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Five brand new brunches to try in August

Dig into the newest bottomless mimosas, brunch by the bay and more

Emilia Italian restaurant Beverly Grove Deluca Caruso
Photograph: Courtesy Emilia/Dylan+Jeni
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Forget the half-hearted scramble you thought about rolling out of bed to make—this weekend, leave it to the pros because they’re got chicken and waffles, Italian skillet hashes, seaside latkes and chorizo-gravy biscuits with a mood-ring–inspired cocktail menu. If that’s not worth leaving the house on a weekend we don’t know what is.

Cafe del Rey

If you prefer your brunch bayside, this Marina del Rey stalwart just revamped its menu thanks to new executive chef Job Carder—who just so happened to dine here as a child with his grandfather. Today, he’s adding more modern classics to the spot, including smoked-salmon clubs, seafood towers, lobster mac and cheese, boar bolognese and, of course, brunch. Seafood lovers, this one’s for you: Carder’s brunch menu means lobster hash with sweet peppers, asparagus, shallots, Tuscan kale, poached eggs and a lobster hollandaise sauce; a house-smoked–salmon Benedict over latkes with dill hollandaise; and a plate of shrimp-and-chicken chilaquiles with house-made tortilla chips, crème fraîche and tomatillo sauce, all in addition to the usual suspects like breakfast sandwiches and French toast. Kick it up a notch with the $22 boozy upgrade, which gets you bottomless sparkling wine, mimosas or bloody Marys.

Sat 11:30am–2:30pm, Sun 10:30am–2:30pm

Emilia

Rick Caruso’s made a name in L.A. building some of the city’s largest shopping enterprises (hello, the Grove), while restaurateur Tancredi Deluca’s been dotting the landscape with various spins on his Italian concept, Amici. The two have teamed up for a few Deluca-fronted restaurants in Caruso’s Americana at Brand mall in Glendale, but now, they’re taking on Beverly Grove. Meet Emilia, a new all-day restaurant that’s focused on Northern Italian cuisine done with Californian and Italian ingredients: At brunch, expect fresh pastries made daily; an Italian take on avocado toast with house-made bread topped with avocado, ricotta, pickled cucumber and lemon zest; omelettes filled with grilled zucchini, carrots, peppers and broccoli; uova al tegamino, two organic eggs atop a bed of braised kale, leeks and heirloom cherry tomatoes; and French toast with fresh berries, for a dolce mattina.

Sat, Sun 8am–4pm

Photograph: Courtesy Mixtape

Mixtape

Jeremy Fall is back at it again, and this time, some of the world’s biggest celebrities are in the mix. The Nighthawk and Easy’s restaurateur just launched another themed, eclectic concept, and while Mixtape just opened in Fairfax with another menu full of Fall’s elevated takes on comfort food, this spot promises “an immersive art experience” by way of visual-art collabs and playlists from entertainment-industry vets such as Quincy Jones, Jaden Smith, Brandon Boyd, Serj Tankian and Robin Thicke. The glam restaurant is diving right into brunch service with shakshuka with lentils; pastrami hash with house-made pastrami, root vegetables, eggs and chives; chorizo gravy and eggs over drop biscuits; buttermilk pancakes with blueberry-and-ginger syrup; breakfast sandwiches sporting bacon jam; and challah French toast drizzled with rye-whiskey maple syrup. Don’t forget the mood-ring–inspired cocktail program, where bartenders whip up cocktails depending on how you feel (fiery, playful, mischievous, serene, energetic—you know, basically your entire range of emotions when you reflect on life in the ’90s when you actually wore mood rings).

Sat, Sun 10am–4pm

Neighbor

Part patio, part lounge, part neighborhood hang, Venice’s beachy, boho Neighbor has a new brunch menu and a breezy atmosphere where you can enjoy it. Settle in at a table or a couch under the hanging vines and dig into the likes of fried chicken with cornbread, honey and jalapeño; buttermilk pancakes with blueberry, walnut, coffee butter and maple syrup; avocado atop seeded toast with pistachio, lime, radish and chive blossom; radicchio salad littered with anchovy, parmesan, dijon and croutons; fingerling potato poutine with five spice, sausage gravy and cured egg yolk; and cardamom-scented granola with mint. If that patio dining room makes you want to linger, we can’t blame you. Our advice? Linger over $45 mimosas for the table or a solo mezcal bloody Mary.

