QUESTION: My grandmothers birthday is coming up, and Im thinking of taking her someplace nice for brunch you know, eggs Benedict, mimosas, stuff like that with maybe a view of sailboats. Any suggestions?
Matt, Eagle Rock
ANSWER: Theres always One Pico at the Shutters Hotel in -Santa Monica, with a menu lousy with crab eggs Benedict and brioche French toast, and a view that is practically hot and cold running sailboats, at least on weekends that arent quite as dreary as last weeks. Bring money. Bring lots of money.
The brunches at Amusé Cafe, a bit south in Venice, are pretty delicious too we are partial to the caramelized onion-and-Gruyère tart and quite a bit more reasonably priced, although the only sailboats youre likely to see from the windows of the pleasant second-floor dining room are those secured to trailers rumbling down to the marina.
Or you could point your car in the other direction and drive Grams toward the scenic shores of the Rio Hondo, more -specifically to the piquantly named Dumpling 10053, where you can dine gloriously on steamed dumplings stuffed with rockfish, with vegetables, or with a bouncy, juicy, fairly amazing concoction of sea cucumber, pork and shrimp. After all, wouldnt you rather taste the sea than look at it? 10053 Valley Blvd., El Monte, (626) 350-0188.
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