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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
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.
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
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
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.