Put an Egg on It: Where to Brunch in L.A.
Is there a meal Los Angeles loves more than brunch? Probably not. With so many options in the city featuring great egg dishes, baked goods and refreshing cocktails, it isn’t hard to tell that weekends in L.A. were made for brunching. Here, we have selected the 10 best places to start off your weekend with the perfect brunch.
When Suzanne Goin moved A.O.C. Wine Bar to its new West Hollywood location complete with a gorgeous patio, it turned into one of the coolest spots for a Los Angeles brunch. Her Spanish fried chicken is served over a cornmeal waffle with maple syrup while eggs are baked in a wood oven with chickpeas and cavolo nero. Christiaan Rollich’s creative cocktails are the perfect accompaniment to a great L.A. afternoon.
This Atwater Village hidden gem has consistently served the best brunches in town over the years, gaining a loyal following among those in the know. Start light with a Filipino faro salad, or try the romesco braised pork belly topped with a fried egg. Finish off with something sweet like the baked pancake with Meyer lemon custard or the seasonal morning bun.
Eveleigh is a respite from the busy Sunset Strip and brunch is the perfect time to enjoy its enclosed patio. There are avocado toasts and chia bowls for those looking for a healthy breakfast while brisket hash or spelt hot cakes served with whipped butter, maple and cinnamon will satisfy a heartier appetite. Their brunch cocktails include Mexican iced coffee spiked with tequila and amaro and a bourbon cocktail combined with earl grey tea infused amontillado sherry.
Farm Shop at the Brentwood Country Mart remains one of the best brunch options in the city. Their market-driven menu features produce from California. Start with a basket of pastries served with seasonal preserves, then try the shirred eggs with lamb merguez and Medjool dates or the housemade pastrami and poached eggs served with sweet corn from Brentwood. After your meal, you can saunter over to the adjacent gourmet market and stock up on some artisanal soups or ice creams.
There will definitely be a line at this small café in Santa Monica, thanks to Zoe Nathan’s pastries and the café’s farm-fresh food. Hot items are listed on the board, but you won’t be able to resist the various deli fare and baked goods in the pastry case like the maple bacon biscuit or the seasonal crostata. Go light with a breakfast porridge or quinoa bowl or indulge in brisket hash or a breakfast sandwich made with sunny side up eggs, Niman Ranch bacon and gruyere.
Crowds drive from near and far to Manhattan Beach to dine at David LeFevre’s restaurant. Their brunch mainstays of bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits served with a side of maple butter, sticky bun, and chimichanga will always be a crowd favorite while seasonal and special items are handwritten as they are added. Shareable plates and cocktails make M.B. Post a social affair.
Brunch is the perfect meal to showcase the Manzke power couple. Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll be greeted by the pastry case filled with Margarita Manzke’s delectable baked goods – from flaky croissants to decadent chocolate cakes. In the kitchen, Chef Walter Manzke churns out a solid menu featuring classics like French toast and Croque madame along with internationally inspired comfort food like shakshouka and kimchi fried rice.
Escape for a boozy and colorful meal under the sun and pretend you’re in Jamaica at Sunny Spot. Roy Choi’s bold flavors permeate dishes like Cuban media noche, the breakfast sandwich or huevos rancheros rice bowl. Best yet, you can wash down each dish with a bottomless rum punch for just $18 per person.
Jessica Koslow and Sqirl may have launched into fame with jams and preserves but the crowd that gathers at Sqirl knows this Silverlake spot is about more than just toast, although the toast and jams are not to be missed. Along with that, chow down on the sorrel pesto rice bowl or their daily frittata.
Terrine dubs itself a “California Brasserie” and Chef Kris Morningstar’s menu appropriately spans classical French dishes to California-inspired items. You’ll find foie gras terrine and tuna Nicoise alongside pickle brined fried chicken served over grits with maple syrup. The eggs benedict is elevated with smoked veal tongue. The restaurant also offers a list of refreshing cocktails – the gin and tonic are made with in-house lemongrass and yuzu tonic – but don’t forget about the Bloody Mary or a coffee-based cocktail.