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Help..............GREAT SATURDAY Brunch (la/sm area)

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Have a day out without the kids...what is is GREAT place for brunch these days?
(One Pico doesn't serve those great pancakes on Sat & BLD seems to have gone downhill?)

Thanks in advance for your ideas/recs!

***Also...any must go bakeries/markets/delis.... (Coming hungry from "the OC"!)

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  1. Anisette on Santa Monica Blvd. just a twitch E of 2nd St. in Santa Monica

    CH review by Exilekiss here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/529802

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    1. re: Servorg

      I've made reservations--what to order?

      1. re: Funwithfood

        feuillete w/ crab - really lovely

        almond croissants if they've got em

        belgian waffles

        smoked salmon w/ brioche

        eggs in purgatory

        goat cheese w/ beets

        the custardy raisin bread

        lavender ice cream if they've got dessert going

        ...so many choices so little appetite :)

        1. re: Funwithfood

          definitely get the croissants! i went at 10am and they were already out of the almond one (SAD!), but the butter croissant is also amazing!

          my friend got their basic eggs and hashbrown breakfast. the eggs were perfectly fluffy and the hashbrown was crispy perfection.

          i got the eggs in purgatory and all that sauce was a bit much for me. but still very good.

          http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=anise...

          definitely going back to try everyone else's recs.

          1. re: jjsawrey

            Nice shots.

            The Smoked Salmon with Brioche, along with their killer-good Bloody Mary drinks, were the highlight for us. Another highlight was the Lavender Ice Cream Vacherin.

            The chilled crab atop puffed pastry (over a tomato sauce) did not work at all for me--a cacophony of flavors. The Croque Monsier (sp??) was pretty good. The service was slow, but very nice when there. Oh yeah, when we arrived they had no record of my res--thankfully there were seats!