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Brunch on a Saturday and Sunday

uhockey Feb 25, 2013 07:05 PM

Three choices are on the maybe list.
One must be cut.
Open to thoughts/opinions.

Tasting Kitchen
Manhattan Beach Post

My preference largely leans sweet > savory, but for the right savory I'm happy to do either (the perfect monte cristo, or killer chicken n' waffles for instance.)


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  1. ipsedixit RE: uhockey Feb 25, 2013 07:10 PM

    Why not Scarpetta and/or Saddle Peak Lodge?

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      uhockey RE: ipsedixit Feb 25, 2013 08:13 PM

      Been to Scarpetta in NY when Conant was still a chef cooking in his own kitchen - and I don't fancy buffet dining.

      Saddle Peak seems a much better dinner than brunch, for a future visit.


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        wienermobile RE: uhockey Feb 26, 2013 07:43 AM

        Saddle Peak's Sunday Bruch is my favorite in LA. Wonderful homemade baked good. Wild game sausages on a tasty breakfast pizza and don't miss the rabbit confit pot pie all in their rustic Malibu Canyon setting.

        My favorite brunch dish is the made to order slow poached eggs with creamy polenta at Scarpetta's sunday brunch. So good.

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          kevin RE: wienermobile Feb 26, 2013 08:16 PM

          That sounds good, on Malibu Canyon. I seriously don't know why I just don't get out there more often.

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            ipsedixit RE: kevin Feb 26, 2013 08:34 PM

            I seriously don't know why I just don't get out there more often.

            Because it's a bitch of a drive from LA.

            And now it's like a bitch that likes diamond earrings with gas hovering around ~$5/gallon.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              uhockey RE: ipsedixit Feb 27, 2013 04:34 AM

              ...and yet you suggested it! :-)


              1. re: uhockey
                ipsedixit RE: uhockey Feb 27, 2013 07:57 AM

                The complaint by kevin was he doesn't get there "often enough".

                You're here for one visit. For one visit while in town, it's worth the drive. Heck, it might even be worth the bike ride (no kidding).

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                  Servorg RE: ipsedixit Feb 27, 2013 08:09 AM

                  "Heck, it might even be worth the bike ride (no kidding)."

                  I could get there, but they better be offering a truck ride back to home after eating (unless you are talking about Ducati bike riding...in that case no worries)

                  1. re: Servorg
                    ipsedixit RE: Servorg Feb 27, 2013 08:14 AM

                    I'm more worried about feeling self-conscious dining in my bib and Sidis.

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                      Servorg RE: ipsedixit Feb 27, 2013 08:20 AM

                      No problem: http://www.bikemania.biz/mtb/bmx/mx-s...

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                        ipsedixit RE: Servorg Feb 27, 2013 08:23 AM

                        No. Road bikes.

                        I don't do mountain bikes (plus, can't really "mountain bike" from LA/SGV to Saddle Peak)

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      baloney RE: uhockey Feb 25, 2013 09:24 PM

      I would cut MB Post; never understood the praise for this place and I've been multiple times both brunch and dinner.

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        uhockey RE: baloney Feb 26, 2013 04:27 AM

        Thanks, it was low man on the totem already.


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          soniabegonia RE: baloney Feb 27, 2013 11:12 AM

          agree completely. It's good if you happen to be in the south bay but not worth going out of the way for. There's plenty in LA proper that does similar food for less money & equal to better execution.

        2. Servorg RE: uhockey Feb 26, 2013 07:41 AM

          You might give consideration to the Sunday brunch at the Brentwood Getty. Food is quite good and the setting cannot be beat.

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            Servorg RE: Servorg Feb 27, 2013 11:35 AM

            One other place you ought to have on your radar: http://www.farmshopla.com/

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              uhockey RE: Servorg Feb 27, 2013 07:52 PM

              That is a breakfast, not brunch. ;-) They are open Monday, and on the list already, along with Milo&Olive


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                Servorg RE: uhockey Feb 27, 2013 08:18 PM

                Hard to get traction when I've got a wheel in the ditch
                and a wheel on the track...but glad you came along and towed me out...

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            cdub RE: uhockey Feb 27, 2013 08:15 AM

            canele on your list would be my pick.

            salts cure is my fav brunch spot at the moment though.

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              dgusanz RE: uhockey Feb 27, 2013 09:56 AM

              Consider Joes Bar in Venice. Tremendous variety and bottomless Mimosas and Hibiscus (Prosecco and cranberry juice) for $10. The menu changes so much from week to week that it is hard to recommend a particular dish but the cinn bun is very scrummy. (down under expression combining scrumptious and yummy)

              Also the Hungry Cat in SM. The Hangtown Fry is my fave dish. Also mixed drinks are very cheap at Brunch. Once they were $8 each and last time they were 1/2 price. But ask the server because I find the policy confusing.

              Joes will probably require a reservation but I have never seen HC crowded for Brunch.

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                Dirtywextraolives RE: uhockey Feb 27, 2013 10:08 AM

                Have not tried their brunch, but I would eat ANYTHING Tasting Kitchen served on toast or a waffle..... Incredible food & drinks.

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                  New Trial RE: uhockey Feb 28, 2013 02:00 AM

                  Fig at the Fairmont is also good for brunch and, while I have not yet been, several hounds seem to like the $35 all you can eat and drink brunch menu at Zengo in Santa Monica Place (probably more to the savory end there though).

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