Brunch is one of those luxury meal times, perfect on a lazy weekend day. What better way to do brunch than in Los Angeles. While traditional menu items like omelets and pancakes and eggs Benedict and smoked salmon are typically offered at restaurants, the best L.A. brunch offerings are the ones that chefs add their personal touch to, using unique ingredients to elevate the meal. Mimosas and Bloody Marys are also very welcome at these brunch tables.
Wally’s Beverly Hills
447 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Executive Chef David Féau prepares an unparalleled brunch at Wally’s Beverly Hills each Sunday. In partnership with Veuve Clicquot, Wally’s offers two brunch courses and a glass of Veuve Clicquot brut ($48 per person). First course offerings include a blackened tuna loin served with grilled pepper lime yogurt, an endive salad made with roasted bacon vinaigrette and a 63 degree poached egg and Lone Daughter Ranch avocado toast with chopped arugula and pickled eggs. Main course menu features are simple in concept, but Chef Féau puts a sophisticated touch to each. Breakfasty items include the Maryland crab eggs Benedict created with homemade biscuits, scrambled eggs made with truffles, complemented by rustic bread and a chicken sauce, and the buttermilk caramelized French toast comes with seared Foie gras and market berries. Lunch-type cuisine rounds out the menu with Larry’s Ranch ribeye steak, Wallys burger, carbonara pizzeta and a pan roasted salmon fillet salad.
9400 W. Olympic Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Viviane, the newest Beverly Hills restaurant destination with outdoor poolside dining, serves divine Continental cuisine created and prepared by Executive Chef Michael Hung. Viviane’s European style brunch is offered every Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Egg dishes include a crispy fried pork belly and eggs served with a charred tomato salsa, poached eggs with a warm quinoa and pomegranate salad, and sunny side up eggs with corned beef and cherry tomato hash. Viviane’s lemon ricotta pancakes are light and fluffy served with Reisling roasted figs, granola and maple syrup, and Chef Hung’s slab of brioche French toast is not to be missed — how can you say no to dark chocolate ganache and cranberry compote toppings? Brunch pastrami-cured salmon tartines, grilled whole rainbow trout and Little Gem lettuces with Spanish anchovies and pan-fried croutons are also favorites.
Bel Air Bar & Grill
662 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Focusing on house-made ingredients and highly seasonal produce, Chef de Cuisine Chris Emerling has transformed all of the menus at Bel Air Bar & Grill to reflect a “borderless cuisine.” Brunch is unique and delicious with favorites including Chef Emerling’s avocado on grilled Texas-style brioche with a house-made marscarpone, tomato, chili and tiny cilantro, Oaxaca fruit salad — a version of the ubiquitous avocado toast — the salmon Benedict made with wilted spinach, house-cured salmon, soft poached egg and hollandaise that Chef Emerling incorporates the house-cured tequila salmon, warm buttermilk biscuits and Grand Marnier fruit gravy, and Susan Disney Lord’s “Favorite” salad. Owned by Susan Disney Lord, the grand-niece of Walt Disney and daughter of Roy E. Disney, Bel Air Bar & Grill has recently gone through an interior redesign and menu overhaul. The restaurant also employs the new tipless system, removing all the options for gratuities while only raising menu prices by a small, insignificant amount.
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13251 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
There’s a new brunch in town at The Bellwether, offered Saturday and Sunday. Chef Ted Hopson welcomes brunchers to nosh on globally-inspired comfort foods such as Dutch babies (aka German pancakes) topped with lemon jam, raspberry jam and powdered sugar, eggs in Purgatory, monkey bread with raisins and brown sugar, avocado toast with a fried egg and Aleppo chili, smoked salmon toast, and crispy pork rillettes with potato rosti, ham hock gravy and topped with a sunny side up egg and crispy pig ear. Brunch cocktails created by Beverage Director Ann-Marie Verdi are also offered — Mama Betty’s Bloody Mary, mimosas, Pimm’s Cup and Easy Like Sunday Michelada, a lager, tomato juice, lime and Chef Ted’s carrot-habanero hot sauce.
The Fat Dog
801 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
The Fat Dog in Hollywood celebrates cocktails and elevated comfort food at brunch time. Chef John Gladish’s chicken fried chicken is a standout on the menu. This brunchy chicken dish is served with a buttermilk biscuit, sausage gravy and a fried egg. Make sure to pair it with The Fat Dog’s version of a bloody Mary – the fat Mary for $5, created by star bartender Matthew Biancaniello. Other hearty brunch dishes include Chef John’s French toast, a special cast iron quiche (ingredients change on Saturdays and Sundays), house cured salmon pizza made with Cow Girl Creamery fromage blanc, a grilled sirloin burger, “The Fat Dog,” which is a grilled hot dog with lots of amazing fixings like pickles, sport peppers and a fried egg, and the “alternative burger” made of chickpea and brown rice.