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Jan 14, 2010 11:10 AM

How to impress a chef with a Westside brunch?

I have a tall--TALL--order for the Chowhounds, but if you all can't do it, no one can. My faith in internet foodies is in your hands.

My good friend's boyfriend has just been hired as a chef at The French Laundry (yes, the one in Napa, owned by Thomas Keller) and they will be driving through Los Angeles to have brunch with me and my boyfriend on Sunday. They are staying in Brentwood and need to have brunch somewhere on the Westside. My dilemma is where to take them. I live on the Eastside and never get to the Westside for brunch (brunch is meant to be crawled to, on most occasions), so I'd love your opinion.

Oh! As a side note: They are both from Monreal and have spent a significant amount of time in Paris, so if you're inclined to make a suggestion that specializes in French food keep that in mind.

Honestly, I would have loved to have taken them to either Little Dom's in Los Feliz or Square One in Hollywood. Is there anything along those lines that you'd recommend?

Thank you so much!

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  1. For me along those lines would be french toasts at 26 Beach, Love the peaches and cream or the lemon ricotta one. make a reservation and request the garden.

    1. I'd go to Huckleberry in SaMo, tho that is mostly focused on the bakery side. It's a great place tho, albeit expensive. Then again, so is Bouchon bakery :p

      1. Brunch is a tough one.

        Maybe 3 Square in Venice?

        Or, take it up a notch and go to Tavern in Brentwood.

        Start with a bloody or two and be sure to order the ricotta pancakes (if they have them) and the brisket hash.

        1. I'd take them to Gjelina in Venice.

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          1. re: mollyomormon

            I would second this, I quite like their brunch. The churros are nummy!

            1. re: mollyomormon

              I'd take them to Gjelina too, and I would recommend the grits with cavolo nero, smoked bacon & poached eggs.

              1. re: budlit

                Head straight to Gjelina. Don't even consider anywhere else.

                1. re: yogachik

                  Get a reservation at Gjelina, if you can. Request the patio and hope for a nice day.

              2. re: mollyomormon

                I've been hearing REALLY positive things about Gjelina. I think Huckleberry would work, too, for someplace more casual, though it will be mobbed on a Sunday.

                PS: Congrats to your friend's boyfriend! French Laundry remains the best high-end meal of my life thus far.

              3. I would take them to FIG at the Fairmont - great location and great SM market fresh menu.

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                1. re: catcaper

                  I would definitely take them to Tavern for Brunch. Suzanne Goin is a legendary chef among chefs and her brunch menu is innovative and delicious.
                  Take a look at the menu