This Sunday is Mother's Day, which means if your mom lives in LA, either you've got plans with her already and you just love thinking about brunch, or -- more likely, if you're reading this -- you're freaking out because you have NO IDEA where to take your mom for Mother's Day. Chill out, champ: we've got you covered. Here're 10 great spots doing Mother's Day brunch in LA.
The Brunch: Mom gets a free order of macarons no matter what; it's also doing a la carte specials like lobsters Benedict and foie gras Terrine.
The Brunch: It's got a $31 rooftop buffet with omelettes, smoked salmon, and ham stations, as well as an a la carte menu.
The Brunch: The critically acclaimed restaurant's doing its first-ever Mother's Day brunch, with specials including chili crab eggs Benedict and oyaka toast with scrambled eggs, crispy chicken, green garlic, and shiso aioli.
The Brunch: Okay, this is a schmancy one, so you gotta really love your mom: $120 gets a three-course prix fixe with butter poached Maine lobster, tea tortellini, and a biscuit-and-egg Benny.
The Brunch: A la carte options include brioche French toast and green eggs & ham at one of Grandma Connie's favorite old-school LA restaurants.
The Brunch: The critically acclaimed Santa Monica restaurant's first-ever brunch is this weekend just in time for mom -- a farro, rice, and egg grain dish, a wood-grilled bavette steak and eggs, and house-smoked salmon with crispy potato.
The Brunch: Does your mom like booze? It's doing $15 bottomless mimosas, as well as a $27 prix fixe menu with eggs, fruit, and Belgian waffles.
The Brunch: The modern Vietnamese kitchen's adding Asian-themed dishes like soft shell crab Benedict on crisped bao buns, glazed with a bright lemongrass hollandaise, as well as $16 bottomless guava mimosas.
The Brunch: The full-bore classic is doing a three-course prix fixe for $59, with options including a sunny-side-up duck egg w/ roasted chicken and buckwheat waffle with maple syrup glaze.
The Brunch: It ain't cheap, but this $99 buffet's got it all: crudo, waffles, frittata, a carving station, an albino that looks like Susan Powter...
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Jeff Miller will be in a backyard in Encino with his mom, his grandma, and his aunts, all of whom he loves very much. Share your photos of your meals at the above places, though, with him on Instagram at @JeffMillerLA and on Twitter at @ThrillistLA.
1. Abigaile1301 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach
2. Hinoki & The Bird10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles
3. Wolfgang Puck At The Hotel Bel Air701 Stone Canyon Rd, Bel Air
4. Tam O'Shanter2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles
5. Cadet2518 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
6. Andaz8401 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
7. The District By Hannah An8722 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
8. Patina141 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cadet brings a wood-fire grill concept to Wilshire and has a dark, date-friendly interior, and a long, date-friendly craft cocktail list.
'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."
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.