bar and drink wine and snack on cheese and sliced meat.

                      Really looking forward to Grace at St. Vibiana's - hopefully this year before summer.

                      BLD Restaurant
                      7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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