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Sunday brunch in West LA

Hello:

My partner's sister and her husband will be staying overnight in Westwood/Brentwood (she has business dinner at Tavern on Saturday). We want to take them out to Sunday brunch somewhere in the West LA area. They live in Claremont, they don't come out here that often (at least, not for events that would allow them to stick around for eating), and they have two young children (and will be leaving them at home).

I was thinking Superba Snack Bar, Flores, or 3 Square. Anyone have any thoughts about these places (or any other ideas)? I'd like to keep the prices w/i the range of these restaurants.

Thanks!

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  1. they are counter service, which doesn't sound like what you are looking for, but there are great dishes and delicious desserts to be had at Amandine. Their omelets are ordinary, but their quiche has a great crust and rich filling and their french toast is excellent and splittable. Best croissant I've found, and other fine puff pastries and wedges of pies. Wilshire a block and a half west of Bundy, street parking and some slots behind.

    1. Joe's in Venice might be nice.

      1. Thanks for ideas.

        nosh, I live right up the street from Amandine. ;) I like it (pastries, quiche, french toast, sandwiches), but I don't love it (esp the omelettes). We are hoping for more of a sit-down place.

        perk, I went to Joe's once many yrs ago and wasn't particularly impressed. The food was fine, but not great. I think it gets pretty good reviews, though, so perhaps worth re-visiting.

        Will report back, whatever place we choose.

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        1. re: paranoidgarliclover

          Agree that Amandine's omelettes are not their strength.

          Probably not what you're looking for, and I'll get flamed for promoting the mediocre westside stuff over the SGV authentic, but what used to be VIP Seafood in that minimall on the N/W corner of Wilshire and Barrington does decent dim sum in a pretty nice setting where I've had good service in the past.

          And thinking of that location, what's the current info on the new Rockenwagner place at street level in the new building to the east? Gotten their act together? Do they offer free parking in the building's parking? Very convenient and could be very good.

          1. re: nosh

            BTW, what items have you enjoyed from the Palace? On occasion, I do have a dim sum itch that needs to be scratched, and it'd be nice to not have to drive out to the SGV....

          1. re: Eudoxus

            If he lives up the street from Amandine (as do I) then Farmshop is Very close and its good but not all that exciting IMO. I think Flores or Superba Snack bar (very good) would be more fun atmosphere with really well done food.

          2. Perhaps Fig at the Fairmont? The AYCE food and drink at Zengo might be fun as well. Superba also now has Food & Bread on Lincoln a bit North of Venice with a different menu and vibe to the Snack Bar but really good food.

            1. Great brunch at MB Post if you want to take the short drive to Manhattan Beach...

               
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              1. re: wienermobile

                Give me that sweet bun.

                I need that sweet bun.

                Sigh.

              2. I really like the roof patio at Barney Greengrass for Sunday brunch.

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                1. re: Thor123

                  Barney Greengrass is still closed for remodeling. It will be an entirely different restaurant when it re-opens.

                  1. re: maudies5

                    My bad. Then I go with Hals on Abbot Kinney.

                    1. re: Thor123

                      Tavern is by far the best best place in that area.

                      Then Rockenwagner Cafe.

                      But if you're off toward Venice, I'd also recommend Hal's. Shutters and Catch also good. Cora's too.

                      1. re: foodiemahoodie

                        OP said her guests are having dinner Sat Night at Tavern.
                        AOC serves a great brunch if they are willing to travel a bit east.

                        1. re: maudies5

                          I'm a him, but thank you for Tavern reminder. ;) Yes, had our guests not been going there the night b/f, Tavern would've been really high on our list.

                2. Coast at the Shutters Hotel in Santa Monica. It is a upscale casual and opens right out onto the beach. They are from Claremont...they need to see the ocean.

                  1. depends what you call west, but the sunday brunch at jar on Beverly west of crescent hts is dynamite...lobster benedict, pot roast hash and eggs, French toast bananas foster, fries, free coffee cake...and chill place, no wait hassle/make reservation

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                    1. re: jessejames

                      Not just lobster benedict, lobster char siu benedict. Awesome food, free tasty coffee cake (as you said), killer cocktails and it feels very very adult.

                    2. Second the MB Post recommendation but it's a bit far. I really like the brunch at 26 beach--basic but delicious food.

                      Also, if you're feeling fancy and old school, brunch at the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills is fun, and can be excellent with the right order. Try the corn beef hash--one of the best versions I've had, if not the best.

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                      1. re: Haeldaur

                        on the CBH, I agree, the best in town.

