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Weekend Brunch at Sunny Spot – Los Angeles (Venice)

Weekend Brunch at Sunny Spot - Venice

If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably emailing or texting your friends at this very moment to firm up weekend brunching plans.  If you haven’t yet figured out the “where” variable in your dining equation, allow me to make the case for Venice’s Sunny Spot.

Weekend Brunch at Sunny Spot - Venice

After a winter-long hiatus, Chef Roy Choi is reintroducing brunch in brilliant fashion. He’s jammed the new menu with big, bold flavors, as well as portions large enough to share—hallmarks of his style of cooking and feeding.

Weekend Brunch at Sunny Spot - Venice

Natural light pours into Sunny Spot’s main dining room and patio, while rap music, particularly of the West Coast variety, blares from the speakers. This space was made for hosting laid back  daytime fetes.

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Sunny Spot – Los Angeles (Venice)

Sunny Spot - Venice

The Roy Choi Express pulled up to its third and final stop at Sunny Spot just as soon I returned home from my extended break back east. The food at this “roadside cookshop” is Caribbean-inspired, while the mood is rum-soaked and laid back. Every day’s a holiday when you’re kickin’ it at Sunny Spot.

Sunny Spot - Venice

Diep and I grabbed a table on the patio on this warm spring evening. The fancy plates and silverware had my date downright giddy. She thought it was the perfect accent for the unfussy food coming our way.

Sunny Spot - Venice

To start, Diep sipped a rummy cocktail recommended by our waiter, while I selected the fizzy and spicy house made ginger beer ($4).

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Super Wings NY – Brooklyn

Super Wings NY - Brooklyn

Super Wings NY, a Brooklyn purveyor of Caribbean chicken wings, has been on my must-eat list ever since it appeared on Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. In the episode, Trinidad native Colette Burnett swiftly kicked Bobby Flay’s butt with her unique blend of island spices and wing slinging know-how.

I usually don’t retain most of what I watch on TV, but the promise of  deep-fried wings saucily coated with tangy tamarind and hot chilies was enticing enough to sear the restaurant’s name in my mind for good.

Super Wings NY - Brooklyn

The Astronomer and I met up with our Brooklyn-dwelling friend Sara and her Queens-dwelling friend Kara for lunch at the Crown Heights shop. It’s a small joint with minimal space for dining in and a flatscreen television with Throwdown on constant loop. There’s also a large map of the USA for patrons to make their marks. I initialed somewhere in the Pacific Ocean…

Super Wings NY - Brooklyn

…while Sara and The Astronomer signed in Alabama.

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