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Mar 19, 2009 11:32 AM

Sunday Brunch for Foodies Visiting

Hi.. we are from NYC and visiting and looking for a Sunday Brunch place near the SLS Hotel.. I have read up some like Tart and BLD Restaurant.. are these good places? Are there others we should consider.. we love to eat out and try new things... though I am hankering for an apple fritter donut from the Farmers Market! :)

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    1. jack n jill's and breadbar are the only ones nearby that i can tink of. kate mantilini is close too but less decent.. if u're willing to drive a tad to sm u can hit up anisette or huckleberry... or go east for square one, grub, etc.

      1. BLD is good but there service suffers a bit during peak weekend brunch times. If you don't mind a little drive, Joe's on Abbot Kinney has a delicious brunch. I have dreams about their crab hash. I agree with namstermonster - Anisette is also a good choice. Their croissants leave your fingers buttered...mmmm.

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        1. re: daramaia

          Joe's and Anisette are my favorite brunches, but I didn't know if they were too far for you (in Venice and Santa Monica, respectively). Coming in from NYC, I would definitely go with Joe's because they have nice outdoor seating and it's always nice to take advantage of our great weather. :)

          1. re: Nicole

            I enjoyed our Sunday brunch that I brought out-of-town friends to at Joe's a few months ago very much, and the price point was extremely reasonable (about $20 per person including coffee, tax & tip -- no alcohol). But while everything was very pleasant, I should inform the OP that their "patio" or "outside" seating is actually in a fairly enclosed, fabric-covered room, with tables very close together. Lilly's next door actually is an open outdoor garden setting, but I'm not sure the food is as solid. Another option further down on Abbott Kinney is Gjelina.

          2. re: daramaia

            Thank you!!! I had completely forgot about Joe's. I am from LA, but haven't lived there in 10 years... I remember loving it. My friend is an artist.. so it will be a good idea to walk Abbot Kinney. I have read alot about the Anisette croissants.. perhaps on the way back from brunch.. we will stop!

            1. re: eatingaround33

              Great, I'm sure Joe's won't disappoint. A word about the Anisette croissants--the first time I had a croissant there it was light, fluffy, buttery and out of this world. But I had a croissant there a couple of weeks ago and while it was still very buttery it had shrunk to about half the original size and was no longer light and airy. I don't think I'd order it again, particularly since the raisin pastry (pan du raisin?) has been amazing every time. So if you do make a stop at Anisette be sure to get the raisin pastry. :)

          3. Ortolan just started an excellent three course brunch for $45 if you want something a bit more interesting and upscale. Campanile and Jar also do lovely brunches.

            Jar Restaurant
            8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

            624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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            1. re: New Trial

              Thanks! those are good choices.. i used to be a cook at Campanile when Suzanne Goin was the chef.... I will check out the menus.

            2. My favorite brunch place, hands down is Gordon Ramsay at the London. It's a beautiful space and the bubbly is Moet Chandon. I can't wait to go back. Highly recommended. Not a big fan of BLD and haven't been to Ortolan (want to try that), but trust me on this one.

              Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood
              1020 N. San Vicente Rd, West Hollywood, CA 90069