I love having brunch on Sundays especially when I'm heading to places I've never been to. That was the case when my friend Kim and I checked out L.A. Chapter at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. It was a fun day that began with delicious meals and cocktails and it ended at The Last Bookstore, a quirky spot that used to be an abandoned bank. My next brunch outing is still a big question mark, but it's happening soon because my "must eat here" list is super long.
The L.A. Chapter is just off the Ace Hotel's lobby and the casual brasserie has a daily menu with tasty options. I had the Chapter Breakfast (scrambled eggs with a side of thick cut bacon and sautéed mushrooms) and my drink of choice was the Carnation cocktail, a sparkling rosé with blood orange juice. Kim had the Moroccan Scramble, an exotic mix of merguez sausage, avocado, cilantro, chickpea and chilies over flatbread. Everything was delicious.
After eating, we walked around the hotel, which was originally the United Artists building. It was built in 1927 and is now a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The Ace opened in 2014 after the building and its historic United Artists theater went through a complete restoration and renovation. The interior of the Spanish Gothic-style building is dazzling and the rooftop bar is a respite from the busy streets below. And while it was an overcast day, the view of downtown Los Angeles was still pretty spectacular. I have plans to celebrate my birthday there this year!
Photos by Christine Rose Morente
Ace Hotel (DTLA)
929 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
LA Chapter Hours:
Daily: 7 am - 3:30 pm / 5:30 pm - 11 pm