Housed in a former rectory of a deconstructed cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, chef Neal Fraser’s Redbird now offers a weekend brunch.
Diners can enjoy a variety of innovative cocktails in addition to classic mimosas and Bloody Marys. Try the Spring Forward Fall Back with gin, pear brandy, lemon, pear mustarda, and mint; the Lifesaver with pisco mescal, salers aperitif, lemon, and pineapple gomme; the Jimmy Crack Corn with bourbon, corn syrup, cream, egg whites, and chile powder; and the Spring Spritz with sauvignon blanc, pamplemousse, bianco vermouth, and Champagne — all are great ways to start off a weekend brunch.
The retractable roof, wood tables, and huge palm trees provide the perfect oasis for lingering over cocktails, coffee, and Fraser’s large variety of opulent dishes.
The menu includes brunch staples such as waffles with buttermilk crème fraîche and blueberries; biscuits and gravy with red eye sausage and sunnyside up eggs; house cured salmon; and shrimp and grits with cocoa nibs and chipotle mole. There are also some great, unique dishes, including a great selection of pastries, such as the bostock with brioche, toasted almonds, and strawberry jam; a blueberry tea cake with meyer lemon glaze; and a raspberry financier. Other standouts include the foie gras torchon with English muffin and peach; liberty duck confit with fried egg; vegetable fried wild rice and gochujang; Basque baked eggs with short ribs, piquillos, morcilla, and potatoes; avocado salad with smoked bacon; golden trout with raisins, hazelnuts, spinach, and brown butter; and tagliatelle with mushrooms, grapes, and truffles.
The beautiful space is enough of a reason to visit Redbird for brunch. Add the elegant cocktails and Fraser’s delicious menu, and enjoying a morning meal here can easily turn into a weekend ritual.