Great Brunch Spots in Los Angeles for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2018 is just around the corner, so why not show mom your appreciation by treating her to brunch?

If you haven’t made reservations, you’ll want to get planning soon. Whether your mother likes Michelin-starred elegance, an elevated outdoor jazz brunch with views of the Hollywood sign, or Japanese food, make it a brunch to remember with the help of our list of 17 great Los Angeles spots for Mother’s Day brunch.

1. Farmhouse (West Hollywood)

Opened just weeks ago at the Beverly Center, Farmhouse showcases “seed-to-plate” cuisine using hyperlocal produce from top farms, along with responsibly sourced fish, meat, and poultry. For Mother’s Day, Farmhouse is offering a $45 prix-fixe brunch menu, with dishes like peas and burrata salad, pork belly eggs benedict, breakfast pizza topped with Fresno chilis, French toast with local bananas, herb and goat cheese omelets, fennel-scented pavlova and rhubarb clafoutis. -> More information

2. Portofino Hotel & Marina (Redondo Beach)

Baleen Kitchen, located at the four-star Portofino Hotel & Marina, is offering a luxe buffet brunch — with marina views — that includes ceviche, cracked crab claws, Asian soba salad, an artisan cheese display, omelet, pasta and Belgian waffle stations, charcuterie and crudité displays, a carving station, and more. Adults are $63, while kids are $39. -> More information

3. Panxa Cocina (Long Beach)

Enjoy the cuisine of New Mexico at Panxa Cocina, which reflects the influences of Chef Arthur Gonzalez, who as a child cooked with his Oaxacan grandmother and later dwelled for years in New Mexico before returning to Los Angeles. Panxa’s Mother’s Day brunch includes Southwestern specialties like New Mexican stacked enchiladas, a hatch chile burger, and blue corn pinon pancakes. You’re more than welcome to bring your canine along — this eatery features a doggy brunch menu as well! -> More information

4. The Ebell of Los Angeles (Mid-Wilshire)

The elegant and historic Ebell, founded over a century ago, is opening its lounge for a Mother’s Day brunch buffet, with choices such as carved roast beef, poached salmon, made-to-order omelets, fresh waffles, and bottomless champagne. Enjoy entertainment from the Y-Huan Zhao string quartet, while the kiddos can marvel at children’s magician extraordinaire The Amazing Dave. Brunch is $60 fro adults, $35 for youths 6-18, and free for kids under 5. -> More information 

5. Celestino Ristorante (Pasadena)

Renowned for its authentic Italian cuisine, Pasadena’s Celestino is offering a four-course, prix-fixe brunch on Mother’s Day for $58. Begin with buffalo mozzarella salad, followed by artichoke ravioli with black truffle sauce or spinach and pea risotto. The main course, grilled salmon with sorelle, will be followed by a special dessert: Torta della Nonna, a pastry topped with pine nuts and filled with rich custard. -> More information

6. Patina (DTLA)

Michelin-starred Patina is housed in Downtown’s iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall. This Mother’s Day, Patina’s special three-course prix-fixe brunch menu ($70 for adults/$35 for children) will feature crudo tostada, buttermilk fried quail jidori chicken, and Scottish smoked salmon. -> More information 

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7. Filifera (Hollywood)

Take in gorgeous views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory at rooftop bar and lounge Filifera, located 22 stories high at the Hollywood Proper Residences. Brunch guests will enjoy a complimentary mimosa and a sweet treat as they savor brunch classics and listen to live jazz. -> More information

8. Avec Nous at Viceroy L’Ermitage (Beverly Hills)

Consider taking Mom to Avec Nous, the beautiful modern update on a timeless French bistro located at the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. Offering a three-course buffet meal on Mother’s Day, guests can savor delicious offerings like braised short rib pappardelle pasta or grilled prawns in sauce vierge with cippolini onions. -> More information

9. ROKU (West Hollywood)

Trendy Japanese restaurant ROKU will feature a special four-course menu just for Mother’s Day. For $55, savor king crab brûlée, ginger-marinated salmon, Ume Matsu sushi with Spicy Tuna Roll, and a mini chocolate volcano. Mothers will receive a complimentary glass of champagne. -> More information 

10. The Mission Inn (Riverside)

The Mission Inn, a beautiful Mission Revival-style hotel dating back to 1876, is a National Historic Landmark renowned for its Sunday brunch. This Mother’s Day, visit the Inn for live music and traditional brunch fare, along with champagne, a mimosa bar, and luxe dishes like crab leg, Norwegian salmon, and scallop ceviche. -> More information

11. OUE Skyspace LA (DTLA)

Looking for Mother’s Day in L.A. with a 360-degree view of the city? Skyspace LA will offer an unlimited brunch at their event space high above the DTLA skyline. The deal ($60 for adults, $30 for kids 5-12) includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, a live string quartet, selfie stations with special Mother’s Day backgrounds, and a large physical Mother’s Day-themed backdrop with floral arrangements. Kids also get unlimited rides on the Skyslide. -> More information

