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NYC 'Hounds Seeking A Saturday Brunch near the Mirimar

My husband, our ten year old, and I will be doing the PCH shebang from San Fran and arriving in Santa Monica on Wed 8/20 and staying through the 24th. We've been to your delicious city quite a few times but not in the last few years. I've spent a bunch of time reading through posts and gleaned many suggestions, particularly from the somewhat recent thread started by the Detroit-based 'hound. We plan to hit places like Guisado's and Ricky's Fish Tacos as well as Osteria Mozza and Lucques. A nice mashup. The only meal I can't quite figure out is a Saturday Brunch. I will be meeting up with my uncle and his partner from Long Beach, and as I am staying at the Mirimar thought it would be convenient to eat at Fig. Unfortunately Fig only does brunch on Sundays and doesn't open until 5pm. Back to the drawing board....

Our guests have somewhat basic tastes so something that features some classics would be appreciated. A lovely ambiance would also be great. No price constraints. Whatever you think would be a nice Saturday in So Cal experience. Disclaimer: I'm not a brunch type. Much prefer straight up lunch or breakfast ( can't wait for Eggslut!), but we want to meet up at 11 and brunch seems like the way to go. Any thoughts? I get the distinct impression you're an opinionated crew and I look forward to your suggestions.

Many thanks in advance,

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    1. re: jessejames


      You hate Abbott Kinney!!!!!!

      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

        I lived in SaMo for a while...back when it was...oh just kidding...lots of friends all over...I still like Hals for brunch, free basket of muffins, nice home fries, egg bene without gloopy hollandaise...a few screens for football...rarely ever a line or pain in ass (I don't wait in line for eggs and bacon!). I'll miss parking in front of the crack house around the corner -- Maudie or you probably live there now :)

        at least it was near the mirimar

        1. re: jessejames

          It's okay, JJ, I know.... You're just misunderstood, that's all.... Ya, how'd you know I live in the crack house now????? Hahaha!

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            I think it's underneath that modern manse that replaced it!

            1. re: jessejames

              Ya, we did a good remodel, didn't we ;)

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                the whole neighborhood!

                not saying oh I miss those quaint crack bungalos tho!

                1. re: jessejames

                  You do, don't deny it! It kept the hipsters out at least.... I know I do..... ;)

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    it's not the hipsters for me so much...it's just a little too amped up for an area that I associate with low key.

                    1. re: jessejames

                      I hear ya, just jokes! Yea you can cut the pretention with a butter knife....

    2. Tavern in Brentwood serves a nice brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and is only a few minutes away from Miramar. Make reservations and ask to sit in atrium.

      1. Mercado? Just make sure you're all okay w/ VERY hard seating surfaces (but food, ambiance, and service are very good, otherwise).

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        1. re: paranoidgarliclover

          Isn't Mercado (SM) only open on Sunday for brunch?

          Is breakfast or lunch out of the question? Fig has both on Saturdays (and both are good).

          1. re: phamschottler

            Just checked the website. Yikes! You are correct.

              1. re: mc michael

                Terrazza is a good suggestion, how about the place at Shutters as well?

              2. Not brunch, but try Cora's Coffee Shoppe.

                1. from 11:30 to 2:30, this meal is available at the very lovely Cafe del Rey in Marina del Rey


                  pretty view of the boats
                  great service
                  solid food
                  easy parking in attended lot in front

                  1. Roy Choi's Sunny Spot in Venice now does a Brunch

                    also both Superba Food + Bread
                    and Superba Snack Bar both in Venice.

                    1. Art's Table on Montana
                      3 Square on Abbot Kinney
                      Casa del Mar Hotel's new brunch place
                      Hillstone (across the street from your hotel)
                      Milo and Olive

                      If you're willing to travel, head to Bottega Louie. I personally am not a brunch person but love their brunch menu.

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                      1. re: yogachik

                        Catch at Casa del mar is Sunday only I believe.... Do they now have another spot there that I'm unaware of?

                      2. Zengo
                        Sonoma Wine Garden
                        Border Grill
                        Finn McCools
                        The Charleston (has jazz)
                        Cast at the Viceroy (drop dead gorgeous patio seating)

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                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          Finn McCools?? That's a name that says stay the f out of this joint!

                          1. re: jessejames

                            Hey they make strong drinks.... Sounds like the lady will need some strong drinks.....

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              Douchie McDouchebags was taken?

                              but noted on the strong drinks -- and yes...necessary!

                              1. re: jessejames

                                What happened? You got booted out once???? Hahaha!

                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                      ive been called worse -- as someone I love very much noted, do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?

                                      1. re: jessejames

                                        Awww. And no I don't think you're a d- bag.....

                          1. The Penthouse at Huntley has a nice brunch and stunning views of Santa Monica Bay


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                            1. re: Ernie

                              Good rec. And you can watch "Point Blank" and see Lee Marvin in action there.

                              1. re: mc michael

                                There isn't any outside dining at the Penthouse, is there?

                                1. re: bringiton

                                  If you get outside those picture windows at the Penthouse, you will be heading downwards at an increasingly fast rate until...

                                  1. re: nosh

                                    With a gun to Reese's head, Walker persuades him to give up the names of his organization superiors – Carter, Brewster and Fairfax – so that he can make somebody pay back his $93,000. He then forces a naked Reese off the balcony and watches him plunge to his death.

                            2. Do you just want to eat or would you like combine that with something else? If you can wait to eat until 11:30, the restaurant at the Getty Museum opens for lunch then and it is easy to get to from Long Beach and Santa Monica.

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                              1. re: susans

                                Presumably you're talking about the Getty *Center* (not the Villa). And you're talking about the high-end "The Restaurant" at the Center, not the Cafe? Just wanted to clarify for the out-of-towners.

                                I think it'd make a lovely lunch; brunch isn't served there on Saturdays (if I'm reading the website correctly).

                                If the OP tries this option, remember that parking is $15/car (although you can go to the Villa and the Center on the same day and only have to pay for parking once; just make sure to get a pass at the information booth).

                                1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                                  I have to say, I've loved so many of these suggestions and have spent quite a bit of time looking at menus. This most recent one, paired with the Getty, seems very interesting. We've never been to the Getty center or villa on any of or trips to LA, so it might be nice! Thank you all so much for your genrous spirit! I will be back posting some other ideas for fine tuning. My biggest issue is that I really don't like to make too many reservations in advance on vacation because I never know where the day will bring us. But for this brunch, a reservation is in order. Grazie Mille!

                                  1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                                    I should have been more clear that I did mean the Restaurant at the Getty Center. The OP said she prefers lunch to brunch and the Getty is a good place to spend time with family. There are frequently activities for kids there, too.

                                    Considering the other options she mentioned, there is a good chance they would have paid at least something for parking wherever they went.

                                    1. re: susans

                                      True (about the parking). I just wanted to warn the OP since it isn't something that I would've thought of myself, if I were an out-of-towner. I think it's a great idea for a family outing.

                                      To the OP, don't forget that, if you want to go to the Villa, you need to make a (no-cost) reservation (which you can do on-line).

                                2. After brunch/lunch, you guys might have fun strolling around the Brentwood Country Mart at 26th and San Vicente in nearby Brentwood.

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                                  1. re: bringiton

                                    Brunch is served at Farmshop on Saturdays. Best to make a reservation.

                                  2. If you don't mind driving a bit to Venice, consider Tasting Kitchen or Scopa, both doing excellent brunch.

                                    1. Roy Choi's A-Frame does all an you can eat pancakes brunch on Sat and Sundays 10-3pm