Sat, Sun 10am–3pm

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Old Man Bar

Hatchet Hall already cooks up some of our favorite food in Los Angeles, and now the live-fire restaurant is dipping its toes into brunch service—or, we should say, its rustic watering hole, Old Man Bar, is the one giving us our new dose of rugged American cuisine. The Culver City restaurant’s adjacent bar now serves chicken and waffles on Sundays, and it’s the only dish on the menu—not that you won’t find some special cocktails there, too (again, this is Old Man Bar we’re talking about). The massive, plump, succulent fried chicken comes Louisiana-style (think: buttermilk-brined and cornmeal-crusted) and served over a large pecan waffle that’s there to absorb all of the honey butter, maple syrup and house-made hot sauce you can throw at it. Wash it all down with their new whiskey-and-coffee cocktail, for best results.

Sun 11am–3pm

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Tallula's Mexican brunch in Santa Monica
Photograph: Courtesy Tallula's

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The Hudson

This popular WeHo restaurant and bar recently received a big kitchen overhaul thanks to Otium chef Tim Hollingsworth, and you’d better believe that overhaul extends to your weekend. The first decision is easy: bottomless mimosas to drink, and at only $20 per person. The next choice? A little tougher. There’s country fried chicken with local hot sauce; a 16-ounce pork porterhouse with two eggs and date-and-sage molasses; a short stack of banana pancakes with nutella and maple syrup; shakshuka peppered with paprika and cumin; and a breakfast burrito stuffed with eggs, bacon, sausage and cheddar. Like we said, good luck making up your mind on that one.

Sat 10am–4pm, Sun 10am–midnight

Penny Oven

Eagle Rock’s got a cheery new breakfast and lunch spot by way of neighboring pizza joint Piencone, whose proprietors just launched a sunny café that pumps croissants, feta-and-dill scones, bran muffins, tarts and savory dishes out of a penny-coated oven at the heart of the space. You can simply drop by for a pastry or a cashew vanilla latte, or you can opt for more substantial fare such as the ham, cheese and egg breakfast sandwich with blood orange harissa on a croissant; the poached eggs with grilled halloumi cheese and Swiss chard over sweet potato pancakes; or the cauliflower hash with preserved lemon and feta, to name a few. This spot is casual, cute and focused on California fare.

Sat, Sun 7am–3pm

Otoño

What happens when one of the city’s best Spanish restaurants opens its doors for brunch? You get breakfast-leaning tapas, more Spanish classics and even a few panadería treats to start the day on a sweet note. Highland Park’s treasure trove of pan con tomate and crispy croquetas still offers some of its dinnertime classics on the brunch menu—a godsend, considering how flawless that pan con tomate is—but executive chef Teresa Montaño also gives us a few new eggy options. There’s of course the requisite Spanish icon of tortilla, where potatoes and onions simmer in a large omelet, but now we can also spend our weekends with tapas such as soft scrambled eggs with tetilla cheese and chives, or the grass‐fed beef sirloin tartare with poached organic egg, charred spring onion and squid-ink toast. And if you visit Otoño and you don’t order a goblet of gin and tonic, no matter the time of day, did you really do a trip to Otoño right?

Sat, Sun 11am–3pm

The Rooster

If you’ve ever sidled up to the all-day-breakfast food truck sporting the bright blue poultry cartoon, you know just how clutch the Rooster’s breakfast burritos really are. And now, the chef who’s “making breakfast dope again” has her own brick-and-mortar restaurant where you can find the beloved burritos and a few other start-your-day finds. Chef-owner Rouha Sadighi’s new Pico-Robertson restaurant remains all about breakfast, and also slings a bodega-inspired bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich; avocado-and-egg brioche toast; an egg-topped, grass-fed burger; pancakes; and even the brunch-only WTF: a slice of brioche that’s dipped in pancake batter, then fried, and topped with bacon, jam, an egg and powdered sugar. Wash it all down with cold brew, for best results. 

