PUBLIC SCHOOL 310
WEEKEND BRUNCH GETS STRAIGHT A’S
More and more, brunch is starting to become a favorite meal of mine. It doesn’t hurt that it lets you sleep in, and honestly, who doesn’t enjoy a boozy meal? And the good folks at Public School 310 in downtown Culver City have come up with one of the better brunches you’ll find on the Westside.
For those not in the know, the Public School mini chain of hip gastropubs aptly attempts to deliver a solid “education in the art of food and beer.” Now serving downtown LA and the Valley, with its Public School 805, it actually originated from the founders of the famed The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills, which also gave way to The Grill in Hollywood, and eventually the Daily Grill chain—so obviously these folks know what they’re doing when it comes to satisfying appetites and cravings.
With Chef Lauren Kyles whipping up tasty treats in addition to the standard Public School fare, it’s easy to see why she took home the $10,000 grand prize during her first appearance on Food Network’s competitive-cooking show Chopped. Public School 310 also features 24 craft beers on tap and a chef-driven menu created by Chef Phil Kastel.
During our recent visit for Saturday brunch, we started with a Bloody Mary carafe made with house-made bloody mix, Tito’s Vodka, and a bacon sea salt rim. You can also opt for Maestro Dobel tequila instead to make it a Bloody Maria. Do note that $10 gets you a carafe, which is too good of a deal to pass up. Another delightful brunch beverage is the PS Mimosa, which includes orange juice, Pavan liqueur and prosecco. The Pavan adds a nice sweetness often missing in your standard brunch mimosa.
For starters, we went with the tasty Speck & Eggs—delicious deviled eggs with crispy prosciutto. These are so nice to start any meal, especially with a savory Bloody Mary in your hand.
For our main brunch dishes, we went with the hearty Croque Madame, a lovely French sandwich made with prosciutto, emmental (Swiss cheese), mornay (a sauce made with Gruyère and half Parmesan cheese), and a fried egg on top. This one is a definite crowd pleaser that really delights.
Another winner is the Fried Jidori Chicken & Waffles with Vermont maple syrup. The chicken is so pleasing with a nice spice and goes so well with the sweetness of the waffles and maple syrup.
A cool brunch feature is the Stuffed French Toast of the Day, which varies depending on what Chef Kyles is in the mood for. During our visit it was a savory blueberry stuffed concoction, but other weekends have featured Cap’n Crunch goodness.
In fact, to celebrate Chef Kyles’ televised victory, Public School 310 has introduced a Chopped-inspired dessert—the Salted Pretzel Toffee Bread Pudding with Stout Anglaise, whipped cream and candied pecan. Chef Kyles suggests pairing the decadent dessert with The Dudes’ Grandma’s Pecan English Style Brown Ale.
“It was such an honor to compete and represent Public School. Even under pressure, I had so much fun making dishes that incorporated beer because that’s what I get to do every day at our restaurant,” Kyles said. “The secret ingredients were so delish and so inspirational; I just had to use them to create a new dessert to put on the menu!”
“We are so proud of Chef Lauren’s accomplishment and thrilled to have a dish inspired by her victory on the menu,” Executive Chef Phil Kastel added. “Our guests have come to know that we pride ourselves in serving high-quality craft beers and fun food pairings—it’s definitely a win for all.”
Public School 310 is located at 9411 Culver Blvd in Culver City. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm. Call (310) 558-0414.
Story by Jose Martinez
Some photography courtesy of Public School 310