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Best Brunch In Los Angeles

November 12, 2013 5:00 AM

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(credit: South Coast Winery Resort And Spa)

(credit: South Coast Winery Resort And Spa)

Two eggs with applewood smoked bacon from Square One Dining. (credit: Square One Dining)

Two eggs with applewood smoked bacon from Square One Dining. (credit: Square One)


While Los Angeles offers world class dining both for lunch and dinner, it also offers many of the best places around to get your favorite egg or pancake dishes. From West Hollywood to Venice and Manhattan Beach, brunch is the new lunch, especially on the weekends. So, whether you’re searching for the perfect omelete, some amazing pancakes or just a simple scramble, we have your guide to the best places in Los Angeles to relax and have a delicious brunch.

(credit: Cindy Hu/YELP)

(credit: Cindy Hu/YELP)


Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 450-1429
www.gjelina.com

With the vibe of a hip, rustic urban chalet and a dining room full of Abbot Kinney’s beautiful people, Gjelina feels like it may have been curated by the coolest gallery owner in town. The eclectic brunch menu gives a similar sensation. It runs the gamut from light lemon ricotta pancakes to an intensely savory smoked mozzarella and bottarga pizza to a hearty platter of fried eggs and prosciutto. There is a shared element of smart, soul-satisfying deliciousness. No matter what order, you should begin with what is one of the finest scones in town.

(credit: Cuvee)

(credit: Cuvee)


Cuvee
145 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 271-4333
www.mycuvee.com

With some of the best people watching anywhere in Los Angeles coupled with delicious fare, Cuvée is one of the staple restaurants on famed Robertson Boulevard. The restaurant offers a terrific brunch menu daily with mouth watering dishes including eggs, Hawaiian style french toast, a chicken chorizo omelete and our favorite, the banana nut pancakes. Aside from breakfast items, this eatery also offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, entrees, pizza and more to choose from. And, if that wasn’t enough, Cuvée Robertson features mimosas and an awe-inspiring wine cellar full of some of the best wines and champagnes found anywhere in the world to get your brunch started. While Cuvée serves brunch daily until 10:30am on the weekdays, their weekend hours extend the delicious selections until 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

huckleberry Best Brunch In Los Angeles

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Huckleberry
1014 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-2311
www.huckleberrycafe.com

The weekend line at Santa Monica’s most happening café/bakery Huckleberry is at first intimidating, but it also buys you time to decide which of star pastry chef Zoe Nathan’s sublimely delicious treats will sate your sweet tooth. A Valrhona chocolate croissant perhaps? The cake-like cinnamon donut? With that decision made, it’s on to the main course, chosen from a rotating menu of seasonal sensations, including the signature Green Eggs and Ham, (La Quercia proscuiotto, pesto, and arugula on a housemade English muffin.) With so many delicious options, by the time you reach the counter to order, you may find yourself wishing for more time to make up your mind.

bottega louie
Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 802-1470
www.bottegalouie.com

Bottega Louie has fast become one of Angeleno’s favorite downtown eateries to nosh on some of the best food found in the city. If you haven’t made it past the macaroons when you first enter the restaurant, you should make a reservation today for brunch at this delicious restaurant. Bottega Louie offers up a weekday breakfast as well as a weekend brunch with traditional fare such as the eggs benedict, farmers market breakfast as well as pizzas, sandwiches and more. While the noise level is bordering on loud at this stark white walled eatery, the excellent food more than makes up for it. Make sure to leave some room for dessert after and stop by the macaroon counter for some delightful treats to take on your way out!

(credit: MB Post)

(credit: MB Post)


MB Post
1142 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5405
www.eatmbpost.com

Ask anyone who has ever eaten at this brunch hotspot and they will tell you hands down that it is the best brunch they’ve ever had. What’s good? Literally everything. And the cocktails are just as and delicious. Located right off the beach, MB Post offers up a minimalist decor paired with some of the most flavorful brunch dishes found anywhere. Sit at one of the high-rise communal tables in front of the bar or the longer cafeteria like tables in the main room and order from favorites like their classic eggs benedict with a lovely hollandaise sauce or their ricotta stuffed french toast which comes with brooks cherries and almonds. Other standouts include their corned beef cheek hash, and their bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits. The food, which is meant to share, is brought out in skillets and you can’t go wrong ordering anything on this inventive menu. Their brunch menu also offers up hand-crafted cocktails like ‘Last Rites’ which is a sangria that comes with pear, hibiscus and other great ingredients.

(credit: The Griddle Cafe)

(credit: The Griddle Cafe)


The Griddle Cafe
7916 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 874-0377
www.thegriddlecafe.com

The Griddle Cafe serves up some of the tastiest pancakes in a myriad of over the top combinations that will make your mouth water. Although you may be waiting to get your chance to bite into these delicious brunch favorites, it is absolutely worth the wait. Once you are finally seated, you’ll be treated to extra large pancakes stacked three high with an array of toppings and stylings. While everyone seems to have their favorite here, some standouts are the “Banana Nana” which comes with brown sugar baked bananas cooked inside a buttermilk batter as well as their “Golden Ticket” which comes with caramel, walnuts and streusel.

(credit: BLD)

(credit: BLD)


BLD
7450 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 930-9744
www.bldrestaurant.com

Appropriately named after an acronym for the three main meals of the day, BLD is one of those eateries that offers more of a modern approach to the brunch. With modern twists to egg dishes like their fried egg sandwich, three bean huevos rancheros, and their braised pork and & poached eggs , one is sure to be satisfied after a visit for brunch at BLD. The restaurant also offers some delicious french toast as well as house made granola, blueberry pancakes and more. The brunch hotspot also offers a number of tasty vegetarian options. Portions are known to be generous and service is great as well.

jareggs Best Brunch In Los Angeles

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Jar
8225 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-6566
www.thejar.com

The Sunday brunch at Suzanne Tracht’s Jar takes the best of the restaurant’s dinner menu and transforms it into morning fare. Her famous pot roast miraculously metamorphoses into breakfast hash. The lobster béarnaise makes an appearance on a rich lobster Benedict with a bit of char sui pork. Sirloin? Served with eggs of course. It’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner in one delicious package.

squareonedining Best Brunch In Los Angeles

(credit: Square One Dining)


Square One Dining
4854 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 661-1109
www.squareonedining.com

While the location, in the shadows of the looming Church of Scientology and a large Kaiser Permanente complex, may be a bit foreboding, Square One Dining overcomes any problems of real estate by checking all the boxes to make for a cheerfully soothing brunch option. Good coffee? Check. They’ve got Intelligentsia. Outdoor seating? Check. There’s a spacious patio. And the most important square of all, a menu that hits all of the brunch essentials, including eggs, grits, bacon, and decadent French Toast with bourbon-pecan topping.

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Jordan Schlecter is a features editor for CBS.
Katie Robbins is an L.A.-based freelance writer, focusing on food and culture. Check out her website www.katiesallierobbins.com.
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