Sat, Sun 8am–4pm

Tallula’s

Brunch by the beach? Sold. The Rustic Canyon Family’s breezy Santa Monica Mexican restaurant, Tallula’s, launched early-a.m. weekend service this month, and executive chef Saw Naing’s whipped up new dishes to celebrate. Expect a breakfast bowl with sunny eggs, thick-cut bacon, pinto beans, rice, avocado, slaw and pico de gallo; chilaquiles with black beans and salsa; menudo topped with a sunny egg; and a wet breakfast burrito with verde pork, eggs, potatoes, crema and pepper jack, among others. Yes, you can still order off the Tallula’s tacos menu, and yes, there are plenty of boozy options: We’re talking micheladas, carafes of mezcal margaritas, and bloody Marias, perfect for sipping pre-beach stroll.

Sat, Sun 11am–5pm

Conservatory West Hollywood restaurant brunch with patio
Photograph: Courtesy Conservatory/Jennifer Kane

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Alimento

The allure of Zach Pollack’s Italian bistro is impossible to ignore: in the evening, low lighting and ideal date-night vibes, and in the daytime, a chipper, cheerful neighborhood lunch spot—and, of course, some of the best food in the city. Now, five years in, Pollack’s unveiling another option to fall in love with. Starting May 11—right on time to honor thy mother with a fantastic meal—the chef is launching brunch service, complete with new items such as ricotta doughnut holes with blueberries and mascarpone; crispy polenta tartines with whipped dry salted cod; a potato waffle with pulled brisket; plus sides like house English muffins. Looking for the Alimento classics? Pollack promises they’re not going anywhere—which means you can still order a few of them at brunch, including that insane, stacked-high Chicken Milanese sandwich dripping with pepperoncini slaw.

Beginning May 11; Sat, Sun 10:30am–3pm

Audrey at the Hammer Museum

As if we needed another reason to spend hours on that perfect patio, the Hammer’s new sunny spot at the center of the museum just added brunch service to its indoor-outdoor, modern-Californian restaurant. Of course, one of the trademarks of this type of cuisine is a focus on hyper-seasonal and local produce, and here, chef Lisa Giffen weaves in “micro-regional” touches to complement the goods: a soft scramble with squash blossoms and hojas santo; crab chilaquiles with peas, Panela cheese, guajillo salsa and fried egg; and braised pork with beans, tomatillo and poached egg. If you’re looking for something bright to match the setting, try the coconut chia bowl with cherimoya and passionfruit, or the grain bowl with forbidden rice, soft egg and Meyer lemon vinaigrette. Wash it all down with a brunch cocktail—like the Rise & Shine spritz, with cold brew spiked with vermouth and cherry-cardamom bitters—and you might find yourself comfortably there for hours, too.

Sat, Sun 11am–4pm

Conservatory

WeHo’s Conservatory complex is easy to get lost in, in a good way. There’s a coffee stand and small patio out front, then, inside, there’s the main bar, a front dining room, a fire pit, a back patio and even Society Room, the restaurant’s hidden cocktail bar. You’re welcome to sit almost anywhere (save the coffee patio and Society Room) to enjoy the new brunch service. Make yourself at home and dive into the menu, which is split into two sections: “Nibbles & Toasts” and “Sweet & Savory.” You can dig into toasts covered in ricotta and berries; tuna and caviar; honey, mint and walnut labneh; and smoked salmon and avocado; or opt for tableside caviar bumps, if you’re really looking to ball out (they’re actually only $10, so you can ball on a budget). Craving more substantial fare? There’s a Monte Cristo Dutch baby with ham, gruyere and berries; a double bacon cheeseburger sporting Hook’s cheddar; chilaquiles with two eggs, cotija and salsa verde; and that age-old brunch classic, steak and eggs. Don’t forget the mimosa flights or the coffee old-fashioneds.

