Bru’s Counter – Westwood

Eating brunch on the weekend is one of life’s great pleasures. Finding a restaurant for brunch is easy. Finding one that serves good food but doesn’t have a crowd waiting outside for a table is a challenge. When we discovered Bru’s Counter, we knew we found our neighborhood restaurant for brunch.

Located in the bottom of a small office building on the corner of Overland and Santa Moncia Blvd., Bru’s Counter serves breakfast/brunch menu on Saturdays, in addition to their regular lunch menu.  It’s counter service so once you’ve decided whether to order breakfast or lunch, you place your order at the counter and find a table. Even though they were busy, there was ample seating inside and outside.

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As it was a nice day, we chose to sit outside, with a view of the Mormon temple across the street. Since they were busy, it took about 20 minutes to get our food.

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Breakfast Burrito

I had debated between the breakfast burrito or the chicken and waffles. The breakfast burrito won, with its combination of eggs, crispy chicken, mozzarella, peppers, mushrooms and onions.  It came with a side of breakfast potatoes which were the highlight of the meal.

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Breakfast Burrito

My pesco-vegetarian husband selected the Blue Cheese Egg White Omelette. Usually egg whites are pretty flavorless, but the dish made up for it with the pungent blue cheese, kale and tomatoes. The ingredients were fresh and tasted healthy (healthy in a good way, not a bland way). It also came with a side of those delicious breakfast potatoes.

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Blue Cheese Egg White Omelette

Since my daughter had somehow managed to eat breakfast already, she chose to go the lunch route. Her grilled cheese with bacon and tomato came with a choice of side. Naturally, she chose macaroni and cheese (brussel sprouts, salad and fruit – you didn’t stand a chance). The macaroni and cheese tasted more butter than cheese.

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Macaroni & Cheese and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The sandwich was packed with a healthy serving of bacon and wasn’t too greasy.

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Bacon, Cheddar and Tomato Grilled Cheese

There are two drawbacks at eating brunch at Bru’s Counter. One, they don’t have a liquor license so no brunch mimosa or Bloody Mary. As my husband pointed out, the building also houses a Betty Ford clinic so it wouldn’t be right to have a place that serves alcohol downstairs. I don’t normally drink at brunch (unless it’s Mother’s Day or celebration of some sort) so that doesn’t bother me.

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Exterior shot with Mormon Temple reflected in the windows.

The other drawback, which is pretty major, is that they are closed on Sundays. We’ve thought about coming here many a time on a lazy Sunday morning and remembered that they weren’t open. On Saturdays, they’re only open 10am-3pm. So f you’re thinking about brunch at Bru’s Counter, check your calendar and plan accordingly.

As of September 2016, Bru’s Counter is no longer open on the weekends. 

Location: 10700 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90025
Website – http://bruscounter.com
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – No
Pesco-Vegetarian Friendly – Yes
Vegetarian Friendly – Yes
Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes. In addition to the omelettes, there’s salads, lettuce wraps and rice bowls.

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