If there’s such thing as love at first sight when it comes to restaurants, I fell in love with Bacaro LA upon entering. It had me at hello with its schoolhouse charm complete with old blackboards and writing with chalk displaying the latest food and drink offerings. Combine that with bright yellow flowers in vases and an awesome display of old wine bottles on the ceiling, and I knew I was in for a treat. I couldn’t believe the shabby chic restaurant has been around since 2008, near the USC campus, and I had never discovered this culinary gem.
Luckily, I was invited to check out their new weekend brunch, and I was very impressed. Served tapas style, their brunch is an amazing deal where you could either get one small plate for $7 or 3 for $19, perfect for sharing. At the waiter’s recommendation, my friend and I started off trying the French dish Cocotte with creamed kale, garlic, sous-vide egg, and toasted panko on top. Wow! It sounds so simple, but it was seriously one of the most delicious brunch dishes we both had ever tasted. Each bite was like heaven. I can’t think of a more perfectly delectable brunch item than this.
Next, we tried another French dish, the Croque Madame, which was absolutely scrumptious. Here talented executive chef and owner Lior Hillel took a creative twist on the classic French ham and cheese sandwich, and made it with exquisite caramelized pastrami instead, a delectable 5-cheese sauce, spanish onion, and fried egg, perfectly placed atop fluffy brioche bread.
After these two indulgent dishes, we decided to try the lighter Tofu Scramble with roasted bell pepper, kale, and spanish onion, served with a delicious grilled sourdough bread to place it on. I really enjoyed this dish also, as it was very flavorful and had a bit of a spicy kick to it.
Finally we topped off our divine brunch, with one of their most popular dishes, the Chef’s French Toast made with house baked brioche, served with seasonal fruit. Okay, let me just say that this is another dish that sounds so simple, you would never expect it to be as amazingly delicious as it is. This is seriously the best french toast I have ever had. The thick fluffiness of the brioche combined with the warm, moist center that just melts in your mouth really puts it over the top. Chef Hillel was explaining the process to us and it’s no wonder it comes out so perfect. He really puts exquisite care into each dish he prepares and it shows.
I can’t wait to try the dinner here, which is no doubt, equally exceptional. The best part is you’re eating 5-star cuisine in a completely relaxed, casual atmosphere. No pretentiousness here.
Bacaro LA is located at 2308 South Union Avenue in Los Angeles, down the street from USC. They’re open Sunday through Wednesday from 5-10 pm, Thursday through Saturday from 5-11pm, and weekend brunch is served from 10:30 am-2:30 pm. They offer happy hour Monday through Thursday from 5-7 pm, 1/2 off wine by the glass Mondays from 5-10 pm, and Wine Down Wednesday from 5-10 pm when every glass of wine is $1 cheaper than the previous round.
For more information, call 213-748-7205, visit www.bacarola.com, or follow them on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest. See you there!