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The tasty and the ridiculous now serving at Echo Park’s Brite Spot

A Burger For Breakfast at the Brite Spot/ Photo by Valentina Silva

By Valentina Silva

Drunk, ravenous and too late for anything else. For years, all three conditions had to be met for me to brave The Brite Spot. But, it’s a new day, and the classic Echo Park diner recently received a makeover by owner and habitual restaurant revamper Dana Hollister (she’s also behind renovations at Villain’s Tavern, 4100 Bar and Cliff’s Edge). The update brings new outside seating, a slightly more sparkly interior, fresher ingredients and an updated menu.

Breakfast is how I like to judge diners, so we decided to try out the new Brite Spot on a busy weekday morning. Chicken & Waffles, Brussels & Bacon Hash (yes, Brussels sprouts) topped with poached eggs, and The Hangover, a scramble Chicken Andoullie sausage, potatoes and habanero pesto, all intrigued. However, we took one for the team and ordered the A Burger for Breakfast special—a turkey patty,  hash browns, bacon, and fried eggs all crammed between a maple-aioli-smeared brioche bun. It was as tasty as it was ridiculous.

Eggs Benedict with hash browns/Photo by Valentina Silva

Eggs Benedict can be kept simple or spruced up with grilled tomato, spinach and avocado. Pancakes also come in a couple of different varieties, including traditional buttermilk, Lemon Souffle Blueberry, and Oatmeal Banana Nut. We tried the seasonal Pumpkin Pancakes, which didn’t have the strong pumpkin taste that would have excited, but they did have that ever important can’t-stop-eating quality.

Vegetarians weren’t forgotten by the new menu. For those who like control, there’s a build-your-own-omelet option, with lots of veggies, cheese and a few vegan meats to choose from while the Soyrizo Scramble and Sloppy Tofu Hash allow for a little indulgence. As do the Cowboy Coffee Cake and outrageous Peanut Butter Pie that you won’t believe you’re finishing.

It should be noted that I’ve heard mixed reviews about the service at The Brite Spot, but I didn’t experience anything out of the ordinary. The food, though, was decidedly fresher, more flavorful and better prepared than it ever was on previous visits. And I swear I was totally sober.

–Valentina

Brite Spot
1918 West Sunset Blvd.
Echo Park, 90026

Valentina Silva writes about food and restaurants. You can also find Valentina’s reviews and stories on her blog, Eastside Food Bites.



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14 comments

  1. The Food IS much better now. The service, though, is awful as it ever was.

  2. The Food IS much better now. The service, though, is awful as it ever was.

  3. I walked by here the other night while going to the Echoplex – I hear their pies are good???

  4. I’m not a fan of the new menu. Brite Spot used to be a great option for vegetarians/vegans back in the day. Not so much anymore. I had the veggie burger last time I went and I swear it was just refried beans out of a can spread on a hamburger bun, topped with lettuce and tomato. It was so wrong!

  5. Let’s not forget the higher prices along with that updated menu. Still, it’s a great place to eat.

  6. Anyone remember the $3.75 early bird breakfasts? I miss that & the chinese checker boards, and the elderly server. They have made some nice improvements with the food. Now time to stop re decorating, and finally provide adequate service. =.02

  7. When I first went to the Brite Spot, some 13 years ago, it was a greasy spoon old folks diner. I liked it , but the food was just plain old diner food. Then I left L.A. for 9 years and returned to find the Brite Spot was a trashy, stank bathroom, hipster joint trying too hard in 2010. The recent renovation is great, they’ve got the balance right at the moment as far as I’m concerned.

  8. FrameMonsterMike

    Partner and I go there every Sunday and the service is always at its best. I know the waitstaff is super busy, but they are always pleasant. Love the new outdoor eating space.

  9. FrameMonsterMike

    Partner and I go there every Sunday and the service is always at its best. I know the waitstaff is super busy, but they are always pleasant. Love the new outdoor eating space.

  10. So I go this morning to try this breakfast burger. I should have walked because I paid $2 to park since there is now maybe 3 parking spaces available for customers due to the new outdoor seating area. I am not allowed to sit at a booth because I am a party of one. (It’s starting to feel like a Sex & the City episode) I find the the item on the Spring Specials menu. It’s $11.25! Whats special about that?! About 3 minutes after ordering the hostess tells me they are out of ground turkey. I’m out. I can get a full breakfast at the Pacific Dining Car for this price. Plus $2 to valet park my car!

    You used to be able to get a meal with beverage for around $6 or $7. Those days are long gone.

  11. So I go this morning to try this breakfast burger. I should have walked because I paid $2 to park since there is now maybe 3 parking spaces available for customers due to the new outdoor seating area. I am not allowed to sit at a booth because I am a party of one. (It’s starting to feel like a Sex & the City episode) I find the the item on the Spring Specials menu. It’s $11.25! Whats special about that?! About 3 minutes after ordering the hostess tells me they are out of ground turkey. I’m out. I can get a full breakfast at the Pacific Dining Car for this price. Plus $2 to valet park my car!

    You used to be able to get a meal with beverage for around $6 or $7. Those days are long gone.

  12. Anyone else remember the day when you’d sit at a booth and when you stood up there were mouse/rat traps stuck to the soles of your shoes?

    I hear it’s cleaner now. That burger for breakfast might actually compel me to finally pay the place a visit again.

  13. I will only stop in the Brite Spot weekdays in the afternoon when I don’t have to wait for a seat and the service isn’t overwhelmed. Otherwise, I’ve experienced truly terrible service and sub-par eats. Woe the patron who decides to meet a group of pals here for weekend brunching time. When it’s not packed, as with many restaurants, the servers and cooks can concentrate on what they’re doing and the overall dining experience reflects it. I’m always impressed by a place that can pack ’em in and still offer top notch food and put forth a competent, pleasant waitstaff to make us hungry folk feel wanted. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case with the Brite Spot, at least in my numerous experiences. The menu has always struck me as a tad pricey for what you get (just a tad).

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