Does this mean that the Sunset strip is actually becoming cool again? Between Eveleigh, Estrella, Maia, and now The Guild, it seems the answer would be a resounding "yes." Taking over the former Al Bacio space, The Guild is a "progressive California restaurant" and "rustic wine bar" by Diego Leporini and Chef Steve Castillo. The design is apparently an homage to 1930's Hollywood, with leather seating, rustic wood accents, and industrial lights. Featuring seasonal, contemporary American favorites, the brunch menu focuses on customizable cheese and charcuterie boards, small shared plates, and a few sweet treats. And definitely don't miss their bottomless mimosas during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays!
As a rustic wine bar, their wine selection is extensive, and even available during brunch! We decided to stick to more brunch-y drinks, though, like coffee and their really delicious mimosas.
An interesting choice for brunch, the Wild Mushroom Bruschetta is served on a crispy (but not too crispy) crostini, with herbs, a quail egg, and white wine. It's a really satisfying little bite, and the quail egg adds a breakfast twist to this savory dish.
Another non-typical brunch choice, the Farmer's Market Salad was a really tasty, light bite for brunch. With beets, goat cheese, pears, walnuts, aged balsamic, and citrus, it's delicate and well-balanced. The crunch of the walnut with the creaminess of the goat cheese is a nice addition to the savory beets and sweet fruit.
Definitely one of the highlights of their brunch menu, the Honey & Bacon Cornbread is almost like a cornbread hoe cake served in a hot skillet. The cornbread is light, moist, and fluffy, while the savory, salty bacon pairs really nicely with the sweet honey. The whole dish is really delicious and totally addicting!
For the grand finale, we had to get the Chicken & Waffles; the crispy fried chicken breast is flavorful and tender, while the Belgian Waffles are really light and fluffy, making an excellent pairing. Served with a fried egg (because why not?), poblano sauce for some spice, and syrup for sweetness, it's a gussied-up take on Chicken & Waffles that is really satisfying. Another great bite off of the brunch menu!
Overall, our meal was really tasty, and we loved the low-key casual environment. Its's a great choice for an early-afternoon bite with bottomless mimosas, while adding a cool, legitimate wine bar to the tourist-trap laden sunset strip.