The building at 12969 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City has seen a few "rebirths" over the last few years. When I worked down the street from it, many years ago, it was kind of the place you went for business lunches with passable eats. Later, it was a pub with passable pub fare and loudness.
I am glad that something classy has finally turned the space around and I hope Hyperion Public stays in the hood for a long time! The brunch I had was wonderful.
We happened to be there for "Pancake Mayhem" which was both good and bad. Good because, well, DELICIOUS. Bad because, well, DECISIONS.
But you'd better believe that "Camp Counselor" made it's way to our table. And even though I had to skip the nutella (allergies, y'all), it really ranked right up there as some of the best pancakes I've ever had. No joke. The pancakes themselves were soft and delicious but a little crispy around the edges, which was a nice touch that added texture. And while the toppings were obviously decadent, they weren't piled on the dish in massive heaps so I never felt like I was heading to sugar coma-land, and that was much appreciated because I had more food to try!
Not too much chocolate, not too much anything -- everything as it should be and perfect.
My friend and I shared the pancakes but we also wanted to sample some egg dishes. So we had the savory Chilaquiles -- over easy eggs, black bean puree, pickled vegetables, queso fresco, sour cream and, of course, fresh corn tortilla chips. And also the rich Croque Madam -- grilled rustic bread with dijon aioli, swiss cheese, black forest ham, thyme-pecorino mornay and two sunny-side up eggs.
If those photos make you wanna lick the screen, I wouldn't blame you. I took them with my friend's new iPhone 7. That camera is a food blogger's best friend, I tell you. Of course, it helps that the food actually was that good.
Hot tip: Hyperion Public's special sauce is worth the ask, daytime or nighttime. Get the "OMG Sauce." Try subbing out your breakfast potatoes for fries and dip 'em. I'm also a big, big fan of their pretzel and dip appetizer. They make a GOOD pretzel, y'all.
The valley definitely has some good Brunch spots within it's boundaries but the east end has been lacking in superstars lately. Hyperion Public is a welcome addition to the neighborhood and i look forward to returning many more times. Perhaps the next trip will be with a group as they have a great setup for that (something else also hard to find)!
Oh hey, did I mention a GREAT Bloody Mary and BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS?
So? Who's coming with me?
- They also have a location in Silver Lake!
- Follow them on Instagram and/or Twitter.
- There's a fair amount of street parking in the area but valet is inexpensive.
Disclosure: This meal was hosted. The opinions are hosted in my own noggin', though. You're welcome.