Northeast Side

Sqirl

Brunch as delicious as it is photogenic

Today's Hours
6:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday:
6:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday:
6:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday:
6:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday:
6:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday:
6:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday:
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday:
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Phone
(323) 284-8147
Features
$35
Typical 2-Person Meal
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"Waiters buzz in and out of the front door with plates of delicious (and locally sourced) meals, gliding past USC students lamenting the night before..."

When out-of-towners imagine what weekend brunch in sunny Los Angeles looks like, they are undoubtedly (even unknowingly) imagining Sqirl. Picture it: women in athleisure wear and perfectly blown-out hair; men with tattoo sleeves and mustaches pushing their kids in strollers; dogs big and small waiting eagerly for a piece of ricotta toast to fall in their direction. The sun is out and the temperature is perfectly mild. The biggest decision you have to make today is whether you want your latte hot or over ice. This is Sqirl. And we love it here.

Regardless of who makes up the crowd, there is no denying the fact that there is indeed a crowd. This humble, 800-square-foot cafe draws them in heaps, a permanent line wrapping around the corner until closing time. The line keeps a reasonably fast clip, so don’t let the length discourage you. What awaits you on the other side is unique, delicious and completely worth it.

Owner Jessica Koslow started Sqirl as a preserves factory in 2011 before adding a breakfast and lunch menu in 2012. Jam flavors vary by season (much like the rest of Sqirl’s market-driven menu) but are still made entirely in-house in copper jam pans and using techniques tried and true since they were developed in the 1500s. Sometimes the old ways are the best ways, surely, but as for the future of Sqirl? We hear Koslow has another project up her sleeve with plans to expand her LA takeover with a Middle Eastern themed restaurant. That, and the much anticipated Sqirl Away on Virgil (you’ll be able to get a rice bowl takeaway) make Koslow one to watch this year.

We recommend sitting outside—this is California after all. (See also: people watching. This is Silverlake after all.) As you near the front of the line you’ll catch a glimpse of the indoor dining room—minimal and quaint with subway tiled walls, a small countertop and an open view into the kitchen. Notice the details: one of the plates or bowls match and the table numbers? Tarot cards. In front of a well stocked and very tempting pastry selection sits a large stack of the joint’s homemade preserves for you to purchase on your way out (a souvenir of your meal). Waiters buzz in and out of the front door with plates of delicious (and locally sourced) meals, gliding past USC students lamenting the night before as they wait patiently in line for their hangover cure. And at every table there is someone standing precariously over their food, trying to get just the right angle of their latte art for The Gram. This is Sqirl. And we love it here.

What We Ordered

Famed Ricotta Toast from Sqirl
Famed Ricotta Toast
Famed Ricotta Toast
Breakfast Sandwich from Sqirl
Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast Sandwich
Sorrel Pesto Rice with Bacon from Sqirl
Sorrel Pesto Rice with Bacon
Sorrel Pesto Rice with Bacon

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