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Nov 22, 2013 09:38 PM

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.