Staring at the menu at Sqirl one encounters an interesting dilemma. Namely, how to go there with a large group in order to justify ordering one of everything and then ditch them when the food arrives to eat it all yourself? It’s been a while since I’ve discovered a new gem like Jessica’s place – small and unfussy with a distinct “neighborhood” feel, producing beautifully fresh food worthy of it’s ever-growing renown.
The simple chalkboard menu divides dishes into savory and sweet and this being my first visit I of course needed one of each. For the savory I settled on the Shakshuka, eggs baked in a cast-iron skillet with spicy puréed tomato and pepper sauce topped with fresh parsley and served with grilled baguette. I added a side of house made pork sausage which was perfectly cooked and also served as an homage to the glory of fennel seed.
For my sweet tooth I treated myself to a thick-cut slice of brioche covered in house-made fig & red wine jam (Sqirl began as a preserves company) over a layer of crunchy almond & hazelnut butter.
To say I left full and happy would be an understatement.
Owner Jessica Koslow’s divine preserves are available for purchase at the counter (next to crave-worthy fresh baked goods) and I highly recommend you take a jar home. Sqirl is open for breakfast and lunch.
720 N Virgil Ave #4
Los Angeles, CA 90029