Back in May, we were invited to visit the newly renovated BoHo gastropub in Hollywood. We loved this place! From gourmet pizzas and sensational burgers to near-perfect fish and chips, BoHo offers an array of wonderful, snazzy bar food each day of the week. Perched at the top of the famous entertainment and shopping complex Hollywood & Highland, this pub also wowed us with its extensive beer list and a laid-back, chill atmosphere. Oh, and we hear they have a great happy hour! Recently, we were luckily enough to be tapped again for a tasting at BoHo. This time, it was to experience the new Sunday brunch menu that had only been up for grabs for a couple of months. Nothing beats a weekend breakfast, and we were down to sample the morning offerings.
If you don’t know it by now, brunch is my favorite meal. Period. I am an unapologetic, proud pancake fiend. You can only imagine the exclamations of joy that were shouted when Chrystal informed me of BoHo’s new brunch menu. Our first experience here was superb, so we were both excited to be head back. We expected the meal to be flavorful, comforting, fulfilling and all around delicious. When it was all said and done, BoHo did not disappoint.
I arrived at the restaurant just before 11:45AM on a Sunday morning. Chrystal, wasting no time, was already seated in a large, corner both with a sparkling mimosa in hand. I promptly ordered a Bloody Mary, and to my surprise learned they offered a few options of select bottomless cocktails. Choose a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, or the Raspberry Surprise, and enjoy as many as you could handle throughout the meal. We scanned the menu through the familiar brunch selections of omelets, egg dishes, sandwiches, salads and many items to enjoy on the side. The menu also listed a breakfast burger, breakfast burrito, their signature fish and chips, and a selection of pizzas. We were told by our gregarious and friendly waitress to “just taste as much as you want; it’s all good!” Of course, there was nothing else to do but oblige, so we ordered four dishes from the menu.
First up to arrive at the table were the Huevos Rancheros, the popular Mexican breakfast dish comprised of fried eggs, refried beans, Spanish rice, queso fresco, salsa and freshly sliced avocado served over fried corn tortillas. Having lived in Los Angeles for a few years now, we both have most certainly had our fair share of Huevos Rancheros. It was a delight to taste a version with some new, unexpected flavors. Everything on the plate was excellent. The rice was moist with just the right amount of spice. They fried the corn tortilla whole until it was firm and crispy, which was something different than most other offerings of this common dish. It added a pleasant and definite crunch to each bite. Without a doubt, however, the star of this dish was the refried beans. We don’t know what they put in those beans but they had an unique flavor we just couldn’t put our fingers, or taste buds, on. Chrystal immediately thought cinnamon. I thought that it was bacon. Cinnamon and bacon have nothing in common, so you can see that we were clueless as to what the mystery but delicious element could have been. Not surprisingly, neither the waitress nor the manager would spill the secret to us. Whatever they put in those beans was a good call because we devoured them, simple as that. In fact, every possible ounce of refried bean was cleaned from the plate. If you ever try BoHo’s brunch, get the Huevos Rancheros and tell us what you think the secret ingredient is. We need to know!
Right in the middle of chowing down on Huevos Rancheros, the breakfast pizza and French toast we ordered arrived to the table. The pizza looked like just the thing a kid would want to eat before school if he had the choice. This wood-fired, thin crust pizza was topped with sausage, bacon, peppers, and a glistening pair of sunny side up eggs in the center. A running egg on top of breakfast meats doused in a savory tomato sauce is just pure genius. The pizza was very tasty. We even wished there was more egg to go around on each slice–there were only two for the whole pizza! I must say, the bottom layer of crust was unexpectedly soft from all of the sauce and toppings piled on it, which made it near impossible to eat with your hands. This was one of those moments where you pull out the fork and knife and eat the slice bite by bite.
I admit, I was at first sullen that pancakes weren’t on the menu. Anytime I’m out for brunch, it’s a must-have for me. French toast, waffles and pastries are all fine and dandy, but I always have buyer’s remorse, wishing I had instead ordered the pancakes as I’m consuming the second choice option. Nothing for me matches a soft, buttery flapjack literally drowned in syrup and toppled with fresh whipped cream. With all that said, my uncertainties were assuaged the moment we tasted the French toast. It was one thick cut of brioche soaked in an orange cinnamon custard and topped with powdered sugar and fresh whipped cream with dulce de leche ice cream on the side. Yes, ice cream. No syrup was needed for this guy. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too sweet. As we forked our way though, the ice cream continued to melt into a puddle that was perfect for dipping the French toast. It was like eating a thick custard with bits of crunchy brioche accenting each chew. This one was a winner!
You can imagine at this point after having eaten a piece of pizza, a plate of huevos rancheros, and a big, heaping piece of French toast between the two of us, our bellies were getting full. Chrystal was full, but we are troopers and realized there was one more dish to taste. Right when we thought we couldn’t swallow another bite, our final order came out. We had to try the biscuits and gravy. Having lived in the South for years, we know a good biscuit and gravy plate when we see one. Folks, this plate was the real deal! A huge biscuit with a homemade sausage patty, a few slices of bacon, scrambled eggs, and a thick, white country-style gravy over the whole thing. If that wasn’t enough, there was a side of breakfast potatoes with sauteed onions and green peppers on the side. The sausage was perfect with hints of fennel, the biscuit was soft and buttery, and the gravy was smooth and creamy just like your Grandma would’ve made it. Unbelievable. BoHo did it right!
At this point, Chrystal was out for the count after a few bites. This dish was just too good for me to pass up, though. I dug in deep and consumed every last crumb of the biscuit. I was only able to do such a feat by leaving most of the side hash-browns untouched. They were good, but the biscuit needed my undivided attention. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.
There are endless weekend brunches around LA, with new ones popping up almost every week. BoHo delivers an awesome and original menu worthy of any brunch enthusiast every Sunday from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. With neverending cocktails, a selection of craft beers, legit Southern-style biscuits and gravy and unique twists on a number of classic breakfast dishes, BoHo hit it on the nail. We’re most definitely going to return one of these coming Sundays, kick back with a pair of mimosas, and dive into the rest of the menu still left untasted. Join us if you’d like. We’d love to have you.
Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Boulevard #411
Hollywood, CA 90028
Boho provided a complimentary menu tasting. The opinions expressed here are our own.