Food & Drink

The 14 Best Brunches in Los Angeles

Published On 04/15/2014 Published On 04/15/2014
Jeff Miller
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1. Square One Dining 4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Hollywood)

A great breakfast spot for gourmet eats and some inevitable celeb-watching.

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2. 26 Beach 3100 Washington, Los Angeles, CA 90291 (Venice)

Here's a pro tip: When driving towards Marina Del Rey, all chain burger joints along Washington can be ignored -- it's 26 Beach you want. What outwardly appears to be a swanky, modern seafood restaurant is actually a funky little vintage eatery where goliath burgers dominate the menu (you still, however, can get a few seafood entrees here). Whether you go for the classic like The 26er or one of the other 30 more experimental creations, you'll have to throw manner aside to fit one of these towers in your mouth (and, most likely, your stomach.

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3. KTCHN 168 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Pasadena)

One of a handful of KTCHN spots, this Pasadena resto serves up some of the best brunch around, with options like Brie with Grits, Habanero Scramble, and Tres Leche French Toast.

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4. Cliff's Edge 3626 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Silverlake)

Cliff's Edge is a Silver Lake mainstay with towering wood doors, a seasonal, New American menu, craft cocktails, and an eccentric -- but more importantly, reasonably priced -- wine list. While this is all well and good (and it is... really, really good), the real draw is the almost enchanting, vaguely woodsy, foliage-lined patio with lights strung among the treetops and one large, protruding tree trunk to anchor the outdoor space. Sit here, slurp oysters in red wine mignonette, sip grower Champagne, and you might just be able to tune out the traffic sounds blaring from Sunset Boulevard.

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5. Little Dom's 2128 Hillhurst Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

If you want breakfast pizza and Jon & Vinny's is too far west for you, consider Little Dom's, the Los Feliz alternative. The cool and casual Italian bistro serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner that'll knock out your tastebuds. Seriously. Expect the aforementioned breakfast pizza and egg dishes at breakfast, meaty sandwiches at lunch, and a range of pasta and meat entrees at dinner. Oh, and did we mention Little Dom's pizza margherita? Keep it simple with tomato sauce and mozzarella or dress it up with house-made sausage but either way, it's good.

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6. Salt's Cure 1155 Highland Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (West Hollywood)

New space, new look: the revamped Salt's Cure 2.0 continues to make good on their promise to source all of their ingredients from California, but their new digs on Highland Ave have allowed them to take the next step from quaint farm to table cooking to brighter, more inventive fare.

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7. Inn of the Seventh Ray 128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga, CA 90290

This Topanga resto is a class act all the way, featuring beautiful decor and serving seasonal organic fare using ingredients that come from local farms. Their brunch menu (omelets, waffles, quiche, etc.) will keep you talking long after your visit and even their water (which is ionized by AlkaViva) will delight you.

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8. Sqirl 720 N Virgil Ave, #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Silverlake)

Sqirl single-handedly made Virgil Village a thing, evidenced by the well-deserved line that snakes out its glass doors and around the corner. Its cult following comes for globally inspired breakfast and lunch dishes at this small, minimalist-chic, vegan-friendly cafe, including a sorrel pesto rice bowl, seared polenta, and seasonal specials like a smoked whitefish tartine and buckwheat pancakes. Speaking of pancakes, you really should make Sqirl your brunch go-to, when it hits a sweet spot between healthy (“Kabbouleh” with crispy brown rice, kale, cauliflower, and sumac) and indulgent (Guittard chocolate and hazelnut butter on thick-cut brioche toast). Make sure you take some homemade, sustainable jam to go, too.

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9. Eveleigh 8752 W Sunset, Hollywood, CA 90028

The rustic space that houses Eveleigh has a reclaimed, wood-laden indoor-outdoor dining room with a communal table and sofa-like seating. Their outdoor patio is the real draw, where you'll feel as though you've entered a gorgeous garden party, surrounded by homegrown herbs and vegetables. From land (lamb meatballs) to sea (wild Pacific yellowtail), every dish on Eveleigh's menu is market-fresh and crafted with care.

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10. Laurel Hardware 7984 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

Housed in an old hardware store (hence the name), with Laurel Hardware is a scene-driven West Hollywood bar and restaurant with industrial decor reminiscent of the building’s former tenant. Sip your carrot-infused tequila, cucumber, turmeric margarita (with a chile-salt rim) on the light strung, tree-lined patio before heading to the bare-bones dining room for familiar, contemporary American favorites like chicken wings with kimchi, Brussels sprouts with bacon (obviously), or a tricked-out cheeseburger with onion jam, bacon (obviously), and Point Reyes blue cheese. Laurel Hardware is a useful place -- not like hardware store useful, but stiff drink, quality food, fashionable atmosphere useful. And no matter what anyone tells you, there’s actually no password required to get in… just patience, because there will be a line.

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11. Scopa Italian Roots 2905 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90292 (Venice)

This Venice Beach Italian serves up a menu of inventive shareable plates that practically begs you to order one of everything. Start with some hot and cold antipasti before carbo-loading on pasta dishes like rabbit tagliatelle and vodka rigatoni. The space has a cool industrial aesthetic with exposed brick, giant mirrors, and warehouse ceilings.

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12. Cacao Mexicatessen 1576 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041 (Eagle Rock)

Whether you're in need of duck confit tacos, mole fries, or are interested in a large selection of Mexican wines and craft beers (all bottles), you can head to CaCao Mexicatessan to get your fix. Their menu is huge, and even includes a ton of breakfast options -- like breakfast quesadillas or blue cornmeal and pumpkin pancakes.

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13. Blu Jam 7371 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

The first plus is that street parking is easy to find. The second plus is that their brunch is pretty epic, and by epic we mean something you cannot miss. Indulge in their crispy French toast, breakfast quesadilla, or their stacked steak hash.

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14. Primitivo Wine Bistro 1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

Primitivo Wine Bistro is offering up some delectable tapas and other small plates and all on a beautiful patio area. Your small plates will be accompanied by an extensive wine menu, and further complimented by a sommelier who will help pick out the perfect vino for your visit.