Sundays only until May 25; 10:30am–3pm

Hippo

Highland Park’s new pasta go-to serves much, much more than noodles—former Mozza chef and James Beard Award winner Matt Molina’s more than seen to that. But it wouldn’t feel like Hippo if we couldn’t have the option of pasta all the time. Enter this spot’s new mix-and-match brunch, which involves a little of everything you crave on a weekend: morning fare like fluffy gluten-free hotcakes, and baked almond brioche with berry compote and crème fraîche, or eggs with hash browns, toast, house-made sausage, and roasted cherry tomatoes in a garlicky pool of olive oil, not to mention lunchy items (yes, chicken meatball burger, with fresh mozzarella and black-olive aioli on brioche)—and especially pasta. What’s more, Molina’s trademark so-flaky-it-hurts biscuits from sibling spot Everson Royce Bar can also be found on this brunch menu, which is a godsend to anyone east of the river on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Sat, Sun 10am–2pm 

The Milky Way

Whether you’re looking for a bit of Hollywood, a bit of kosher or a bit of family-friendly hospitality, Pico-Robertson’s freshly reopened the Milky Way—the cozy restaurant from the Spielberg family (yeah, that Spielberg family)—launches Sunday-only brunch on May 5, and it should cover all the bases. Sure, there are framed personal photos of the puissant director and his relatives all around the space, but try not to get distracted. You’re here for dishes like the latkes with eggs, sour cream and house-made apple compote; the smoked-salmon Benedict with capers and red onions; the huevos rancheros with feta and fried eggs; the smoked-fish platter; and even the Impossible burger topped with roasted green chillies and a runny egg. The setting also feels like you’re in someone’s home, so settle in and pretend you’re a guest of Mr. Spielberg himself (and in a way, you are).

Sun 10am–2pm

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Mexican brunch at Petty Cash Taqueria in Los Angeles
Photograph: Courtesy Petty Cash Taqueria/Jakob N. Layman

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Hinterhof German Kitchen and Beer Garden

Highland Park’s buzzing and buzzy all-vegan beer hall just added brunch to its roster, which, as we all know, is the perfect meal to enjoy alfresco. The dairy-free, meat-free menu involves classics both American and German, plus a few mash-ups and modern interpretations as well. There’s the American, a plate of tofu scramble with house-made bratwurst, potato pancakes and toast; the German Farmer’s Breakfast, an open-faced vegan omelet with fried potatoes, onions, smoky tempeh and pickles, plus your choice of broetchen rolls, toast or gluten-free toast; and even their own take on chicken and waffles, here with a house-made fried seitan cutlet, waffles, poached pear, maple syrup and an arugula salad. On the sweeter note, there’s pretzel-bread French toast, not to mention waffles and pancakes topped with coconut whipped cream—and, of course, there’s plenty of beer.

Sat, Sun 8am–3pm

Los Balcones Studio City

Los Balcones’ Gorge Rodriguez teamed up with Rosaliné’s Ricardo Zarate late last year to open a new, more ecclectic branch of the Los Balcones Peruvian restaurant family. The result? A vibrant menu devoted to mestizo—the cultural blending so pervasive throughout Peru’s peoples, food and art—and now, the restaurant’s opening up its mestizo ethos to brunch service. The offerings include flank steak with green pesto, salt-baked crispy potatoes, and eggs cooked to your choosing; a porchetta sandwich on pan con chicharron with arugula, sweet potato, salsa criolla and a salsa madre aioli; and grilled tiger prawns in bouillabaisse served with creamed Corn, scrambled eggs, salsa madre and amarillo sauce. Of course, with all of that vibrant, spicy food, you’re going to want a cocktail, and Los Balcones has a handful just perfect for the occasion. (Cava with fresh ginger and passion fruit, anyone?)

Sat 11am–2:30pm, Sun 11am–4:30pm

Mister O’s

OK, so this brunch is a couple months old, but believe us when we say it’s great. The midcentury-modern–inspired decor provides a stylish setting for chef Oscar Torres’s imaginative American cuisine in the heart of Studio City, meaning you might enjoy a killer fresno-topped smashburger in the lounge; some bold chilaquiles topped with scrambled eggs, crème fraîche, charred tomatoes and cheddar on the patio; or the deceptively simple Green Eggs & Ham scramble near the fire pit. Our advice? Snag a spot indoors or outdoors, because you’re going to need a table’s surface area to hold all of the dishes and brunch cocktails you’re going to want to order. (And with most dishes hovering around $12, you can order away.)

