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Delicious AND convenient Brunch?

rds246 Aug 26, 2009 05:24 PM

My mother, a close family friend, and I try to get together at least once a month for some good food and to see each other. We've been doing Thursday dinners for a while, but I have a new job that makes weeknights close to impossible. So we've decided to do brunch. This, however, has made it difficult to find a convenient spot.

I live in West Hollywood, our friend is near Pasadena, and my mom is in the west Valley and works in pasadena, so she prefers not to drive all the way out there on the weekends. What is a good, delicious, perhaps new and exciting brunch place that would be somewhere in the middle of the three of us? Oh, in addition, I am a vegetarian, my mom is mostly veg, and our friend does not really eat red meat (although I would think this wouldn't really rule out any brunch places). Our first thought was Hugo's, because we all love it, but we've been many times and we always try to go to a new place. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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  1. scurvy RE: rds246 Aug 26, 2009 06:10 PM

    You might want to try brunch at canele in Atwater Village. It is right off the freeway and relatively convenient for all of you.

    I think it's the finest brunch in Los Angeles. They have veg options and have a good selection of sweet, savory and lunch-y items at their brunch.

    3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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    1. re: scurvy
      Servorg RE: scurvy Aug 26, 2009 06:14 PM

      One other potential choice might be Palate - also in Glendale. You should probably check with them. I thought they had lunch available on the weekends, but it looks like it's a wine and some sort of tasting menu that may not be what you need. So not sure what that means exactly.


      1. re: Servorg
        FranklinJefferson RE: Servorg Aug 26, 2009 07:50 PM

        Going by the Glendale/Atwater suggestions, may I throw Eagle Rock into the mix?
        Larkin's Joint on Colorado has a number of veg options (despite the "contemporary soul food" moniker) and their "French" Toast is unbelievable!!!


        1. re: FranklinJefferson
          rds246 RE: FranklinJefferson Aug 27, 2009 10:36 AM

          Thanks for all the suggestions. They're all a little far east, but I'll see if I can convince my mom that a 35 mile drive is just what she needs on a weekend morning!

          1. re: rds246
            Servorg RE: rds246 Aug 27, 2009 10:40 AM

            I meant to suggest another area for brunch that will be more "in the middle" for your mom. How about the North Hollywood "little Thai town" area off the 170? Amazing Thai or any of the others in that general area would be delicious and much more equitable in terms of drive time for you all.

            Amazing Thai Cuisine
            10604 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

    2. Phurstluv RE: rds246 Aug 27, 2009 02:49 PM

      Have you looked into Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock?? Haven't been myself, but acc to JG of LAT, they have lots of veggie options and breakfast seems to be their forte.

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