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Rummy May 28, 2007 12:50 PM

This weekend, my girlfriends and I shared the first of our weekly Sunday breakfasts together. We decided to meet at the Rose Cafe in Venice because we knew they could take a party of 6 to 10 and the outdoor patio seating there is a nice way to begin the day.

While the food was okay, but the service was indifferent and inattentive, etc. As much we enjoyed sitting outside on a beautiful day, we will not be returning.

What we're looking for is a restaurant that can easily accomodate a group of our size, with good food and good service on the Westside. Veggie friendly is a plus, as well as fresh fruit and juices, but not absolutely necessary.

A friend started me with this list of possibilities (none of which I have personally dined at):

S&W Diner (she said it gets packed)
John O'Groats (ditto on packed)
Newsroom, Bev. Hills location (probably further away than most of us want to drive)
Champagne Bakery

Any input or suggestions from you would be great appreciately. Thank you!

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    mungus May 31, 2007 02:40 PM

    C&O on Washington - the one near the beach - has brunch and wasn't crowded. A group shouldn't be a problem. On a sunny day the patio is pretty pleasant. Food is okay, huge portions.

    Maybe La Vecchia on Main St in SM? They started serving brunch, and groups should be okay. It doesn't look crowded. Their dinner is pretty reliable (haven't been for brunch).

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      Rummy May 29, 2007 11:01 PM

      You're all fantastic! Thank you for your suggestions. You've made my task of finding us a great place to meet much easier and certainly more relaxed.

      This Sunday, we're going to try 26 Beach (it's about a minute from my house). I've only been once, maybe a year or two ago. Sounds like french toast is the way to go. Next weekend, we'll start with the Venice recs, then move on to SM, and so forth until we find a good home, or two.

      While I'm here, does anyone have feedback, with respect to the same preferences listed in my original post, on Overland Cafe and/or Cafe Laurent?

      Thanks again.

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        LisaStitch May 30, 2007 11:42 AM

        I've always had a nice experience at Cafe Laurent for lunch, never been for breakfast/brunch. Here is a post from the past year on it...
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/80229

        It's not a tiny place but it is on the small side. Try calling them and see what they think of your group size and when you plan to go.

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          Rummy May 30, 2007 10:59 PM

          I'll stop in and have breakfast at Cafe Laurent this week, see what I think of the place. Thanks for the reply.

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            PayOrPlay May 31, 2007 04:23 PM

            A friend who lives over there finally got us to try Cafe Laurent for weekend brunch a few weeks ago, and we thought it was very pleasant--food was good to very good, and the setting's nice. We were lucky, though; had we arrived 20 minutes later we would have had a long wait. Not sure if the big-group experience would be notably better than at some of the other places mentioned.

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        LisaStitch May 29, 2007 04:12 PM

        definitely 26 beach
        http://www.26beach.com/

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          marinapenn May 29, 2007 12:55 PM

          James' Beach patio at the end of Venice Blvd.

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            ElissaInPlaya May 29, 2007 10:26 AM

            James' Beach

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              msmd310 May 28, 2007 11:41 PM

              26 beach on washington- just west of lincoln
              great egg dishes, french toasts, nice service
              call for a reservation for a big party-

              if you want to come further east.... BLD on beverly east of fairfax, or Kokomo in the Farmers Market

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                Obessed May 29, 2007 03:05 PM

                Yah, lots of places further east (specifically on 3rd street) ---- in addition to BLD, there's also Little Next Door, Toast, Dough Boys, Quality, Jar just to name a few.

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                  glutton May 29, 2007 05:04 PM

                  I second this recommendation -- it's a surprisingly good restaurant. They've got a huge menu, the service is good, and the food is good.

                2. Emme May 28, 2007 10:40 PM

                  Second Lilly's.
                  Lazy Daisy and Literati both on Wilshire.
                  Jinky's and Jack'n'Jill's might be good options in SM, but you might have a little wait.
                  Oddly enough, Broadway Deli does pretty good breakfast fare.

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                    bosanova99 May 28, 2007 01:37 PM

                    17th Street Cafe on Montana if you go earlier than later. Does Chez Mimi on 26th do a brunch? It might get pricey, but what a lovely spot!

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                      glutton May 28, 2007 01:36 PM

                      the Brickhouse on Hampton/Brooks in Venice is a very good choice for a group that size with food preferences of that sort.

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                        Diana May 28, 2007 01:23 PM

                        O'Groats just couldn't handle you on a weekend

                        Inn of the Seventh ray would fit all the bills, but it is in Topanga Canyon and will cost you.

                        1. hrhboo May 28, 2007 01:18 PM

                          Lilly's, 26 Beach and Mercedes Grill can accommodate larger parties for breakfast. Le Pain Quotidien in Santa Monica has a large communal table that can easily accommodate your group, as does 3 Square on Abbot Kinney.

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                            navystreet May 28, 2007 01:05 PM

                            While I do like S & W for breakfast, it is not at all conducive to a crowd your size on a weekend. Same goes with John O'Groats.

                            Cafe Meditrani on Abbot Kinney has an outdoor patio in back that could accommodate a group. Their menu isn't very large, but I love their hash browns and breakfast burrito.

                            Coupa Cafe in Beverly Hills (on Canon) also has a nice outdoor patio that doesn't get packed on weekends. I like their granola and white yogurt.

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