                      2. Hmmmm.... I'm liking the idea of Zengo (Coast might be a touch too expensive). I agree that they need to see the beach; the only thing is that I might be paying for it all, and I'm not made of $. ;)

                        I was also thinking about Farmshop, but I think the Brentwood Country Market might be a little too precious for them. I think they'd like the feeling of Venice more....

                        The Jar menu looks quite tasty....

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                        1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                          I like Jar, but I always think of it as a 'safe' mother's day type of place. Good and everything is well executed but.. not super exciting. If I'm in that area I'd rather go to Little next door and sit on the patio.

                          Someone mentioned Superba F&B they are pulling some excellent espresso drinks right now on that sexy La Marzocco.

                          1. re: AAQjr

                            Jar is more chill but the food is more adventurous. I like the ground beef steak with green peppercorn sauce and egg too. The spots on third can be wait and pain in ass. But more street action for sure.

                          2. re: paranoidgarliclover

                            Farmshop prices will kick yer butt almost as hard as Coast.

                            Cafe del Rey is great food at good prices with enjoyable
                            'on the water atmosphere', plus i believe they have live music for Sunday Brunch.

                            http://cafedelreymarina.com/

                            1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                              If you are paying and want quality? The Zengo ACE is a really nice option.

                              And yes, as you can see by my post, I like Jar as well : )

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Partner and I are going to Milo and Olive the evening before, so we need a change of scenery. ;)

                                Bucato does brunch??? Will have to take a look.

                                Edit: Bucato website is undergoing maintenance. What kind of food do they serve for brunch and does anyone recall the price (roughly) of the entrees?

                                nosh, I won't flame you, but I will say that I'm hoping to give our guests something relatively unique to the westside. Since the conceivably have to drive THROUGH the SGV to get back home, dim sum in Brentwood wouldn't be at the top of my list. ;)

                                  1. re: Thor123

                                    Dim sum is at the formerly named VIP Seafood on the second floor of the minimall on the N/W corner of Wilshire and Barrington.

                                    1. re: nosh

                                      Whew.

                                      For a minute there I thought you were going to say ... DTF.

                                      [smacks forehead]

                                      1. re: nosh

                                        Is that "The Palace" ?? I've wondered about that place.

                                        1. re: nosh

                                          Is that any good. My previous experiences at that location have not been great. Hope its changed as I am in the area at lunch often.

                                      2. re: paranoidgarliclover

                                        From my two visits, the brunch menu's style and format is pretty much similar to the dinner menu, with perhaps a few tweaks to make it more "breakfast-y" (e.g. more egg-centric dishes).

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          I love bucato. Never thought of it as a brunch spot.

                                    2. That Tasting kitchen thread looks awful tasty too for brunch

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                                      1. re: AAQjr

                                        Just reviewed the pics from the other thread.

                                        Ohmigod, you people are killing me w/ all the choices! =)

                                      2. Farmshop? I haven't been to Flores but I've been to their other renditions and while I don't enjoy everything that comes out of their kitchens, their biscuits really are amazing. I'm not much of a fan of superba or 3 square.

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                                        1. re: namstermonster

                                          Same biscuits from Hart & The Hunter?

                                        2. Not Fancy but just a great breakfast with really nice people is John O' Groats on Pico in West LA.
                                          http://www.ogroatsrestaurant.com

                                           
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                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                            I used to live right by there. Crowded but, killer. (Wistful sigh.)

                                          2. 3 Square has an excellent menu/brunch and the people watching is fantastic. Nothing quite like Abbot Kinney.

                                            Otherwise, Shutters or Casa del Mar are great options with beach views (and prices not much more than those on your list)

                                            1. So we decided on Superba Snack Bar. I thought it was very tasty. My partner thought it was merely good. Our guests are too polite to say what they thought, but they both cleaned off their plates. Had the jalapeƱo corn bread + honey (which was fine); braised oxtail sandwich + chips (very rich, VERY tasty, chips were wonderfully delicate and light); friend egg sandwich + potatoes (partner finished the whole thing w/o sharing any of the sandwich! Looked delicious, and the potatoes were good); french toast (oddly oily yet very crunchy; make sure you get a good part of the middle portion; otherwise, you just got crust); eggs copenhagen (eggs benedict + gravlox; looked delicious). Guests + partner complained that the coffee was pretty weak.

                                              I'd go again. I do wish they'd turn down the music, though, since the place is "naturally" pretty noisy (and loud music doesn't seem very brunch-y to me).

                                              Total damage (b/f tax + tip and including a 2nd order of the french toast) = $100.

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