Sunday, March 31, 2013

Brunch Is Back at Sunny Spot

Simply stated, Sunny Spot makes me happy. With its open air atmosphere, brightly-colored decor and, of course, chef Roy Choi's island-inspired food, the place just feels like home. While perched atop a floral-patterned stool, bobbing your head to Bob Marley, you feel as though you could easily be on the North Shore of Oahu rather than a busy stretch of Venice near a laundromat, and that, braddah, is choice.

On Saturday, with warm weather on the horizon and the cold on its way out, Sunny Spot re-launched its weekend brunch. As a super fan of both Sunny Spot and Chef Roy (seriously, the man can cook no wrong in my eyes), I was thrilled to be invited to a tasting of their brunch menu.

Sunny Spot

Muh-F'k'n Mofongo and Eggs at Sunny Spot

Muh-F'k'n Mofongo and Eggs: 2 fried eggs, ripe plantains, applewood bacon, fennel, garlic, fresh herbs and ginger oil ($11.00)

Hangover Plate at Sunny Spot

Hangover Plate: 2 fried eggs with rice, black beans, avocado mash plantain chips and diablo sauce ($15.00)

Egg Plate at Sunny Spot

Egg Plate: 2 eggs any style, jerk potatoes served with hangar steak (or pork belly) ($15.00)

Roasted Veggie Omelette at Sunny Spot

Roasted Veggie Omelette: Fingerling potatoes, brussels sprouts, cipollini onions and goat cheese ($12.00)

Blueberry Pancakes at Sunny Spot

Blueberry Pancakes: Homemade batter with sesame seeds and blueberries ($12.00)

Banana French Toast at Sunny Spot

Banana French Toast: Served with maple syrup and rum cream ($12.00)

Diablo Shrimp and Grits at Sunny Spot

Diablo Shrimp and Grits: Spicy rum sauce, garlic butter and herbs with 2 fried eggs over grits ($12.00)

Sunfire Chicken Salad at Sunny Spot

Sunfire Chicken Salad: Jerk chicken, butter lettuce, radicchio, arugula, cauliflower, grapefruit, goat cheese and chili vinaigrette ($13.00)

Two Fisted Cheeseburger at Sunny Spot

Two-Fisted Cheeseburger: Brioche bun, tomato jam, red onion, arugula, cheddar and herb mayo. You can also add an egg for $1.00! ($13.00)

Cuban Torta at Sunny Spot

Cuban Torta: Pork terrine, prosciutto, provolone, pickled jalapeno and mustard ($13.00); Yucca Fries ($5.00)

Steak Sandwich w/ Yucca Fries at Sunny Spot

Steak Sandwich: Grilled skirt steak, avocado mash, jalapeno vinaigrette, mayo and pickled red onions on toasted ciabatta ($16.00); Yucca Fries ($5.00)

Home Skillet Bread Pudding at Sunny Spot

Home Skillet Bread Pudding: Ciabatta bread pudding with pears, raisins and coconut, topped with vanilla ice cream ($8.00)

Coconut Creme Brulee at Sunny Spot

Coconut Creme Brulee: With tarragon lime syrup ($8.00)

Hot Fudge Sundae at Sunny Spot

Hot Fudge Sundae: Vanilla ice cream, candied peanuts, whipped cream and a luxardo cherry ($6.00)

Brunch Drinks at Sunny Spot

For brunch, Sunny Spot offers $10 bottomless cocktails. The best news: you can mix and match! Bloody Mary AND mimosa, anyone?

Bloody Mary at Sunny Spot

Bloody Mary

Rum Punch at Sunny Spot

Rum Punch

While everything was delicious, the unique touches to the pancakes and French toast transformed them from standard brunch fare into standouts. Similarly elevated by its components was the Sunfire Chicken Salad, which my table mates and I piled onto our plates even with heavier options nearby. Also not to be missed are the Steak Sandwich with perfectly crusty ciabatta and the juicy Two-Fisted Cheeseburger. Oh, and all of the desserts. So, like I said, everything...

Thank you to Chef Roy and Natasha Phan for the fun afternoon and the ono-licious grinds!

*Food and drink were hosted.

Sunny Spot
822 W. Washington Blvd. 
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 448-8884

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    1. 'Twas glorious, indeed! I didn't need to eat dinner that night, so maybe a tad TOO glorious...

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    1. Everything was so yummy! Thanks for popping by. Would love to see you soon!