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Best Brunch in LA?

aching Mar 20, 2009 12:07 PM

I feel like this has been covered a million times, but when I did a search I didn't come up with anything definitive. So here's the question: If could only eat brunch at one restaurant in LA for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

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    ozhead Mar 20, 2009 01:43 PM

    The Saddle Peak Lodge.

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      jkao1817 Mar 20, 2009 01:48 PM

      the Langham for AYCE
      The Bel-Air for ambience

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        paprkutr Mar 22, 2009 05:40 PM

        Where is the Langham?

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          Servorg Mar 23, 2009 06:43 AM

          It's right at the intersection of Chow Places and Google.

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          The Terrace at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, Pasadena
          1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

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        nosh Mar 20, 2009 08:54 PM

        For out-of-town company where I'm picking up the check: Joe's.
        For out-of-town company where they're picking up the check, maybe Cafe Del Rey.
        For tasty and light: Amandine.
        For when I'm really hungry: S & W Diner.
        For when I'm willing to drive: dim sum.

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          woofer Mar 23, 2009 01:06 PM

          this seems about right but if my in-laws were picking up the check, i'd say hotel bel air.

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          QualityMart Mar 20, 2009 10:23 PM

          Jar

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

          1. DrBruin Mar 21, 2009 11:56 AM

            Trump National Country Club Golf Course

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              parmamom Mar 21, 2009 02:18 PM

              I like I Cugini in Santa Monica. Lots of selections, so if it were the one and only place I would eat for the rest of my life, I would have many choices. Just don't sit so close to the jazz band!

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                chocolate_meat Mar 22, 2009 11:31 AM

                Jer-ne's brunch at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. HANDS DOWN.

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                  mollyomormon Mar 23, 2009 12:08 PM

                  Can you say more about this brunch? is it buffet-style or from a menu? Jer-ne seems to get such mediocre reviews on here but it would always be nice to have another great brunch option on the westside...

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                    brandygirl Mar 30, 2009 08:53 PM

                    I had brunch at Jer-ne maybe 5 years ago. It was AYCE buffet, but of course very upscale and fabulous. Their seafood buffet alone is worth it. Although I haven't been to the Four Seasons, the Ritz brunch is the best I've had.

                2. CocoKauai Mar 22, 2009 05:31 PM

                  The Peninsula in B.H. has a great brunch, including succulent moo shu duck carved by a chef and served at your table. Nice to be served all the dishes except for the dessert buffet. Veuve Cliquot too, nice touch.

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                    WSB Mar 23, 2009 01:07 PM

                    2 ND Trump National Country Club Golf Course

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                      Chef_David Mar 23, 2009 04:17 PM

                      Burger Continental on lake Ave in Pasadena.
                      Not a HUGE selection, but very good food and hugely affordable at $13 and some change.
                      They have Armenian music and dancers both Sat and Sun.
                      Parking is difficult, but well worth it.

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                        justanotherpenguin Mar 24, 2009 06:56 AM

                        unless things have changed very recently, this place is terrible. see previous thread:

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/403175

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                        Chef_David Mar 23, 2009 04:20 PM

                        The problem with most LA-ites is... if the restaurant doesnt have "the name"... it typically gets passed over. There are sooo many great whole in the wall/ mom and pop restaurants in Southern Calif... that if the hop-nobbers could get over themselves... these small, out of the way places would be doing tremendously.

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                          mollyomormon Mar 23, 2009 04:23 PM

                          I think that's exactly what this board is for. If you have names of such places, please share! I think most of us are up for a trip to a great hole-in-the-wall!

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                            hyacinthgirl Mar 23, 2009 04:30 PM

                            yes please, please!

                        2. hyacinthgirl Mar 23, 2009 04:32 PM

                          I keep trying every place I possibly can, but I can't get away from Cafe Dana on Montana. There's just something about the mound of potatos, the good fruit and how nothing I've ever had there has been greasy in the least.

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                            Emme Mar 23, 2009 09:52 PM

                            cafe dana is lovely, just not a lot of available seating... though it never seems to have the wait that blue plate, cafe montana or 17th st. seem to engender on a sunday morning.

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                              hyacinthgirl Mar 24, 2009 12:44 PM

                              It's true, there's not a lot of seating, but I've really never had to wait more than 10 minutes. Perhaps I've just gotten lucky. And I have to say, I've never understood the lines at Cafe Montana. I tried it and had some of the worst brunch I've ever had. Maybe it was just the day. I never bothered to go back and try again.

                              Meanwhile, I'll give my runner up shout out to Auntie Ems. The wait there is generally awful, but I've never had anything I didn't love there.

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                                mollyomormon Mar 24, 2009 01:35 PM

                                What have you enjoyed at Cafe Dana? I'd like to give it a second try...

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                                  hyacinthgirl Mar 24, 2009 03:40 PM

                                  I almost always get the "health scramble" with tomato-onion-bell pepper sautee, mushrooms and just a bit of cheese. I like it because I really feel they get the scramble "right"- by which I mean, even distribution of all of the vegetables, fluffy eggs and not greasy. I also truly like the potatos, which are nicely hashed, crispy on the outside, a bit soft on the inside.
                                  Almost everyone I've ever dined with has gotten eggs, so I can't really comment on any of the sweet stuff.
                                  I have had a nice fruit, granola and yogurt plate there.
                                  I do feel biased about this place, though. It was always a really nice walk from my apt to brunch, and then I may have enjoyed watching the Montana Ave types walk by just as much as I'd enjoy whatever book I might have brought with me....

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                                    mollyomormon Mar 24, 2009 04:09 PM

                                    I ask because I had kind of a bad rendition of eggs benedict there once and then another time had a breakfast croissant that was served cold. But I know many people really like it and I'm always happy to have another brunch option in the neighborhood so I'll have to give it another shot. Thanks!

                          2. aching Mar 27, 2009 02:04 PM

                            It's interesting that there's so little accord on this subject! My two favorite brunch places are BLD and The Little Next Door (although I don't know if that would really be considered brunch proper) - but I'm always looking for somewhere new and delicious to try. I recently tried Three Square in Venice but was disappointed - for me, it didn't live up to the hype. Before that I tried Square One in Hollywood, but I also found it to be unremarkable. Both were good, but didn't make me want to go back again.

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                              Breakbread Mar 27, 2009 03:03 PM

                              urth cafe downtown not on Beverly

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                                Dommy Mar 27, 2009 05:05 PM

                                Woah! I had no idea there was an Urth downtown... :) Dangerous! :DD

                                --Dommy!

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                                  mollyomormon Mar 29, 2009 04:25 PM

                                  Where is Urth Cafe downtown?

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                                    JAB Mar 29, 2009 06:59 PM

                                    In the Artist area:

                                    http://www.urthcaffe.com/locations.html

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                                      Servorg Mar 29, 2009 07:00 PM

                                      Between 4th and 6th just a bit east of Alameda.

                                      451 S Hewitt St
                                      Los Angeles, CA 90013
                                      (213) 797-4534

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                                        mollyomormon Mar 30, 2009 11:49 AM

                                        Fantastic! thanks!

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                                    lvgoodfood Mar 29, 2009 09:41 PM

                                    I also recommend Urth, Downtown, Arts District. We were there last Sunday, and we were waiting all week to go again today. Everything was great, food, coffee, pastries, and very friendly, polite and eficient service.

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                                  schrutefarms Mar 30, 2009 10:34 AM

                                  The Belmont, on La Cienaga. Not so much for the food, which is OK, but for the make-your-own-bloody-mary bar. They have Slim-jims to put in your bloody, people! SLIM-JIMS!!

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