One constant place that always seems to get some mention is Blu Jam Café in the San Fernando Valley. And because of that, we just had to trek down the 101 to see what all the hype was about. As our readers know, Carlos and I have a strict 1-restaurant meal a week rule. For us to burn through our 1 meal on a brunch spot instead of dinner, Blu Jam Café needed to be really, really good. So was it worth our splurge or was it a bust this week?!?
Surprise, surprise - the Hubs chose to try their Chicken Chilaquiles. Ever the super fan of Mexican food, he was excited to try their version of chilaquiles. For those unfamiliar with the dish, it's a savory dish made of shredded chicken in a super flavorful sauce. Mix that with some fresh tortilla chips, beans, cheese, salsa and sour cream and you have yourself a fantastic brunch specialty.
While very good, Carlos wasn't really wowed by the dish. It was a good version and probably a more healthy one at that, but if you've had chilaquiles at one of the Mexican staples in the Echo Park area (like Rodeo Grill), you wouldn't necessarily think this was all that special.
(Unfortunately, this meal isn't off to a good start.)
While it was good in that hearty eggs benedict way, it also didn't quite wow me. First, I thought the egg yolks were a tad too set and didn't ooze into the rest of the dish the way I prefer my poached eggs to be. I also thought that the hollandaise was on the salty side (and I'm not shy about seasoning!) Overall, I thought the breakfast potatoes were the best part of this plate (And I'm NOT a fan of breakfast potatoes, per se!) While I probably wouldn't order this again (I actually only finished one half of benedict), my husband thought it made for some good leftovers.
OH.MY.FREAKIN.GOD!! Where have you been all my life?!?!
I seriously forgot my name somewhere between my first and second bites! Imagine the goodness that is French Toast AND marry that with the crunchy corn flake crust AND the perfect vanilla crème sauce. It was heaven on a plate.
Blu Jam Café