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About a week ago, I spent Saturday morning in Downtown Los Angeles. We were out and about for about six hours and we probably spent more than half of it in traffic; a classic telltale sign you're in LA. Saywer has been in my bookmarks for a while, so I'm glad I had an excuse to drive all the way out to LA for brunch. We had a reservation for 10:15AM but we arrived around 9:45AM and saw that the Silver Lake Farmers Market was right next to Sawyer. There was a great selection of handmade crafts, vintage clothing, flowers, and produce; you should definitely stop by to take a look around.
We got to Sawyer and I instantly loved the interior and how the huge window let all the sun in. It was such a beautiful space with so many details and everything was just so pretty, especially the bar. I think the open space and window really gave it a welcoming and relaxing vibe that was so fitting for that Saturday morning.
I started out brunch with a blackberry cocktail; it had tequila, blackberry, lime, grapefruit, and mint. It was such a good blend of sweet and sour, but watch out, that tequila will sneak up on you and get you buzzed a little too early in the day. There were so many things we wanted to order, like the Avocado Toast, Shrimp Tacos, and Oysters, but we ended up settling on the Quinoa and Kale, Eggs Florentine Benedict, and a side of Peppered Bacon.
The Quinoa and Kale was my favorite - the quinoa was crispy, the eggs were poached perfectly, and topped with sauce that all came together with soft and slightly sour tomatoes and kale. It doesn't seem like much, but I liked the simplicity of the dish as well as the mix of textures and flavors.
The Eggs Florentine Benedict was also amazing - much like the Quinoa and Salad, it was a very simple dish. I love Eggs Benedict but I hate how most places overload it with hollandaise sauce and how it feels heavy. But at Sawyer, it wasn't your usual hollandaise sauce; it was foamed which made it really light and they didn't overload their Eggs Benedict with sauce. I was able to appreciate the perfectly poached eggs that rested on a bed of spinach and the homemade bread. The potatoes on the side were seasoned well and the bacon was peppered and cooked to a nice crisp.
It's such a nice place, the staff is great, and the food was simple yet flavorful; it's definitely a place to add to your bookmarks! Check out their Yelp page here.
Before heading home, we made a stop at Philz Coffee. If you've never head of Philz Coffee before, it's a coffee shop that's originally from San Francisco but now there are several locations in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. The one we went to was on Sunset Blvd but there's another one located on Hope St if you're in the Downtown area.
I ordered an Iced Mint Mojito which is iced coffee with fresh mint, sugar, and cream. I know it's sounds strange and I probably never would have ordered it if my friend hadn't recommended it to begin with but it's great - it's minty, sweet, and creamy. I also really like it since it's different from my usual Iced Coffee with Soy Milk from Starbucks. If you try it and enjoy it, I found a recipe to try out at home from a food blog I follow, "i am a food blog."
It's exhausting spending a whole morning in LA, but I just love how there's always something new to discover and that there's always something happening on the streets or around every corner.
Please message me any of your favorites places to eat in LA :)