Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Good Taste on Melrose

If you're looking for a reliable place for brunch, head to Taste on Melrose.
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Casual and cozy, Taste on Melrose offers brunch options ranging from $9 to $17. It's a cute place to take friends and family.

I went with Papa Monkey and Brother Monkey during dineLA in October. We ordered two entrees from the regular brunch menu and one three-course meal from the dineLA menu.

Breakfast panini with scrambled eggs, applewood smoked bacon, oven-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, arugula, and caramelized onions on wheat bread accompanied by rosemary garlic potatoes ($10.50).
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I love breakfast sandwiches, and this was no exception. Rather hearty and packed.

Crab cake benedict, Hollandaise sauce, toasted brioche, poached eggs, rosemary garlic potatoes ($15.25).
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Simultaneously unadorned and decadent. Very basic ingredients but rich and delicious.

For just $16, we got the following three items.

White truffle oil and mushroom macaroni and cheese.
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Man, oh, man. This was reason enough to try the dineLA menu.

Grilled cheese sandwich with aged white cheddar, country bread, tomato dipping sauce, and organic mixed greens.
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I am a cheese monster. Rawr! Not sure why they gave us ketchup. Didn't use it. But I savored the tomato dipping sauce. Really made this dish.

Port poached pear tart, sweet crème fraiche.
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Seemingly plain but totally perfect. Slightly crisp. Slightly sweet. Very enjoyable.

The best news? Brunch won't break the bank even when it's not dineLA season.

17 comments:

  1. It's totally my fault for looking at your blog first thing in the morning, but now I am going out to lunch because the leftovers I brought seem very unappealing.

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  2. i love breakfast so much. yum.

    i could swear there was a groupon special for taste a couple of weeks ago. i knew i should've bought one.

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  3. This looks so good. I want that macaroni and cheese.

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  4. I'm a such a sucker for wine-poached pears. They are just so yummy!

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  5. I love me a crab cake and a breakfast sandwich and truffle oil mac n cheese. I'm def going here and soon.

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  6. They got half priced bottles of wine on Mondays! This was the first restaurant in LA that Mr. Insom and I went to... :)

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  7. This looks like a party in one's mouth!

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  8. Yet another restaurant I've been aware of for ages, but keep forgetting to make the effort to go. Crab cake benedict could prove to be a damn good motivator. Looks like a great family brunch!

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  9. missed your food blog entries!!! hope you've been well! trying angeli caffe on sunday

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  10. You don't know why they gave you ketchup??? To dip your grilled cheese in it!!!! Gah!

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  11. Not a huge fan of Taste aside from the ambiance and that amaaaaaazing mac 'n cheese. One of my favorite versions in the city.

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  12. When we lived in the Melrose hood, we used to go to Taste now and then. It was always pretty good, but not "over the top" drool-worthy. Maybe things have improved.

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  13. I love Taste. I have only ever been for dinner, but their breakfast offerings look fantastic. Nice write up, it definitely made me want to have breakfast there.

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  14. In love with that first breakfast sandwich pictured with Goat Cheese. Will add that on my list of things to do when I someday make it to LA!

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  15. I love eggs benedict so much... the panini looks delicious as well.

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  16. Ahhhh! That Eggs Benedict and Mac N Cheese looks fantastic!

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  17. i always end up here with out-of-towners for some reason. love it.

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