My Favorite Breakfast at Kitchen Mouse
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Highland Park is becoming one of the hottest spots in Los Angeles to eat some vegan food. The vegan scene is incredible, and Kitchen Mouse is providing tasty brunch food to the table. They also cater! Kitchen Mouse does offer eggs with their meals, which makes them a vegetarian restaurant. However, the rest of the items on their menu are 100% vegan. Just opt out of the eggs and we shall have ourselves a vegan brunch.
I learned about Kitchen Mouse through on my of my coworkers many months ago. She raved about the restaurant, and I finally found the time to visit. We also took my furry little best friend, so we had to sit outside. But that's fine with me because vegan and pet-friendly restaurants are on the top of my 'must-visit' list.
Below are the dishes we enjoyed that morning.
add tofu scramble + $4
sub. rice & beans for Mac 'n' Cheese + $2
My best friend and I ate Mikey's chilaquiles while my boyfriend ate the Buffalo Bowl. To drink, my boyfriend had an unsweetened iced black tea, my best friend had black coffee, and I had an iced matcha latte with soy milk. My first bite into the chilaquiles I was in love. The enchilada sauce was great, the tortilla chips were just the right amount of crunchy yet drenched with sauce, the house vegan queso was so good, and avocados are a great topping for any meal. I added the tofu scramble and that was delicious. The cilantro cream by itself is very good, but for me, it did not work on the chilaquiles. I liked the serrano slaw but it too also seemed like it was out of place on the dish. I believe that my taste buds are biased since I have grown up with chilaquiles tasting and being served in a certain way. Next time I go back, and I know I will cause despite my pickiness the food was very good, I am going to ask for light cilantro cream and slaw. Once I left the restaurant, I realized that my judgment was too influenced by the traditional dish. I understand that these additions or changes to the dish were made to make it more unique to the restaurant.
I took a bite (okay maybe a couple of bites) of the Buffalo Bowl that my boyfriend ordered. Oh goodness, that mac 'n' cheese was so good. NOTE: It normally comes with rice and beans but we had it substituted for the mac 'n' cheese. I was a little concerned at first that the texture of the dish was going to be too much on the softer side. It wasn't an issue for me, but I wasn't eating the entire dish to myself. My boyfriend felt like he would have enjoyed something crunchy in the dish. Despite this tiny request, he noted that the greens are flavored nicely. Their buffalo sauce and mac 'n' cheese paired together beautifully. The sauce from the mac 'n' cheese balanced out the bitterness in the buffalo sauce. The yams on top added just the right amount of sweetness. He offered me a bite scooping out some mac with the yams and the flavors were delightful. We had high hopes for this dish because when I ordered it, the person at the register immediately told me that we made a good choice.
When it comes to eating Sunday brunch, I think of Kitchen Mouse. The menu is perfect, tasty brunch food. Beware, passing by this restaurant via car I have seen it be pretty busy. I ate at the restaurant for brunch on a Tuesday, and we were able to find a seat immediately. If you decide to eat here, and the line is pretty long, take it to go or really find the patience to wait for a seat because it is worth it.
Price Range: $10-$30
5904 N Figuerora St.
Highland Park, CA 90042
Weekdays 8:00am - 4:00pm, Weekends 7:00am - 4:00pm