Spencer Lowell
Kristin Teig
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Courtesy of Sweet Rose Creamery
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Courtesy of Amandine Patisserie Café
A Votre Sante
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1. Farmshop 225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Located inside the Brentwood Country Mart, this Thomas Keller-backed New American restaurant serves up savory and refined dishes all day long. Its market-driven, egg-centric menu makes FarmShop a natural brunch pick. Standouts include a roasted broccoli rabe frittata, deviled eggs with trout caviar, and poached chicken salad with baby kale. Definitely peruse its attached marketplace as well, which sells everything you could ever want for a gourmet picnic, like wine, artisanal cheese, and cured charcuterie.

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2. Baltaire 11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Baltaire is the first steakhouse of its kind in Brentwood, with a 35-day dry aged cote-de-beouf and a monstrous shellfish platter that's sure to keep you coming back for more. This spot is great for special occasions, and if the ‘rents are in town, they won’t mind footing the bill at this classy steakhouse. For extra fancy-pants flair, order its incredible Greek salad or Dover sole -- both are proudly prepared tableside.

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3. Maru 12400 Wilshire Blvd #150, Santa Monica, CA 90025

Maru is bound to impress with its chef-inspired French-Japanese offerings. Under chef Jason Park’s direction, the restaurant -- which straddles the Santa Monica/Brentwood border -- turns out high-end steak just as well as an excellent omakase-style sushi bar.

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4. Sweet Rose Creamery 225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Sweet Rose concocts a variety of delicious ice cream flavors, and also makes most of their toppings from scratch, including marshmallows to shortbread bits. Known for exotic creations like yam swirl with salty sesame brittle, or cherimoya, this ice cream shop is a homegrown talent (the first of its five LA locations is at the Brentwood Country Mart). But don’t worry: it also has classics like coffee and salted caramel, all of which are made from organic milk, cream, and eggs.

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5. Tavern 11648 San Vicente, Los Angeles, CA 90049

It’s hard to believe this sophisticated space was once a Hamburger Hamlet, but Tavern’s managing partners have transformed the place into a triumvirate of exemplary dining options: full-service, sit-down dining in a naturally lit atrium, an easy-to-go marketplace/restaurant, and a bar serving craft cocktails and artisanal wine. This breakfast/lunch/dinner bistro from the team behind A.O.C., Lucques, and the Hungry Cat serve an array of French and Mediterranean-inspired fare.

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6. Burger Lounge Brentwood 11740 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

In Brentwood, even the burgers are “healthy” -- like Burger Lounge’s legitimately tasty patties made with grass-fed beef and sustainable, organic ingredients. You can also dig into quinoa, turkey, and albacore burgs, as well as a rotation of limited options like elk and boar. This modern, counter-serve spot is great for sit-down or on-the-go meals.

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7. Bar Toscana 11633 San Vicente, Brentwood, CA 90049

This new small-plates-and-cocktails offshoot of the upscale Italian resto's got a curved liquor cubby and an ottoman-laden lounge, as well as an extensive menu. The quaint, cozy eatery is known for all sorts of authentic Italian pastas and insalatas, but their pizzas are the main event. Baked in a wood-fired oven using a proprietary recipe, each pie boasts a thin crust, flavor-packed sauce, and plenty of cheese. Do yourself a favor and order the tartufo nero (black truffle).

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8. Belwood Cafe 11625 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Superbly crafted hot and cold sandwiches are the name of the game at this casual joint tucked away in Brentwood. It’s also probably the only bakery in town that serves Oreo croissants. Salads and fresh breads are also available.

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9. Amandine Patisserie 12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

A French-inspired bakery/patisserie that serves breakfast all day, Amandine makes its breads, pastries, cakes, and desserts from scratch every morning. It’s also the perfect place to go when you’re in the mood for homemade quiche or ratatouille.

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10. Il Piccolo Verde 140 S Barrington Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Few places in Brentwood are open late, but this Italian spot serves phenomenally good pizza and pasta until 3am for late-night carb loading. Pro tip: use the site to order wine for delivery until 1:30am.

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11. A Votre Sante 13016 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

This sorta-Mediterranean spot has a ton of vegetarian-friendly dishes (veggie burger salads, falafel wraps, and spinach enchiladas), but thanks to lemon garlic chicken and spicy salmon tacos, carnivores and pescetarians won’t starve.

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12. Reddi Chick 225 26th St, Brentwood, CA

It’s Brentwood, so nothing’s ever really that cheap. That said, this food stand has been around since 1979 and still whips up tender, fall-off-the-bone rotisserie chicken and fries (as well as ribs, fried clams, and chicken tenders) at a more-than-reasonable price. Take out or enjoy a chicken basket in an open air patio with fire pit. Reddi Chick is located in Tthe Country Mart, built in 1948. It's a historic spot that brings together independent merchants. The Mart’s buildings, cobblestone courtyards and neighborhood services (including a Barber Shop, U.S. Post Office and Shoe Repair) have all been preserved among while new boutiques.

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13. Coral Tree Café 11645 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

You can’t have a Brentwood restaurant guide without mentioning Coral Tree, a neighborhood staple off the main San Vicente thoroughfare. Here you’ll find UCLA grad students studying while gorging on hot paninis, egg skillets, and cup after cup of organic coffee.

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14. Sushi Nagao 13050 San Vicente Blvd Ste 110, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The area has a few solid sushi restaurants, but Nagao takes the cake for its exquisitely fresh fish. Get one (or several) of its signature no-rice Moonlight Rolls—cucumber strips wrapped around a ton of raw goodness and doused in tangy ponzu sauce.

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15. Mama Hong's Vietnamese Kitchen 11819 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

When Mama Hong’s first opened on Wilshire, it received a warm welcome from hungry West LA residents who longed for a decently priced, well-prepared bowl of steaming hot pho with beef brisket. Or a rib eye steak banh mi sandwich. Or even a vermicelli combo with grilled shrimp and egg rolls. This joint's West LA outpost is one of the only pho options in the area, turning out a solid bowl of well-balanced soup, generously topped with various cow parts.

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16. The Big Catch 12009 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

The folks behind EMC Seafood helm this restaurant, located in a nondescript plaza on Wilshire, so its seafood is on point. You can “build your own catch” by choosing from various crawfish and shellfish, or order brilliantly seasoned charbroiled fish and Cajun-style entrees a la carte. With other locations in Long Beach, Ontario and West Covina, Big Catch has quite the CA fanbase. Stop in for happy hour from 3-7pm for rotating deals, including BOGO Clam Chowder and free give-aways.