Sqirl

720 N. Virgil Ave.
East Hollywood, CA 90029
323-284-8147
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  • Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Judging by the amount of press Sqirl chef/owner Jessica Koslow has received in the past couple of years, you’d think she ran some sort of upscale restaurant, the kind that usually gets all the accolades and attention. Instead, on an out-of-the-way corner in East Hollywood, she’s been busy revolutionizing breakfast. Sqirl has expanded since it opened, but at its heart it’s still a fairly simple coffee shop and café, one that just happens to serve some of the most delicious food around. It’s hard to resist ordering the sorrel pesto rice bowl every time you eat there, for its utterly perfect combination of Kokuho Rose brown rice, French sheep feta, preserved Meyer lemon, sorrel pesto and a poached egg. But if you can tear yourself away from the rice and venture into the daily specials, you’ll be heartily rewarded. There are breakfast hash dishes served in mini cast-iron skillets made with the season’s best veggies. There are delicate daily pastas after 11 a.m., along with creative lunch dishes such as sweetbreads with blood orange and wild greens. The avocado toast actually makes the avocado-toast craze seem sane. The lines to order at the counter are long (particularly on weekends), the parking is difficult, the seating scarce. The hassle is worth it, always. —Besha Rodell
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