By Matteo Mendoza
No restaurant that I have reviewed so far has a more fitting name than Home Restaurant in Los Feliz. This restaurant’s ambiance literally embodies the atmosphere of a house: Most of the dining tables are comfortably set in the outside patio of what appears to be a reconstructed Old Hollywood mansion.
Yet Home’s food and concept is anything but old; in fact, the restaurant embraces today’s food trends in Los Angeles. Home encapsulates all of what is seen as trendy – popular brunches, modern twists on American comfort-food classics and a “millennial” vibe. Home’s unique and satisfying American cuisine makes it an ideal choice for a date with a significant other or simply a taste of LA culture.
The signal of bistro lights overlooking a tranquil garden patio sets Home apart from its neighbors on Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz. This area of Los Angeles, with the Griffith Observatory, small bookstores and cafes, and Hollywood charm, is only 20 minutes north of Loyola, and it provides many opportunities for fun ways to pass time with a date or friends.
One of Home’s great perks is its all-day breakfast menu. Chicken and Waffles, a textural contrast of crispy fried chicken with fluffy waffles, makes for an amazing meal at any time of the day.
Another Home specialty is the California Eggwich, a breakfast sandwich that includes bacon, cheese, lettuce, avocado, tomato, chipotle mayo and a fried egg. The avocado, chipotle mayo and fried egg make this sandwich quintessentially Californian—(somewhat) healthy, modern and innovative. Both of these choices are presented beautifully, given in huge portions and priced at less than $15.
While Home’s breakfast menu truly sets it apart from other restaurants, other highlights include the Bacon Mac & Cheese, Fish Tacos and the Grilled Chicken and Avocado Club Sandwich; all the foods have a common thread that runs among them: an elevated and refreshing take on staples of American cuisine.
Home should be on anyone’s bucket list who wants to try great food and a glimpse into Los Angeles culture.