NextME's Guide: Top 10 Brunch Spots in Los Angeles

Top 10 Brunch Spots - Los Angeles

Brunch is one of the best ways to spend a lazy weekend morning or afternoon. And with staple foods including eggs, toast, bacon, and all sorts of yummy breakfast baked goods, it’s hard not to love! But if you’re in L.A. and you’re tired of the usual brunch scene serving up the usual brunch fare, where do you go? We have a few delightfully unique options for brunches that break the mold!

Steakhouse Brunch at the Golden Bull

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Bacon and eggs are excellent as breakfast staples go. But if you’re more in the mood for a nice juicy steak, consider the Golden Bull in Santa Monica for your brunch destination. For those who haven’t been there recently, this historic steakhouse was renovated in 2018. The Chophouse Hash is an excellent choice, featuring ribeye steak, potatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, chimichurri, watercress, and sunny-side-up eggs. Or go for a more traditional option with their Steak and Eggs plate, perfectly paired with a sauce poivre vert.  

Very Veggie Brunch at Yarrow

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If a heavy meat-laden meal isn’t really your cup of tea, you might prefer the brunch options at the Yarrow cafe on Fairfax. It’s a veritable celebration of fresh produce options, as toasts, salads, and yogurts. There are also gluten free and vegan baked goods to be had, and it’s all perfectly complimented by a selection of hot beverages from Endorffeine coffee. Since they serve only the finest and freshest ingredients, you can expect to find a menu built around in-season veggies and fruits every time you visit!

Down Under Brunch at Little Prince

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Little Prince in Santa Monica was designed as a way to bring the tastes and feel of Aussie culture to Southern California’s food scene. Their brunch menu is a fun twist on traditional breakfast foods: green pea pancakes with market greens and herbs, smoked salmon hash with seaweed hollandaise, and baked eggs with smoked cauliflower to name a few. They also carry a number of fun and funky brunch cocktails like their Kimchi Bloody Mary or Coconut Oatmilk “Horchata” and several coffee, wine, and beer options.

Barky Brunch at Ray’s and Stark Bar

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How about a brunch where you can bring along your favorite furry friend? The Barky Brunch at Ray’s and Stark Bar might be just the thing for you and Fido alike! They offer a few dog friendly treats along with a huge variety of brunch options “for human companions”. In addition to more traditional offerings like pancakes and burgers, they serve up heirloom tomato salad with watermelon and italian pesto, a variety of artisan pizzas, and desserts including ricotta cheesecake or passion fruit mousse.

Pizza Brunch at Love & Salt

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Speaking of brunch and pizza, if you haven’t already you’ve simply got to try Love & Salt's pizza brunch in Manhattan Beach. This italian-inspired eatery offers up a selection of unique pizza options including guanciale & jalapeno pesto, duck egg, or roasted mushroom pizzas. There are plenty of plated brunch options from around the world, including their version of shakshuka, croque madame, and chilaquiles.

Sunday Pool Party Brunch at No Jealousy

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For those looking to continue the fun of Saturday night, No Jealousy in Liaison Hollywood offers a Sunday Party Brunch you’re going to love. The combination of classic brunch dishes with champagne, huge punch bowls, and baby bottle cocktails is set against the backdrop of top 40/house music and costumed staff. Come in costume, or not, your call. But definitely come prepared to party like it’s still Saturday night!

Turkish Inspired Brunch at Kismet

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For a blend of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean brunch flavors, Kismet in Los Feliz will not disappoint. Spreads and salads, Turkish dishes, flaky breads, and yummy sweet stuff make up this delish menu. Be sure to try the broccoli toast with pumpkin seeds and pomegranate, and if you really want the full experience, order the Turkish-ish breakfast. It’s a little bit of everything, all seasonally sourced and perfectly prepared.

Home Grown Brunch at Manuela

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For flavors sourced much closer to home, you’re going to want to hit Manuela's brunch at Hauser & Wirth. The ingredients used to create their delicious dishes are sourced locally as often as possible. Even the craft beers are from local breweries. And for the ultimate in local freshness, they even maintain a garden on the grounds with chickens, herbs, peppers, and more. Enjoy dishes like barbecued Morro Bay oysters, Warren pear salad, grilled local yellowtail, and wood grilled sunchokes. There are a variety of fermented foods on offer here, from fresh cucumber pickles to carrots, green tomatoes, and kabocha. It’s all done in house and each with their own unique flavors and textures. But there’s more to this eatery than just the wonderful food coming out of the kitchen. You’ll also want to take in the galleries surrounding it, for the perfect weekend destination downtown.

Seafood Brunch at Herringbone

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Maybe the delights of the local fish market are more to your liking. If so, you’ll love the weekend brunch at Herringbone in Santa Monica. Enjoy standard brunch fare like sticky buns, the farmer’s market scramble, and mixed greens salad. But the shining star here is the seafood. They have ceviche and poke, oysters on the half shell, stone crab and avocado toast, and delicious lobster rolls. Wash it all down with bottomless mimosas, endless rosé, or one of three bloody mary options.

Brunch Buffet at Inn of the Seventh Ray

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For an upscale buffet brunch you’re going to adore, you have to make the hour-long trek to the  Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga. Food choices include a granola bar, bagel bar, waffle bar, seafood bar, and three salad bars. You’ll also find delicious brunch dishes like eggs benedict with duck bacon, chipotle-barbecue free range chicken, and white bean stew featuring roasted kale and swiss chard. But if the food isn’t enough to pique your interest, the setting surely will! Rated by Zagat as one of the best outdoor dining experiences in LA, their patio sits beside a trickling stream and is surrounded by greenery and a natural woodland backdrop.


