Food & Drink

12 LA Brunches That Are About to Get Insanely Popular

Published On 08/21/2015 Published On 08/21/2015
Toca Madera
Leona
Forma
Toca Madera
Bourbon Steak
Marcus Henderson
Preux and Proper
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1. Leona 123 Washington, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

This hip, California-style restaurant is hitting all the spots. Come by at dinner for lamb belly wontons and meatballs de Corazon, or on the weekends for Korean latkes with creme fraiche and brown-butter pancakes with whipped coconut & sea-salt vanilla butter.

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2. R Bar 3331 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005 (Koreatown)

This password-protected speakeasy (check their Facebook before you go) is the perfect hipster/dive bar to lose time playing bingo or throwing back a few while listening to a live band rock out.

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3. Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar 1610 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

This cheese-focused Italian spot has an amazing array of cheese oriented dishes (did we mention there's cheese involved here??) as well as an incredible brunch featuring items like pizza topped with egg and pork belly, as well as more out-there concoctions like two eggs cooked in tomato sauce with Hawaiian sausage.

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4. Tropicana Pool Cafe 7000 Hollywood Blvd , Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

At Tropicana Pool Cafe, you can get brunch by the pool at the Roosevelt, because obviously... Get the cinnamon French toast and short rib grilled cheese.

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5. Toca Madera 8450 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

This West Third Mexican spot has swanky taste -- the interior is dimly lit and wood-laden, and boasts plush banquettes and a long bar made of crystal and quartz. Once you settle in to the lounge-style space, you'll want to start off with some fresh guac or sweet corn tamales for the table, and then work your way up to the carne asada or sashimi agua chile. No matter what you order, be sure to indulge in one of the many tequila and mezcal options back-lit behind the bar.

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6. Hinterland 2917 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

This eatery serves southern inspired and seafood dominant dishes, cooked behind a bar that serves quality wine and beer. The small space can get crowded, but there is a chance of a celebrity sighting -- namely Joe Jonas, who was part of the opening of this Main Street spot.

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7. Bourbon Steak 237 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204 (Glendale)

Brought to you by Chef Michael Mina, Bourbon Steak is a traditional, yet contemporary steakhouse featuring not only tremendous cuts of meat, but also tasty libations.

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8. Tacoteca 2460 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

All hail the insanely creative tacos at Tacoteca, a joint venture from Ricardo Diaz, one of the guys behind Guisados, and Adam Fleischman, the guy behind Umami. Where there are tacos, there is tequila, and Tacoteca delivers with a bar program heavy on mezcal and tequila cocktails.

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9. Barrel Down 525 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Downtown)

This Downtown beer hall offers a surprisingly killer weekend brunch, featuring cocktails like spiked iced coffee and toasts of the banana-pudding French as well as avocado variety.

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10. Dudley Market 9 Dudley Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

Brought to you by the lauded Barnyard guy, this killer farm-to-table Westside spot has a weekend menu that includes a crab-heavy French omelette and pancakes with lemon curd. Oh yeah.

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11. Preux & Proper 840 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Downtown)

The FiveOFour guys bring you this NOLA-inspired eatery, a two-story ode to the Big Easy with a daiquiri bar, raw bar, massive patio, and killer Muffalettas, as well as grilled short ribs with Cajun kimchee.

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12. Mama Shelter 6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

Right in the heart of Hollywood, Mama Shelter is the Los Angeles outpost of a French-based hotel mini-chain. From the family behind Club Med, the hip hotel features 70 funkily-designed rooms equipped with iMacs and, movie scripts, and king beds. Open to the public, the rooftop doubles as a yoga studio and Mediterranean restaurant. Downstairs, there's a French-American restaurant, a separate cocktail bar, and a coffee shop.