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WeHo Brunch options (farm-to-table & Paleo-friendly)

Have an upcoming brunch with friends and looking for a place with farm-to-table sourcing and able to accomodate Paleo (they gotta have more than just waffles and pancakes on the menu.) Nothing vegan will work for this particular occasion.

The first place that comes to mind is Eveleigh (because it's right around the corner from the church we'll be at just prior to brunch) but I'd like to see what other options exist.

Thoughts?

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    1. There is only one place you should be going for this: Salt's Cure.

      It's as farm-to-table as you can get (they butcher their own meat in back, and everything is sourced locally from California from the best farms). It's insanely good, and probably the best brunch regardless of dietary restrictions in all of LA.

      Of course, if you want vegetables you may be sort of screwed... but if you just want the best meat you've ever tasted.

      Sadly, you will miss out on their unbelievable oatmeal griddlecakes with cinnamon butter... (if you are willing to break your diet just for a bit, order the All Star, which is an off-menu addition of a small order of the griddlecakes to the 2x2x2, which is 2 slices of bacon, 2 sausage patties, and 2 eggs + biscuit and fresh jam).

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      1. re: Stravinsky

        Oh, that's sounds terrific, Stravinsky, thank you. I could split the All-Star with one of my friends and gave them the carb-y part.

        LOL re: vegetables. I'll be fine without them for one meal.

        I will have to live vicariously though you on those oatmeal griddle cakes...maybe I will encourage one of my 3 dining companions to order them!

        Thanks again!

        1. re: sablouwho

          I mean...couldn't you just have a small bite of the oatmeal griddlecakes? You will be a bette person, and live a richer life having tasted them at least once!

          1. re: sablouwho

            Just be aware that Salts Cure is tiny -- something like 7 tables & a small bar.

            1. re: katydid13

              Good to know. It looks SO good. I really want to try it even if the wait is obnoxious, but if the other couple we're eating with doesn't want to wait, I am hoping that my b/f and I can just go ourselves for dinner.

              1. re: sablouwho

                Well, Salt's now has new hours, but it used to be that if you showed up at 11-12, even on Sunday, you could avoid a wait. Or, show up from 2-3 pm. I have no idea why, but the majority of people seem to cluster there for brunch from 12-2 pm.

                I have eaten many meals at Salt's, and rarely waited for them.

                But I am also very weird with my eating times. For dinner, I practically always show up after 9 pm, and thus have never waited. Alternatively, show up at 6-7 pm.

                If you go for dinner, make sure you try the pork chop =) Also..the grapefruit pie. I think you can just scrap the grapefruit filling + whipped cream off the crust and eat it, even on your diet. It will still be incredible!

                1. re: Stravinsky

                  Thanks for the additional info about times, and menu rec's. Will keep them in mind.

                  Really want to go to this place!

                  1. re: Stravinsky

                    That grapefruit pie itself sounds like reason enough to hit that shit up.

                    1. re: kevin

                      It definitely is. It's the best pie in LA imo.

                      You can buy them for $45 if you place an order a few days in advance, too.

                      My only caveat about Salt's is that they are becoming a bit more corporate. Not sure if that is the right word, but, they recently started being open at normal business hours, instead of the more select hours they used to keep. They have hired a lot of new staff, especially in the kitchen. It used to be that at least one of the owner/chefs was always cooking, and that no longer seems to be true.

                      Can't begrudge them their success, but last time I dined there the sausage, and bacon was cooked more well-done than I'd ever had it before. Probably something only someone who has frequented Salt's for several years would notice though.

                      1. re: Stravinsky

                        Damn, has the food dropped in quality since they hired on new staff and cooks ? fuck that sucks.

                        Hopefully it's still good since i havne't hit it up in other a year.

                        1. re: kevin

                          No, they're still sourcing the best ingredients, so fortunately the cooks can't mess it up too bad.

                          1. re: Stravinsky

                            But even messing it somewhat may not be worth it considering the price points we are dealing with at Salt's Cure.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Ya know, I went there for lunch a while back, excited to try them. Incredibly small menu and nothing really appealed to me. So I ordered the bacon cheeseburger, figuring that would be safe. The fries were great, thin and crispy. But the burger really was not anything great.....it was cooked properly, but could not taste the cheese at all, as in no flavor. And I was shocked that the bacon was the same way - no flavor at all. I have never had that happen to me before....all bacon has at least some salty smoky goodness to it. I don't know what kind of bacon they use, if it's some organic uncured unsmoked shit, but it was worthless. Have had no desire to go back & try anything else. I did enjoy watching them cook, however.

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                You ordered what I would say is the worst thing on Salt's menu.

