Food & Drink

Where to Mother's Day Brunch in LA

Published On 05/06/2015 Published On 05/06/2015
Hinoki and the Bird
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1. Abigaile 1301 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Built on the site of a church-turned-punk rock venue, Abigaile is a restaurant and brewery located a few blocks from the ocean in Hermosa Beach. The menu changes daily, but the kitchen's commitment to global influences and domestic ingredients means you'll find anything from braised lamb belly poutine to a pho chicken salad. With five or so house-brewed beers on tap, it's hard to tell if Abigaile is a brewery that serves really great food, or a restaurant that makes its own beer. Either way, it's a no-fail spot for good food, drink, and ambience, especially if you're dining with a large group.

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2. Hinoki & The Bird 10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90067

At Hinoki & The Bird, executive chef Brandon Kida spotlights travel-inspired cuisine at this modern, Californian restaurant. Cosmopolitan dishes -- such as Japanese curry arancini, Jerusalem artichoke soup, and Scottish salmon -- create a global menu with healthful sensibilities.

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

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. Tam O'Shanter 2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Part of the Lawry's family, Tam O'Shanter is an old-world Scottish tavern in Atwater Village with storybook-reminiscent architecture. The traditional pub menu includes haggis (be bold, it's the national dish of Scotland), plus more universally appealing plates like prime rib and fish & chips. The "Toad in the Hole" is a Tam O'Shanter signature, made of filet mignon, Yorkshire pudding, carrots, onions, mushrooms, and Guinness gravy. Have it with a pint of Guinness... or really any beer, and enjoy the bar's aged charm.

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5. Cadet 2518 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Cadet brings a wood-fire grill concept to Wilshire and has a dark, date-friendly interior, and a long, date-friendly craft cocktail list.

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6. Andaz 8401 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

'Daz is a $40-million overhaul of the Hollywood Hyatt, which gained fame as the "Riot House" thanks to the debauchery of Robert Plant, Jim Morrison, and Axl Rose, only to become known as "that hotel across from House Of Blues."

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7. The District By Hannah An 8722 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This Crustacean-legacy opened a (surprise!) Vietnamese restaurant on Third, which, sadly, has no koi-pond walkway but does boast a slew of hard-to-find regional variations on pho, as well as turmeric-crusted Chilean sea bass and lemongrass-grilled beef.

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8. Patina 141 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This French-inspired Downtown eatery is located on the side of the Disney Hall -- making it that much more magical (sorry, we had to). Indulge in the fish or one of many delicious desserts.