Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company is a casual brewery/gastropub in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. The atmosphere and the decor are great – high ceilings and wide open space, it’s got a very lofty feel to it. The bar has a beautiful wall with a multitude of liquor bottles on display and there is a glass wall that lets you peer into their beer brewing operation. They’ve got bar seating, dining downstairs as well as upstairs seating. Need to catch a Giants or Warriors game? They’ve got plenty of TVs!
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Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company | 1736 Noriega St. San Francisco, CA 94122 | 415-571-8452
Maradentro is a great little place with a hip ambiance as is the case with most establishments on the Ventura Blvd strip. They specialize in upscale mexican seafood and have a great list of craft cocktails. This is a great place to come with a group of friends or even on a romantic date. Parking can be a little tricky but they have valet so that is super helpful! They have indoor and outdoor seating and the staff is very attentive.
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The portions are a bit on the smaller and pricier side; luckily, the flavors are incredibly great and you won’t leave starving. I hear they’ve got a pretty good happy hour so I’ll have to come back for that. Overall, would recommend!
Maradentro | 11929 Ventura Blvd Studio City, CA 91604 | (818) 358-3423
BACON. BACON. BACON. This DIY bacon salt is sooooo ridiculously easy to make and makes everything you sprinkle it on exponentially better. It’s literally 2 ingredients and works great as a DIY gift for any bacon lover in your life. Bacon Salt + Cute Little Jar = Gift. I hope you’ll enjoy!
Republique is one of LA’s hottest places to come brunch on a weekend and understandably so. Republique is housed in a unique building that Charlie Chaplin had built in 1928. The space was constructed with a mixture of bricks, tile, and ironwork – it resembles a spacious and airy courtyard and has an open kitchen for you culinary viewing pleasure. Upon walking in, you’re greeted by a beautifully stocked pastry counter. Menus are readily available at the entrance and you order in line. From there, you grab your table #, and look for a seat in the communal eating area.
The wait time varies greatly upon what time you arrive. Popular brunch times are 10-12, so expect a 30-45 minute wait to get to the front of the line, and then about 20-25 minutes to get your food. When I went, I noticed that as I was leaving around 2pm, there was hardly anybody in line; seems like a great time to go!
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If you’re in a brunch rut, let Republique take you out of that. Deliciously full bellies and great instagram shots will follow!
Republique | 624 S La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036 | (310) 362-6115
Feu- pronounced /FUH:/ meaning “fire” in French
And, boy, do they deliver fire! After an incredibly “food-filling” trip to Vietnam two years ago, I realized, much to my dismay, that there were not a lot of good and authentic vietnamese restaurants in my part of town (read: the valley). Luckily, I went to go get dry cleaning done, and noticed Feu Pho Kitchen in the same little shopping center.
Since going into Feu, I have been back 3 times in a 1-month span. Why? Mostly for the pho & pork belly banh mi.
The pho’s broth is so incredibly flavorful and the thin slices of ribeye are perfectly tender. Typically, I’m inclined to add in a ton of hoisin sauce, soy sauce and sriracha to get pho tasting how I want it to, but at Feu this is not necessary.
The pork belly banh mi is not prepared traditionally but that does not take away from how mouth-watering it is.
Ingredients → House Smoked Salmon Creek Pork Belly/ Hoisin Black Garlic Aioli / House Pickled Vegetables / Cucumber / Jalapeno / Toasted Ciabatta Bread.
The pork is so incredibly tender and has just the right amount of fat that it almost melts in your mouth as you bite into the sandwich.
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Situated about a mile and a half off of the 210 freeway in Pasadena, is an unassuming building with a sign reading “Mint Leaf Indian Cuisine”. The building has a large parking lot so parking is essentially stress-free (something that can’t be said about most restaurants in Los Angeles!). Upon walking into the establishment, I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the inside decor is. There is a stark difference between the outside and the inside of this restaurant – but aren’t we always told that it’s what inside that matters? This definitely applies to Mint Leaf.
As someone who is just now diving headfirst into Indian cuisine, I am still a bit confused as to what each dish on the menu is. Anything and everything I’ve ever had at an Indian restaurant is typically delicious but I normally need quite a bit of help during the ordering process. Luckily, for an Indian food newbie like me, the staff here was incredibly knowledgable on each of the dishes on their extensive menu.The best way to come here is with a large group of friends in order to be able to try a large variety of apps, entrees & desserts. And if you like spicy food as much as I do, this place will blow your socks off. They’ve perfected the balancing act of savory with just the right amount of kick.
WHAT TO ORDER – The Highlights:
– Onion Bhajis – Fried onion fritters battered in garbanzo bean flour
– Chicken Pakoras
– Achari Tandoori Mushrooms
– Lamb Coconut Curry (My Favorite!)
– Classic Chicken Tikka
– Matter Paneer
– Vegetable Biryani
– An assortment of naan – mozzarella + basil & feta cheese + olive
– Gulab Jamun – These remind me of moist and puffy donut holes tossed in a sweet sugar glaze
Mango Lassi-Colada – essentially a mango yogurt smoothie with a shot of rum
Mint Leaf Pasadena | 2535 E Washington Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107 | (626) 460-8776