Canelé

May 20, 2012

in brunch, restaurant

Canelé has sat high on my Smorgie brunch list for a while – hailed by bloggers, the LA Weekly and the LA Times as one of the city’s best.

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Had some traffic issues making it over to Atwater Village this morning to meet our friends; luckily we were still able to skip the long lines and join the communal table in front.

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They do not take reservations – here’s what the small space looked like at 10:30am:

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Service took a while. Not as long as Lazy Ox, but definitely don’t go if you’re pressed for time!

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To tide us over, some complimentary granola! I sampled a handful.

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Still pretty full from last night’s RockSugar dinner; luckily one of the smallest menu items is also one of their most famous…

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…listed as a “Baked Pancake with Meyer Lemon Custard” – you’ll find it under the “Sides” section.

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Pretty Pretty Pan-cake!

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I paused from photographing my order and turned my attention towards Abe’s…

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…a beautiful braised leek and romesco fried egg sandwich, ordered without the bacon.

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We traded bite for incredible bite.

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Dough-y, pillow-y, and airy. Not too sweet, even with all the cream, and oh so lemon-y, thanks to the fresh juice squeezed on top.

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At only $5.50, this is TOTALLY worth sitting in traffic for 45 minutes for!

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I definitely want to come back for their sticky buns…

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…and french toast – I’d read these were enormous, but even pictures don’t do them justice. You could probably build a nice fireplace with these.

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