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Anyone willing to give up one of your secret brunch places?

Eastside Eater Dec 10, 2010 11:12 AM

Brunch on the weekends is how I relax. It helps me decompress and gives me time to slow things down. Overall, I am a mellow guy...but at about 11am, an angry monster comes out of me ready to devour anything and anyone in its path. My girlfriend can atest to this. It stinks. The breaking point is when I reach one of my favorite places to find a long wait ahead. UGHHH...that is the worst. I am wondering if anyone is willing to give up one of their "inside scoop" brunch places...which would include spots with smaller crowds, quick seating, offer you coffee (or anything free) while you wait, etc. Help contain the monster. My pick is Metro Diner in Culver City. There is hardly ever a wait and the food is really good.

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    lolabelow Dec 15, 2010 07:26 AM

    The Village Bakery in Atwater has great breakfast items, baked goods and bread. Barbara used to be one of the owners of Auntie Em's.

    The Village Bakery & Cafe
    3119 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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      foodarch Dec 15, 2010 12:44 AM

      I really like square one dining near los feliz/silverlake, but I haven't frequented it enough to attest to a shorter wait.

      1. westsidegal Dec 13, 2010 03:34 PM

        lilly's french cafe in venice on abbot kinney has a number of good sunday brunch offerings and i've rarely had to wait.

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          samtron608 Dec 13, 2010 03:15 PM

          Cafe Verona on la brea and 5th (or 4th street)...next to an oil change place. good food, quiet, relaxing, etc.

          1. Mattapoisett in LA Dec 10, 2010 10:53 PM

            My "secret" place is Eureka Cafe on Washington @ Crenshaw. They make the best poached eggs and the Best Hollandaise I have had in LA. They are only open Saturday and Sunday from 8-3. and it seems like a labor of Love. They can be slow in the kitchen but the food when it arrives more than makes up for the wait.



            Eureka Cafe
            4053 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

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              mc michael Dec 10, 2010 07:50 PM

              OK, potentially it is a zoo. Accept that, but the Hilton Universal can do pretty good buffets for breakfast or dinner and you can really pig out if you need to. http://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/conte...
              And they occasionally have 10% off download coupons.

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                losangelicioustimes Dec 10, 2010 03:00 PM

                My favorite for a weekend brunch spot is George's Coffee Shop in Culver. It's a lot like Tokyo 7-7 diner, but without the crowds: cheap food, super fast service, and your coffee cup is never empty. It's a great place relax with a newspaper and enjoy your weekend. They're open from like 6am to 3pm everyday. Also, bulgogi omlette is amazing.


                Tokyo 7-7
                3839B Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

                George's Coffee Shop
                5439 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

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                1. re: losangelicioustimes
                  maudies5 Dec 10, 2010 05:10 PM

                  It isn't as if I am a regular, but sometimes I just NEED to go to the Fountain at the B.H. Hotel. I love their fresh O.J. and their waffles with real maple syrup make me swoon. I can smell those waffles on that iron fifty feet away. Great coffee and service. Servers have all been there for a gazillion years. Have never had to wait, except when there were +3 in our party.

                  1. re: maudies5
                    BubblyOne Dec 10, 2010 05:20 PM

                    +1 is not enough Maudie:) My uncle worked there for 40 years (doorman) and I've loved it ever since my first visit as a kid.

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                      maudies5 Dec 10, 2010 05:32 PM

                      Thanks, BubblyOne....The Fountain holds a special place in our hearts, as well. Good for your Uncle. I can actually close my eyes and smell those waffles. Other restaurants make waffles, but there is something in that batter which makes them just that much better and so aromatic.

                      1. re: maudies5
                        kevin Dec 15, 2010 11:04 AM

                        i also really like the fountain coffee shop, and those classic waffle makers, and of course their amazing OJ. i'm way overdue on a visit. and i just have not seem to have had a spare langourous morning, or else i'd go way more frequently.

                  2. re: losangelicioustimes
                    Phurstluv Dec 10, 2010 06:19 PM

                    OMG - all you had to say was bulgogi omelette. Now I must try this place. Thanks for the rec.

                    1. re: Phurstluv
                      Mattapoisett in LA Dec 10, 2010 10:29 PM

                      We live down the street from George's and have been there a few times, Dommy has even had the Bulgogi Omelette which was fine but not something to run immediately there for. The reason I like it is they have a very creamy old school Egg Salad Sandwich with crinkle cut fries which reminds me of the one I had at Woolworth's Lunch counter as a kid. with a price to match I think it is under $5 and if your expectation is that along with the charming Old School Korean service you will be quite happy.


                      George's Coffee Shop
                      5439 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

                      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                        Phurstluv Dec 12, 2010 04:11 PM

                        Okay, thanks for the info. It's still closer than K-town.

                        Oh man, Woolworth's I haven't heard that name in AGES, you're dating us, Mattie!!

                    2. re: losangelicioustimes
                      Mr Grub Dec 13, 2010 11:51 AM

                      At the risk of being like the skunk at the company picnic, the Grubs have had the misfortune to eat at George's (a fav of the Culver City branch of the family) many -- far too many -- times. Having worked our way thru much of the menu seeking a hidden delight, sadly -- there are none. Food consistently runs the gamut from mediocre to awful to inedible. Even the Korean "specialties" are far, far too dumbed down. We've taken to ordering juice & toast.

                    3. ipsedixit Dec 10, 2010 01:32 PM

                      Not sure if it's a secret, but The Raymond.


                      1. SilverlakeGirl Dec 10, 2010 11:33 AM

                        I'm quite fond of Cafe Stella on Saturday and Sunday. Unlike weekdays, they are open during daytime hours only on the weekend.

                        They have an excellent Eggs Benedict in my opinion. They also serve a Stella Burger with an enormous cone of Frites. There are also other eggs dishes, salads, sandwiches and, yes, Steak Frites as well.

                        You can have their coffee or they walk next door to get Intelligentsia coffee for you. They have brisk business yet I have never had to wait.

                        Cafe Stella
                        3932 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

                        1. Phurstluv Dec 10, 2010 11:30 AM

                          We've really enjoyed Cafe Del Rey's brunch. It's not cheap, about $35 a head, I believe, but everything we've ordered is delicious, and they have bottomless mimosas, and they don't use rockgut champagne/sparkling wine. Also, there's the killer view of the Marina. Would make reservations tho, but in this economy, maybe they are unnecessary, have never seen the place packed.

                          Cafe Del Rey
                          4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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                            westsidegal Dec 10, 2010 04:32 PM

                            second this recommendation.
                            also, if you don't want the three course brunch with the limitless mimosas/bubbly, you can order a la carte in the lounge area.

                          2. Servorg Dec 10, 2010 11:24 AM

                            We find ourselves brunching on Sunday's at 17th Street Cafe quite a bit. They give you free mini muffins as your "bread" service and they have an excellent tortilla soup with chicken and all of their salads are good and generously sized.

                            17th St Cafe
                            1610 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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