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11 New LA Brunches You Should Hit This Weekend

Published On 06/10/2015 Published On 06/10/2015
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Hitting brunch in LA this weekend? No-brainer. Where you're hitting brunch in LA this weekend? That's more of a some-brainer. Or at least, it is for everyone not reading this list of 11 new LA brunches you absolutely have to hit this weekend. Bazinga.

(And in case you ever hit all 11 of these, you can always start chipping away at our Ultimate 2015 Brunch Guide.)

The Larchmont

The Larchmont

Larchmont Village
It's got an egg-topped, Vietnamese-flavored farro, a peanut-butter crunch French toast called "The Stoner" for some reason, and one of the best new burgers in LA. If you only go to one of these 11, this is probably the one you want to go to.

The Little Door

The Little Door

Santa Monica
Not only is it super-romantic-y at night, but it's now got your morning-after handled as well, with a baby artichoke omelet and seared fois gras with poached eggs.
 

BP Oysterette

Mid-Wilshire
Lobster hash? Uh-huh. Challah French toast? Uh huh-uh-huh.

Cadet

Cadet

Santa Monica
This recently opened new-American spot also recently opened weekend brunch, and with it, a crab & avocado tartine, a wood-grilled bavette steak & eggs, and cocktails (cocktails!!) like a St. Germaine-and-togarashi-laden michelada.

Bowery Bungalow

Bowery Bungalow

Silverlake
If you're looking to get your new Middle Eastern brunch on, venture to this, well, Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant, which is doing stuff like egg-topped tomato stew known as shakshuka and orange blossom-flavored five-grain pancakes.
 

Vernetti

Larchmont Village
The space formerly known as Girasole has been rebranded as Vernetti, but the focus is still Italian-ish: their just-launched brunch includes a morning carbonara with black pepper, guanciale, and egg, and a creamy sausage-laden biscuits and gravy.

Bar10

Bar10

West Hollywood
The steakhouse The Horn used to be here, but now it's a barstaurant serving up new brunch-iness like Tex-Mex bowls and chicken & waffles with a side of honey.

Freddy Smalls

Freddy Smalls

West LA
The tiny-but-beloved WLA bar has a brand-new brunch program, featuring a cast-iron egg frittata and a chicken Parm sandwich available at the bar and at its windowed booths.

Los Balcones

Los Balcones

Hollywood
The 10-year-old Peruvian staple just rejiggered its weekend menu, which means vaguely ethnic-sounding dishes like panettone French toast (panettone = sweeter bread) and pichuberry pancakes, which are cherry-esque.

Love & Salt

Love & Salt

Manhattan Beach
This wood-laden, Italian-inspired restaurant's new breakfast-meets-lunch options include Nutella toast with strawberries & sea salt (Hey. O.), a smoked fish board with house-made bagels, and wood oven-baked eggs with grilled bread.

Ox & Son

Ox & Son

Santa Monica
Yo: it has chocolate bacon bourbon pancakes. You don't need to know ANYTHING ELSE.

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1. The Larchmont 5750 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The Larchmont is poised to present a new take on Californian farm-to-table cuisine in this two-story craftsman style structure.

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2. The Little Door 8164 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (West Hollywood)

If you haven’t already wooed a date with the super-romantic hidden courtyard of The Little Door, it's time to whisk one away for a French-Moroccan-inspired evening without shelling out for a plane ticket. At both the original neighborhood favorite (and the equally charming Santa Monica location), you can feast on fare like lamb with merguez sausages and chicken tajine paired with Moroccan wines and a candlelit Spanish tiled patio.

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3. BP Oysterette 1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90410 (Santa Monica)

From the owner of Santa Monica's casual Blue Plate cafe, BP's a small oyster house outfitted with a restaurant-long banquette and a marble-topped bar, specializing in seafood prepared the way you'd find it in Nantucket, Cape Cod, and plenty of other places that do it right.

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4. Cadet 2518 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

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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5. Bowery Bungalow 4156 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Silverlake)

The dude behind Mercantile, Twins Sliders, and the Bowery (but NOT the Bungalow! Confusing!) opened this restaurant that looks more "cool parlor rich people have" than "white-tablecloth eatery". Get the "shishkatori" -- skewered meats with Middle Eastern spices, cooked over Japanese coals.

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6. Vernetti 225 North Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

The space formerly known as Girasole has been re-branded as Vernetti, but the focus is still Italian-ish. Try their brunch which includes a Morning Carbonara with black pepper, guanciale, and egg, and a creamy sausage-laden biscuits and gravy.

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7. Bar 10 8933 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

Open now where The Horn used to be, this new barstaurant is named after the 10 drinks on the menu created by the 10 bartenders who work there (clever!). Drinks include the Basic Bitch (coconut water, vodka, blueberry), and foodstuffs include bar classics like flatbreads, burgers, and mac & cheese.

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8. Freddy Smalls 11520 Pico, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (West La)

Not just the name of Biggie's brother who owned a panini place, Freddy's also a marble-floored West LA gastropub from the dude behind The Counter, featuring drankin' (nine microbrews, specialty cocktails like the rye/ sarsaparilla/ candied ginger/ lemon garnish "Stumbling Cowboy"), and eatin' courtesy of NY's Charlie Palmer and NorCal's Jeremy Fox. Those guys are cooking up flash-grilled steak tartare, Buffalo deviled eggs w/ crispy chicken skin, and the both dark- and white-meat "New School Chicken Parm", which has no idea what it's going to do with its degree in Social Engineering.

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9. Los Balcones 1360 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This is a 10-year-old Peruvian staple with a great brunch menu. Try the pannetone French toast and Pichuberry pancakes.

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10. Love & Salt 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Love & Salt is an Italian restaurant with a California soul. Try its breakfast-meets-lunch options, which include Nutella toast with strawberries & sea salt, a smoked fish board with housemade bagels (the chef is from New York, so you know these will be good), and wood oven-baked eggs with grilled bread.

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11. Ox & Son 1534 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

An ode to the butcher father who first taught him how to break down an animal, Ox & Son is chef Brad Miller’s eclectic meditation on hearty, meat-driven fare. Set in a rustic space with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Santa Monica restaurant serves daily oysters, surf and turf specialities, and a burger topped with raclette cheese, pickled onion, and truffle aioli. It's also a brunch destination thanks to inventive breakfast sandwiches, customizable omelets, and bottomless mimosas.

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