All Day Baby, the highly-anticipated follow-up to critical darling Here’s Looking At You, opens for breakfast and lunch the day after Thanksgiving, taking over the Samosa House space on Sunset Boulevard. The 2,000 square foot Silver Lake corner lot has been fully transformed and reimagined into an all-in-one neighborhood diner, bar, and bakery complete with patty melts, sticky buns, and boozy milkshakes.
“Our intention was to design a restaurant that would fulfill the needs of its particular Silver Lake denizens: grownups with busy important lives yet consumed with a desire to create meaningful moments around the table,” explains managing partner Lien Ta. “Early risers with little time can cruise in, grab a quality pastry with coffee, and leave, while diners that want to sit down with their families or colleagues for a civilized meal can do so too.”
The food is a collaboration between chef and owner Jonathan Whitener and pastry director Thessa Diadem. Breakfast, which will be served from morning until late-night once the operation kicks into high gear, includes French toast, yellow corn grits with shrimp bolognese, and a fried chicken sandwich inspired by Whitener’s childhood. “I used to travel to the South as a kid with my dad in the summer, and the first thing I ever ate was a warm biscuit, and in the middle of it, a piece of fried chicken breast,” shares Whitener. “It’s a food that gives me such a profound connection to an old memory.”
“Afternoon hours might find diners ordering patty melts, a green tomato salad, or something from the spreads and dips section, like white queso,” says Ta. When it comes to sweets, Diadem plans to fill the pastry case with a variety of uniquely flavored and filled conchas, peanut butter and jelly bars, cakes, and pies.
To drink, there are whimsical cocktails crafted by bar director Harry Chin and a smart wine list from wine director Danielle Francoise Fournier. As a bonus, look for a fountain dispenser pouring out alcoholic versions of Orange Bang and horchata.
While the premise of All Day Baby is straightforward and service-driven, its underlying ambition is far greater. “Every tangible and intangible inch of it is to illicit glee and satisfaction,” shares Ta. “It’s an all-around hangout, bustling yet warm, casual yet earnest in its hospitality, care, and humor.”
All Day Baby will initially be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will extend hours in a month or so to include happy hour, dinner, and late-nights. Whitener plans to make great use of the kitchen’s smoker come dinner service, with smoked beef ribs, smoked cauliflower, and smoked chickens available for curbside pickup. Reservations are available now. The opening menu is below.
All Day Baby. 3200 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026.
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