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6 restaurants that are serving a killer brunch this weekend

By Erin Kuschner
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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.

Maré (Santa Monica): Maré's second location in Santa Monica recently launched a stellar brunch menu, and there's plenty of seafood involved. Start with chilled seafood and crostini (like the mussel conserva with saffron and new potato), then move on to a lobster omelet, carrot shakshuka, warm chickpea pancakes or trout a la plancha. Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

Las Perlas (Downtown): This lively Downtown bar is best known for its tequila and mezcal selection, but they're now getting into the brunch game with a menu of tacos, mulitas and tamales, most for $3 each (tacos are two for $5). Try the green chorizo taco or the egg mulita to get your breakfast food fix. Sat & Sun 1-4pm

Maple (Pasadena): The Descanso Gardens' culinary program is going through a massive overhaul (Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken will soon be heading a couple dining concepts here), starting with the launch of Maple, a beautiful restaurant currently serving brunch (dinner will launch in November). Dine on American cuisine from chef Mark Salazar, including fried chicken n' beignets, huevos rancheros and a Maple Burger. Sat & Sun 9am-2pm

The Tuck Room Tavern (Westwood): Chef Sherry Yard's Tuck Room Tavern is now offering brunch with an expansive menu that includes monkey bread babka, crispy chicken waffle sandwiches and a brunch burger with crispy bacon, sharp cheddar and a fried egg. Care to upgrade your brunch dish? Tuck Room lets diners add truffles ($25) or caviar ($15) to any of their brunch dishes. Sat & Sun 11:30am-2:30pm

Fritzi (Downtown): Well this is a first—a Danish-style brunch in L.A. Diners are invited to mix and match from the menu (three portions for $13, five for $18), with sections that include vegetables and fruits (sweet and sour Brussels sprouts, a seasonal fruit bowl), dairy (cheese of the day, yogurt with granola), bakery (carrot cake muffin, plain croissant), proten (smoked salmon, turkey patty), eggs (baked, fried) and a daily special (perhaps a Dutch baby pancake). Sun 10:30am-2:30pm

33 Taps (Silver Lake): If you're an Eastsider who's a fan of the 33 Taps in Hollywood, you'll be pumped to know that the gastropub recently launched a Silver Lake location—and they're serving breakfast all day. Stop by for fried chicken and waffles, a breakfast sandwich or the all-encompassing 33 Taps Breakfast: two eggs any style, hash browns, a biscuit and your choice of meat. Daily  

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