The two things you do basically every weekend in LA: 1) go to brunch, and 2) get in an argument about where you're going for brunch. Want to win the argument? Suggest any of these new brunches -- all of which are on the verge of blowing up the brunch game -- and then revel in self-satisfaction at being right, for once.
Hitting the beach? First, hit this ultra-hyped newcomer's just-soft-launched brunch, which includes brown-butter pancakes with whipped coconut and sea-salt vanilla butter, and a Korean latke (!... ???) with crème fraîche.
WHAT? One of LA's best secret bars has BRUNCH? Yep: classic French toast, eggs and bacon, and, oh yeah, free sangria. No password necessary, either.
This Italian bistro just launched some eggy fantastic-ness that sticks to boot-related stuff, 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.
How crazy is it that you couldn't get brunch by the pool at the Roosevelt 'til now? Thankfully, they've corrected that injustice, and are now serving up an all-day one with cinnamon French toast and short rib grilled cheese.
Listen close: they're making churro-batter waffles here. You need no more information than that.
Seriously, what's up with these new SaMo spots busting out great brunch? We're not complaining, especially when they've got a pastrami and egg sandwich on the menu.
You see that cart pictured above?? Everything on it is FREE at brunch when you're ordering other fancy stuff like smoked salmon eggs Benedict and breakfast sliders topped with quail egg. Oh, also? Bloody Mary cart. Boom.
Three courses for $15.95? That's a great deal at this on-the-border-of-SaMo-and-WLA Mexican spot, especially when you find out the first course includes options like bacon guac; the second, a chorizo burrito; and the third, dessert churros. Muy bueno.
This Downtown beer hall has upped the brunch cocktail game with stuff like the pictured-above spiked iced coffee, with Stumptown brew and vodka; food-wise, it's busting out two types of toast you need: 1) banana pudding French toast, and 2) avocado toast.
This killer new farm-to-table Westside spot from the lauded Barnyard guy has a weekend menu that includes a crab-heavy French omelette and pancakes with lemon curd.
The NoLa-themed barstaurant's brunch game is Southern and strong: moonshine-laced Bloodys share menu space with fried oyster & bacon po-boys with heirloom tomato.
This heart-of-Cahuenga hipster hotel is going the all-you-can-eat route, with $28 scoring you a smorgasbord of stuff that'll save your weekend, including maple-glazed bacon and mac & cheese.
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1. Leona123 Washington, Venice
2. R Bar3331 W 8th St, Los Angeles
3. Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar1610 Montana Ave, Santa Monica
4. Tropicana Pool Cafe7000 Hollywood Blvd , Los Angeles
5. Toca Madera8450 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
6. Hinterland2917 Main St, Santa Monica
7. Bourbon Steak237 S Brand Blvd, Glendale
8. Tacoteca2460 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
9. Barrel Down525 W 7th St, Los Angeles
10. Dudley Market9 Dudley Ave, Venice
11. Preux & Proper840 S Spring St, Los Angeles
12. Mama Shelter6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.