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Los Angeles Lunch & Brunch Blues

Ok - We need a little help here. Every weekend, my family and I hit the road for lunch. Both Saturday and Sunday. In fact, it's the only time I get to sit down and indulge. I'm ready to explore, eat, and hopefully write home about it. Our problem is that every restaurant in LA wants to serve the "brunch" menu between the hours of 11am and 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday. This means eggs. Eggs with eggs. Followed by some other creative spin on eggs. Piles of French toast. And worse, steel cut oatmeal with berries. Here's a great example… - We wanted to check out Little Fork last weekend. Seafood, lobster rolls, etc. Only problem is that Little Fork wants to do a New England egg fest, followed by french toast. Went to the Belmont last weekend. Eggs with eggs, followed by more eggs. I think they have a few sandwiches as well. I'm desperately looking for a lunch menu that resembles the dinner menu on the weekend. I eat frigging sandwiches every day of the week at work! Any suggestions (aside from asian). Full bar would be nice as well. Where can we indulge as if it's dinner (on a Sunday at 12pm)?

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    1. Connie & Ted's. Get your lobster roll on. And then some.

      1. Pizzeria Mozza does the regular menu during the day. I don't think it's a full bar though.

        1. Scarpetta Beverly Hills and Lawry's

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          1. re: wienermobile

            I don't believe Scarpetta does Sunday Brunch anymore (at least not non-holiday brunches)

            1. re: ipsedixit

              You are correct no more non holiday brunches.

          2. What about dim sum? Many of the larger places serve with a full bar.

            And I know Son of a Gun's lunch menu is fab - didn't see anything on their website about not having it on the weekend...


            I'd also rec Jar's brunch. Yes, they have eggs (and their lobster benedict is yummy!) but they also have many savory, non-egg items available. Their bar is serious stuff and the sticky roll you get when you sit down is a treat.


            Happy eating!

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            1. re: happybaker

              What about dim sum? Many of the larger places serve with a full bar.

              Really? Which ones?

              And the ones that require you to buy the entire bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label (or heaven forbid the Diamond Jubilee) when you ask for a "scotch on the rocks" does not count ...

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I... I....I... I dunno!

                I just go for dim sum, and am grateful and see the shiny bottles of booze and read that you can have adult beverages if you want adult beverages. But I never have.

                (Um, clarification, I have many adult beverages, for better or worse. Just not at dim sum!)

                So they make you buy a whole bottle, at markup, just to have a drink at lunch? Cruel.

                Maybe get chili (or a french dip) at Philippes with wine?


                1. re: happybaker

                  From what I understand the term "full bar" is meant to include hard liquor.

                  So while Philippes is a fine choice, not sure a simple glass of wine would suffice.

                  If French dip is the order of the day, perhaps Cole's might work, where a nice selection of cocktails is on the offing.

            2. Hungry Cat. And true, there's the ubiquitous crab benedict, but ignore it (tho it's pretty good!) lotsa other stuff including a lobster roll and their cobb salad.


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              1. re: Local

                The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica canyon does a brunch menu Saturdays & Sundays.

              2. M. Marcel offers a Paris brasserie style lunch at both their LA Farmers' Market location and their place in Santa Monica on the weekend. They have a very decent wine list. Don't know if they have a full bar but I doubt it.

                Both locations are informal, almost breezy. Haven't been to the new Beverly Hills outpost yet.

                1. 26 Beach in Venice is really popular on the weekend and a solid choice. They offer a big brunch menu til 3 in addition to their lunch/dinner menu at all times of the day. They have specialty cocktails but mainly it's beer and wine. This might help give an idea of what it's like: http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/26-b...

                  1. The AYCE Asian-Latin brunch at Zengo in Santa Monica Place. $35 and includes adult beverages. Nice patio and Good Food too.

                    1. Any Mexican mariscos joint. I prefer El Coraloense:

                      There is absolutely no better at the price range.

                      1. On Saturday & Sunday Brent's Deli Northridge. Try the Black Pastrami Rueben.

                        On Saturday (but closed Sunday) Langer's Deli, best pastrami on earth... period.

                        No full bar at either. But great food.

                        1. Petrossian is another good choice.

                          1. In Orange County, Charlie Palmer is a great choice.

                            1. 643 North in DTLA/Chinatown.

                              Full bar and a make-your-own Martini and Manhattan bar.
                              Sundays only (no brunch service on Saturdays).

                              1. Salt's Cure - 2 x 2 x 2 or the oatmeal pancakes or the morning bun or whatever they have on the menu that day. happy eating!

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                                1. re: kdunn

                                  WONDERFUL 2x2x2 plus 2small oatmeal pancakes, called grand slam...BEST bacon in town!!

                                  Ground coffee to order is a10.

                                2. Anything at Cooks County and they take reservations!

                                  1. Bucato. Beautifully curated menu full of items with and without eggs.

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                                    1. re: techbod

                                      AOC has a full bar and a mostly brunchy menu. But I can happily survive on their charcuterie plate with a drink. Ditto their plate lunches. Rays at Lacma have full bar and a wonderful weekend menu also.