Sat & Sun 11am-3pm

Petty Cash Taqueria

République’s brunch is one of the best in the city, so when chef-owners Walter and Margarita Manzke announce a new brunch, listen up. This weekend, their taqueria is launching a menu of Mexican-inspired morning fare such as wild-mushroom sopes with jack cheese, black beans, avocado and fried egg; a Mexican breakfast sandwich with chorizo, potatoes, cheese and eggs; and that perennial favorite, steak and eggs, here made with poblano rice, carne asada, hoja santa and fried eggs. And because Petty Cash is also a killer watering hole, expect strong brunch cocktails, to boot: We’re talking the Champurrado, with chocolate, hazelnut and corn atole, served with a mezcal shot, the Verde Chelada with celery, tomatillo, pasilla, poblano, Mexican lager and salt, and more.

Sat, Sun 9am–3pm

Terra

Perched high above the Westfield Century City and Santa Monica Boulevard, Eataly’s rooftop Italian restaurant, Terra, is now serving brunch. The menu skews toward the flavors and ingredients of Italy, and relies on Terra’s wood-fired grill—because why wouldn’t it? This means you can expect Terra’s take on avocado toast, topped with wood-fired local spicy prawns, crispy chickpeas, herbs and lemon, plus dishes like eggs with creamy polenta, ciambotta (stewed vegetables) and ricotta salata; ricotta-filled Italian crepes with tomato, parmesan and basil; and pork fritters with hard-boiled eggs, caper berries, cucumber, lemon aioli and Calabrian chilies. Don’t forget the handful of fresh pastas on offer, nor the arrosticini, little melt-in-your-mouth skewers of meat fresh off the grill. Finish with a customized drink from the bloody Mary bar, plus that great view from the roof, and you’ve got yourself the mixings for a great brunch.

Sat, Sun 10:30am–3:30pm

Cake Monkey Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy Cake Monkey Bakery/Nastassia Johnson

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Cake Monkey Bakery

When pastry chef and co-owner Elizabeth Belkind launched the second location of her charming bakery, she knew she wanted to think outside the cookies and cakes—which leads us to Westlake Village, where the new outpost now offers savories like baked eggs with tomato sauce, parmesan and a hazelnut salsa verde, plus sweets such as chocolate hazelnut babka French toast, and Milk & Honey Toast topped with ricotta, house-made huckleberry preserves, raw honey and seeded crunch. (Obviously, you’re still going to want some cookies and cakes.)

Daily 8am–2:30pm

Imperial Western Beer Co.

For those who like a liquid breakfast—or simply the option to imbibe at brunch—the roomy brewery inside Union Station just launched a weekend menu of dishes to supplement its 20-ish house beers, and it’s exactly what we want to be snacking on while sipping. You can still opt for the raw-bar gems, such as Peruvian-scallop aquachile or a shellfish sampler platter, but if you’re craving breakfast foods, Imperial Western has you covered with biscuits with gravy and fried eggs; chorizo scrambles; and bananas foster French toast. Throw in the burgers, sandwiches and ice cream sundaes, for good measure, and you really might stay there all day.

Sat, Sun noon–3pm

LASA

One of the city’s best Filipino restaurants finally transformed its occasional weekend specials into a full-on brunch menu, and the dishes are just as colorful as the tropical vinyl tablecloths you’ll be dining over. LASA’s weekend lunch service is now officially brunch service, blending Filipino and American classics for dishes like the pan de sal French toast; the country fried tapa, a take on steak and eggs with black-garlic gravy; and the kesong puti pancake, topped with a pool of calamansi curd and a dollop of the soft cheese.

Sat, Sun 11am–3pm

Ms Chi Cafe

Shirley Chung’s dumpling destination now serves an extended menu on weekday mornings—meaning you can now snag a handful of brunch items in addition to Ms Chi’s regular cabal of noodles, rice dishes, potstickers and bao. Of course we’re still partial to the cheeseburger dumplings, but we’re also eyeing the breakfast wontons, filled with sage sausage and scrambled eggs with chili ketchup, not to mention the scallion biscuit with five spice, and the savory brown rice oatmeal with soft egg, chili oil, ginger and poached chicken. For sweets, we’ll take a mochi doughnut with black-sesame matcha glaze, thanks.

