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The Hottest Brunch Spots in Los Angeles, February 2015

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgBrunch is something that should be easy, straightforward and comforting, especially after long weekend nights out. Eggs, waffles, croissants, omelettes, benedicts and good coffee are all important, as are bloody marys, the occasional mimosa (hopefully not bottomless), and maybe even a revitalizing breakfast cocktail. As the weather warms up and the patio umbrellas start rolling out, find below an update to Eater's list of the hottest brunch places in town.


1/14: Added: Red Bread, LA Chapter, Phorage, SQIRL
6/13: Added: Superba Food + Bread, A-Frame, Corazon y Miel, Maison Giraud, Farm Shop, Belcampo Meat Co., Salt Air, Scopa Italian Roots, Tres by Jose Andres, The Church Key

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Tasting Kitchen

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1633 Abbot Kinney Rd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-6644
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Casey Lane's enduring Abbot Kinney hotspot does a very good brunch (that's borderline affordable for the area), with picks like fried chicken & waffles, short rib hash, and a grilled tomato sandwich on the bill of fare. Don't skip the sticky bun.

2. Red Bread

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13322 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA
(424) 272-5752
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Perhaps a Westside counterpart to SQIRL, but with a more overt socially conscious approach, Red Bread does their own fantastic (and pricey) loaves of bread, seasonal vegetables, salads, sourdough pancakes, and baked goods in a diminutive space that pretty much only allows communal dining. Don't miss the fruit pies either!

3. Cooks County

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8009 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-8009
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This uber-farm produce-driven restaurant by chefs Daniel Mattern and Roxana Jullapat puts on a great brunch, with things like grass-fed beef hash with roasted potatoes, crab quiche with butter lettuce, and a baked pancake with bourbon maple syrup.

4. Bäco Mercat

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408 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-8808
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Chef Josef Centeno stretches his baco-wings to cover brunch too. His yeasted waffle and dry-cured ham plate are an excellent pair. The breakfast baco is also good for the hair of the dog.

5. Superba Snack Bar

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533 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

Chef Jason Neroni makes standard egg dishes interesting. Consider the poached eggs with green chorizo fondu on pan con tomato or simple sunny side eggs with kale pesto, crispy russets, Brussels sprouts & caramelized onions. A smoked trout tartine with gribiche and sunny side up egg doesn't hurt either.

6. The Hart + The Hunter

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7950 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 424-3055
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The H + The H has reached a critical mass in popularity, and the biscuits are to blame. But there's also a terrific plate of shrimp & grits, maple-glazed pork chop, or barbecued lobster for something more filling.

7. The Sycamore Kitchen

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143 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-0151
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Waiting in line for Karen Hatfield's salted caramel sticky pecan babka is more than worth it. The tomato-onion tart, buttercup bun and rye chocolate chip cookie are all also delicious. Check the great sandwiches too, like the roast turkey, one of the best in town.

8. Salt's Cure

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7494 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 850-7258
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This underrated brunch spot does the simple things really well, with an amazing set of oatmeal pancakes to start. Slow scrambled eggs are decadent, while the biscuits and gravy pack a punch. And of course, the bacon - get the bacon.

9. Sunny Spot

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822 Washington Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 448-8884
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Roy Choi's Jamaican take doesn't skip a beat during the sunny brunches at this MDR eatery, where things like spicy shrimp with fried egg and grits or banana french toast go great with a bottomless rum punch (ditch the mimosa!)

10. Sqirl Kitchen

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720 N Virgil Ave, #4
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(213) 394-6526
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Capturing the zeitgeist of Eastside eating, Jessica Koslow's breakfast and lunch nook on Virgil is the ideal place to grab a few plates of perfect, market-fresh brunch dishes, like brown rice bowls topped with poached egg, frittatas, quiches, granola and brioche toast slathered with the housemade jams.

11. Axe

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1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 664-9787
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A quintessential Venice brunch, Axe puts together healthy things like a nine grain pancake or granola, in addition to asparagus with heirloom tomatoes and English peas. There's also fried egg over creamy polenta or bolognese with housemade pappardelle for something more substantial.

12. LA Chapter

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927 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 235-9660
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This newer entrant in Downtown's Ace Hotel helmed by chef Ken Addington, the eatery here boasts buckwheat pancakes, kale salad with crisped rice, and more in a uniquely designed dining room, checkered floor and all. Sip on Stumptown coffee and dive into a Five Leaves burger, made with harissa, grilled pineapple, pickled beet and sunny side up egg.

13. Superba Food + Bread

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1900 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

This stylish eatery by Paul Hibler and Jason Travi serves a slew of made-for-Venice favorites like muesli, frisee aux lardon, and like 9 different kinds of artisanal toasts. Throw in some fantastic baked goods like scones, kouign amanns and croissants, and it'll feel like the ideal Westside brunch.

