DTLA: Brunch at Baco Mercat
A couple of weeks back, I saw some tweets about brunch at Baco Mercat. Seeing as I’ve enjoyed both lunch and dinner at the recently opened spot on Main Street, I could help but think brunch would be fantastic. The biscuits and gravy were calling my name. Loudly.
I’m not a huge breakfast person but when I do eat breakfast, I prefer savory items. Getting the biscuits and gravy is the ultimate comfort food breakfast. The biscuit was so fresh and flaky and it was the perfect amount of bacon and cheddar cheese as well. Add a fried egg to the mix and you got yourself breakfast. Or brunch. Or “hair of the dog” as Baco is calling their brunch menu.
We were torn about getting the breakfast baco with egg and chorizo or some other items. I was eying the sausage (either merguez or pork) with fennel or English breakfast with morcilla (blood sausage) and celery. Or maybe simple like steak and eggs. The only sweet item I’d consider is the yeasted waffle .
We had the tangerine mimosas with Szchuan sweet and sour. I may try the Bloody Mary with sundried tomato and harissa mix next time.
Moving on to the more lunch part of the menu, we had the green cabbage and papaya salad. I’m a big fan of Chef Josef’s vegetables and this was his take on a Thai green papaya salad. It is fairly spicy so look out. I loved how the veg were sliced for this salad– so pretty.
I had the Bazole when Baco first opened and the manager had told us they were going to perhaps tweak the recipe so you can add your own spicy sauce to it. It’s still not every spicy but after having the salad, we enjoyed the relative calmness of the broth.
Can’t leave Baco without a baco. We got the beef tongue schnitzel. We ordered too much but the two of us still managed to eat it all anyway.
I was very happy with brunch and it’s the little things like sitting outside on a sunny clear day in Los Angeles that made this meal even better.