Food & Drink

8 New LA Brunches You Need to Eat Right Now

Published On 03/13/2015 Published On 03/13/2015
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It's been a long time since we told you about all the boozy brunches in LA, and even longer since we told you about the best brunches PERIOD in LA -- long enough that it's time we dropped some brunch NEWness on you. Here are LA's eight best new brunches, all of which you should be eating RIGHT NOW... err... RIGHT TOMORROW (because duh, most of them only serve on Saturday/Sunday).

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Magnolia House

Pasadena
What you're getting: Korean fried chicken
Pasadena's newest homestyle favorite starts its brunch game this very weekend, with the menu highlighting an egg-topped Korean fried chicken with short grain rice and kimchee cucumbers; they've also got an ancho omelette with smoked gouda, and booze including the vodka-based "Easy Lover," aka not you after brunch.
 

Terrine

Mid-Wilshire
What you're getting: Gravlax tartine
This is one of the best new date spots in LA for a few reasons, all of which extend to brunch: it's got a sick patio, it's got killer cocktails, and the chef is banging out deliciousness like a home-smoked gravlax tartine and Eggs In Purgatory, with pecorino and spicy tomato sauce for an extra zing-zang.

Ashland Hill

Ashland Hill

Santa Monica
What you're getting: Charred shishito mac & cheese
This new Westside beer garden is making your mid-morning survivable with a Croisandwich filled with chicken sausage and bacon, and a gooey mac, which you're ordering "for the table."
 

Bar Pintxo

Santa Monica
What you're getting: Bocadillo de chorizo
This Santa Monica standby may have the best new brunch deal in town: $15 gets you three courses of choose-your-own-disaster brunch, which means, if you wanted to, you could start with a chorizo-and-cheese dish, continue on with a chorizo-and-cheese-and-egg dish, and finish up with the chorizo-and-cheese-and-egg sandwich. Yes.

Barrel And Ashes

Barrel and Ashes

Studio City
What you're getting: Hangover Hoe Cake
The Valley's new go-to for smoked meats gets in the morning game, pro-style, with a smoked pork Benedict and an epic Hangover Hoe Cake, which is doused in chili, cheddar, green onions, and Fresno chili. Also -- of course -- it's topped with a fried egg.
 

Cerveteca DTLA

Downtown
What you're getting: Beer-battered waffles with plantains and dulce de leche
Hair of the dog has never been more delicious: this new Downtown outpost of the Mexican mini-chain's brunch includes four beer-battered waffle variations, as well as a chorizo breakfast burger with Oaxacan cheese.

Harlowe

Harlowe

West Hollywood
What you're getting: Wakey, Wakey
This WeHo barstaurant is armed with a heavy drinks program at its new brunch: the Wakey, Wakey's got bacon-infused bourbon, coffee dust, and maple syrup, while the Coffee Is For Closers melds Stumptown brew with Irish whiskey. The food game is on-point, too: check out the sweet potato gnocchi with confit pork belly and pancakes topped with almond cream and amaretto syrup.
 

The Horn

West Hollywood
What you're getting: Pasta
Pasta? Yep: this steakhouse does a breakfast version with pappardelle, broccolini, eggs, and bacon that's the perfect marriage of breakfast and lunch. So, brunch.

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1. Magnolia House 492 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 (Pasadena)

Hit this cocktail bar/small-bites joint for a drink menu that includes the Lumberjack's Breakfast (Scotch, Applejack, and maple syrup) and a sesame ginger aioli-boosted shrimp toast.

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2. Terrine 8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

Nostalgic French fare is given the expansive brasserie and a fairytale garden it deserves in Terrine, with chef Kris Morningstar masterminding elegant chicken confit salad, garlic-butter bathed escargots and a steak frites with smoked bone marrow that can be paired with an impressive French wine list. The namesake terrine, made with foie gras and served with apricot compote, proves worthy of the honor. Yet, a visit is utterly incomplete without sampling the charcuterie boards: with truffled chicken liver, terrine de campaign, liverwurst, andouille sausage and smoked beef deckle arranged with pickled morsels on a sturdy wooden disc. Dreamy and casual, the dining room is filled with bistro chairs, distressed brick and umber-hued leather banquettes with ornate mirrors propped behind them. The best part awaits behind an archway in the back, revealing an outdoor lounge with a giant illuminated tree as the centerpiece. The spot is more than an ideal perch for star-gazing, a well-balanced classic cocktail by Ryan Wainwright making you question your balance.

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3. Ashland Hill 2807 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Santa Monica)

Ashland Hill opened in the former Wildfire Pizza space in 2015; the beer bar boasts a massive patio -- perfect to camp out on during the summer -- and a strong-to-very-strong draft list and shareable goodness like shishito mac & cheese and lamb and pork meatballs.

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4. Bar Pintxo 109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

A huge wine list, tons of great tapas (grilled octopus! Pork belly & lamb croquets!), and a sweet happy hour, Bar Pintxo makes for a great spot to hit up after work or with a date.

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5. Barrel and Ashes 11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

For the best barbecue in Studio City, look no further than Barrel and Ashes. The family-style menu includes out-of-this-world Texas-style brisket, wings, and tri-tip, plus a gooey, buttery, hoecake for dessert. Add a friendly staff, communal tables, and boozy cocktails, and this spot is a go-to for a casual and beyond-satisfying dinner.

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6. Cerveteca 923 E 3rd St Ste 109, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

Hair of the dog has never been more delicious: this Downtown outpost of the Mexican mini-chain has a brunch that includes four beer-battered waffle variations, as well as a chorizo breakfast burger with Oaxacan cheese. Ceviche, enchiladas, and even $1 happy hour oysters ought to keep you busy the rest of the day.

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7. Harlowe 7321 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

This WeHo haunt sports a sophisticated interior with antique decor, brown banquettes, and an intricate, handmade tile floor, plus a killer cocktail program designed by beloved NY bartender Dushan Zaric. Sip on innovative cocktails like the Aye Poppy (Uncle Val's Botanical Gin, Grand Poppy, house-made strawberry basil syrup, lemon, and egg white), alongside a cheese & charcuterie board, while you salute Hollywood's Golden Age -- the theme of this classy spot.

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8. The Horn 8933 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

Exposed brick and comfy banquettes line the interior of this new-school steakhouse, which is focused on not just cow, but tons of other "footed animals", including dishes like a mushroom-stuffed boar chop and pork belly chili, as well as "swimmers" like wood-grilled whole fish and charred octopus.

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