If Los Angeles is a brunch town, then France is an entire nation devoted to the cause. Rive Gauche Cafe in Sherman Oaks seeks to keep the European tradition alive with its cozy weekend brunches in Sherman Oaks. The rustic cafe on Ventura Boulevard has been whipping up smoked-salmon benedicts and fluffy eggs at competitive prices for more than 30 years, with plenty of dining space on the ivy-lined side patio. Or head indoors for an evening of fireside drinks and a few plates of escargot at the well-appointed bar. The service can be as stuffy as the overloaded French toast at times, but that's how you know you've stumbled upon a true relic.