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

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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  1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

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

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      1. re: Phurstluv

        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. 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.

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

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

          www.theraymond.com

          1. 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.

            http://losangelicioustimes.com/2010/1...

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            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

              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

                +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.

                1. re: BubblyOne

                  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

                    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

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

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  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.

                  http://yfrog.com/mvxu0wj

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

                  1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                    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

                  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. 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.

                  1. 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.

                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

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

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

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

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

                          1. 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.

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