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Family Birthday Brunch Sunday Westside-Help!

Sweetalicious Oct 16, 2008 06:44 PM

Not to sound dramatic, but I'm trying to come up with a tasty brunch spot to eat with my family. We like anything delicious, good service a must. Complication is my mom is a stroke survivor with limited mobility, so valet parking is important.


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    Burger Boy Oct 16, 2008 07:47 PM

    Try 26 Beach they have a valet and they have GREAT French Toasts! My fav is Peaches & Cream or Go Bananas with a scoop of ice cream added. Make a reservation.

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    1. re: Burger Boy
      Sweetalicious Oct 16, 2008 09:37 PM

      sounds perfect! thanks!!

    2. westsidegal Oct 16, 2008 11:31 PM

      for something a little more upscale, go to cafe del rey for their 3 course brunch.

      1. Emme Oct 17, 2008 12:03 AM

        26 Beach isn't a bad idea.

        Chez Mimi in Brentwood has a nice valet service out front, and a lovely patio.

        In case you're in Bev Hills, Porta Via does a nice brunch with lovely front outdoor/indoor seating and valet.

        In Venice, there's Joe's which is lovely as well, but a little more expensive.

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        1. re: Emme
          slacker Oct 17, 2008 01:39 AM

          I think Joe's has a really great value brunch, especially since the food is so good. Price range $11-$18. With each entree you get a choice of salad, soup, fruit, granola. These sides are excellent, as are the entrees. Coffee is good too. And my friends told me their orange juice was excellent.

          But no valet parking for brunch.

          1. re: slacker
            nosh Oct 18, 2008 08:57 PM

            While there is no valet out front at Joe's, it is very easy to let your passengers out directly in front of the restaurant and then the driver can park in the lot in the back and then walk back around the corner or cut through the neighboring restaurant (Lilly's?). There were some things I really liked about Joe's -- the hostess, my reservation being honored with no wait, the nice tablecloths and elegance of the place, and the food was good. There were things that were disappointing -- our server losing interest when we didn't order drinks, tables being close together, and the room we were seated in not really being a patio but covered with a heavy fabric and the only view being of the sides of neighboring buildings.

            26 Beach has a much more extensive menu and is known for pretty big portions, but everything is a la carte and I doubt it would be less expensive. I know it is a darling of many on this board, but I would certainly let them know of any special needs for family members since some may not enjoy the funky decor with the bench-type seats with lots of little throw pillows.

            If it is a nice morning, not blistering hot and not too cold and foggy, I'd consider the sunny back patio at the Rose Cafe. For my next brunch in that area of town, I'm thinking of trying out Hal's.

            1. re: nosh
              westsidegal Oct 18, 2008 09:30 PM

              the crowed tables at joe's alone would have me avoiding the place for a family meal.
              although i like the food, the spotty service and the crowed tables, are too much of an offset. it really isn't all that.

              the rose cafe, even with their large parking lot has been known to have parking problems on sundays. i've only had lunch there, and the food was only so so. maybe brunch is better???

              1. re: westsidegal
                slacker Oct 18, 2008 10:16 PM

                We were a group of 8 for brunch at Joe's. Seating was fine, service was good, food was very good, plus as I said, a good value. None of us ordered any alcohol, and service was still good.

              2. re: nosh
                Burger Boy Oct 19, 2008 06:58 AM

                Is joes an all you can eat buffet? If not I do not understand the a la cart comment about 26 Beach, they have many dishes that come with sides. ham steak , eggs and potatoes, breakfast sandwich with fries, bbq chicken breast eggs and potatoes. Some of the dishes are hawaiian royals, eggs scrambled with stuff served over rice. But for me get the Peaches and cream french toast or the chilaqules, although the chilaquiles are not tradtional, i get them without the chicken and with a mix of the green sauce and their diablo sauce, very spicy and good. Have a great brunch where ever you go and enjoy your family outing.

          2. hrhboo Oct 19, 2008 09:23 AM

            Everything I've tried at 26 Beach has tasted the same, it all has that "chain-y" aftertaste.

            I'll second the recs for Cafe Del Rey and Joe's.

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