We try not to shop for food on an empty stomach, but it's hard to do on weekends when we roll out of bed early to hit the farmer's market. Now we've adopted a new strategy: brunching at West Hollywood's recently opened Fig & Olive, then picking up our fresh produce afterwards at the Melrose Place Farmer's Market located just outside the restaurant.
Sitting in Fig & Olive's lofty white space as it hums with a jazz combo is exactly how we like to gently wake up on a lazy Sunday. Likewise, the new restaurant's rustic French fare (poached eggs with marinated salmon and citrus on toasted olive-oil bread) and farmer's market-inspired dishes (herb-packed omelets with scallions, chives and goat cheese) sustain us for the day ahead.
After dining, pick up a few packaged goods from Fig & Olive's store (which sells 30 imported olive oils, tapenades and more), then walk through the well-edited produce and bread stalls at the Melrose Place market outside--a thankfully smaller set of vendors than Hollywood's multi-block throng.
Fig & Olive, 650 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-360-9100 or figandolive.com