Brunch. It’s more than just a portmanteau. It’s a way of life. And in Los Angeles, I’m always on the lookout for new brunch options. There simply are not enough in this town, and any time a decent place pops up, it’s only a matter of time before it’s saddled with a 45 minute wait.
Nevertheless, when I was invited to a media-comped brunch at Sonny’s Hideaway this past week, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to go. Perhaps I’d have a new destination to add to my ever expanding brunch list.
Did the restaurant deliver the goods? Pics and commentary after the jump…
Back in July, I wrote about the opening of Mohawk Bend, a vegan-friendly (but meat serving) gastropub in Echo Park. The evening had been a fun one, but not all the dishes were the ones you’d write home to Mom about (not that I write home to Mom about every dish I eat). While we did graze on some tasty fare on that fateful opening night, there were enough duds — particularly a vegan pizza that left everyone at my table a little, uh, uneasy — that my lasting impression of Mohawk Bend was not necessarily the greatest. In fact, for months after, the most prominent memory I had of Mohawk Bend was their pizzas that suffered from soggy crusts, among other things. For all the the things the restaurant did right that night, I couldn’t really dispel that pizza from my mind — particularly the offending vegan pizza — and as a result, I’ve neither gone back to Mohawk Bend nor have I recommended it to anyone looking for an East Side dining option.
And yet despite this, I headed back recently for a media-comped brunch at Mohawk Bend. I’m not going to lie: I was totally apprehensive, but I knew that as long as I avoided the pizza, I would be fine.
Would the restaurant be able to redeem itself after its rocky opening? Results and pictures after the jump…