redondo/hermosa/manhattan brunch recs??
Where brunch is defined as "fixed price, all you can eat, large spread of food on a table," I know nothing. Where brunch is (to quote the Simpsons) "not quite breakfast, not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of cantaloupe at the end. You don't get completely what you would at breakfast, but you get a good meal!", well, here's what I'd suggest:
25 22nd St.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Hyper-crowded, great & unusual b/fast selections, mediocre lunch selections. Right on the ocean - amazing setting.
322 S Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Again, great and unusual breakfast selections. Very near, but not on, the ocean. Shouldn't have nearly as much of a wait as Martha's.
re: Jeff Shore
I haven't heard of any south bay restaurants known for doing the traditional buffet style brunches, but there are several good breakfast cafe's like Martha's mentioned above. Also quite good are Uncle Bill's for pancakes (again, a loooong wait) and Ocean Diner in Hermosa (great muffins).
I have noticed the restaurant Beluga in Manhattan does a brunch, but I've never tried it. You might find a slice of cantoloupe there.
re: More of Everything
I went to Beluga for brunch last weekend and had an excellent meal. The menu isn't big, but every item we tried was good. The specialty of the restaurant is seafood, and the crabcakes topped with poached eggs and the seafood omelette are both standouts. An oddity: The potatoes aren't the usual fried potatoes, but slices of yam and potato that have been sliced and baked. They come to the table warm rather than hot. We asked why and the owner came over and told us that he doesn't like potatoes fried crisp because he thinks that crisp potatoes have less taste. He will fry them that way of people ask, but only if they ask.
Beluga is classy by Beach standards, somewhat out of place in this hypercasual neighborhood but a real treasure. Prices are higher than most of the other places mentioned, but the ambiance is great and there's no rush and bustle the way there is at most other places on weekends.
re: Jeff Shore
Since we're quoting the Simpsons, "I've discovered a meal between breakfast and brunch!"
If you're looking for that type of meal, a few weeks ago, I went to Scotty's in Hermosa. It's fairly inexpensive and they have a very nice view of the boardwalk.
You can get breakfast food, brunch food, and lunch food. I didn't get a slice of cantaloup, but I did have some in cube form in my fruit cup.