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Sqirl Kitchen

New American Restaurant, Café, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
East Hollywood, Los Angeles
150 Tips and reviews
  • healthy food
  • coffee
  • lively
  • breakfast food
  • trendy
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  • Mohammed
    MohammedNovember 27, 2016
    Long line but moves pretty fast. Around 30 mins wait. Green Eggs and Jam is a must try. French toast (Brioche stuffed with jam and baked) was so good.
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 4, 2016
    Opens every morning at 6:30 a.m. with just coffee and pastries, then ventures on to classics like ricotta toast and sorrel pesto rice at 8 a.m. Don't miss that crispy rice salad, either. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 19
    The combined flavors in the sorrel rice bowl suggest how sunshine on a lemon tree might taste, and the ricotta toast painted with three jams resembles a flag to which I’d gladly pledge allegiance. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 21, 2014
    Every single menu item is delicious. If you can't decide, anything topped with jam will be a winner.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LAugust 6, 2015
    Don't be intimidated by the line. It moves pretty fast. Don't miss the ricotta toast (w/generous ricotta) though it may come a little burnt. Order couple small items and share with a friend!
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 20, 2016
    Yes, you’re going to have to wait in line, but is there a more LA experience than digging into SQIRL’s ricotta toast with housemade seasonal jam (and Instagramming it after)?
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousOctober 7, 2014
    Four bucks nets you a thick slice of brioche topped with rich ricotta cheese & jam with options like raspberry-vanilla & blueberry-rhubarb. And it is actually worth those four dollars. Probably more. Read more
  • CJ B.
    CJ BruceSeptember 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious cold brew and hot coffee. You can skip the line and go to the front if you want your drink to go. For food I'm all about the pesto bowl as a salad (kale instead of rice) with an extra egg.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 9, 2016
    Tucked away on a sleepy stretch of Virgil, this seasonal kitchen produces surprising cuisine that balances flavor with superb ingredients. Don't miss the desserts either. Read more
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BlechmanJuly 18, 2015
    Must order: Brioche/baguette with jam. If you leave here without getting this, your life will be incomplete. Buy some jam to go, so when you start dreaming about it, you can get your fix.
  • Ameen A.
    Ameen AqeelDecember 28, 2015
    The sorrel rice bowl was delicious (you might consider an extra egg), the buckwheat pancake was also unique, on the way out grab one of the coconut, date & seeds balls for a tasty treat with a coffee.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchSeptember 8, 2016
    The Bitches say: A. Brave the line at this funky LA eatery and get ready to carboload on some of the best toast on the Left Coast. Take the LAisms with a grain of salt + be prepared to see and be seen Read more
  • Sahar A.
    Sahar AJanuary 6
    Don't miss the turmeric soda, green eggs & jam tartine, or seared polenta. The chocolate & (hazel)nut butter (brioche) toast is heavy, I would have preferred it w/ jam (they're made in-house). Enjoy!
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerOctober 19, 2016
    “I’m happy to wait in line to get my hands on my favorite Sqirl triumvirate: sorrel pesto rice bowl, brioche toast with ricotta and Blenheim apricot jam, with a turmeric tonic.” - Fiorella Valdesolo Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
    ). Standbys include Kokuho Rose brown rice bowls with sorrel pesto, preserved Meyer lemon, lacto-fermented hot sauce, radish, sheep’s milk feta and poached egg. Read more
  • May ♍.
    May ♍August 14, 2015
    A hip organic small hole-in-the-wall with various salads, sautés, sandwiches & lattes. Sqirl specializes in decadent toast offerings amongst other healthy dishes. Makes an ideal stop for brunch
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceOctober 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Jam. Try anything with the housemade jam here! The scones are amazing, as well as the rice porridge. For full review of this place, please check out my food blog 🍴
  • Caitlin T.
    Caitlin TaylorMarch 20, 2016
    French toast!!! Also the sorrel pesto rice bowl. The French toast is huge and the jam that comes with it is (in my opinion) a great alternative to syrup.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Getting here before 9am won't guarantee a short line, but you'll need all that extra time to decide what to eat. Everything on the menu is delicious.
  • Gregol G.
    Gregol GratisOctober 29, 2014
    Espresso is pricey compared to the other baristas fanatic places, but well prepared (served in a glass the Spanish way). Curred salmon on toast is beautiful and tasty. The place is cute and trendy!
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 6, 2013
    We recommend the astonishing "Hamembert" plate with Mangalitsa ham, oozing wedges of Camembert cheese, and an artfully charred length of baguette. Read more
  • Jeffrey S.
    Jeffrey SJuly 27, 2013
    The creative genius behind Sqirl is Jessica Koslow. She is very down-to-earth and a lovely person. Make sure to say hello when you visit.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
    There’s plenty of toast, which is available with seasonal jam, nut butter or a killer combo of kale, tomatillo puree, hot sauce and fried egg. Read more
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AizussDecember 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Guittard Chocolate and Hazelnut Toast is *intense* and good to split. Try the brown rice porridge or anything that has a fried egg!