                                The burger is literally the only thing on their entire menu I don't find to be worthwhile. I have no idea why, or how it's possible, but I had the same experience. It was strangely bland. They focus too much on not dressing it up. To me, high-end burgers need dressing up hah Their approach of minimalist adornment of meat only works for the 'better' cuts of meat.

                                Though it also could be a general downtown in quality I guess, hopefully not though.

                                1. re: Stravinsky

                                  Once again, your standard response....... {{sigh}}

                                  If they can't do a freaking bacon cheeseburger right, when sooooo many other places can...... Lame.

                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                    If I'm not mistaken they are quite famous for that burger so if it ain't good that's not a good sign.

                                    I had it a couple years back and thought it was decent but nowhere near earth shattering.

                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                      They are famous famous famous for their charcuterie so if they can't make their house made bacon properly I will have to hold off too.

                                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                    I have to say that I really liked their ultra runny egg yolk on biscuits that they used to serve at their takeout joint Storefront Deli (now defunct).

                        2. re: Stravinsky

                          Per Cio Bob, you want to eat at the bar. I at at a table and its small and cramped. The pork chop was good, but I had huge expectations and it was not close to the pork chop at Sotto. Bob says the best experience at Salt's is at the bar where you can watch the food prep. I would agree. Also there is no full bar and it is in a marginal area.

                          1. re: Thor123

                            "marginal area "

                            What does that mean ?

                            Just curious.

                            Thanks.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Not particularly nice. Kind of a seedy part of Santa Monica a block from a XXX movie house - if you like old school.

                              1. re: Thor123

                                I didn't realize that.

                                Tomkat theater ?????

                                1. re: Thor123

                                  never thought i'd read the words "seedy" and "santa monica" in the same sentence.

                                  1. re: linus

                                    late 70s/early 80s by the pier.

                  2. Hi, Servorg, a good/reasonable question. It's indeed different -- brunch not lunch, and West Hollywood, not Beverly Hills. :-)

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                    1. re: sablouwho

                      I think the rec for AOC http://www.aocwinebar.com/ from the other thread would work for this too.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Just looked at their brunch menu Servorg, totally agree!

                    2. Connie&Ted's.
                      oysters are paleo, right? especially when they're raw?

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                      1. re: TonyC

                        Yes, oysters are Paleo. But they don't appear to have a brunch menu and we're looking for brunch, not lunch, since some of us will want breakfast fare while others will want lunch.

                        Good to know about this place, though, I hadn't heard of it before and I like seafood very much.

                        1. This doesn't answer your initial query, but thought I'd give you a dinner option in downtown LA. Patina serves a four course, prix fixe Paleo menu at $45 per person. I've been meaning to try it for a while since I eat a predominantly Paleo diet.

                          Patina (Walt Disney Concert Hall)
                          141 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA
                          (213) 972-3331
                          http://www.patinarestaurant.com/paleo/

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                            1. re: kevin

                              Well said, Kevin
                              But there is a very good brunch at the Weho Bistro on La Cienega & Hoiloway, SE corner, with free parking, very good food in a French focus, Paleo or not!
                              www.wehobistro.com for more info

                              1. re: carter

                                WeHo Bistro is indeed a nice brunch place. It's right down the street from church so I've been a few times before after mass with friends. Sadly, a huge portion of the menu is currently off limits for me due to all the stuff I can't eat anymore, which is why I am looking for different brunch options in the area.

                              2. re: kevin

                                Paleo is a diet that restricts dairy, grains, gluten, processed sugar/foods, legumes, certain starches, and alcohol. You mainly eat meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds on this diet. I enjoy cooking flavorful food, so I don't miss the restricted items too much. Some are on this diet for lifestyle reasons. I have several severe food intolerances and an autoimmune disease that required me to make a big dietary change.

                                1. re: MaladyNelson

                                  Didn't know I was as close to Paleo as it seems.
                                  Seldom touch most of those categories.
                                  However, the alcohol and occasional quality bread (including the one at Weho Bistro) are largely my exceptions.
                                  Meat, veggies, fruit constitute most meals.
                                  Thanks for the info.

                                  1. re: carter

                                    Just don't let the "Paleo" diet bleed over into "Paleo" dating techniques. I understand the law now takes a dim view of the "club 'em and drag 'em by the hair back to the cave" method of pitching woo...

                                    1. re: carter

                                      Glad to hear you're following a similar diet. It's pretty sensible. That being said, I do miss the wonderfully hearty bread from Poilane. My Paleo cheats are gluten-free oatmeal and quinoa. Cheers!

                                  2. re: MaladyNelson

                                    Oh, I am so glad you told me about this, thank you. I've only eaten at Patina once, and I loved it. Great excuse to return :-)

                                  3. Cooks County should fit what you're looking for

                                    1. Well, I'm guessing octopus hash qualifies as paleo-friendly....bucato not too far away

                                      http://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-112...