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best brunch mid-city to east-LA-ish

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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. What about BLD?

    BLD Restaurant
    7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    1. 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

      1. 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. 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. 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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              1. re: neobite

                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

              2. Please do consider Luna Park...


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

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                1. re: kauma

                  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?

                  1. re: veee

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

                    1. re: TonyC

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

                      1. re: chowseeker1999

                        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?

                        1. re: veee

                          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.

                          1. re: veee

                            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.

                              1. re: veee

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

                                1. re: PeterCC

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

                                  1. re: veee

                                    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.

                                  2. re: PeterCC

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

                                2. re: TonyC

                                  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.

                          2. re: veee

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

                        2. 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.

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