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!
WHAT WE ORDERED:
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
WINGS! WINGS! WINGS!
We were told that Elephant & Castle had the BEST wings in all of Ireland and we just had to find out for ourselves…. Coming from the US, I did not expect much when ordering the chicken wing basket. I mean, how good could chicken wings be in Dublin? Probably just okay, right? Nope! These might be some of the best wings I’ve ever had. I stand by my statement.
The wings themselves are small (not a bad thing), they are perfectly fried and crispy (because nobody likes soggy chicken wings) and the sauce is distributed evenly and downright addicting. They must use loads of butter but I am not complaining – nobody orders wings as a healthy option anyway. The sauce is rich and just the right amount of spicy.
My dining companions both ordered the roasted garlic burger and let me have a couple bites. This is a great choice for garlic lovers; not only does it have whole roasted garlic cloves but garlic butter and garlic aioli as well! Really solid choice.
Not only was the food phenomenal but the service was impeccable. We were promptly seated, our server was very friendly and she even gave us some local insight on spots to hit that were less touristy than Temple Bar.
Overall: Great Food + Cute Spot + Awesome Service + Reasonably Priced
Check out this video I made of the food we ate!
Elephant & Castle | 18-19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland | +353 1 679 3121
I woke up this morning feeling fancy. Fancy in the morning = FRENCH TOAST. ♥
After whipping up this quick, little (and totally photogenic!) french toast, I realized just how darn easy it was to do! Which means….. french toast WAY more often in this household – YAY! And, according to my calculations on My Fitness Pal, this serving is approximately 246 calories total. Compare that to Denny’s Strawberry Banana French Toast at a whopping 880 calories!
You didn’t think I would come to Portland and NOT reference “BRUNCH VILLAGE!”, right? No, of course not… As we all know, betches love brunch and this betch, ME, is no exception.
Let’s talk about what makes brunch at Gravy, and brunch in general, SO special:
I mean, are you looking at this bloody mary here? How could you NOT have this everrrrrrry morning? FACT: Best way to cure a hangover is to drink more alcohol. Okay, maybe that’s not really a fact-fact but I am not going to be the one to disagree with that one. Bottoms up!
If you come to Gravy and you don’t get the gravy, we’re going to have some problems, you and I. It is so darn good! Fair warning – the portions here are MASSIVE so, if possible, share something with a friend!
The biscuits soak up the gravy so beautifully while still maintaining their perfect flakiness. They have two different types of gravy – sausage gravy & veggie gravy (vegetarians rejoice!)! Both are equally delicious, in my opinion. If you’re feeling extra peckish, I highly recommend the chicken fried steak with the sausage gravy and a poached egg on top. #YolkPorn at it’s finest…..
Obviously, I got the fruit as a side instead of the hashbrowns – I gotta be healthy somehow! 😉
LAST, BUT NOT LEAST! Don’t you dare leave Gravy without getting their fry cakes. They taste like a cross between a biscuit + donut, covered in oodles of sugar and perfectly-sized to dip in a little dish filled with maple syrup. Brunch calories don’t count – didn’t ya know?
I hear the line gets crazy when you come here on a weekend. Luckily, the BF & I were visiting our good friends who decided to play hooky on Friday. Skip work on Fridays = no line at Gravy. You’re welcome!
If the pictures weren’t enough, take a look at the Tastemade video I made down below!
Gravy | 3957 N Mississippi Ave Portland, OR 97227 | 503.287.8800
“Brunch on Sunday?” YES, YES, and, um, let me think… YES. I used to not like Sundays. Womp, womp. Mostly, because Fridays and Saturdays were *almost* always more fun. Also, because Sunday meant the day before Monday (aka the start of the work or school week) BORING. And DEPRESSING.
But, every since I hopped over the line between being a child to legal drinking aged WOMAN, I realized Sundays were the best days of the week. They were the days where I could wake up from a crazy Saturday night only to keep the party going in a much more adult manner during brunch. A day where it was not looked down upon to have a higher ratio of alcohol than fresh juice in your glass… I mean seriously. If you’re not sipping on champagne on a Sunday morning, then who the heck are you? Not my friend, I assure you. Just kidding… kind of.