The Butcher’s Daughter, a plant-based restaurant and café with L.A. roots and a chic, airy aesthetic, is bustling on a Saturday, filled with stylish twenty-somethings taking pictures of their avocado toast and a line around the corner with more waiting to do the same. Whether this is your worst nightmare or a dream come true, Butcher’s Daughter has undeniably nailed the need for a healthy and stylish cafes. It’s just so L.A.
I had visited the Venice Beach location several times—and brunched and Instagrammed accordingly. I knew it would be just the spot for a gluten-free and a vegetarian blogging duo to brunch, so off we went. Arriving later at 1:30 p.m., I had hoped we’d miss the brunch rush, but to no avail: Butcher’s Daughter serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is packed all the day through. No reservations accepted.
Happily, we cozied into the corner booth of the light, bright restaurant with a white and green, California aesthetic with lots of greenery. There’s an enticing selection of beverages: wellness teas, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and healthy mimosas made with cold-pressed juices, which was our MO. I selected the watermelon, lavender, and lime mimosa; a light, refreshing beverage with a unique flavor combination that played together nicely. Shruti went fruity, with the pineapple, orange, and passionfruit option. The kumquat, grapefruit and bee pollen mimosa was also particularly enticing—there’s a kale mimosa as well, should you feel so inclined.
Our server was a fun, cheeky gal in her mid 20s. She was wearing vintage earrings made to look like the goldfish in plastic bags you win at the State Fair, which complimented her cheeky Butcher’s Daughter t-shirt nicely. Speaking of t-shirts, all servers wear different tees with slogans like “We Sell Designer Kale” in white-and-green, a tongue-in-cheek touch that shows the restaurant doesn’t take itself too seriously.
In addition to the expansive beverage offerings, there’s a nice mix of eggs, veggie tacos, salads, yogurt, muesli, and sweet treats (like waffles and French toast) on the brunch menu. It’s hard to narrow it down to just one dish—so we ordered three.
The resident vegetarian, Shruti, selected the smashed avocado toast Benedict, which has some interesting touches. The poached eggs, Hollandaise, and smashed avocado sits atop hearty nine-grain toast, with curry, mustard seed, and lime bringing additional flavor. Like most dishes on the menu, there is a gluten-free option and the platter is served with breakfast potatoes.
We’re generally skeptical of cubed breakfast potatoes, and the potato hash didn’t look like much, but was a pleasant surprise with regard to flavor and satisfaction. Potato cubes, onions, oil, and a bit of spice results in a satisfying accompaniment to the entrées.
I chose the Monterey eggs with two sunny-side up eggs, smashed avocado, salsa, toast, and breakfast potatoes. A simple, classic breakfast with a Mexican twist—the eggs, avocado, salsa, and potatoes made for a satisfying and reliable breakfast dish.
At our server’s recommendation, we chose the waffles over the French toast, both of which are gluten-free (for me) and vegetarian (for Shruti). The weekend waffles are crafted with almond and rice flour, topped with a berry compote and a strawberry butter. By the time we arrived at the waffles, they were a bit cold and a bit stiff, which is almost entirely due to the fact we were taking photos (bloggers, you know). The strawberry butter was exceptional; a rich, creamy butter that added flavor and moisture right back into the waffle. We’ll return for the waffles, and likely order the French toast, too.
The Bitches say: A. While it’s a scene, the space is beautiful, the service is good, and the patio expansive. Most importantly, the cocktails and cuisine are delicious, and present a welcome healthy option that’s inventive and intriguing—and tastes delicious.
Bitch Tip: There are two Butcher’s Daughter locations downtown, not too far from one another. Be sure to clarify with your Brunching Bitches the appropriate location before you type in the address in Uber or Lyft.
Butcher’s Daughter serves brunch on on Saturday and Sunday starting at 8:00 a.m.