With counter stools, Pullman booths and a breakfast-and-lunch lineup that includes pancakes and burgers, the new Winsome in Echo Park resembles a classic diner. But look a little deeper and you’ll see that Winsome is to diners what a mint-condition vintage Jaguar convertible is to cars—and not just because of Winsome’s handsome design and striking earth-toned interior.
It’s also because of the quality under the hood, so to speak. Jeremy Strubel, who previously cooked at Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon, is bringing the same seasonal, veggie-driven, modern-American approach to Winsome. He’s sourcing primarily organic, local produce, antibiotic- and hormone-free beef and pork, organic chicken and sustainably farmed seafood.
Instead of typical diner-style, soaked-in-syrup pancakes and greasy burgers, there are more refined buckwheat and semolina pancakes with seasonal preserves and chestnut honey ($11) and a grass-fed beef burger on seeded pan de mie with pickled shallots, mustard frills and Hook’s aged white cheddar ($16).
Honestly, though, the rest of the produce-rich menu bears little resemblance to anything you’d normally find at a diner. At breakfast, you might skip the sweet pancakes for savory potato rosti (shredded potato pancakes) topped with Bloomsdale spinach, asparagus, avocado, basil tahini and two sunny side-up eggs ($13). At lunch, highlights include the heavenly shaved cauliflower salad with lola rosa lettuce ($13), baby carrots and sweet potatoes roasted with al pastor spice ($10) and tender, spice-crusted pork short ribs accompanied by refreshing Persian cucumber, radish and mint ($17).
Brunch (a mash-up of these breakfast and lunch selections) is served on weekends until close (2:30 pm); dinner service is starting soon. With summer’s arrival, try to snag a seat on the sunny patio, a great spot to feel the breeze and survey the scene.
Not unlike a Jag with the top down.
1115 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles