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Mar 18, 2010 10:15 PM

Brunch for parents

Need suggestions to take our parents for their birthdays to a good brunch in a nice setting, somewhere in L.A. County. Been to Shutters on the Beach which has a nice feel but their food was very so-so. We took them to Le Grande Orange in Pasadena before and we liked the food and setting, but we'd like to take them somewhere new each time. We've taken them to Madeleine's in Pasadena which is wonderfully charming, but the food was hit and miss. We've had brunch at Mike & Anne's in South Pasadena which also has a lovely setting and their brunch is okay, but not really special. We love Bottega Louie but it may be a bit too loud for our elderly parents.

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  1. Would you consider going out to Terranea in Palos Verdes? I've had their weekend buffet at their main restaurant -- Catalina Kitchen, I think is what it's called -- which is average at best, but the views are absolutely stunning. Parking is free and the entire property is open for a really lovely post-meal stroll. Alternatively, you could dine at Nelson's, which is a more casual gastropub with normal seating indoors as well as breathtaking seating outdoors, looking directly over the cliffs. You literally smell the sea spray.

    P.S. The food at Nelson's is solid for a gastropub. Burgers, fries, salads, a kids' menu, and very original and tasty-looking (but expensive) martinis.

    P.P.S. At Catalina Kitchen, you aren't obliged to eat their weekend brunch buffet, as they certainly have a plethora of dishes to order; I just can't comment on that food since I've only had their buffet.

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    1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

      Oh, I completely forgot that we went to Terranea for brunch last year! Yes, it was so nice to sit outside, but I agree about the food being kinda average.

      We've also been to Bistro de la Gare in South Pasadena for brunch. I used to LOVE their French toast but the last time we went the portion was so much smaller and I felt like, c'mon, bread is cheap, for crying out loud! So I felt ripped off.

      We've also tried Jar for brunch and weren't impressed.

      I also forgot that we've been to The Raymond for brunch which has really good food, great service, and we love sitting outside in the back patio. Maybe we'll take them here unless someone else comes up with a great idea.

      1. re: chowchow12345678

        Ah, okay! Wow, you've really taken your parents to a lot of great places -- what a wonderful child you are! Let us know what you end up doing and how it went!

    2. Joe's in Venice. Always great food, wonderful specials, outstanding service and a great laid back atmosphere. Have been many time with my parents and they have never been disappointed.

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      1. re: northvalleyeater

        This is also my go-to nice brunch spot. I enjoy the atmosphere on the patio, the food is good, and the prices at brunch are reasonable given the quality. It's always a hit.

        1. re: northvalleyeater

          I LOVE Joe's - great service and great food. Never been for brunch but guess I am going to try it soon

        2. A match made in brunch Heaven: Your parents, a champagne brunch and a beautiful Sunday at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

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

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          1. re: Servorg

            I did think of The Langham, but I thought their brunch buffet is around $55 per person or something crazy like that? That would be beyond our budget.

            1. re: chowchow12345678

              Sorry, didn't realize about the budgetary constraints. Please eliminate the Four Seasons recommendation below as well as I think their Sunday AYCE brunch is around $65 pp.

              You also would be wise to undertake some "due diligence" on what brunch at Saddle Peak Lodge might run.

              1. re: Servorg

                This is a link to Saddle Peak Lodge's Brunch Menu. You can do it under $65 easily.

          2. Take them for a ride (50 miles up the road) to Ojai and go to the Ranch House. It is truly a lovely experiene. That or stay in Ventura and go to Off Main. Lovely patio.

            Ranch House
            500 W Lomita Ave, Ojai, CA 93023

            1. The setting is lovely and I can't vouch for the food, as I haven't been in years, but my mother loves the brunch at Geoffrey's in Malibu.

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              1. re: whatsfordinner

                Geoffrey's is very nice.

                Further north on Zuma beach is the Sunset restaurant, and you are right on the beach, Decent food.