Food & Drink

Where to take any type of mom on her special day

Published On 05/05/2013 Published On 05/05/2013
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Because every mom is different, except the ones who've been kidnapped and cloned for nefarious scientific research, we're giving you the five best places to take every type of mom -- from the ones who like to party, to the ones who judge you harshly for all that partying you do with other people's moms: Nervous-Regarding-The-World Mom Toast 8221 West 3rd Street; Mid-City West; 323.655.5018 Though the lines can stretch for what seems like miles, Toast's popularity comes from two things. One: you're virtually guaranteed a celebrity spotting (though usually of the b-list reality-show kind). And, two: whatever your "dietary restrictions" are, they'll do it. Mom's scared of gluten? No problem. Can't eat fat? They'll take care of those yolks. Is terrified of her own shadow? You're on your own, buddy. Get more info on Toast, right here Foodie Mom Wilshire 2454 Wilshire Boulevard; Santa Monica; 310.586.1707 Conveniently on Wilshire in SaMo, er, Wilshire's kitchen's headed by former Top Chef-testant Nyesha Arrington, who last year doled out goodness like a lobster omelet w/ tarragon creme fraiche and caviar, and a French toast w/ mascarpone whipped cream. If these sound delicious to you, click here Mom Who Hates Your Life Choices Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air 701 Stone Canyon Rd; Bel Air; 310.472.1211 Placate your mom's disapproval of your lifestyle by getting her to pay for your tattoo removal taking her to Wolfgang Puck's hidden-away upscale hotel-staurant, where $120 gets you three courses, including blintzes, a white-cheddar biscuit benedict, and, uh, a bloody. Click here for more on this fancy-pants brunch Party Mom Bagatelle 755 N La Cienega; Mid-Wilshire; 310.659.3900 Does your mom like watching lithe young women pop bottles of champagne as much as you do? Of course she does, which's why you're taking her to Bagatelle. Food's secondary to the DJ, the table-dancing, and the sweet, sweet scent of her forgetting she's not 35 years younger. Get your party-brunch on! Very Old Mom Canter's 419 N Fairfax Ave; West Hollywood; 323.651.2030 Fairfax's mainstay Kosher-style deli (yes, you can have cheese on your Reuben) is a perfect spot for old Mom because they have food she can eat (split pea soup! scrambles with a side of tomato!), a quiet second room, and waitresses who are easily old enough to be her mother, even if she's, like, 83. More info on this old institution, here

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1. Toast Bakery & Café 8221 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

In spite of the constant line, this Mid-Wilshire institution is worth the wait for some tasty sandwiches and salads and the chance of a celebrity sighting.

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2. Wilshire Restaurant 2454 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

Enjoy French-Cali food from a Top Chef-testant on the super-romantic, award-winning patio.

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3. Wolfgang Puck At The Hotel Bel Air 701 Stone Canyon Rd, Bel Air, CA 90077 (Bel Air)

Wolfgang Puck manages this culinary oasis in Bel Air, leaving seasonal California cuisine in the capable hands of chef Hugo Bolanos. Brunch and afternoon tea are both legendary at Hotel Bel-Air, for good reason. Splurge-worthy food and service are consistently good, and the setting is picturesque. The restaurant’s covered patio features floral accents, white-clothed tables, and warm wood panel flooring.

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4. Bagatelle 755 N La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

The epic, East-Coast-infamous brunch is the move at this La Cienega French-inspired resto.

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5. Canter's Delicatessen 419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (West Hollywood)

New York City has a lot of things that other cities don’t, like sidewalks perpetually lined with garbage, Michelin-rated restaurants that serve dinner at 2am, and authentic Jewish delis. Canter's Deli has been providing Angelenos with a little slice of New York hospitality since 1931. The 24-hour diner is a landmark institution that draws celebrities and plebs alike for smoked fish, chopped liver, pastrami on rye, matzo ball soup, and more. The bagels might not be as good as they are in New York, but that's not Canter's fault.



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