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8 Hottest New Brunches Around LA

By Lesley Balla
March 24, 2014

Brunch is practically a blood sport in LA. Who does it better: those with bottomless mimosas or all-you-can-eat menus? Big breakfast tacos or fluffy French toast? And no one ever said brunch had to be on the weekend: in LA, any random Wednesday will do. Here are eight new options for everything from steak and eggs to Saigon-cinnamon pain perdu and chilaquile breakast pizza  - somethings you definitely want more of in life. 

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    Stella Barra Hollywood

    Why It's Hot: There are a lot of options for brunch along the Sunset and Vine corridor, but the proximity of Stella Barra to the Arclight provides the best one-two punch: croque madames and a movie. It’s also a great spot to hit after the Sunday farmer's market across the street.

    Must Order: Green eggs and ham breakfast sandwich, pesto-laden eggs on a housemade sourdough English muffin; custardy pain perdu with citrus marmalade and crème fraîche; and granola with dried cherries, pistachios and Greek yogurt. New breakfast pizzas are covered crust-to-crust with fluffy scrambled eggs and toppings like chilaquiles, and the $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas seal the deal.

    Insider Tip: You saw those giant cookies at the counter when you walked in, and they’ll be there on your way out. Don’t leave without one.

    Hit It Up: Saturday-Sunday, 9 AM-3 PM; 6372 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-301-4001

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    LA Chapter

    Why It's Hot: The restaurant anchors the edgy and bold Ace Hotel, a new hipster epicenter on Broadway in Downtown LA. Brunch looks good on the sunny sidewalk patio and in the high-ceilinged space inside.

    Must Order: Steak and eggs: the classic breakfast staple gets a bold twist with a beautiful grilled Berkshire pork sirloin and soft scrambled eggs topped with cracklins; fluffy housemade ricotta with plump figs and honeycomb; sage scrambled egg panini with spicy tomato jam; and malted buckwheat waffles with bananas and berries. The Bloody Mary is spicy as it should be, and the Carnation, blood orange juice and sparkling rosé, goes down way too easy.

    Insider Tip: Wait for a table at the marble-topped bar or in the mezzanine, or grab a drink at Upstairs, the rooftop bar.

    Hit It Up: Monday-Friday, 7 AM-3:30 PM, and Saturday-Sunday, 8 AM-3:30 PM; 930 Broadway; 213-623-3233

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    Salt Air

    Why It's Hot: An alum of Jean-George Vongerichten’s kitchens, Greg A. Daniels has put his stamp on the culinary scene with East Coast-style seafood dishes (lobster rolls!) at this chic, breezy Abbot Kinney spot.

    Must Order: Crushed peas on toast with ricotta, sweet caramelized onions and a snaggle of pea tendrils; sunny-side-up eggs with cherry tomatoes, chorizo and sugar snap peas; and French toast that almost doubles as dessert - the custardy brioche is fried, coated in cinnamon-sugar and served with whatever fresh fruits Daniels picked up from the market that week.

    Insider Tip: When the lines at some of the more long-standing Venice spots are too much to bear, Salt Air is like a cool breeze of deliciousness with great cocktails, shandies and a sun-filled dining room.

    Hit It Up: Saturday-Sunday, 11 AM-3 PM; 1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310-396-9333

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    Mud Hen Tavern

    Why It's Hot: Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger did a complete 180 and changed the very well-branded, globally inspired Street restaurant in Hollywood into an all-American gastropub. Fans are loving the great patio, new bar area and more comfortable neighborhood vibe.

    Must Order: Warm bacon-cheddar biscuits with honey butter; spinach-ricotta ravioli topped with slow-cooked egg, Hollandaise and crispy pancetta; chicken, bacon and waffle croquettes; asparagus and goat cheese frittata; hash browns stuffed with caramelized onions and cheese; lemon poppy-seed cakes; the falafel dog, a spiced chickpea bratwurst on homemade pita.

    Insider Tip: Limitless sparkling cocktails (think: mimosas, only better) are $15 per person.

    Hit It Up: Saturday-Sunday, 11 AM-3 PM; 742 N. Highland Ave.; 323-203-0500

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    Cast & Plow

    Why It's Hot: The former Jer-Ne restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey has an updated look just in time for summer. With views of the marina and sunny patios, it’s quickly becoming a new favorite for snazzy weekday breakfasts and celebratory brunches.

    Must Order: Fluffy warm brioche with butter; egg-white and chorizo wraps; tomato bruschetta topped with eggs; PB&J French toast with Frosted Flakes crust and strawberry jam; and pancakes with organic ricotta cheese and bing cherry compote.

    Insider Tip: The new seasonally focused small-plate menu is replaced with a buffet brunch on Sundays, which includes bottomless champagne ($75 per person).

    Hit It Up: Daily breakfast, 6:30-11 AM; Sunday brunch, 11:30 AM-3 PM; 4375 Admiralty Way; 310-574-4333

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    La Brea Bakery

    Why It's Hot: The return of La Brea’s famed bakery makes a comeback just a block away from the original. Chef Keith Silverton (no relation to founder Nancy Silverton) and pastry chef Hourie Sahakian create cafe fare along with fabulous pastries and breads. It’s just another notch in the dynamite daytime offerings in the Miracle Mile.

    Must Order: Breakfast sandwiches with ham or bacon and cheese on fresh-baked sourdough; toast and jam; croissants and pastries for the sweet-toothed.

    Insider Tip: There’s a free parking lot in back, a boon for this busy strip of La Brea.

    Hit It Up: Breakfast starts at 7:30 AM Monday-Friday, and 8 AM on Saturday-Sunday; 468 S. La Brea Ave.; 323-939-6813

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    East Borough

    Why It's Hot: The banh mi was already a reason to check out the colorful French-Vietnamese spot in Culver City, but now that there’s egg banh mi, and a great patio on which to enjoy it, brunch is mandatory.

    Must Order: Egg banh mi with scrambled eggs, chiles, cilantro and cucumbers; pain perdu with Saigon cinnamon, sweetened condensed milk and kumquat marmalade; oxtail daikon hash with fried eggs and sriracha hoisin aïoli; big bowls of pho.

    Insider Tip: Eat brunch on the later end of the day, and you’ll roll right into happy hour, which offers drink and food specials daily beginning at 3 PM.

    Hit It Up: Saturday-Sunday, 11:30 AM-3 PM; 9810 Washington Blvd.; 310-596-8263

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    The Wallace

    Why It's Hot: There's a farmer's market on the street directly in front of this moderately priced Culver City farm-to-table, and with every menu change, chef Michael Teich offers a new way to taste the best of the season with brunch and lunch.

    Must Order: House-baked pastries like caramel-drenched sticky buns, coffee cake with cinnamon ginger streusel and bacon and cheddar cornbread; baked French toast with blueberries and toasted almonds; lemon and ricotta fritters; and skillets filled with brisket hash, mushrooms and bacon or roasted chicken, and tomatillo salsa and soft scrambled or sunny-side-up organic eggs.

    Insider Tip: Can’t stand to spend a day away from your pooch? Bring Pixie along - the patio is dog-friendly.

    Hit It Up: Saturday and Sundays, 10 AM-2:30 PM.; 3833 Main St.; 310-202-6400


Places Mentioned

Salt Air

Seafood • Venice Beach

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The Wallace

Californian • Culver City

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Mud Hen Tavern

Gastropub • Hollywood

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LA Chapter

American • Downtown

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East Borough

Vietnamese • Culver City

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La Brea Bakery Cafe

American • Hancock Park

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Cast & Plow

New American • Marina del Rey

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