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veee Sep 1, 2008 12:19 PM

within 20 mins driving from downtown LA?

  1. Servorg Sep 1, 2008 12:59 PM

    For Saturday and Sunday brunch: http://www.cliffsedgecafe.com/files/h...

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      veee Sep 1, 2008 01:43 PM

      what are the prices for brunch like at Cliffs Edge?

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        Servorg Sep 1, 2008 02:16 PM

        I recall most of the items fell in the $6 to $15 range. I like Campanile's brunch best of any of their offerings.

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      veee Sep 1, 2008 01:45 PM

      what are your thoughts on Campanile's brunch?

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        Emme Sep 1, 2008 08:37 PM

        i really care for campanile most at brunch. they do some good eggs, and when i could still eat them, the cottage cheese pancakes were lovely and fluffy. plus the room is lovely.

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          slacker Sep 1, 2008 10:06 PM

          They have a super excellent bloody mary. Made with roasted tomatoes/veggies, nice and spicy, delicious. However, I think the food is overpriced. It's good, but just seems like there should be something else on the plate, for the money.

          Edit: their beef hash looked very good. I didn't have that, but I'm told it was delicious. It was a good sized portion.

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          nosh Sep 1, 2008 02:44 PM

          Campanile's main dining room in the daylight is really pretty -- an entrance with a fountain, dramatic ceiling (it is called Campanile, after all), lots of light, an open kitchen along one wall. Prices at brunch aren't horrible -- midteens -- but it appears from the online menu that everything is a la carte -- I don't know for certain. On a Sunday morning without heavy traffic, it is probably a twenty minute shot down to the 10 Santa Monica Freeway, then north on La Brea and a fairly long drive past Wilshire. Website is: www.campanilerestaurant.com.

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            veee Sep 1, 2008 04:00 PM

            any other ideas?

            i'll look into cliffs edge. looks great from the website!

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              budlit Sep 2, 2008 10:17 AM

              jar

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                duffyeater Sep 2, 2008 11:03 AM

                i agree Jar has the best tasting brunch I've had in Los Angeles

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                  veee Sep 2, 2008 04:14 PM

                  can u tell me more about Jar? there's no brunch menu on the website.

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                    Servorg Sep 2, 2008 05:09 PM

                    They have a great roast beef hash along with things like chilaquiles. Prices are on par with Campanile and Cliff's Edge. While the interior space is nice I think it falls below the other two places in terms of ambiance. They have a really good bar and their brunch type drinks like Ramos Gin Fizzes, et al. are quite good.

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                      slacker Sep 2, 2008 05:11 PM

                      Sure there is. Look under Menu/Sunday Brunch.
                      http://www.thejar.com/

                      I'm hitting that up next.

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                        Servorg Sep 2, 2008 05:12 PM

                        They do have their brunch on their website. See here:

                        http://www.thejar.com/jar_menu_br.html

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                veee Sep 1, 2008 06:22 PM

                someone suggested Twin Palms... but it looks like there are mixed reviews for brunch on this site... anyone want to comment?

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                  slacker Sep 1, 2008 10:12 PM

                  I used to go to Twin Palms all the time, starting from a long time ago. It had gotten progressively bad and worse. I haven't been there for some years now, bc the last time I was there, it was just BAD. Too bad, bc the space is so nice.

                  In Pasadena, Crepe Vine is nice for brunch, be sure to sit inside, not in their outdoor area.

                  I've eaten brunch at a number of places recently, and for your request, the first thing that came to mind is The Restaurant at the Getty. But that may be more than 20 min from dt.

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                    nosh Sep 2, 2008 09:45 AM

                    The Restaurant at the Getty is indeed an impressive and spectacular venue, particularly if some of the party hadn't been there before. Floor to ceiling windows with views from coast to downtown, overlooking the gardens with some of the immense architecture in the foreground. For those who only remember the hubbub of the first few years, you no longer need to make reservations to park there -- parking is now $8 per car. Then you take the tram up to the museum complex. The Restaurant is through the first greeting building (the fifteen-minute film on the history of the Getty is worth seeing) and then to the right and up. Food and service are surprisingly good, and I certainly would suggest reservations for brunch. Two quibbles: There is no menu on the Getty website, and I can't find one on menupages or any links. Also, it is probably at least a half hour drive from downtown (110 south, west on 10, north on 405 -- more picturesque drive straight west on Sunset) and then another twenty minutes to park, catch the tram, and walk to the restaurant.

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                      veee Sep 3, 2008 10:22 AM

                      what's wrong with the oudoor area of Crepe Vine? (i've never been)

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                        slacker Sep 3, 2008 01:08 PM

                        There are many wonderful alleyways in old town, most or all of them have historic information bronze placards. Crepe Vine is located in one such charming alleyway. Unfortunately, in the same alley across from Crepe Vine is a large dumpster. Sometimes the odor gets wafted over. Very unpleasant in any circumstance, and extraordinarily so when one is dining. Completely avoidable by sitting inside. They also have a nice bar for drinking and dining.

                  2. ipsedixit Sep 1, 2008 09:35 PM

                    One Pico at Shutters in Santa Monica.

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                      westsidegal Sep 2, 2008 06:35 PM

                      if vee is firm about being no more than 20 minutes from downtown, one pico probably wouldn't work.

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                        ipsedixit Sep 2, 2008 09:50 PM

                        On a weekend (i.e. brunch), 20 minutes from downtown to SM is easily doable.

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                      Jack Flash Sep 1, 2008 10:22 PM

                      The Langham, formerly Ritz Carlton, in Pasadena. Not cheap, but fabulous.

                      1. J.L. Sep 1, 2008 11:41 PM

                        Hotel Bel Air.

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                          westsidegal Sep 2, 2008 06:30 PM

                          maybe i drive too slowly, but i could never get from downtown to the Hotel Bel Air in 20 minutes which is what veeee requested.

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                            J.L. Sep 2, 2008 11:12 PM

                            I've timed it. Without traffic (which I admit is unlikely), 18 minutes 42 seconds from Walt Disney Hall to the valet at Hotel Bel Air.

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                              nosh Sep 3, 2008 06:09 AM

                              It is about 13 miles door to door from my place to the N/W corner of Westwood Village to the Civic Center downtown. That is going down to Wilshire, heading west a block to pick up the 405 south, east on the 10, up and over on the 110. So if you can average 60 on the freeway that gives you a couple minutes to get on and a few more on surface streets. Or did Sunset just flow really easily -- a straight shot saving a few miles, but traffic lights and surface streets?

                        2. rednyellow Sep 2, 2008 12:29 PM

                          Do any of these places offer the bottomless glass of champagne?

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                            Jack Flash Sep 2, 2008 04:49 PM

                            I think they did at the Langham, but I can't remember for sure.

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                              Emme Sep 2, 2008 06:20 PM

                              they offer that at i Cugini in Santa Monica w/ the Sunday brunch, which ain't too shabby at all with the seafood bar, pastry bar, and mimosas.

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