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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,
Lisa

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    1. re: jessejames

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      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: 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?