Culinary couple Karen and Quinn Hatfield are the chef-owners of Hatfield’s, in addition to being busy parents of two. With Hatfield’s, the chefs have received such accolades as “Best New Restaurants” by Bon Appetit, a perfect four-star review from Los Angeles Magazine, and “Top 10 Restaurants of the Decade” by the Los Angeles Zagat guide. Karen, who oversees the sweet side as well as the front-of-house operations, and Quinn, who oversees the savory, realized their dream of creating a truly elegant fine dining restaurant that speaks to New-American cuisine for the modern diner. In the neighborhood they call home, Hatfield’s is the intersection of an inspired culinary vision and an unwavering commitment to the seasons.
For their next project, Karen and Quinn debuted The Sycamore Kitchen in the adjacent design corridor of District La Brea in summer of 2012, redefining the urban bakery-eatery with their signature handcrafted yet refined touch. Delectable pastries like the Salted Caramel Pecan Babka are paired with a world-class coffee program by Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Sandwiches with house-baked bread, like a Double B-LTA mixing crispy and braised bacon with balsamic tomatoes, meet delicate market salads studded with seasonal highlights. Breakfast spans savory classics like the Croque Madame to sweet iterations such as Cinnamon Brioche French Toast with creme fraiche and grated apple slaw.
The Sycamore Kitchen’s design, personally conceived by Karen Hatfield, similarly blends a vintage rustic sensibility with modern industrial touches, recalling the building’s past life as an iconic 1950s print shop—while a colorful expanse of interwoven iron triangles by local artist Mark Caplan pays tribute to the community’s tradition of shared sculptures and art murals.
“We made our home in Los Angeles years ago because we love it here. This concept is a dedication to our neighborhood, to create the eatery that we crave. Any time of day, you can stop by for wholesome pastries, a delicious lunch, or simply a great cup of coffee.”