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Trekking all the way to San Pedro from Hollywood for Sunday brunch might be considered a haul, especially since we’re talking about a non-boozy brunch, but you’d be wrong as brunch at Conrad’s was a pleasurable family feast totally worth the commute.
Sure, the surrounding San Pedro neighborhood is up-and-coming--that’s a nice way of saying it’s sleepy and just a little seedy—and the restaurant’s exterior is hardly glamorous and the interior is low key, but the key is the cuisine and Conrad’s delivered a very pleasing brunch.
Conrad Aguilar, formerly of Aro Latin in Pasadena and Susan Feniger’s Border Grill and Street, as well as Mozza, has opened up his own restaurant offering affordable, pleasing and authentic fare using fresh ingredients.
We started our brunch experience with the Empanadas Oaxaca—corn empanadas stuffed with zucchini squash and avocado salsa and pickled onions—that were outrageously delicious.
Next we tried the fabulous Los Cabos Aguachile--shrimps soaked in lime juice with spicy salsa verde. They were so good! The combination of lime and the salsa verde really created a lovely, zesty burst of flavor.
The Corn Esquite—roasted corn mixed with secret sauce topped with cotija cheese and chili powder—was a nice, comforting side dish.
For our entrees, we shared the Chilaquiles—crispy tortilla chips tossed in green or red sauce with two eggs prepared any style, beans, sour cream, pico de gallo and cotija cheese—which were absolutely solid. And the Beef Barbacoa Tacos with shredded beef, cilantro, onions and avocado sauce are a must-have.
If you want more standard brunch fare get the Ricotta Pancakes as they are abundant and awesome.
Heartier dishes include the Peruvian Lomo Saltado—a stir fry mix of marinated strips of sirloin with onions, tomatoes, and French fries. This dish really hits the spot.
Likewise, the mole is a heartier crowd-pleaser. Choose between the Mole Poblano served with a chicken leg and thigh topped with chef’s wife’s mole sauce or the Dark Mole Oaxaca with shredded chicken topped with a dark mole sauce from Oaxaca.
The vibe at Conrad’s for breakfast or brunch is chill and relaxing. A liquor license for mimosas or micheladas would be nice but sometimes a low key non-boozy brunch is a welcome relief. It makes the drive back home less adventurous.
Conrad’s is located at 1902 S. Pacific Avenue in San Pedro. Open Tues-Sun. Closed Mondays. Call 424-264-5454.
Story By; Jose Martinez
Photography Courtesy Of: Conrad’s