10 New Year's Day Hangover Brunches Around LA

By Lesley Balla  |  December 30, 2013
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We all know New Year’s resolutions start on January 2. Otherwise, how would you nurse that hangover? Juice only goes so far. When you need to soak up the evils that happened the night before, be it too much bubbly or beer, you need big brunches, great omelets, greasy burgers and buckets of Bloody Marys. Here’s where to go on New Year’s Day or any day a hangover cure is needed.

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    The Hungry Cat
    In Santa Monica or Hollywood, the seafood-centric brunch menu, usually available only on weekends, will be on offer New Year’s Day from 1-3 PM. Some favorite dishes include the soft scramble with herbs, crab cake Benedict with big slabs of bacon, and the new patty melt. A perfect Greyhound or Bloody Mary, which has at least a day's worth of vegetables as garnish, are necessary. Both locations are open throughout the day and evening.

  • Stella Barra
    There’s a Pajama Brunch on New Year’s Day at both the Hollywood and Santa Monica locations, which means drink specials, breakfast sandwiches and pizzas and more. In Santa Monica get $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas; in Hollywood it’s $10 bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas. Everyone wearing pajamas gets a gift certificate equal to the price of their New Year’s Day meal. 11 AM-4 PM.

  • Tortilla Republic
    The West Hollywood spot will be open for New Year’s Day with its weekend brunch menu. Look for a TR Benedict with Manchego scones, poached eggs, bacon, arugula and hollandaise; seared albacore tuna and sweet potato hash with poached eggs, wilted greens, caramelized onions and jalapeno; and fresh corn and blueberry pancakes with whipped salted butter and maple syrup. And don't forget the all-important Bloody Mary bar. Available 11 AM-3 PM (310-657-9888).

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    Mud Hen Tavern
    Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger ring in the new year with an inaugural all-you-can-eat brunch at Mud Hen Tavern on January 1. The menu will feature breakfast pizza and paninis, kaya toast, French toast, fritattas, egg-topped cheeseburgers, cinnamon roll bread pudding and more. After that, the Limitless Brunch happens every Saturday and Sunday beginning January 4. $25 per person gets you limitless small plates, and $15 gets you bottomless sparkling cocktails (323-203-0500).

  • Milo + Olive
    The breakfast menu will be available all day, from 8 AM-11 PM, at the Santa Monica restaurant. Among dishes on the menu, you’ll find creamy polenta with poached eggs, bacon bits and baby greens; cinnamon brioche French toast; and cheesy eggs on cheesy toast with La Quercia prosciutto. And pastries as far as the eye can see (310-453-6776).

  • The Hudson
    The Rehab Brunch in West Hollywood has Southern fried chicken Benedicts, $5 Bloody Marys, and $15 bottomless mimosas and beermosas until 4 PM. There’s also happy hour from 4-7 PM (323-654-6686).

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    The fab weekend brunch buffet at the SLS Hotel restaurant is available on New Year’s Day from noon to 5 PM - carving tables, crudité cups, caviar, smoked salmon, cheese and charcuterie, toasted breads with tomato and olive oil, granola and berries, and more. $52 per person (310-246-5551).

  • Culina
    The Four Seasons restaurant goes all out, per usual, on New Year’s Day. The Saturday brunch menu will be on offer with a la carte offerings like ricotta pancakes, wild mushroom frittatas, porchetta panini, pizzettes with Italian sausage and more. $20 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, too. 11:30 AM-2:30 PM (310-860-4000).

  • The Pikey
    Toast the new year (if you haven’t already) at the West Hollywood gastropub with special brunch dishes like the hangtown fry with smoked oysters and bacon; lobster Benedict with homemade crumpets and poached eggs, $15 bottomless mimosas for $15 and $5 Bloody Marys. The regular brunch menu will also be available. (323-850-5400).

  • Little Dom’s
    The usual brunch will be available in Los Feliz - the breakfast pizza, the French toast soufflé, the ricotta pancakes, kale and goat cheese fritattas, and especially the mimosas, Bloody Marys and other healing cocktails - all day from 10 AM to 10 PM (323-661-0055).