For all my movie lovers out there (and it's LA, so I'm guessing there are a lot of you), if you haven't yet been to the iPic but you're willing to spend major moolah for reclining seats, pillows and blankets, and dinner served right to your lap, then it's about time you go. Seriously, once you see a movie this way, it'll be hard to go back to any other theater. But wait, I thought this post was about brunch? Yes yes, I'm getting to that. Adding another bullet point to the long list of reasons to visit the iPic is the new Tuck Room Tavern, a "spirited drinking and dining den" providing craft cocktails and contemporary plates. The restaurant has successfully transformed itself from that-restaurant-next-to-the-movie-theater to get your pre-showtime cocktail into a stand-alone space holding its own on a stretch of Wilshire solely inhabited by apartment and office buildings. And though dinner boasts fun fare like K-Town Short Rib Sliders and a Southern Shrimp & Grits, the Tuck Room Tavern is already garnering high praise for its brunch service. Though there are plenty of à la carte options, we highly recommend getting their "brunch box" which gives you any of their entrées and a brunch cocktail for a very reasonable $20.
The space itself is lovely, with a prominent wrap-around bar that lends the space a nighttime feel. An outdoor patio is filled with plush pink couches, royal blue velvet accents, dark wood, and upscale chandeliers, capturing the sense of a modern but classic lounge.
Despite the very real appeal of the brunch box (seriously, it is a great deal), the brunch menu also features a slew of shared plates and sides that are easily some of their most creative or fun offerings. Monkey Bread Babka is delightfully decadent, with a hint of coffee and hazelnut, a warm, gooey center, and bready exterior doused in some extra chocolate sauce. Undoubtedly a nice, sweet bite of dessert to split amongst friends (or gobble down by yourself, as is equally likely).
An imaginative and whimsical take on a classic potato latke, the Crispy Latke Fries are a salty, crispy accompaniment to the babka's sweet gooeyness. With just a bit of added salt, they're a really satisfying vessel for some sour cream and apple sauce (yes, those are the accoutrements that go with latkes...just try it). Another really fun, tasty dish for splitting amongst the table.
For a twist on a classic brunch dish, the Eggs Benedict with Crab Cakes are great, if not a tad messy (as one would expect with hollandaise and runny eggs). Tender, moist crab cakes sit atop a toasty english muffin and are doused in hollandaise sauce with poached eggs to create a really satisfying, filling dish to keep all to yourself.
Serving brunch Friday-Sunday until 3pm, The Tuck Room Tavern is filling a gaping hole in the Wilshire-Westwood dining scene with approachable, satisfying food that still maintains a modern, upscale twist. An excellent choice for locals looking for a casual dinner or a gratifying brunch, you might come here to eat and even stay for a movie (and not the other way around).