Brunch 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, and maybe even a revitalizing breakfast cocktail. With that in mind, find below an update to Eater's list of the hottest brunch places in town.Read More
Updating the Eater Brunch Heat Map, Summer 2013
The Hart + The Hunter
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.
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.
It's hard to think of a prettier room in this part of town, and chef Thomas Lim's brunch is a great accompaniment. There's a fried egg sando with housemade bbq sauce or steak & eggs for something hefty. Or, since this is L.A. a great kale salad with toasted sesame and pickled onions.
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!)
Superba Snack Bar
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.
The Sycamore Kitchen
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.
Mr. C Beverly Hills
The summertime poolside brunch (called the Yacht Club) is one terrific way to soak in the sun, along with well-executed classics like eggs benedict, and a delicious avocado-baby artichoke salad that happens to go great with the signature bellinis. Once summer ends around early September, brunch goes back inside the namesake hotel restaurant.
The Tasting Kitchen
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.
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.
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.
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.
Valerie Echo Park
This polished cafe and bakery in the hills of Echo Park is so fresh the paint is still wet, but that doesn't mean the place isn't bursting with terrific baked goods like muffins and carrot cake that will go along great with the onion marmalade galette with fried egg or the smoked salmon tartine on crusty bread. Tea service is unparalleled.
Chef Christian Page is putting a spin on American classics like a fried chicken & waffle with apricot maple crack and a cheddar-scallion scone with chicken sausage gravy, all great with the top-notch cocktails on offer.