It’s morning and you’re in bed, slowly waking up. With your eyes still closed you feel your way around the nightstand to grab your phone. You look at the time – 8:31AM! You have to be at work in 29 minutes. But wait, you suddenly remember it’s Sunday. As your heart returns back into your chest, you realize you have the entire day to do whatever you want. And what you want to do the most at that moment, is to go out with your friends to brunch.
But where should you go? That’s easy, below is a list of our favorite places to do brunch in Los Angeles. These are the places we always go back to because they have great atmosphere, drinks, and most importantly a dish or two (or three) that we are absolutely in love with. This is what you should be ordering for brunch.
1534 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 9040
310.829.3990 | www.margossantamonica.com
Chocolate Bacon Bourbon Pancakes – four things to love all on one plate. Yes, this salty/sweet stack of pancakes is everything you think it will be and more. The flapjacks alone are perfectly executed and melt in your mouth. Add the elements of bacon and chocolate chips, then pour on the bourbon maple syrup for some of the best carb cakes around.
8800 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.652.6613 | www.estrellasunset.com
We’re already fans of Chef Dakota Weiss. Her fast/casual restaurant, Sweeten Poké in Santa Monica, is one of our favorite places for poké. It’s no surprise that Estrella on Sunset is one of our favorites for brunch as well. (Dakota, you’re batting 2 for 2). While you should just order everything on the menu, like candied pretzel bacon or Chai Tea Spiced Bread Pudding French Toast, the one dish that you should definitely be eating is the Rolling Stone. Chef Dakota puts a poached egg inside an avocado and wraps it in bacon. The latest interpretation adds prosciutto and truffle as well. If there was a food award for best use of an avocado, this would be it.
Love & Salt
317 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.545.5252 | www.loveandsaltla.com
Maybe it’s the ocean breeze, the laid-back vibe, or the row of great restaurants, but Manhattan Beach is our usual go-to neighborhood for brunch and we always end up at Love & Salt. Chef Michael Fiorelli and team make sure to create a tempting menu serving dishes like ricotta pancakes with blueberries and lemon curd. They also make some of the best morning drinks in town. Be sure to try our favorite coffee cocktail in LA aptly named “#ineedcoffee.” You must order the Duck Egg Pizza at Love & Salt which combines pancetta, panna, potato, Rosemary, mozzarella and parmesan. When you break the egg yolk, it adds a creamy, silky element to this breakfast pie.
The Hart and the Hunter
Palihotel Melrose, 7950 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.424.3055 | www.thehartandthehunter.com
When Chef Kris Tominaga returned to Palihotel’s The Hart and The Hunter, he made sure the biscuits were as good as you remembered them. We would drive across town just to order these flaky, buttery biscuits that are served with condiments like house-made jams, maple butter, and pimento cheese. With starters like this, you know that the brunch game is strong. Plus add bottomless champagne for $15 (at the time of this writing) and you’re set for a great weekend brunch.
3441 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
562.433.0153 | www.theatticonbroadway.com
If you’re in the LBC, you need to stop by the Attic for brunch at least once in your life. It’s an old craftsman house converted into a restaurant serving amazing Southern influenced food with bottomless mimosas and outrageous Bloody Mary’s. Probably the best place to take a Bloody Mary fan. You can build your own with combinations of different spirits and garnishes like bacon or a short rib slider. Plus order their famous Mac-N-Cheetos (mac and cheese with flaming hot Cheetos) and be prepared for the best food coma before 12 noon.
The Church Key
8730 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
424.249.3700 | www.thechurchkeyla.com
Sometimes you just want donuts for breakfast, but eating them in a dirty strip mall next to a laundromat isn’t your idea of a relaxing weekend brunch. Visit the Church Key on Sunset Blvd for your ultimate donut brunch fix. These brioche donuts with brown butter glaze and cinnamon caramel will be some of the best donuts you’ll ever have.
Malibu Farm Pier Cafe
23000 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
310.456.1112 | www.malibu-farm.com
If you’re looking for a true farm-to-table eatery that serves fresh organic food and comes with an ocean view, then drive up PCH until you get to Malibu Farm. Helene Henderson’s cafe on the Malibu Pier is a perfect place to enjoy simple and delicious food. For breakfast there are dishes like quinoa oatmeal, farm scrambled eggs and Swedish mini pancakes. Order an Apple-Kale Juice and you won’t see green juice the same way again. It’s that good.