10 Best Brunches in Los Angeles
Here in Los Angeles, we are blessed with a whole lot of chefs who take their eggs as seriously as their steak. Brunch in this town is fantastic, and always getting better. In fact, it's so good that when putting together this list of the 10 best brunches in L.A., we had to set up some ground rules in order to narrow the playing field.
Broadly, brunch is a meal consumed in the middle of the day on the weekend. But what makes brunch brunch? How is it different from the new-ish trend of all day menus? What separates it from lunch?
For the purposes of this list, we define brunch as a sit-down, full-service weekend meal at a restaurant with a dedicated brunch menu. We also believe that to truly count as brunch, booze must be available.
Given those parameters, you won't see quite a few restaurants listed that are beloved for their weekend daytime fare. Sqirl isn't on this list (no booze; no table service), nor is Gjusta (no table service), nor is Milo & Olive or new favorites Botanica and Kismet (all three have all-day menus all week long; brunch is no different than breakfast or lunch any other day).
Even with all those rules in place, the offerings were hard to narrow down, but we soldiered ahead. Here are the 10 best brunches in Los Angeles. Enjoy!
The bar at Little Dom's
10. Little Dom's
Brunch at Little Dom's in Los Feliz is beloved for many reasons: the charm of the room, the ricotta and blueberry pancakes, the fact that you can get spaghetti and meatballs if that's what floats your hangover. But mainly, it's considered an essential L.A. brunch for its mimosa special. For less than $20, you get a full bottle of sparkling wine and a carafe of orange juice to mix it with. It's one of the city's great day-drinking secrets, and the good food and great atmosphere only sweeten its glory. —Besha Rodell
2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz; (323) 661-0055, littledoms.com.
Modern Mimosa at Redbird
If a side of elegance is imperative with your foie gras torchon and Champagne cocktail (isn't it always?), then you're no stranger to the Redbird brunch. This is the loveliest dining room in all of downtown, and it's right up there with the city's most swoon-worthy. The former cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles might be deconsecrated, but sitting in this space — now outfitted with a grand marble bar, mod orange stools and plush banquettes — remains a spiritual experience. Complete the revelry by ordering the Basque baked eggs, a riff on the now-ubiquitous shakshouka; served here with short rib and blood sausage, it's a beautiful mess of decadence befitting the surroundings. —Mara Shalhoup
114 E. Second St., downtown; (213) 788-1191, redbird.la.
Potato rosti at Winsome
Winsome is the hippest spot on this list (narrowly edging out Animal) and the newest — and as wary as you might be about the convergence of hip, new and brunch, Winsome inevitably will woo you in. Once you're there (assuming you actually find it; the street visibility sucks), you'll quickly see what the fuss is about. You will be eating $11 avocado toast on the sun-dappled patio with the rest of the millennials, and you will be immensely happy about it. You'll be happier still with the duck egg toast, a gussied-up version of the toad in the hole of your childhood. The porky, spicy funk of the nduja makes the dish a little more grown up and a lot more fun. —M.S.
1115 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; (213) 415-1818, eatwinsome.com.
L&E Oyster Bar
7. L&E Oyster Bar
Weekend mornings in Silver Lake are awash in brunchers of all kinds, from the ragged party kids at Millie's to the expensively-clothed Audi drivers at LA Mill. But for some reason that is, as far as I'm concerned, L.A.'s biggest mystery, L&E is always practically empty. Is it because it's kind of dark in there? Is it that the idea of seafood in the morning is too much to contemplate for some people? You don't have to eat fish at L&E — there's a breakfast sandwich with sausage, fried egg, cheese and peach-infused hot sauce — but we recommend giving it a try. The smoked trout deviled eggs are a good starter for the table, the pan bagnat tartine is an indulgent mess, and the beet-cured salmon platter is beautiful to look at and even more gorgeous to eat, with the herbs and pickles and whipped cream cheese. Get oysters or not, but definitely get some bubbly. —Katherine Spiers.
1637 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake; (323) 660-2255, leoysterbar.com.
Grapefruit pie at Salt's Cure
6. Salt's Cure
The brunch at Salt's Cure is of excellent quality, but the servers don't get too precious about the menu — how could they, when the most seemingly popular item is a "secret menu" selection called the "All Star." It's a play on the Denny's classic Grand Slam. The Salt's Cure version actually comes with more items than the original: Here, you'll get two sausage patties, two strips of bacon, two eggs, the oatmeal griddle cakes with cinnamon-molasses butter and a biscuit with jam. It's $20 to Denny's $7.99, but the quality is almost infinitely better, with everything, including the sausage, made in-house. You'll probably need a nap after eating this collection of breakfast items; if you pair the platter with the spicy tequila Fire Island cocktail, you'll probably need a long nap. It's a great way to spend a Saturday. — K.S.
1155 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; (323) 465-7258, saltscure.com.
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