square one

brunch with the most unappealing view but we put up with it

Square One is best described as “that brunch place across the street from the blue scientology building.” Because that’s exactly what it is. A longtime neighborhood staple, It’s a solid daytime brunch spot that almost evokes a different era of LA’s brunch scene, back before everything was overly branded and catered for the social media influencer crowd. The branding is very understated (quite literally a circle in a square), and the atmosphere is very casual, substance over style, with well-priced and well-portioned brunch staples

Despite it’s off the beaten path location (beaten path being, well, Sunset) and decidedly modest presence, it’s a very popular spot among locals, often drawing a wait on the weekends. Whereas it once was a beacon in an otherwise “drive through” part of East Hollywood (for a while it was on my daily commute, so I knew every single establishment on that stretch of Fountain), more and more shops and restaurants are opening up nearby, creating a micro neighborhood thriving in the shadow of the ominous Scientology building that’s actually worth driving out (and braving street parking) for. So if you’re ever looking for a post-hike brunch where you don’t need a reservation and don’t need to dress up, where you can bring your dog, wear your sunglasses and treat yourself to a satisfying breakfast or brunch or lunch without breaking the bank, this is the place to be.

the details

Address 4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles
Website http://www.squareonedining.com/
Yelp https://www.yelp.com/biz/square-one-dining-los-angeles
Hours 9am – 3pm Thursday – Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Price $$ – pretty standard brunch and lunch prices, mostly $10-20
Aesthetic pretty basic background, not overly decorated LA patio vibes

good to know

Go here for: a casual brunch, a weekday lunch

Order this: can’t really go wrong with any of their breakfast specials or salads

Amount of time to spend: an hour or two for a casual meal with friends

When to come: weekends can get busy but if you come before 11am or after 1pm it’s usually not much of a wait

Parking: can be a hit or miss but usually not too hard to find street parking in the neighboring streets

Other things to note: It’s mostly outdoor seating so would not recommend on a rainy day. But also that means on a not rainy day, it’s very dog friendly.

Last visited: January 2022

Last updated: February 2022

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