Broxton, the latest brewpub from the Artisanal Brewers Collective, recently opened in the Janss Investment Company Building, a beautiful historic cultural monument in Westwood Village. With a menu of American classics like burgers, baby back ribs and fried chicken sandwiches, Broxton has something for the menu for everyone, including vegans, to enjoy.
The interior has been brightened up and feels more airy, removing some of the obstructions that previous tenants erected. It’s probably the best interpretation of the space that I’ve seen in 30 years. (Anyone remember Contempo Casuals or The Wherehouse?)
A bar occupies the middle of the restaurant, with several brewery tanks in back.
While they do not have their own brewed beer to serve yet, they do have a selection of “Family Beers” from other Artisanal Brewers Collective brewpubs.
As we are fans of The Stalking Horse, the Cassidy Irish Dry Stout was a no brainer.
The Artisanal Brewers Collective restaurants take extra measures to ensure that there are vegan options on the menu. One of the co-founders, Tony Yanow, makes it a priority to have them, in keeping with his own dining beliefs.
The Broxton BBQ Burger came in both vegan and non-vegan versions. If you order it vegan, you’ll get a double-stack of Impossible burger patties, vegan cheese, crispy onions, pickles and balsamic bbq sauce. My husband and the woman at the table next to me said it tasted like a real burger (though I could tell – that vegan cheese, while it melts nicely, just doesn’t taste the same).
The Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich came with a giant chicken breast, topped with vinegar slaw and pickles. In keeping with the Nashville hot chicken trend, you can “Make It Angry” and have hot spices and pickled jalapeños and onion added. The chicken was nice and moist, always a challenge with breast meat. The jalapeño aioli, which was suppose to be on the sandwich was missing (either that or it just wasn’t very spicy, not that I minded, not wanting an angry sandwich).
Kids can choose from fried chicken, burger or Mac & Cheese. The fried chicken was a generous piece of chicken breast, probably the same size as the one on the sandwich. I liked that it wasn’t chicken nuggets or chicken strips. The fries were skinny and salty – perfection.
Our waitress was very friendly and did a good job making sure customers felt welcome and appreciated, giving it a feel of a neighborhood place. I can’t wait until their beers are finally available (though if it’s anything like Stalking Horse, it might take almost a year). Broxton, welcome to Westwood.
Location –1099 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Website – https://www.broxtonla.com
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – Yes
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes