After years of neglect, all is becoming well with downtown’s Union Station, especially with a boozy new brunch headed to Traxx. California’s controversial high speed rail line is finally beginning to break ground (albeit in in Fresno of all places) and should inevitably link up with the bustling transport hub. There are major revitalization efforts underway for the station grounds themselves, which Curbed is all over.
Last September, it was even revealed that Cedd Moses and partner Eric Needleman would be taking over the unused Harvey House space inside, revamping its historical atmosphere with an updated restaurant concept.
But the true sign of Union Station’s return to the glory days? Brunch.
That’s where chefs Jake Epstein (Animal, The Ritz Carlton) and Adam Hirbod (Belcampo) come in. The friends have paired up with Dylan O’Donoghue, the bar manager at Traxx restaurant inside of Union Station, for a series of weekend brunches that go beyond the usual eggs and bacon.
The whole concept has a farm-to-table backbone and relies on meat from Belcampo for dished like Argentine steak and eggs, Thai pork larb, and braised lamb chilaquiles. And for dessert? Bacon beignets — though don’t expect the menu to stay exactly the same week to week, as Epstein and Hirbod switch things up from time to time.
Oh, and for the next couple of weeks: Absolut Vodka is sponsoring a FREE Bloody Mary bar. So there’s really no excuse.
Brunch at Traxx Bar runs Sundays only from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations aren’t required, but it’s best to plan on earlier rather than later, before they start to sell out of food.