Sat, Sun 10am–2pm

Pikoh

Ricardo Zarate’s newest project isn’t Peruvian, but an all-day café that sports a menu full of surprises. At brunch, start with the handful of cocktails: the Spanish Coffee, made with Grand Marnier, overproof rum, demerara, La Colombe coffee, fresh whipped cream and cinnamon dust; the Buck Bunny, with London Dry gin, mastiha, fresh carrot, ginger, lemon, honey and orange bitters; and the Rebel Compliance, made of cognac, aquavit, salted cold brew, demerara, bitters and citrus oil—to name a few. From there, dive into smoked salmon tartines with yuzu kosho cream cheese and poached egg on house-made quinoa bread; shakshuka, here comprised of a tomato-and-bonito stew with prawns and eggs; and even pork poblano tonkatsu curry with egg. And if you’re looking for something a bit more straightforward, there’s a burger, a salad, an activated-charcoal bowl—you get the idea.

Sat, Sun 10am–3pm

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Brunch at Jolie bistro in Bel Air Los Angeles
Photograph: Courtesy Jolie

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Alta Adams

In need of a little comfort? Keith Corbin’s L.A. spin on soul food launches this weekend, with a menu that’s peppered with the likes of biscuits and green-garlic gravy; cornmeal pancakes with brown-butter maple caramel; and steak and eggs with green sauce and fried potatoes. There’ll also be daily pastries, plus lighter plates like the avocado toast with spice and cilantro on Tartine bread and the collard-green salad. Obviously wash it down with a few of Alta’s new brunch cocktails, including but not limited to an aquavit bloody Mary and $20 bottomless mimosas.

Sat, Sun 11am–2pm

 

House of Machines

Looking for brunch without all the pomp and circumstance? Opt for a bite in the Arts District’s unconventional House of Machines, a café-cum-motorbike shop with outposts in Japan and South Africa. L.A.’s iteration of the industrial-meets-bespoke gathering space is a haven for motorcycle lovers, beer heads and music enthusiasts, but in the mornings, it’s also a spot to grab a meal such as brioche breakfast sandwiches featuring fontina, fried eggs, bacon, spicy aioli and avocado; breakfast burritos stuffed with tater tots, cheddar, eggs and barbacoa; and spinach frittatas with heirloom tomatoes, goat cheese and chimichurri.

Daily 8–11:30am

Jolie

There’s a new French bistro in town, and it’s serving up plenty of swank in Bel Air. Stop by on weekends for breezy fare, including build-your-own charcuterie and cheese boards, plus other snacky bites like a smoked-salmon deli board with baguette and farmers’ market salad. When it comes to entrées, look forward to a truffled egg scramble with crème fraîche, chopped chives, soft goat cheese and grilled bread; brûléed oatmeal with blueberries, toasted Spanish almonds, golden raisins and your choice of milk; a fried-egg sandwich stuffed with gruyère, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, herb aioli and Niman Ranch bacon; and baked eggs in a Basque-pepper stew with Greek yogurt and toasted baguette.

Sat, Sun 10am–4pm

Meat District Co.

This meat-centric gastropub changed hands last year, and its current owners—the mother-and-son team of Anoush Ketsoyan and Agasi Gukasyan—have been slowly rolling out a few changes. The latest? A new brunch menu, which is, of course, also relatively meat-centric. There’s a filet Benedict, topped with chipotle hollandaise and Korean chili flakes; the requisite steak and eggs, here made with grass-fed hanger steak; and, of course, a burger with an egg option (always add egg to your burger at brunch). But there’s also peanut butter and jelly pancakes; French toast with mascarpone; and a classic wedge salad (with bacon, naturally).

Sun 11am–3pm

Simonette

Late risers, Simonette’s got your number. The Palihotel’s new bistro offers an all-day brunch (that runs until 5pm!) with morning fare like a classic French omelet with soft cheese, cracked pepper, chives and butter lettuce; a country hash of confit chicken, potatoes, vegetable gravy and fried eggs; buckwheat crêpes with sunny egg, ham and comté cheese; and French toast with Nutella, banana, toasted coconut and pistachios. Of course there’s heartier afternoon fare, too, such as the steak frites under sauce au poivre, and the moules frites with white wine, shallots, garlic confit and shoestring fries. Thirsty? Quench that with a miso-tinged bloody Mary or some sparkling-wine mimosas.

