This Buzzy Kitchen Is Taking L.A.'s Food Scene by Storm


Jenna Peffley for MyDomaine

Marc Rose and Med Abrous had one goal when conceiving their latest restaurant venture in L.A.’s vibrant Echo Park neighborhood: to create a trusted local staple that people would visit not just on occasion, but daily. The New York City expats—who have a slew of Los Angeles nightlife establishments under their belts—knew a thing or two about true neighborhood haunts. With their first restaurant venture, the duo wanted to open a place people would visit for coffee, groceries, and lunch meetings as much as date nights and family brunches. Enter Winsome—an instantly classic restaurant already making waves on the city’s culinary scene. Far from pretentious, the space is welcoming and inviting yet elevated and refined.

Executive chef Jeremy Strubel—of Rustic Canyon, Quince, and Bastide—helms the kitchen, bringing the clean flavors of Southern California to the heart of Echo Park. The cocktails by Edwin Cruz are refined, fresh, and inventive—a testament to the owners’ nightlife background at The Spare Room and Genghis Cohen. Pastry chef Leslie Mialma (of République fame) lures passersby with a fresh array of delicious and inventive baked goods while the La Colombe coffee bar ensures that return visitors get their morning fix. The restaurant, located on the ground floor of a midcentury apartment building, also serves an array of curated local pantry essentials—should a resident need a pinch of salt or a can of tomatoes. Yes, in every sense of the word, Winsome is the neighborhood’s friendliest new neighbor—and its design, executed by Los Angeles–based design firm Wendy Haworth Design, known for Gracias Madre and Cafe Gratitude—is just as welcoming and classic. Owners Rose and Abrous took us on a tour of this new local haunt. Step inside L.A.’s newest brunch darling, already named one of Bon Appétit’s 50 best new restaurants.