Brunch, first come-first served and LA is a combination that doesn’t work. Although I am usually asleep until long after brunch time, I have learned that most people are not. Of these people, many like to go out to brunch, causing other brunchers to wait in crazy lines for food. Compounding that difficulty is the seat yourself system employed by places like Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica.
I could go on and on about this, because it really is a terrible system, but I’ll get to the food instead…
Huckleberry’s brunch menu definitely had some interesting options, but most had vegetables distracting me from their potential tastiness. What stuck out the most to me was their Creekstone Farms Brisket Hash. I love me some corned beef hash and thought this would be an interesting twist, coming with sunny-side up eggs and roasted potatoes. Yet, when my food arrived, something unnecessary and terrible stuck out to me instead.
Covering half of my bowl (I’ll get to that in a second) of hash was a bunch of arugula. It was an unfortunate thing to see and even more unfortunate that much of it was mixed in with the real food. Also, why was my has in a bowl? It was weird, and I quickly found out that while it was unlike the hash I was expecting, it was pretty damn good. The eggs were delicious and the brisket was perfectly tender. In truth, this was more like a stew with eggs on top, but whatever it was I enjoyed it.
Yet, the taste of the food could not undo the damage of Huckleberry’s terrible seating system and arugula. I might consider take out from there some day, but I’m not sure it’s worth the risk of mysterious vegetables.