Good Food And Bottomless Mimosas And Bloody Marys For $15
One of the great things about living in the South Bay Beach Cities of Los Angeles is that our favorite bars on weekend nights like to lure us back the next morning (well late morning anyway).
They do this by appealing to our basic daytime party necessities: Food and cheap drinks.
Their bait is bottomless mimosas (or Bloody Marys) on Sundays (and in a few places even Saturdays) included with breakfast.
Several places do it – Sharkeez, Patrick Molloy’s, Game Changers, FishBar – and it has even expanded from the beach bars to area’s the nicer restaurants. Sofie’s in Redondo Beach offers bottomless mimosas for $15 and Kincaid’s on the Redondo Pier and the gorgeous Baleen in King Harbor both have bottomless Bloody Mary bars.
More cities should do this, by the way. (When I mentioned this to a manager of a cool English pub in Toronto, one with a good patio and a college crowd, he looked at me as if I were French Canadian. Which is to say oddly.)
One of the longest lasting champagne brunches in the South Bay is at American Junkie in Hermosa Beach. This is a review of the food, the service and the ease of which it is to get a champagne refill, always a key element for us thirsty folks in the Beach Cities.
The Deal: $15 for breakfast and either bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys. It goes from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (more or less, as a friend and I discovered on a Sunday. Keep reading).
The Good: The deal. American Junkie doesn’t skimp on the champagne and the refills come as often as the server comes by the table, which is to say frequently. She walks around with pitchers of mimosas and Bloody Marys and tops off the drinks, even though you may have taken just a couple of sips.
Also the food. I had the Zen Bowl, which consists of scrambled eggs, chicken (ground turkey and tofo are also available), spinach, mushrooms, green onions and jack cheese, served over a heap of brown rice. The chicken is tender and flavorful (not at all dry) and the ingredients mix really well together. There’s also a egg and bacon burrito and a plate of eggs, choice of meat and potatoes (my friend had this and it seemed rather basic which is an observation and not a complaint, tho the potatoes were just okay).
The Bad: What you see is apparently not what you get. The menu that was on the table listed seven items but the waitress said only three were available after 11 a.m. That seemed rather odd but the real – and only complaint – came when the waitress suddenly cut off the mimosas. The menu clearly stated 10 a.m.-3 p.m., but just after 2 she came around to say the special was over and that if we wanted more mimosas we could buy a bottle with juices for $25. The waitress earlier confirmed what the menu said, that the mimosas went until 3 (we arrived at 1, so let it be stated we were not being cut off due to overconsumption).
She explained that the menu was new and was printed in error but American Junkie should have honored what was printed on the menu.
The Ugly: There is no ugly.
The Final Analysis: Overall, very good and highly recommended. Even with the hiccup of the early mimosa cutoff, it’s a great deal. The food is good and as stated earlier the staff does an excellent job of making sure your drinks are full. Except, of course, when they cut you off early! But now we know.