I Heart Beetchup

August 1, 2011

in bar

Yup. Beets, pureed into ketchup. I AM OBSESSED.

And here’s the place that does it best (even better than M Cafe’s version):

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Bru Haus is a new gastropub located in Brentwood. There’s no sign outside, but you can find it on Wilshire, near Barrington Ave.

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I was invited to check them out for a complimentary tasting, and brought my favorite beer drinker along!

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Abe got a sampler from their extensive beverage menu – his favorite was the Triple Karmeliet from Belgium

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I was more interested in the kitchen…

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…and their selection of gourmet pub food:

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Chef/Owner Charlie Hwang hooked us up with a bunch of vegetarian dishes, so we could share.

First, a Butter Lettuce Salad with tarragon, radish, and dijon – bacon omitted.

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Next up, a vegetarian-ized version of their Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich. Soy/sunflower seed patty, breaded in panko crumbs and fried til crisp.

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Remember my Best Vegetarian Sandwiches in Los Angeles compilation? I haven’t mentioned it in a while, since there hasn’t been anything list-worthy. This one is; but you have to ask for it, since it’s not even on the menu!

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(FYI – it isn’t vegan because of the coleslaw, sweet sambal aioli, and brioche bun.)

The shoestring fries were perfect, dipped in 3 house-made sauces – the aforementioned aioli, jalapeno ranch, and http://usefulshortcuts.com/imgs/skype-basic/emoticon-0152-heart.gifbeetchuphttp://usefulshortcuts.com/imgs/skype-basic/emoticon-0152-heart.gif

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Hot and chewy from the oven – a giant bavarian pretzel with 2 mustards and a cheese sauce

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In the end, this was still my dip of choice

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Finally, the sausages. Vegan Smoked Apple Sage, Alligator + Pork Andouille, and Tequila Habanero Chicken. Served with grilled onion, sweet + spicy peppers, and sauerkraut

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I had a few bites of each – it was my first time eating gator!

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(Tastes like chicken.)

I took home the meat in a doggie bag, but there were no other survivors.

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Everything was truly delicious – we were really impressed and could see why the bar was starting to get packed so early.

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There’s Chef Charlie up in the DJ booth!

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Loved the spirit of this place and highly recommend it as a place to meet up with friends, or have a fun date night like we did.

P.S. – Beetchup rules.

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{ 12 comments }

1 Erin August 1, 2011 at 7:22 am

Love the color of the beetchup! How would you make Beetchup?

2 Lynn at The Actors Diet August 1, 2011 at 7:59 am
3 Sara K August 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

I LOVE bavarian pretzels- I get them every time I’m in Munich! Never tried beetchup though!

4 Lauren August 1, 2011 at 9:05 am

Mmm, that pretzel looks to die for.

5 quarrygirl August 1, 2011 at 9:06 am

omg that pretzel looks SO GOOD. i wonder if it’s vegan!

6 Lynn at The Actors Diet August 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

i checked with chef charlie – he said it is indeed vegan!!!

7 Emily @ Savory and Savage August 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

Beetchup sound delicious – I looooove beets!

8 katecooks August 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

yum! i love how you try all the new digs in town…i seem to end up at the same few places over and over again! any thoughts on a good (not fancy) dinner spot in the bev hills area??

9 Emma August 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

cool!! the beets make it such a neat color. gator is pretty good, though i’ve only tried deep fried gator nuggets before. gator sausage sounds very interesting!

10 livinglearningeating August 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Yay, German stuff! :)

Beetchup looks really cool, I wish they had it over on the east coast. And man, do I miss Sauerkraut. And Rotkohl. And vegan sausage. I am SO PSYCHED for fall, keep up the awesome pics until then. Well, you always do anyway ;) Only two weeks for me!

And alligator? WHOA.

11 dd August 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm

sausages….drool

12 Mark August 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Looks like a great joint. I wish there were less food chains popping up and more places like these around me. I love the beetchup idea too. A true genius is lurking somewhere close…

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