14. A-Frame

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12565 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90066
(310) 398-7700
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Roy Choi's at it again, this time taking on pancakes in a buiding that once housed an IHOP. On weekends, instead of AYCE fried chicken, Choi is offering AYCE pancakes, with a variety of flavors such as chocolate chip, blueberry orange zest, and a double stack stuffed with chicken drumstick - all for a mere $14. For another $13, bottomless Micheladas, bloody marys, mimosas and Hite. Believe it.

15. Corazon Y Miel

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6626 Atlantic Ave
Bell, CA 90201
(323) 560-1776
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Weekend brunch incorporates classics with Mexican twists, like huevos rancheros, capriotada toast, elote tamales, and turkey leg pozole. Is this the best brunch the city of Bell has ever seen? Throw in those excellent cocktails and it's probably a yes.

16. Maison Giraud

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1032 Swarthmore Ave
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 459-7562
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Along with possibly the best croissant in the city, chef Alain Giraud's casual French eatery in Pacific Palisades is one reason to head over to this sun-soaked neighborhood. Classics like eggs benedict, waffles, and French toast all get the expert treatment one might expect at a top notch Parisian hotel.

17. Farm Shop

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225 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 566-2400
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Always a reliable brunch option in Brentwood, the fare keeps getting better, with poached chicken and baby kale, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, and the classic pastrami and eggs holding down the better parts of the menu. Actually, pretty much everything is going to be great. Just be ready to wait, and perhaps dole out a bit more than the average Sunday brunch.

18. Belcampo Meat Co.

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

This popular Grand Central Market stall is offering some hearty brunch options for weekend warriors, like the Paleo breakfast chock full of meat with a side of sweet-potato apple cake (cavemen certainly never ate this well) while smoked tongue and eggs is a better answer to the age-old ham & eggs.

19. Salt Air

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1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 396-9333
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What's better than having brunch in a bright room in Venice? Close to nothing, especially with something like gravlax and a crispy poached egg or buttermilk blueberry pancakes to go along with it. Feast on other bites like fresh oysters, pea toast, and bouillebasse for something outside of the ordinary brunch options.

20. Scopa Italian Roots

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2905 Washington Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

For a true New York breakfast/brunch, go no further than Scopa, where it's so authentic that even those blue Greek paper cups come along with the sausage and egg in a skillet with polenta. Pair it with what might be the best Ramos Gin Fizz in the city, and you have a proper hair of the dog moment.

21. Tres by José Andrés

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465 South La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 247-0400
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While the excellent Bazaar brunch no longer serves, Tres has a similar experience in an equally well-designed space with offerings like chorizo hash, olive oil mini pancakes, and of course those epic 12 eggs sunny side up that were a signature at The Bazaar.

22. The Church Key

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8730 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 249-3700
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Steven Fretz's expansive Sunset Strip eatery has a new brunch program with dishes like "shrimp" cocktail with grilled avocado sauce, a deep fried "french toast" (apostraphes are encouraged here), and chilaquiles. Wash it down with a canned bloody mary by barman Devon Espinosa.

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1. The Tasting Kitchen

1633 Abbot Kinney Rd, Venice, CA 90291

Casey Lane's enduring Abbot Kinney hotspot does a very good brunch (that's borderline affordable for the area), with picks like fried chicken & waffles, short rib hash, and a grilled tomato sandwich on the bill of fare. Don't skip the sticky bun.

1633 Abbot Kinney Rd
Venice, CA 90291

2. Red Bread

13322 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA

Perhaps a Westside counterpart to SQIRL, but with a more overt socially conscious approach, Red Bread does their own fantastic (and pricey) loaves of bread, seasonal vegetables, salads, sourdough pancakes, and baked goods in a diminutive space that pretty much only allows communal dining. Don't miss the fruit pies either!

13322 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA

3. Cooks County

8009 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This uber-farm produce-driven restaurant by chefs Daniel Mattern and Roxana Jullapat puts on a great brunch, with things like grass-fed beef hash with roasted potatoes, crab quiche with butter lettuce, and a baked pancake with bourbon maple syrup.

8009 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

4. Bäco Mercat

408 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Chef Josef Centeno stretches his baco-wings to cover brunch too. His yeasted waffle and dry-cured ham plate are an excellent pair. The breakfast baco is also good for the hair of the dog.

408 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

5. Superba Snack Bar

533 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Chef Jason Neroni makes standard egg dishes interesting. Consider the poached eggs with green chorizo fondu on pan con tomato or simple sunny side eggs with kale pesto, crispy russets, Brussels sprouts & caramelized onions. A smoked trout tartine with gribiche and sunny side up egg doesn't hurt either.