NextME's Guide: Top 10 Brunch Spots in New York City

Top 10 Brunch Spots - New York City

Brunch has become a staple of life in New York, with thousands of eateries across the city competing for your boozy breakfast dollars. The options are wide and varied, and it’s hard to pick just one to visit if you’re only in town for a day or two. We’ve curated a list of the most intriguing spots to enjoy a mimosa and a plate full of eggs on a lazy Saturday.

Spoons, Toons, and Booze at Nighthawk Cinema

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Remember those lazy weekend mornings of your childhood, spent with a bowl of sugary cereal in front of the tv? Recreate that feeling, and add a dash of adult refreshment, at Nighthawk Cinema in Williamsburg. With all of your favorite Saturday morning cartoons showing, an all-you-can-eat sugar cereal bar, and plenty of cocktails to be had, it’s the perfect brunch spot for those who want to go back in time. Oh, and if cereal is not your idea of good brunch food, they have a full brunch menu on offer too, with offerings like Salmon Ricotta Toast or their delicious Breakfast Burritos, paired with a Breakfast Club mimosa or bloody mary.

Ukrainian Brunch at Veselka

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Veselka is a 24 hour Ukranian eatery in the East Village. Their brunch menu includes everything from brunch pierogis and salmon latka eggs benedict to hot oatmeal and omelettes. If you’re in the mood for some delicious Ukranian comfort food for brunch, you can’t go wrong here. And of course, there are plenty of mimosas and prosecco on hand too.

Gospel Brunch at the Red Rooster

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For many, it’s just not Sunday morning without some good old-fashioned gospel music. Fortunately, the Gospel Brunch downstairs at the Red Rooster boasts live gospel music featuring Vi Higginsen's Gospel For Teens Choir paired with some of the finest soul food you can possibly want. Enjoy dishes like Poppa Eddie's Shrimp And Grits or Hot Honey Yardbird and wash them down with drinks like the Bloody Rooster or Mamita’s Michelada.

Brunch Buffet at 230 Fifth Rooftop

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What could be better than brunch with a view? The 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar offers an all you can eat brunch buffet every weekend. Billed as New York’s Largest Outdoor Rooftop Garden, it offers stunning views of the Empire State Building and plenty of other points of interest on the New York skyline. Worried about a chill in the weather? During winter months they erect heated clear igloos on the roof, and their penthouse lounge is fully enclosed year-round. Meanwhile, the buffet features standards like scrambled eggs and bacon, as well as a variety of salads and even Cuban sandwiches.

Veggie-Filled Brunch at Dirt Candy

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Dirt Candy is known for taking the lowly vegetable, injecting a bit of flair and plenty of humor, and creating dishes that are both delicious and craveable. Their brunch features delights like Green Huevos & No Ham, Corn French Toast, Red Pepper Fritters, Brussels Sprout Tacos, and Korean Fried Broccoli. It’s the kind of imaginative cooking even the meat and potatoes set can enjoy. Since everything is seasonal and fresh, you never really know exactly which dishes will be on offer on a given day, but you’re sure to find plenty of options to tickle almost any fancy. Plus, they’ve got creative cocktails, generous portions, and excellent service.

Bottomless Brunch at the Black Ant

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For those with a more adventurous appetite, you’ve got to try The Black Ant in the East Village. One part Mexican kitchen and one part “I dare you,” the eatery is sort of like a live version of some of Fear Factor’s food challenges. But the brunch offerings tend to be more on the tame side. So if you’ve ever wanted to try duck confit hash or grilled octopus with chorizo, this is the place to do it. Looking for a bit of sweet instead of spicy? You’re going to love the brioche pumpkin custard toast. And their 90-minute bottomless brunch gives you all the Mimosas, Bloody Marias, and Smoky Jalapeño Margaritas your heart desires.

Family Brunch at Loosie’s Kitchen & Cafe

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When you brunch at Loosie’s Kitchen & Cafe in Brooklyn, you’re part of the family. Located under the Williamsburg Bridge, it’s a mini-community all its own. Their delectable brunch menu is heavy on the home cooking, and features brunch favorites like avocado toast or chicken and waffles. But they also have less-usual options like chicory salad or a fried shrimp burger. It’s delightful food served in a friendly, welcoming environment you’re sure to love!

Jazz Brunch at Dirty French

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Dirty French at the Ludlow Hotel really knows how to do brunch right. They start you off with a complimentary array of baked goods, and they serve scrumptious cocktails by the carafe or punchbowl. You can then choose from their array of hors-d'oeuvres or french inspired entrees on their delightful brunch menu. But perhaps the most surprising and wonderful part of the meal is the live jazz music you’ll enjoy as you dine. It’s a little slice of the Big Easy hidden in the Big Apple.

Pickled Brunch at Jacob’s Pickles

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If you like a bold flavor profile with your brunch menu, Jacob’s Pickles delivers in spades. They have all of the usual southern brunch fare: french toast, omelets, egg sandwiches, and creamy organic grits smothered in cheese. But they also serve eight varieties of pickles and pickled eggs too, as well as spicy sandwiches and fun entrees like catfish tacos. It’s the kind of comfort food that is particularly pleasing on your brunch plate, with southern twists in every dish.

Everyday Brunch at Mother’s Ruin

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Saturday and Sunday are practically made for brunch. But what about when you have a lazy free day during the week? Fortunately, there are places in the city offering this decadent and delicious meal on weekdays too. One of the best is the Everyday Brunch at Mother’s Ruin. This fun, casual eatery delivers delicious, boozy brunch dishes to the masses whose days off don’t fall on Saturday or Sunday. Located on Spring Street in Nolita, it’s home to the boozy slushie and a great place to try Cholula-honey fried chicken and waffles or a falafel burger with cucumber mint dressing.