  • c0uP
    c0uPNovember 29, 2015
    1. Get the pesto rice bowl 2. Get the squash hash. 3. Put the hash on the rice bowl. 4. Proceed to food heaven.
  • Amelia H.
    Amelia HurlbutMay 4, 2016
    Turmeric tonic and pretty much anything on the menu. You can't really go wrong. Get there SUPER early otherwise the wait is at least 45 min.
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderSeptember 30, 2015
    Great Famous Damus Breakfast Sandwich (on ciabatta with soft scramble, surryano ham, arugula), and excellent Cold Brew Coffee.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Beat the rush by going before 8:30 a.m. or just after 3. Also: Save room in your suitcase for taking home lots of Sqirl jam. Read more
  • Abel B.
    Abel Bortolotti GarzaNovember 22, 2016
    Really nice place, probably it will look "crowded" but the waiting time isn't that long. You have to try the ricotta toast with strawberry jam.
  • ブルーノ
    ブルーノMay 19, 2016
    Tiny place, yet super popular. Good coffee and some great options to choose from the menu. Not sure if this place deserves all the hype but still, it's pretty good. Getting a seat it's kinda tricky.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableApril 21, 2016
    Sqirl Kitchen is the perfect spot to stop for authentic, homemade food. By far, the best thing to try if you're a first timer is the ricotta brioche toast. Read more
  • Regina B.
    Regina BJune 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Dishes were very simple yet packed with flavor. Only downside was the locale. Inside is small, hot and stuffy, outside is got flies that don't let you eat off the tables which are short, seat level.
  • Kartik S.
    Kartik SathappanNovember 5, 2016
    We had the McKofta sandwich and the brioche toast with ricotta. The sandwich and toast were top notch! The ricotta was good but not great.
  • Heather V.
    Heather VelezSeptember 5, 2015
    They can do no wrong here. Ricotta toast + crispy rice salad + sorrel pesto rice bowl are the stuff dreams are made of.
  • Jose B.
    Jose BMarch 9
    Great food! Nice, informal vibe. A bit crowded on weekends. Their lacto-fermented hot sauce is awesome!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesNovember 18, 2013
    Get the toasted Proof brioche topped with sweet or savory ingredients, Thai-inspired salads or creamy porridge. Quiche and frittatas are also always good bets.
  • Tom C.
    Tom ChattSeptember 11, 2015
    Zagat recommends the savory rice porridge topped with sorrel pesto, preserved Meyer lemon, lacto-fermented hot sauce, radishes, feta and a poached egg.
  • Raphael L.
    Raphael LangenscheidtOctober 24, 2015
    Fantastic little place. Totally worth the wait. Breakfast sandwich is solid and the rice bowls are delicious. Ricotta toast is insane, too.
  • Remington G.
    Remington GuestMay 31, 2014
    the almond milk latte is incredible. better than other house made almond milks. smooth with slight natural sweetness. must have
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonMarch 11, 2016
    Order the sorrel pesto rice bowl with half kale, half rice and add avocado. Also get an iced matcha to go with it.
  • Anna V.
    Totally worth the wait. These pancakes are to die for. Avo Toast is also a must try
  • Nick F.
    Nick FehrJune 14, 2013
    The super "cute" wall menu is so annoying! I really hate when these "new" american spots try to reinvent something that is fundamentally the same in every single other restaurant.
  • Yoyoe L.
    Yoyoe L.January 10, 2016
    Everything is good here. Event though they open at 7am, the breakfast only starts serving at 8am. Besides that, must go place in LA.
  • Benson B.
    Benson BleierMarch 3, 2016
    Soooo good. I mean seriously, some of the most innovative and delicious brunch food I've ever had.
  • Catherine H.
    Catherine HollySeptember 27, 2014
    Toast with nut butter & blackberry jam, latte, side of bacon. I would skip the nut butter next time.
  • Julia S.
    Julia SAugust 12, 2016
    Brioche toast with jam, pesto rice, vanilla bean lemonade, white tartine. Everything was amazinggggg
  • Ameen A.
    Ameen AqeelDecember 28, 2015
    A favorite for its atmosphere, the people and the great healthy mix of flavors.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BaumMay 26, 2016
    Believe the hype. I always go for a late weekday lunch around 2pm to avoid the wait. Tomato Jam Sandwich is a sleeper!
  • David S.
    David SchwenAugust 4, 2014
    One of the best breakfast I've ever had. Stuffed French toast is amazing. Also, the bacon is to die for.
  • Namona B.
    Namona BtNovember 18, 2014
    Great for breakfast: must try the French toast & the home made sausage !
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