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4 new brunches to try this weekend

Gardner Junction
Photograph: Courtesy Gardner Junction

So you're tired of standing in the brunch line at Sqirl, waiting 45 minutes for a table at Gjelina and wondering why everyone is taking so long to finish their French toast at EAT. Real problems, guys. Thankfully, there are a couple new brunches—boozy or otherwise—in town, and their newbie status likely means shorter wait times. Check out these four restaurants where you can now score an eggs Benedict, some quality pancakes and a much-needed mimosa.

1. smoke.oil.salt (West Hollywood): The Spanish restaurant has gone through quite a few changes recently (chef Ricardo Zarate jumped on board a few months ago), and its latest addition is a tapas brunch service that will run every Sunday. Items include tomato toast with scrambled eggs and Santa Barbara uni, Serrano bacon with a poached egg and charred bread, and torrija—Spanish-style French toast with whipped cream, berry compote and mint oil. Add on a bottomless drink for $18—mimosas, sangria, cava, kalimotxos or Spanish Bloody Marys—and you're set. Sun 11am-3pm

2. Sangers & Joe (Pasadena): This Pasadena eatery has only been around for about a month, but it's already jumping into the brunch game starting this weekend. To kick off the new menu, Sangers is partnering with Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen winner chef Rouha Sadighi to roll out scrambles, Benedicts, crepes and more. Sadighi will also be making her specialties, like a French toast dish aptly named "Are You Kidding Me," and "Bodega vs. Farm," a crispy chicken wrapped in a Portuguese roll and topped with cabbage slaw and eggs. Sat & Sun 8:30am-2pm

3. Trois Familia (Silver Lake): Seats are already hard to come by on weekends at this new breakfast and brunch spot from Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo—so if you can get here during a weekday, do it. If Saturday and Sunday is your only option, get here early to put your name on the list outside. The wait will be worth it—though small, Trois Familia is cranking out some crazy good French- and Mexican-inspired dishes, like churro French toast, double-decker potato tacos and a poached egg that comes buried in potato mousseline (think: the creamiest mashed potatoes you've ever had) and chorizo jam, topped with marigold flowers. Yup, totally worth the wait. Daily 10am-3pm

4. Gardner Junction (Hollywood): Hiking and brunch go together like avocados and toast (OK, so that might just be an LA thing), which is why Gardner Junction, a new restaurant and bar in Hollywood, launched the Runyon Brunch Club. Chef and owner Steve Brown leads 50 foodie and fitness attendees on a hike up Runyon every Sunday at 8am, finishing back at the restaurant with early brunch access (and a 15% discount!). Sous vide fried chicken biscuits, Belgian waffles, mushroom and Swiss quiche—is there a better way to refuel? To make a reservation, sign up on Open Table for Sunday at 10am and write a note that says "Runyon Brunch Club." Just want to eat? Show up for regular brunch service at 10am. Sun 8/10am-3pm

Need more brunch ideas? Check out all the best brunch spots here.

 

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