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Small Bites: Brunch tacos at Fig, pressed caviar at Petrossian and holiday bento boxes at Breadbar

December 17, 2009 |  8:05 am
Tacos Breakfast tacos: Tacos are the quintessential L.A. food: simple, satisfying and available on practically every street corner. Fig Restaurant is now cashing in on the taco's cachet by adding a taco bar to its Kegs & Eggs Sunday brunch. Tacos go for $3 a pop and include chicken; steak; lengua; carnitas; fish; chicharron; poblano and mushroom; chorizo and potato; and quesillo and rojas. Sides include Spanish rice, refried beans, frijoles de la jolla, queso fundido and nopales. To drink, you can choose from Miller High Life (without a doubt the breakfast of true champions), horchata or sangrita. Fig Restaurant, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 319-3111. www.figsantamonica.com.

A bento-ful Christmastime: From now through the New Year, both Breadbar locations are offering special Christmas bento boxes priced at $17 for brunch, lunch and dinner. Inside during brunch: one BLT slider; one bacon-and-egg slider; white bean soup with tomato and kale; and a house-made chocolate roll. For lunch and dinner, the sliders get replaced with Breadbar's illustriously named Tower sandwich. Breadbar, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard R-2, Century City. (310) 277-3770. Or 8718 W. 3rd St., L.A. (310) 205-0124. www.breadbar.net.

Im-press-ive! Petrossian Boutique and Restaurant is pleased to offer a treat that is hard to find in many restaurants because of restrictions on importing it: pressed caviar. The rich, thick paste is made from what is left over when traditional caviar is packed. You can find this decadent dainty on Executive Chef Benjamin Bailly's new Petrossian Experience menu, which is basically a smaller menu geared toward the adventurous eater of caviar. Dishes include stuffed potatoes with crème fraîche, chives and pressed caviar ($20); smoked salmon linguine with lemon, vodka and pressed caviar ($28); and seared sturgeon with white cocoa bean, artichokes and pressed caviar ($39). Or you can just pick some up to take home. Thirty grams cost $63. Yeow! Petrossian Boutique and Restaurant, 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 271-0576. www.petrossian.com

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Chicken tacos with avocado. Credit: Business Wire