One of the few locales in the city properly set-up for bar hopping, Santa Monica's Main St. is undoubtedly a go-to place for the Westside's youth on Friday and Saturday nights. Spots like The Victorian and Brick + Mortar have made for solid nights out for years now; and though the street lacks the glamour and appeal of Melrose, Abbot Kinney, and the WeHo stretch of Santa Monica Blvd., it does boast far fewer tourists. But with an influx of coffee shops, boutiques, and some great restaurants (R.I.P Knuckle & Claw), Main St. isn't just for your drunken Friday nights. In fact, you can come back the next morning for your hangover brunch at Ashland Hill.
Since opening in the summer of 2015, Ashland Hill has been a low-key beer garden and all-day eatery for all of your brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late night needs. The entrance is tiny, but walk down a subtle hallway and you'll discover their spacious, outdoor back patio with large tables and booths, plenty of wood and plants, and some lovely lights. Undoubtedly a pleasant space for a morning-after brunch with friends.
The brunch menu is definitely eclectic, ranging from the usual fare (like french toast) to lighter options, like a little gem lettuce salad. Filled with custard, the brioche French Toast was a little flaky on the outside and then gooey in the middle. Definitely indulgent enough to soak up last night's booze, and a really fun, sweet treat that would be great to split amongst the table.
On the flip side, the heirloom tomato and proscuitto dish was a surprisingly light and delicate offering, with a little bit of pesto, some fresh radish, and a sprinkling of sherry vinaigrette, Though I felt the salad could've been dressed a bit more, I really enjoyed the sweet, acidic tomatoes and thinly sliced proscuitto. A great option for those looking to counteract the previous evening's calories.
Finally, for those in need of something seriously heft, the fried chicken sandwich was really tasty. Accompanied by salty, crispy fries, the beer battered fried chicken was nice and crispy, but still tender, while the fluffy bun and tangy sauce balanced it out nicely.
Overall, it was a really fun brunch, with a little bit of something for everyone and would make a great option for a group of friends enjoying a nice morning-after brunch on the Westside.