Don't let the sitcom-y name and vintage-inspired interior fool you: Ingo's Tasty Diner means brunch business. Adding another feather in the cap to Wilshire Blvd's new restaurant row, Ingo's Diner serves up simple, farm-to-table cuisine in a diner-bar hybrid that somehow works. The food is neither too heavy nor precious. We stopped by recently for brunch, and were pleasantly surprised. The menu is short and sweet, service efficient, and food was indeed tasty-- neither too heavy nor too precious. We will most definitely come back for a low-key brunch that is hearty, but not heavy.
For drinks, we ordered a regular iced coffee (which was nice-- quite strong, but good) and a Sunday Best, which is made from cold-brew coffee, horchata vodka, and milk. It tasted like a Christmas-y coffee, and was a really fun brunch cocktail.
A take on fried chicken and waffles, we ordered the Crispy Chicken and Crepes. This dish is a perfect example of Ingo's modern, farm-fresh take on brunch classics, and managed to not feel heavy or greasy. The fried chicken was nice and crisp on the outside, moist on the inside, while the crepes were light and fluffy. The local organic honey added a nice hint of sweetness, while the salsa on the side balanced out the sweet with just enough spice. Altogether, a really well-balanced fun dish. We loved the addition of the fresh berries, and the presentation was beautiful.
The burger was great-- another well made, modern take on a classic diner dish. The meat was juicy and flavorful, and all the accoutrements made for a perfectly well-balanced bite.
Of course, we had to order the Shakshuka, which is one of my favorite go-to brunch dishes. The spicy tomato sauce was rich, but fresh and light, while the eggs were poached really nicely. The dollop of yogurt added a cool, creamy element to the hot dish, while the housemade mergeuz sausage was tender and flavorful.
Overall, this was a great brunch. It was refreshing to find a new spot that strikes a balance between the trendy, beautiful fare that you see all over instagram, and the more classical brunch options that you can get at any old diner in the city. We loved the farm-to-table element, and the low-key atmosphere was a nice change of pace from the trendy spots that force you to wait an hour for a table. We're definitely looking forward to returning, and would even consider checking it out for dinner or drinks.