If you ever want to torture a particularly cynical New Yorker with a Californian fantasy, take them to Winsome, the all-day Echo Park restaurant and cafe, which completely embodies the dream of stylish, carefree California living. Even if you’d like to resist the hipster fantasy it perpetuates, the food — and the drinks — are likely to seduce you anyway. Winsome itself would make a great set for a fashion shoot, especially in the daytime, when light streams in and illuminates the blond wood ceilings and booths, and the long counter that curves around the bar and open kitchen.
Vibrant, blindingly green sauces are a specialty. At breakfast, tangy basil tahini pools around a potato rosti (a large, flat, crispy potato pancake) that’s draped in smoked salmon, and cilantro yogurt perks up a plate of “grains and eggs.” An addictive, deep green sludge of herb pistou tops a lunchtime dip of whipped feta combined with pureed shelling beans — you slop the stuff onto grilled bread and wish they also served it at dinner. You get the feeling the chefs in charge could spend years thinking up new ways to combine leafy things and creamy things, and you hope they do just that. Read the review here.