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Dec 28, 2012 04:09 AM

Brunch in the valley

i am looking for a place to do brunch in the SFV on January 6. I would prefer a place where I can make a reservation and it has to be vegetarian friendly. I'm willing to go as far north as Agoura, Calabasas or Thousand Oaks.

Thanks in advance

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  1. Not sure about reservations (call to check):

    1. One of the best brunches in all of Los Angeles is Saddle Peak Lodge's Sunday only brunch. Beautiful one of a kind rustic setting near the valley side of Malibu Canyon. Great food and service. Menu is at this link:

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          The op mentioned it has to be vegetarian friendly. The decor at Saddle Peak Lodge may be off-putting.

          1. re: critter101

            Why would the decor be off-putting?

            Are there mannequins in pose eating big cuts of meat adorning the dining room walls?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              It looks like a hunting lodge with dead animal heads mounted on the walls. Definitely would disturb most vegetarians (even though the brunch menu has good veggie options).

              1. re: archer

                That's assuming most vegetarians are vegetarian because of ethical (or moral) reasons. That's a pretty big assumption.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  You may be right, but in the interest of providing a comfortable environment for vegetarian guests, I would recommend taking them to a restaurant where they won't be stared at by dead animals while they eat.
                  For a similar setting, but much more "vegetarian friendly," I would recommend Inn of the 7th Ray in Topanga Canyon (not quite the Valley, but in Canyon and easily accessed fr: Valley). On the eastern end of Valley in Studio City, you might want to check out Ca del Sole (I've enjoyed nice lunch here, but have not had their brunch).

      1. Try the Odyssey in Granada Hills. Fantastic views of the the SF Valley. Food is buffet quality. They have veggie options as well.

        1. Cici's cafe is a good choice. You can shop for records next door if you have to wait to be seated.

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          1. My Sunday brunch list:

            Boneyard Bistro [opens at noon]
            ok, one veg sammie, lotsa bacon items; prolly not the least bit veg friendly, but for another time

            The Getty [opens at 10, restaurant opens at 11
            Maybe a bit far, but cool site, great view with food

            Izakaya M [opens at noon
            no w/e lunch menu; some tofu items in the main menu

            and the usual suspects:

            veg-friendly menu

            Marmalade Cafe
            pancakes & oatmeal veg options

            John O' Groats
            a veg option in most lunch categories

            Coral Tree Cafe
            many veg-friendly options

            More Than Waffles
            full menu/healthy menu/gluten-free menu/kids menu
            small, downstairs in Encino shopping ctr; dunno bout the res, but they're friendly; call

            Madelaine Bistro in Tarzana is a vegetarian restaurant. Expensive. Good. Went a few times when my daughter was a veg-only eater, and was impressed. They do Sun brunch.