For urbanites, lovers of brunch and every person in between, Eagle Rock’s Red Herring has a special new treat for the community to enjoy on weekends – brunch! Located on the bustling Colorado Boulevard, the upscale American restaurant opened their doors just last summer. Originally a dinnertime destination, the evening menu consists of hearty plates of meticulously prepared meats and pastas like braised short rib and ricotta agnolotti. After much demand, Red Herring started offering brunch at the beginning of this year, and boy oh boy is the menu stacked.
Red Herring is an independent endeavor by Alexis and Dave Woodall, the latter of who has worked in fine dining for years with great minds like Silver Lake’s Blair’s Restaurant and Josiah Citrin. Alexis and Dave’s mutual love for the dinner experience eventually led to the opening of Red Herring, which utilizes the community’s resources for almost all their ingredients, which are prepared and cooked in house. (“Except the ketchup,” Alexis adds, “because nobody can replicate the taste of classic Heinz.”) While the restaurant specializes in delectable dinner dishes and unique, small plated happy hour appetizers, Red Herring’s recent weekend brunch menu proves to be just as hearty, savory, and sweet as the rest of their menus.
Red Herring is an experience in both its dishes and the service. When entering, your eyes dart left and right, taking in the vibrant yet tasteful elements of accent lights, vintage wallpaper and a suave forest velvet couch at the entrance. Even the restrooms prove to be a romantic experience, with navy blue walls lit solely by a warm, soothing candle and dim closet lighting fixtures. The second floor is an even bigger treat of bright wallpapers, a corner bar area and big open windows, allowing for natural sunlight and air to decorate an otherwise simply elegant dining room. In the midst of this décor, every server and hostess is on their feet and attentive the entire time, owners included. They make it look effortless, somehow casually chatting with customers and quickly bringing trays of food at the same time. The experience is comparable to being in the Woodall’s own home for Sunday brunch. It’s personal.
While the aesthetics of Red Herring impress, the brunch menu itself proves to be even more delightful. Every item, whether it’s a brunch cocktail or an egg dish, has a unique little spin that packs an extra punch of flavor. The avocado toast is sprinkled with crispy onion shallots, adding a salty, sweet touch to the glorious mass of smashed avocado and cherry tomatoes atop the baguette slices. The Breakfast of Champions is an even heartier rendition on a Bloody Mary – instead of celery, this cocktail is loaded with sage, fennel seed and citrus, bacon, pickled potato and egg. Yep, I’m still talking about a beverage here! Crowd favorites at Red Herring include the stacked breakfast sandwich and caramelized onion quiche, the latter of which retains a creamy and buttery bite without the heaviness of a usual quiche. For the health conscious bruncher, a breakfast Caesar salad of kale, grilled romaine, curried wheat berries, poached egg, bacon and heirloom tomatoes proves to be a surprisingly appropriate morning treat. These are just a few of the 11 breakfast items they’ve got on the menu before adding more in-house-prepared pastries like blueberry scones and coffee cake.
The brunch menu at Red Herring is affordable, too. With just about every dish and drink under $15, it’s easy to splurge without breaking the piggy bank here. Brunch can considerably be the most important meal in Los Angeles, and Red Herring proves to make the experience both rewarding, filling and just plain fun. Alexis, Dave and the team make Red Herring feel like one big dinner party that everyone is invited to, and have made themselves a welcoming place in the Eagle Rock community for many years to come.
For a full menu and reservations, visit http://www.redherringla.com/