If I could move to any neighborhood in Los Angeles, I would move to Venice. It’s everything I love about LA, smashed into a small radius. I love Venice–and Santa Monica–so much because they are the areas of LA that feel most like a “real city” to me. You can (and should) walk and bike everywhere, so you don’t need to deal with your car. There are tons of small, local businesses to support. The people-watching is GREAT. The only issue? It’s so dang expensive to live there! So for now, I’ll continue to be a west-side weekend warrior.
As all Angeleno’s know, Abbot Kinney is the hottest street on the west-side these days, and while it’s great for shopping, I’ve always had a really hard time finding a bite to eat there. Abbot Kinney has a bunch of restaurants, but they’re either crazy expensive and very gourmet, or they’re dive bars and pizza joints. Rose Avenue is my preferred street in Venice because it has great eats (think Café Gratitude, Flake, and Superba). What Abbot Kinney was missing was a stellar brunch spot with healthy Californian food and a VERY instagrammable interior. I mean, those things are so very VENICE, and it blows my mind that more healthy brunch spots aren’t populating Abbot Kinney. Or maybe I’m just missing them? If so, let me know in the comments! I love breakfast!
The solution comes in the form of NYC-based restaurant The Butcher’s Daughter. The Butcher’s Daughter opened its Venice location earlier this year, and I finally had the chance to visit last weekend. The first thing I noticed is that the restaurant sports a lot of counter seating. There are a few tables inside and on the patio, but I would say the majority is counter-seating. This was fine for me because I was by myself, but it seemed a bit cramped and awkward for larger parties.
The menu is a mixture of healthy juices, smoothies and small entrees. There are plenty of gluten-free and vegan options if you need them, and the servers are very accommodating for any food allergies. They also have a few goodies in a food case near the door that I MUST try next time I’m there. They had some delicious cookies that had my name on them, but I was SO full after eating my breakfast sandwich (which was delicious). I struggled for awhile deciding between the avocado toast and the breakfast sandwich platter, but opted for the latter with no cheese, and it was mighty tasty. I’d definitely like to go back with friends and order a smorgasbord of items to share! There are just too many delicious things on the menu, and everyone’s food looked so good.
The Butcher’s Daughter also has a take-out window, which is so smart for its location. Lots of people on Abbot Kinney are there for the day or the afternoon and might not want to sit down for a formal meal. The service window offers up the restaurants juices, coffee and smoothies.
The Butcher’s Daughter is a great option for a delicious brunch is a beautiful, airy atmosphere. I’ll be sticking to Café Gratitude on Rose Ave as my go-to, simply because my small coffee and breakfast sandwich cost me $24 after tip. BUT, if you have friends in town or if you’re looking to #TreatYoSelf, definitely check out The Butcher’s Daughter. The food does not disappoint, and I will definitely be back to try out some more of the menu!
The Butcher’s Daughter is located at 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
What’s your favorite brunch spot on the west side? Have you checked out The Butcher’s Daughter Venice yet? If so, what did you order?