Now Open: Karen and Quinn Hatfield's Sycamore Kitchen
Finally opening its doors today is La Brea's long-awaited breakfast and lunch space, Sycamore Kitchen. Karen and Quinn Hatfield, owners of the eponymous Hatfield's -- one of the better places in town to experience a splurge-worthy seasonal tasting menu -- are taking a shift toward the casual with their latest endeavor, focusing on house-made pastries baked every morning and a selection of fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads available in the afternoon.
Howard Wise The Sycamore Kitchen
Pastry chef Karen Hatfield will be putting her spin on old world classics with items like a salted caramel pecan babkas, blueberry financier muffins, bacon-leek quiches, cheddar-rosemary croissants, tomato-gruyere focaccia, lemon polenta cake and kouign amann (a crusty French butter cake). Chef Quinn Hatfield has designed sandwich offerings such as roasted turkey on fresh country bread, a BLT made with two-textured bacon and balsamic tomatoes, and a hot pastrami shortrib sandwich spread with caraway-onion jam. There are sweets for afterwards too, like berries and cream cookies; and coconut-peanut butterscotch bars.
The coffee program will be run by the cult coffee gurus at Portland's Stumptown Roasters, featuring drip coffee and Chemex pour-overs and specialty drinks like a mochacito made with salted chocolate ganache. The chef duo (and married couple) plans to expand their menu even further by July's end, adding brunch items such as a benne biscuit "benedict" made with poached eggs, bacon, and herbed hollandaise; buckwheat crepes with strawberries; and buttermilk barley pancakes with vanilla-maple butter.
The rustic industrial space, a former 50's-era print shop, is defined by its vaulted ceiling, criss-crossing wooden beams and exposed brick walls with two sleek counters on either side. It looks like the kind of place where you wouldn't mind spending a entire morning, lingering over a pastry and milk-tinted cup of coffee -- which is probably just what the Hatfields are hoping for.
The Sycamore Kitchen is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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