Chances are you have walked by Sonny’s Hideaway and thought it was an abandoned building or a dental office. Hell maybe you’ve never even thought twice of the building because you didn’t even know it was there. That’s because the name truly applies to it’s exterior. Sonny’s Hideaway is Highland Park’s little secret pearl; classy on the inside not much to look at on the outside. Brunch Highland Park
When I found out this place was known for their brunch, I immediately began to make predispositions about the crowd I was about to join. Typically LA brunch spots are packed with girls that take lots of instagram photos, order booze by the bottle, and become more inconsiderate by the hour. They’re the kind of chicks that you want to punch in the face. You know what I’m talking about. Well thank the food gods that this place is not that scene; because I actually love brunch. But the kind of brunch that used to exist before it became a thing.
Right off the bat I could tell the place was a classy joint when I first walked in. It was decked out with wood paneled walls, a gorgeous full bar on display, and red leather booths and more. But that’s not even the half of it guys! Any restaurant that even attempts to do a “brunch scene” needs to get their shit together and have a patio. And what-do-ya-know, this place has one.
Their quaint little patio made me feel like I was in Palm Springs. Only thing missing was bikinis, a pool, and a a loud DJ that remixes anything KIIS FM plays. Of course every patio is at it’s best when it’s large but the space is big enough to make you feel like you’re out of town.
Being that breakfast is the most important meal of the day I made sure to have it with a lot of sugar, so I ordered the Brioche French Toast with a side of Churro Fritters. I love French Toast and I love berry syrups, so it’s with a heavy heart that I say the sweets could have been sweeter. I wish the berry syrup had more acidity to help lift the flavor. The same berry syrup in the French Toast is used to dip the Churro Fritters in, so after a while both flavors began to blend together. The Churro Fritters were a little dry and tough. It made me wish the sauce was in a deeper set dish to better submerge the churro. The actual bread on the French Toast was soft and a great absorbent to the syrup. All in all, the sweets were tasty but I think my expectations were set high due to their presentation.
To accompany my sugar high, I ordered the Barbecued House-Cured Bacon Slab; which by the way is as drool worthy as it sounds. Before this meal, I was a girl who always wanted her bacon to be the crunchiest it could possibly be. To the point where I burned my bacon almost all the time to get the texture I wanted. Well this bacon came out and immediately I thought, that’s the opposite of crunchy! But thank God it wasn’t. This bacon was so tender it made my teeth hurt. This was one sophisticated slice and definitely a must have if you’re having bottomless mimosas.
Sonny’s Hideaway is a few small steps away from hitting “the brunch scene” on the head. Their food presentation is extremely photogranic and nearly slaps you in the face with the word BRUNCH. The prices are a bit steep for the amount of food you get; that’s coming from a girl who likes her meals well rounded. If I’m paying over 12 dollars for a meal, I would like that to be the only dish I order. Luckily their sides are at a reasonable price (two eggs for three dollars). I did, however, walk away from my dishes wishing there was just one more component on there. Maybe the French toast could have included a protein, or perhaps the bacon slab could have been accompanied by some eggs or vegetables.
But guys if this place is serving up supermodel food without the girls that think they’re supermodels, what’s not to like?