533 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

6. The Hart + The Hunter

7950 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

The H + The H has reached a critical mass in popularity, and the biscuits are to blame. But there's also a terrific plate of shrimp & grits, maple-glazed pork chop, or barbecued lobster for something more filling.

7950 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

7. The Sycamore Kitchen

143 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Waiting in line for Karen Hatfield's salted caramel sticky pecan babka is more than worth it. The tomato-onion tart, buttercup bun and rye chocolate chip cookie are all also delicious. Check the great sandwiches too, like the roast turkey, one of the best in town.

143 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. Salt's Cure

7494 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

This underrated brunch spot does the simple things really well, with an amazing set of oatmeal pancakes to start. Slow scrambled eggs are decadent, while the biscuits and gravy pack a punch. And of course, the bacon - get the bacon.

7494 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

9. Sunny Spot

822 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Roy Choi's Jamaican take doesn't skip a beat during the sunny brunches at this MDR eatery, where things like spicy shrimp with fried egg and grits or banana french toast go great with a bottomless rum punch (ditch the mimosa!)

822 Washington Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

10. Sqirl Kitchen

720 N Virgil Ave, #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Capturing the zeitgeist of Eastside eating, Jessica Koslow's breakfast and lunch nook on Virgil is the ideal place to grab a few plates of perfect, market-fresh brunch dishes, like brown rice bowls topped with poached egg, frittatas, quiches, granola and brioche toast slathered with the housemade jams.

720 N Virgil Ave, #4
Los Angeles, CA 90029

11. Axe

1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

A quintessential Venice brunch, Axe puts together healthy things like a nine grain pancake or granola, in addition to asparagus with heirloom tomatoes and English peas. There's also fried egg over creamy polenta or bolognese with housemade pappardelle for something more substantial.

1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

12. LA Chapter

927 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

This newer entrant in Downtown's Ace Hotel helmed by chef Ken Addington, the eatery here boasts buckwheat pancakes, kale salad with crisped rice, and more in a uniquely designed dining room, checkered floor and all. Sip on Stumptown coffee and dive into a Five Leaves burger, made with harissa, grilled pineapple, pickled beet and sunny side up egg.

927 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

13. Superba Food + Bread

1900 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

This stylish eatery by Paul Hibler and Jason Travi serves a slew of made-for-Venice favorites like muesli, frisee aux lardon, and like 9 different kinds of artisanal toasts. Throw in some fantastic baked goods like scones, kouign amanns and croissants, and it'll feel like the ideal Westside brunch.

1900 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

14. A-Frame

12565 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

Roy Choi's at it again, this time taking on pancakes in a buiding that once housed an IHOP. On weekends, instead of AYCE fried chicken, Choi is offering AYCE pancakes, with a variety of flavors such as chocolate chip, blueberry orange zest, and a double stack stuffed with chicken drumstick - all for a mere $14. For another $13, bottomless Micheladas, bloody marys, mimosas and Hite. Believe it.

12565 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90066

15. Corazon Y Miel

6626 Atlantic Ave, Bell, CA 90201

Weekend brunch incorporates classics with Mexican twists, like huevos rancheros, capriotada toast, elote tamales, and turkey leg pozole. Is this the best brunch the city of Bell has ever seen? Throw in those excellent cocktails and it's probably a yes.

6626 Atlantic Ave
Bell, CA 90201

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16. Maison Giraud

1032 Swarthmore Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Along with possibly the best croissant in the city, chef Alain Giraud's casual French eatery in Pacific Palisades is one reason to head over to this sun-soaked neighborhood. Classics like eggs benedict, waffles, and French toast all get the expert treatment one might expect at a top notch Parisian hotel.

1032 Swarthmore Ave
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

17. Farm Shop

225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Always a reliable brunch option in Brentwood, the fare keeps getting better, with poached chicken and baby kale, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, and the classic pastrami and eggs holding down the better parts of the menu. Actually, pretty much everything is going to be great. Just be ready to wait, and perhaps dole out a bit more than the average Sunday brunch.

225 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402

18. Belcampo Meat Co.

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This popular Grand Central Market stall is offering some hearty brunch options for weekend warriors, like the Paleo breakfast chock full of meat with a side of sweet-potato apple cake (cavemen certainly never ate this well) while smoked tongue and eggs is a better answer to the age-old ham & eggs.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

19. Salt Air

1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

What's better than having brunch in a bright room in Venice? Close to nothing, especially with something like gravlax and a crispy poached egg or buttermilk blueberry pancakes to go along with it. Feast on other bites like fresh oysters, pea toast, and bouillebasse for something outside of the ordinary brunch options.

1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

20. Scopa Italian Roots

2905 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292