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On Sundays, we brunch. In L.A., brunch, yoga pants, and hiking are all synonymous with Sundays. After eating our way from Los Feliz to Santa Monica, and the South Bay to the Valley, these are our top brunch picks in our home city of Los Angeles.
Blu Jam Cafe – They have won L.A.’s Best Breakfast going on 3 years now, and recently opened a third location. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but our favorites are the Crunchy French Toast, Eggs Benedict and Powerhouse. Their menu also has Vegan and Vegetarian friendly options. Go before 10am to avoid a long wait. All locations also have dog-friendly patios, which is always a plus for us. When you go, order the White Coconut Creme tea by Art of Tea, add a splash of milk or cream, its heavenly.
Joan’s On Third – A classic Los Angeles eatery, serving and selling food that all seems like a treat. Its three locations, in Beverly Grove, Studio City, and Santa Monica are beautifully designed, with open kitchens and indoor greenery to lighten the space. There are many tempting choices on the menu, but the short rib melt is too perfect to mess with. It was also voted one of the best sandwiches in America. The steel cut oats with fresh fruit and their endless charcuterie options are a bruncher’s dream.
Geoffrey’s – The view here is incredible. Get a reservation and request a table with a view, especially on holiday weekends. The drive up the PCH is a plus, and we usually wait until later in the day for this place, so the morning fog can clear. This is our typical out-of-town-guest brunch, since it is the idyllic California setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our favorite items are the Day Boat Scallop with Foie Gras Risotto, Baked Brie and Pear, and the Lobster and Scallop Ceviche.
Mastro’s Ocean Club – The combination of service, live entertainment and highly acclaimed cuisine such as their signature dry iced seafood tower, bone-in filet, and one-of-a-kind warm butter cake, is served in an elegant and energetic atmosphere with an unforgettable ocean view. We are huge Mastro’s fans, and usually celebrate birthday’s and anniversary’s here. Great food, and a view? We were sold. The Lobster Mash Potatoes, Seafood Platter, and Truffle Lobster Benedict were incredible.
A.O.C. – The ambiance is quintessential L.A., one of those menus where you just want to order one of everything. Start with the bacon wrapped dates, then move on to the Vanilla Bean French toast, Spanish fried chicken, and AOC brioche. The brioche was our favorite, an open-faced breakfast sandwich, the buttery, rich toasted brioche was perfectly complemented by the gruyere, prosciutto, egg, and some well-dressed greens.
Zinc Cafe & Market – Enjoy the cafe’s olive-tree-dotted oasis in the concrete jungle that is the Arts District. This converted industrial space oozes serenity with their professionally landscaped patio and dog-friendly atmosphere. Their vegetarian menu will pleasantly surprise any meat-eater. Instead of substituting meat with vegetarian replacements, Zinc crafts delicious meals that don’t try to imitate meat. We enjoyed the Burrito Bowl, Mushroom and Nut Loaf, and their French Toast.
Love & Salt – These days, it’s tough to eat bad in Manhattan Beach. They’ve taken the bones of former Cafe Pierre and given them fresh skin, turning the place into a loose, lively, hot spot. This is modern Italian, Under the “Odds & Ends” section of the menu is a roasted glazed pig’s head for $45. A pig’s head on a plate sure is an icebreaker. The “Small Plates” include lots of vegetarian options like Shaved Fennel Salad, and an Endive and Fried Chickpea Salad. Our favorite items were the House-made Cresta de Gallo, Grilled Mediterranean Octopus, and Wood Oven Carrots.
The Tasting Kitchen – Casey Lane’s Abbot Kinney eatery is still the toughest reservation to get in Venice, even six years after opening. We love the rooms, filled with natual light and book lined shelves combined with Lane’s cooking, which merges Italian inspiration with the best of California’s market-fresh fare. That means a wide selection of charcuterie, made-fresh-daily pastas, and indulge in the huge Chicken Wings, Biscuit and Gravy, and Croque Madame.
Commissary – Chef Roy Choi is serving breakfast foods inside a greenhouse, by a pool, in Korea Town. Crazy right? It gets better. Order the Brioche Eggs Benedict, Grilled Corn, or Salmon Platter. Wash it down with “Pimp’s Cup”, a concoction of gin and beet juice. They have great options for vegetarians and carnivores alike.
Bottega Louie – With its over-the-top features, shiny marble floors and grand pillars, they serve an Italian-American menu in generous portions at moderate prices. A strict no-reservations policy means there can sometimes be a wait – up to two hours at prime time on a weekend. We shared the Mache Salad with Chicken (we fell in love with Mache in Germany when it was referred to as “leaves from the neighbor’d garden), Farmer’s Market Breakfast, and the Stuffed Artichokes.
Sunny Spot – Another one of Roy Choi’s spots, this time adds his spin on Jamaican food. What can we say? The man is a culinary genius. Bottomless Blood Mary’s on Sundays? YES! Grub on our favorites, the Muh-F K’N Mofongo and Eggs, Two Fisted Burger, and Jerk Chicken Plate as reggae booms around you. Be careful on the spicy items as he doesn’t hold back the heat on anything. Save room for desert, and finish your meal off with the coconut ginger sorbet.
Wally’s – If we can’t fly to France for brunch, I guess we ‘ll have to settle for Wally’s. The kitchen cranks out solid, tasty food for brunch, and they even uses the porcelain-ware from the kiln of Morihiro Onodera. The son of a French farmer, Chef Féau brings the place to life with fresh, French-inspired plates. We fell head over heels for the Charcuterie and Cheese plate with Jamón Ibérico De Bellota, Beet Salad, and Maryland Crab Benedict.
The Doughroom – Mostly known for their craft beer selection, mouth-watering pizza, and 50% off wine bottles on Tuesday, this neighborhood favorite also serves a decadent brunch with bottomless champagne. We chowed down on their famous breakfast pizza, topped with a runny egg, and the bright yolk-yellow creamy eggs on toasted sourdough. They are changing up the menu so head over and check it out. Rumor has it that a dog-friendly patio is in the works!
Whats your favorite brunch in Los Angeles? Let us know in the comments below!