Waking up Saturday inside the old Hollywood charm of 1113Sweetzer.com (full report to come on my new travel edition @YourNextNite) was a gem. Its tranquil foliage and walking distance to all that's fabulous in West Hollywood, reminded me just how much I've missed this city.
The hand model and I threw our running gear on, flew down my favorite tree-lined street, then ended up at Sycamore Kitchen on La Brea. This bakery co-owned by chefs Karen & Quinn Hatfield (yes, of Hatfield's Restaurant) was nearly impossible to get into last summer. Although the 30-minute line that formed around 11:30 that morning didn't make things much easier.
The restaurant is sunken back from the busy street with a brick wall covering part of the sunny, open-air, dog-friendly patio. Walk inside and the aroma of sweet Sticky Buns, savory Quiches, and freshly brewed Espresso fills the area.
Still hot from the 85 degree weather on our morning 5k, we thankfully snagged one of the first-come-first-serve inside tables, after ordering at the counter.
- screw the carbo pancakes, never-ending plump berries, crumbly goodness, Blueberry Oat Bar ($3.25)
- way more pucker than hot 'n sweet, Ginger Limeade ($4)
- hits all the major flavor notes (sweet sour salty bitter), love the kale texture with mixed greens, Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Dates, Hazelnuts, Radicchio, Kale, Blue Cheese & Red Wine Vinaigrette ($12)
- crunchy thin sliced bread that's beautifully soaked in olive oil, super creamy, could use a touch more lemon to cut the thickness, Cured Salmon Tartine with Avocado, Capers, sliced Hard Cooked Egg, Radish & Creme Fraiche ($11)
- sinful unless you share, sticky caramel outside, partly dry inside, Salted Caramel Pecan Babka Roll $3.50
Upon finishing our meal, our friends decided to join, so I kindly hopped in line to chat their wait away. Little did I know what major trouble I was getting myself into, as new trays of piping hot goodies filled the counter.
Quiches, Babkas, and Galettes galore! Unfortunately, there was just too much to order for one sitting – and I'd have to run another 5k to work off each additional pastry.
P.S. Word on the street is after 4:30pm, baked goods are half off. See ya then!