Sat, Sun 9am–5pm

The Waterfront brunch in Venice California
Photograph: Courtesy The Waterfront

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Atrium

With a semi-secluded patio just off Vermont and an interior that boasts velvet booths, skylights and plenty of greenery, Atrium is a darling neighborhood spot for weekend mornings, inside and out. The menu is as eclectic and as globally-inspired as the dinner service, which means you can expect dishes like the mountain of crispy fingerling potatoes drizzled with salsa taquera and chipotle queso topped with a sunny egg; a cauliflower hash with poached eggs, bacon and a honey mustard glaze; and a fried-egg bành mí with pork belly, house-pickled vegetables and cilantro. This is a neighborhood restaurant, so don’t be surprised to see plenty of strollers—but parents need a drink, too, so expect cheeky brunch cocktails like the bright and herbaceous Tequila Cleanse. Don’t pass up Gregory Baumgartner’s pastries, either.

Sat, Sun 10am–3p

Gray Tavern

Studio City’s new gastropub may be tapas-oriented in the evening, but at brunch—“a.k.a. you woke up at lunchtime!”—they’ve got an annotated menu that features multiple takes on avocado toast (“Not pretentious! I swear!”), stuffed French toast, a chorizo aioli burger (“Nothing wrong with a burger for breakfast!”), salmon Benedict and “#HangoverFoods” like Kurobuta pork belly hash with crispy potatoes, Brussels sprouts, a fried egg and some honey dijon. There’s a comfy back patio, if you’re looking for a little privacy, but if you’re into people-watching, the seats overlooking Ventura Boulevard should do the trick.

Sat, Sun noon–4pm

Margot

Looking for brunch with a view? The team behind Norah brings us Culver City’s gorgeous new rooftop restaurant, Margot, which perches atop the Platform complex and features sweeping views of L.A. The brunch menu here is as light and breezy as the atmosphere: salads with hazelnut vinaigrettes and citrus; a crudo bar where the likes of puffed black rice and anchovy sauce mix with sea bream; and vegetables like charred broccoli arrive topped with pistachios and feta. Those craving heartier fare will find a handful of focaccia sandwiches, not to mention L.A.-brunch classics like grain bowls, decked-out avocado toast—plus some fried chicken with Calabrian honey and a dish of poached eggs with polenta and roasted-pepper sugo. (And yes, there are cocktails.)

Sat, Sun 11am–2:30pm


Photograph: Courtesy Simone

Simone

Bloody Mary fans, meet your new weekend hang. This Arts District restaurant not only launched brunch service last month, it launched a whole menu of Bloody Mary variants, all designed by Kaiko Tulloch—who just so happened to win a Bloody Mary championship in the U.K. There’s the Little Tokyo Mary, made with vodka, wasabi oil, gochujang, tomato, black vinegar, cucumber, chili and sesame, and the Clarified Mary, with dill Aquavit, Dolin dry vermouth, tomato seed water, chili oil and mushroom, and a handful of others (including, yes, a more classic take). All that sipping is sure to work up an appetite, so look to chef Jessica Largey’s brunch menu, which includes short rib porridge with grilled broccolini, soft egg and her insanely good macadamia salsa macha; polenta-and-plantain hot cakes with caviar and shallot crème fraîche; and buttermilk fried chicken with radish slaw and poblano aioli. Take note: Simone's brunch service is only available in its front bar, Duello.

Sat, Sun 10:30am–3pm

The Waterfront

Enjoy your eggs with a bit of salt air at the Waterfront, a Venice institution freshly reopened after a year-long renovation. The new space includes a handful of spots perfect for brunching: Front bar for cocktails? Ideal. The beachy back lounge for couch seating? Sounds good to us. But the gem of them all is the back patio, all trellised and right off the Venice Boardwalk. The food is bright and simple at this all-day café, with breakfast tacos on house-made flour tortillas; acai bowls; multigrain waffles; and a breakfast burrito all on offer; non-brunch plates, also available, include burgers, fish tacos, farmers’ market salads and a grain bowl with tahini-and-ginger dressing. Stop by between 10am and noon and find bottomless mimosas, but a real draw here is the cocktail menu: all fruity and tropical and including frozen margaritas—perfect for a day at the beach, don’t you think? 

