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best brunch mid-city to east-LA-ish

veee Nov 21, 2011 02:42 PM

i've really enjoyed Square One but looking for a new place that hopefully won't have a ridiculous line on the weekend...

been to Toast, Doughboy's, Grub, Blu Jam, and Griddle Cafe.

looking for something better, in this general vicinity, or a little more east.

Blu Jam Cafe
7371 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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  1. Servorg RE: veee Nov 21, 2011 03:24 PM

    What about BLD?

    BLD Restaurant
    7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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      happybaker RE: veee Nov 21, 2011 04:02 PM

      I am a new fan of Masa of Echo Park. They make their bread daily and getting french toast made with freshly made brioche? A very happy thing!

      Their eggs and side potatoes are yummy too.

      Masa of Echo Park
      1800 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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        rds246 RE: veee Nov 21, 2011 04:46 PM

        Can't promise no line, but Canele has one of the best brunches in the city, in my opinon...

        3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

        1. katydid13 RE: veee Nov 21, 2011 04:55 PM

          It's not technically brunch, but Cafe Verona (201 S. La Brea) has a really great breakfast menu that you can get every day till 5. Sunday is definitely their busiest day, but you can avoid lines if you go before 10. www.cafeveronala.com

          1. johnnyshungry RE: veee Nov 21, 2011 05:34 PM

            I'll second Canale.

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              neobite RE: veee Nov 21, 2011 06:18 PM

              I've cycled through that same list.

              Canele is the best but sometimes feels out of range for me. I've loved Cafe Verona but more and more have felt burned by their portion-to-price ratio and occasional indifferent execution (which doesn't mean I've stopped going entirely). My favorite remains Kings Road, though its limited menu sometimes disappoints those looking for fireworks. Lately, for fireworks, I go to Larchmont Bungalow. I'm not a fan of garfy stuff like red velvet pancakes, but their omelets, breakfast sandwiches and benedicts are really good.

              3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

              Kings Road Cafe
              8361 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              Cafe Verona
              1138 S Diamond Bar Blvd, Diamond Bar, CA 91765

              Larchmont Bungalow
              107 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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                TonyC RE: neobite Nov 22, 2011 10:40 AM

                I find a brunch at Campanile (bar please) one of the highlights of a weekend.

                Oft forgotten in that Toast/Doughboy vicinity is Olio Pizzeria -- everything on the brunch menu is wood-fired. They have bialy, calzone, eggs in a hole, etc. Fantastic place for any meal, and lines aren't as bad as say... Little Next Door.

                AOC started offering brunch this summer, but it's just not as haute as the dinner menu, but is just as pricey.

                Canele makes me freakin' claustrophobic. Great food no doubt but...

                8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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                kauma RE: veee Nov 24, 2011 09:41 AM

                Please do consider Luna Park...


                Luna Park
                672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                  veee RE: kauma Aug 5, 2013 08:59 AM

                  Any additional thoughts on Luna Park for brunch?

                  I've only been once for dinner many years ago and thought it was great... would it be baby-friendly for weekend brunch?

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                    TonyC RE: veee Aug 5, 2013 11:10 AM

                    Ho-hum food at best. In the vicinities, Sycamore Kitchen kills it twice over, and the patio is super baby-friendly.

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                      chowseeker1999 RE: TonyC Aug 5, 2013 02:15 PM

                      +1. i love Sycamore Kitchen. :> any favorites there, Tony?

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                        veee RE: chowseeker1999 Aug 5, 2013 03:27 PM

                        Great thanks! Any advice on how busy they normally get on the weekends? Do we need to take reservations for a group of about 8?

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                          Servorg RE: veee Aug 5, 2013 03:33 PM

                          Unless you are just trying to sit at an "open" group table I can't think of a proper restaurant where I wouldn't make a reservation (if you have the option to do so) for a party of 8 (and maybe even 6) or more.

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                            TonyC RE: veee Aug 5, 2013 03:52 PM

                            Sycamore Kitchen is a QSR. Unaware they accept reservations.

                            chowseek99, you know, I kinda love anything that woman touches involving flour, butter, sugar and an oven: babka, tarts, quiches, the personal sized apple gallette. The couple of soups I've had have been fantastic, and a certain little person I have to pay for goes apeshit if I take away the brownies.

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                              veee RE: TonyC Aug 5, 2013 08:53 PM

                              What is QSR?

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                                PeterCC RE: veee Aug 5, 2013 09:08 PM

                                Quick Serve Restaurant. Another term for fast food. Sycamore looks closer to fast-casual but the lines are blurry.

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                                  veee RE: PeterCC Aug 6, 2013 11:46 AM

                                  Thanks! So do we order at the counter at Sycamore, instead of at the table?

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                                    PeterCC RE: veee Aug 6, 2013 01:33 PM

                                    I've never been, but based on the pic on their info page (http://thesycamorekitchen.com/info-lo...), it does look like you order at the counter.

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                                    aching RE: PeterCC Aug 6, 2013 01:32 PM

                                    It is fast-casual. You order at the counter and they bring the food to your table.

                                2. re: TonyC
                                  chowseeker1999 RE: TonyC Aug 5, 2013 09:19 PM

                                  thanx tony! :> i was looking at the apple pastry last time i was there, but didn't have enough room to eat it. :> i'll try it next time and the soups as well.

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                            ilysla RE: veee Aug 5, 2013 04:19 PM

                            What about Square One? Patio is definitely baby friendly. I don't know if they accept reservations, though....

                        2. TripleAxel RE: veee Aug 6, 2013 01:52 PM

                          Joan's on Third?

                          Susan Feniger's STREET now offers an AYCE smal plates for about $25

                          Going east-LA-ish, I like Nick's Cafe just north of Chinatown. Special Eggs Benedict menu on weekends as well as free coffee.

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                            desidetergent RE: veee Aug 6, 2013 02:28 PM

                            How about Little Dom's. Before 11 there's usually isn't much of a wait.

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