The Skinny: Freds 62 is one of those joints that you first go to because you’re with your drunk friends….and someone says…HEY let’s go to FREDS! You probably went clubbing in Hollywood and its one of the closest joints that has good food and has a lot of street parking nearby. For a few years I was going to friends at night and only at night until I moved out to Los Feliz. I stopped going at night and then started going during the day, and guess what everything doesn’t always taste better when you’re drunk! Actually FREDS during the day is WAYYYYYY Better.
The High: I’ve tried a ton of sandwiches and breakfast items at this local favorite and I have to say that I love the burger’s here and the Cali California Omelet…oh yeah the Eggs Benedict is pretty amazing too. The Burger Medium Rare is perfect and not too messy unless you get avocado like I did( In that case it becomes a slippery mess of green goodness). The Cali California Omelet has avocado in it also and its just all around awesome…with savory chicken sausage and the sun dried tomatoes are a perfect addition. If you don’t like goat cheese you can ask for something else. This place is always busy and it has a great vintage diner decor. There are also “Patio” aka sidewalk tables that are nice to sit at in case you have a dog, want a smoke, or have a friend that’s about to puke in the gutter. Fred’s is open pretty much all day and all night so if all the markets exploded in the area….you’d still be able to get some food at anytime as long FREDS stays open.
The Low: Honestly the food during the day is WAY better, and well I guess it is true…making drunk for food for drunk people is probably the way they thing about cooking after 2AM in this place….after all no one is ugly after 2AM and nothing tastes bad either. The downside to this place is that…IT IS SUPER POPULAR. Anytime of the day there is a wait….so be prepared to chill out for a bit or jump back in the car for PLAN B if you go during peak times.
Oh Yeah! TRY THE BOSSA NOVA WAFFLE….its Mmm Mmmm GOOoooood
The Skinny: Located on the 6th Floor at The Palm’s Place, this is is a fantastic Sunday Brunch. This is the ultimate brunch to go to after a Saturday night out on the town. The whole staff is in pajamas so even guests are welcome to dine in their pj’s. When you walk through the main entrance you see the candy bar they’ve set up with mini Chinese take out boxes for you to stuff and take home with you. The menu consists of sushi, bagel + lox, baby crab claws, shrimp cocktail, fresh fruit smoothies. Aside from the brunch buffet, they also have items that need to be ordered through the server like eggs benedicts, morning pizza, baby back ribs, and the sampler platter of desserts that takes you back to your childhood with items like Snowballs, rice krispy treats, chocolate chip cookies, homemade ding dongs, caramel popcorn and cotton candy.
The High: From the kitchen, my friends and I ordered the morning pizza, lobster havarti benedict, crab benedict, + the pulled pork benedict. The morning pizza had white chedder cheese, bacon, ham with an egg ontop. This would be my #1 pick for the ultimate hangover food. It is basically an omlette on pizza dough. The lobster havarti benny was a poached egg on top of 2 pieces of lobster brioche with melted havarti cheese in-between. The lobster toast was delicious, it tasted like grilled cheese shrimp toast with a poached egg on top. The Crab Benny had real lump crab on top of your traditional English muffin. This was your typical crab benny, I liked this one a little better then one’s I’ve eaten in the past elsewhere because the crab wasn’t dried out and fresh.
The Low: The pulled pork benny was definitely my least favorite. It had a poached egg on top of pulled pork and a cornbread base. Pulled pork should just stay on a bun instead of as a benedict. This goes to show that not everything can be made into a benny. The service was ok as well, we did sit at our tables for a while before someone acknowledged us. It was our first time dining at this brunch so we had no clue how it worked. The server also forgot to put in our steak benny so we never even got to try that which I was looking forward to.
Would you come back again? Definitely, there’s so much more on the menu I’d like to try.
More Info: www.simonatpalmsplace.com. Expect to pay $38 for the brunch and add the option of unlimited bloody mary bar for an additional $10 or $16 for unlimited champagne. Open from 10am-4pm on Sundays only. Children under 12 pay $12.
– Sniper Tam
Song: Egg On A See – Cotton Jones