Sat, Sun 10am–3pm

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Brunch at Jame Enoteca restaurant in El Segundo
Photograph: Courtesy Jame Enoteca

Five brand new brunches to try in December

Jame Enoteca

El Segundo’s new neighborhood Italian spot may be known for its hand-rolled pastas, but the brunch menu looks like it could carve out a beloved space of its own with locals. In addition to the full lunch menu of pastas, salads and parm and pesto-slathered sandwiches, brunch includes a handful of dishes we’re salivating over: brie-stuffed French toast with seasonal compote; roasted-pancetta eggs Benedict on a house-made English muffin; strata packed with roasted scallions, house-made turkey sausage and cheddar; a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, where the bun is a fresh-baked biscuit made with parmigiano, maple and pancetta—just to get your imagination going. See also: mimosas and sparkling wine.

Sat, Sun 11am–2:30pm

Porridge + Puffs

Minh Phan’s porridge pop-up finally landed its own brick-and-mortar location, and with it, nn even more adventurous menu of savory porridges and vegetable small plates packed with farmers’ market ingredients that rotate often. A bowl might feature turmeric, fermented greens, soy-braised chicken or duck chicharrones, and at brunch the menu somehow gets even better. Some 12-hour sake-braised beef might form a hash with coconut, curry and chrysanthemum, while some eggs poached in red wine sauce might join Chinese sausage in a crispy fried sweet-rice and bean porridge. Don’t leave without the brown butter mochi with miso caramel. 

Sun 10am–2pm 

Tesse

Now you can take a trip to the French countryside by way of the Sunset Strip at Tesse. Traditional dishes and Francophile spins on more familiar staples abound, whipped up by executive chef-partner Raphael Francois and pastry chef-partner Sally Camacho Mueller. There are the requisites: steak and eggs, here with watercress and pistou; pancakes, but of the limoncello variety; a smoked-salmon Benedict made with herbed hollandaise and house brioche. Then there’s duck leg confit with sour cream and mango; rigatoni with ragout and fried eggs; and a “pizza” that tops crêpes with prosciutto, ricotta and marinated tomatoes. Want to ball out? Add caviar to any dish. 

Sat, Sun 11am–3pm

Thunderbird

Brentwood’s new Southwestern-inspired bar is a neighborhood spot with options to spare. Beers run the gamut, from local craft brews to cheap cans, and you can even snag bucket service—five beers with five shots—for the table. There’s skee ball, a photo booth, boozy slushies, mezcal-heavy cocktails and classics, and if you’re hungry, you can expect Frito pie, puffy tacos (and the regular variety), burritos and chile con queso. Of course if you’re coming by during brunch you can expect much of this, in addition to morning fare such as piles of chilaquiles and huevos rancheros—served in giant skillets—plus an egg-topped breakfast Cubano sandwich and micheladas. 

Sat noon–3pm, Sun 10am–3pm

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck

Fans of the mix and match—and especially of dim sum—listen up: Every Sunday now through December 23, WP24 by Wolfgang Puck is opening its doors and its kitchen for a brunch buffet that takes you behind the scenes. Whisk up to the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton for “Kitchen Brunch,” which leads you through unlimited bites from a variety of cooking stations spread throughout the dining room and kitchen. There’s a dessert table, piled with croissants and sweets and other baked goods, as well as a Peking duck table, a Belgian waffle station and all the traditional brunch trappings: sausage, eggs, bacon, you get the idea. In the kitchen is where things get interesting: This is where you’ll find stations for sushi, congee, dim sum, custom eggs and a wok—and, of course, it’s all unlimited. (Pass the scallop-and-shrimp dumplings, please.)

Sun, December 2, 9, 16 and 23. Seatings at 11am and 1pm; $75 per person, $25 per child 12 and under. 

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