Just in time for the weekend, allow us to offer an update to Eater LA's Brunch Heat Map. Last year's brunch spots have mostly been passed over for new haunts, where lines wind around the block and chefs are upping the ante on eggs, bacon and breakfast pastries. While not all of these options offer full table service or reservations, they do brew excellent coffee. Handsome Roasters, Intelligentsia and Stumptown are a great way to ease into the weekend.Read More
Updating the Eater Brunch Heat Map, Winter 2012
1. 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.
2. Laurel Hardware
West Hollywood, CA 90046
This former hardware store has everything the hipsters want: reclaimed fixtures, Edison bulbs, latte art and fried chicken with biscuits.
3. Little Next Door
Though The Little Next Door isn't new, it's newly busy. The strong espresso and semi-private dog-friendly patio is perfect for cooler weekend mornings. See also: hot servers.
4. M.B. Post
People are driving across LA to have brunch at Chef David LeFevre's beachside hot spot. The maple bacon cheddar biscuits are legendary.
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Jeffrey Cerciello's impeccably stocked larder, bakery and restaurant serves up a pitch perfect brunch, right down to the nutty, buttery granola bits.
6. Bäco Mercat
Chef Josef Centeno stretches his baco-wings to cover brunch too. His yeasted waffle and dry-cured ham plate are an excellent pair.
7. 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.
8. Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air
Los Angeles, CA 90077
People describe the brunch here, a collaboration between Wolfgang Puck and Sherry Yard, as "epic." The classy yet casual dining room feels like it's in the middle of the woods, and the dishes sparkle.
Chef Jason Travi is putting out his spin on a New England-style brunch with lobster fritattas and his maple eggs, already a staple on the dinner menu. The Nutella French toast doesn't sound too bad, either.
10. The Hart + The Hunter
Los Angeles, CA 90046
The H + The H has reached a critical mass in popularity, and the biscuits are to blame. We recommend arriving early and often.
Well, it didn't take long for Nick Mathers' (Eveleigh) boho-chic new eatery to blow up. Now open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, Goldie's on West Third is the place to be for seasonal, inspired plates by chef Thomas Lim.
12. G&B at SQIRL
Los Angeles, Ca 90029
G&B at SQIRL is little more than a counter and a kitchen, but fans swear by the coffee and pastries and breads and spreads, which are all prepared right in front of your eyes.