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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 opentable.com 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.

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

            Campanile
            624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            Ortolan
            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.

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

              1. Brunch at the nearby Four Seasons is a mega feast and nothing in New York can beat the ambience of the Bel Air hotel for a relaxed Sunday bkfast/lunch. Hotel venues, yes, but different.

                1. The great thing abt brunches in LA is the outdoor seating! Especially in this weather now.

                  Near the SLS hotel I can think of Little Next Door (great blue crab melt http://gourmetpigs.blogspot.com/2008/...

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                  A stop at the Farmer's Market would definitely be nice too.

                  Bel Air Hotel's ambiance is superb indeed as mentioned. Joe's is also pretty good and does have some outdoor seating.

                  1. Concur with Campanile and Jar being very nice brunches.

                    Comme Ca isn't too far, and I think it's a lovely brunch as well.

                    1. Go to Cecconi's - a new restaurant on Melrose/Robertson. I recommend making a reservation as it can get crowded for weekend brunch. It's a beautiful, swanky space with a nice patio area - and the food is more reasonable than you'd expect. The ricotta pancakes with blueberries are delicious!

                      http://www.cecconiswesthollywood.com

                      1. Jar or Campanile for high end choices. BLD yes. You could also go to the Hollywood Farmer's Market and get a pupusa with a visit to Hungry Cat after. It might be nice to see what is in season (peas, first favas, rhubarb, blood oranges, strawberries).

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                        1. re: JudiAU

                          Great tip on scanning the Hollywood FM first. Just starting to see green garlic and some nice wild mushroom specimens as well.

                          1. re: bulavinaka

                            we had brunch at the FM last weekend... some amazing smelling and looking french toast went by... MASSIVE.... but alas we already had food.

                        2. brunch is nice here but not the deal it is in New York. These aren't close, but welcome to LA, get in the car and GO.
                          For settings - i'd say Chateau Marmont outdoor brunch is really charming. Bel-Air is, I think, better for breakfast on a regular weekday. Further afield, two suggestions - saddle peak lodge in the mountains above malibu,and mission 261 for an elegant take on a dimsum experience. in san gabriel, a block or two from the mission (1771).