It's All About the Atmosphere (and the French Toast)
The largely French-inspired menu at Republique has more than a few surprises on it, like the generous selection of oysters and and kanpachi crudo in green Thai curry and peanuts. The high ceilings, walls of windows, and loads of natural light make the atmosphere ideal, as the omnipresent line outside suggests. The grilled octopus salad—made with Cara Cara oranges, cabbage, Santa Barbara pistachios, chile, and lime—is a must. Brunch, however, is the real draw. The brioche French toast is doused in Vermont maple syrup; pupusas come with Oaxacan cheese, avocado, a fried egg, and roasted poblano; and the kimchi fried rice, served with beef short ribs and eggs.