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Best Brunch in LA?

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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  1. The Saddle Peak Lodge.

    1. the Langham for AYCE
      The Bel-Air for ambience

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        1. re: paprkutr

          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

      1. 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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        1. re: nosh

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

        2. Jar

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

          1. Trump National Country Club Golf Course

            1. 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!

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

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                1. re: chocolate_meat

                  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...

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    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. 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.

                  1. 2 ND Trump National Country Club Golf Course

                    1. 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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                      1. re: Chef_David

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

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

                      2. 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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                        1. re: Chef_David

                          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!

                        2. 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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                          1. re: hyacinthgirl

                            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.

                            1. re: Emme

                              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.

                              1. re: hyacinthgirl

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

                                1. re: mollyomormon

                                  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....

                                  1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                    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. 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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                            1. re: aching

                              urth cafe downtown not on Beverly

                              1. re: Breakbread

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

                                --Dommy!

                                    1. re: JAB

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

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

                                  1. re: Breakbread

                                    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.

                                1. 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!!