Mimosas, Fried Chicken & Laurel Hardware

If you find yourself hungry in West Hollywood for, oh ... say, some fried chicken and mimosas in a hardware-store-turned-industrial-chic-eatery, head directly to Laurel Hardware on Santa Monica Boulevard.  My friend Kevin and I recently decided to fuel up there before tackling a day of apartment hunting, and after our unexpectedly awesome brunch, we almost never made it back out.

The place is all distressed wood, exposed beams, metal, glass, and eclectic, funky design elements that set a hip yet inviting tone.  We slipped into a booth where our fabulous server sold us immediately on peach mimosas, sold by the carafe.  Brunch and mimosas?  Done and done.  Then he started going on about the fried chicken.  Right.

Now, the entire menu was unique and tempting because of it, but this fried chicken, served with its Jidori fried egg on two homemade biscuits and pancetta gravy just kept coming back to us.  In fact, a recent patron, we were told, actually exclaimed he was offended the chicken was so delicious.  Who says no to that?

An idiot.  Like me.  I ordered an omelette because pancetta gravy after a week of indulgence seemed ... well ... indulgent, but one taste of this dish turned me around.  I have rarely had chicken so moist and juicy, and the pancetta gravy, with the runny egg yolk, all sopped up by the fluffy biscuit, was a culinary symphony.  Finding a home within walking distance of Laurel Hardware is suddenly a new top priority.


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