12. Lobby Restaurant at NoMad (DTLA)

Try Mother’s Day brunch at the chic new NoMad Hotel’s Lobby restaurant. Priced at $55 per person, the menu will feature starters like carrot tartare, English pea flatbread, and avocado toast; main dishes such as lemon-poppy pancakes, eggs Benedict with salmon, or fava bean pappardelle; and an ice cream sandwich as a sweet finale. -> More information

13. Gracias Madre (West Hollywood)

Beloved Mexican vegan eatery Gracias Madre is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch, with such specials as cashew ricotta-stuffed French toast with lemon curd and berries or rosemary grilled asparagus with olives and wine reduction. -> More information

14. Jean-Georges at the Waldorf Astoria (Beverly Hills)

Jean-Georges’ luxurious Mother’s Day brunch includes such options as a chilled shellfish platter with kumamoto oysters, king crab and Maine lobster; Pacific snapper with organic potato puree; and lychee rhubarb trifle with almond crumble. Brunch begins at $155 a person. -> More information

15. Rosaliné (West Hollywood)

Ricardo Zarate’s Rosaliné is an especially fitting choice for Mother’s Day, as the renowned Peruvian chef named the eatery after his own mother. Expect dishes inspired by Peruvian flavors, such as quinoa toast with apple ginger tamarind soy dressing; a sweet potato pumpkin beignet with fig chancaca sauce; or the Mamacita Bowl with steak, chicken or mushrooms over brown rice quinoa, huacatay cilantro pesto, and mixed veggies. -> More information

16. Hotel Shangri-La (Santa Monica)

Indulge in a poolside brunch buffet and live music at art deco landmark the Hotel Shangri-La. Culinary options include a carving station, an omelet station, gazpacho shooters, assorted pancakes, pan-seared halibut and more. All moms will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and a rose. -> More information

17. Margo’s (Santa Monica)

This modern Montana Avenue eatery will offer Mother’s Day brunch specials like strawberry French toast and spring vegetable frittata, along with their popular bottomless mimosa brunch. To make things even more special, each mom will receive a free succulent plant to take home! -> More information

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Easter Brunch Options in Los Angeles

Sunday brunch is always a good idea. But when it’s Easter Sunday you know you’ll want it to be extra special. Thankfully there are plenty of restaurants across Los Angeles offering delightful springtime-y dishes in honor of the upcoming holiday.

Soft scrambled egg topped with vodka whipped cream and caviar nestled in pastel egg shells? A Viennese table laden with pastries? Detox (yoga) before you retox (imbibe)? Truffle-chive deviled eggs? Pork belly and quail egg? Check, check, check, check, and check. All this and much more — including Easter egg hunts — can be found on our list below. Happy Easter!

2018 Easter Brunch Options in L.A.

1. Champagne Brunch Aboard an Art Deco Ocean Liner. Long Beach’s fabled Queen Mary ship is offering a lavish Easter brunch with champagne and gourmet dishes from around the globe. While you’re there, join the egg hunt, visit bunnies, chickens, and a mini pig in the petting zoo, enjoy a bunny face paint, and more. ($69.95/$24.95 for children 4-11) -> More information

2. Poolside brunch with an Italian accent and New Orleans-style jazz. At Mr. C in Beverly Hills, enjoy live music from the acclaimed Mudbug Brass Band, along with a carving station featuring leg of lamb, chicken, and salmon; a crudo raw bar station; European cheese and charcuterie station; a gelato stand; and much more. Optional add-ons include $30 Bottomless Bellinnis or Belvedere Bloody Marys. ($105/$45 for kids 4-12/Free for kiddos under 4) -> More information

3. Eat and sip at West Hollywood’s newest hotspot. Newly opened (in mid-March,) the Henry, in the Robertson Boulevard space once home to The Newsroom, offers a truly special brunch, with dishes like short rib and English pea ravioli, caramel apple French toast, vegan sausage and potato hash, and not-too-sweet baked goods like the brown butter salted caramel roll. Don’t forget to summon the bloody mary and mimosa cart to your table. (A la carte; prices vary) -> More information

4. Pre-Brunch Yoga in Marina del Rey. Brennan’s Irish pub, an MDR fave since 1972, is offering pre-brunch yoga on the patio at 9 a.m. on Easter. The class, along with a post-yoga beverage of your choice, is $15. Brunch options include breakfast pizza and almond ricotta toast. Don’t miss the adult Easter egg hunt at noon. (A la carte; brunch entrees from $6-16) -> More information

5. Fish-meets-field glamour in Santa Monica. At beach-chic restaurant Herringbone, savor Easter brunch options like lobster quiche, crab and bacon omelet, or soft baked eggs, in addition to the eatery’s regular brunch menu favorites. Get comfortably numb with endless rose or bottomless mimosas or bloody marys. (A la carte; prices vary) -> More information

6. Decadent brunch in a beautiful, modern steakhouse. At Bourbon Steak in Glendale, Easter brunch focuses on a luxurious three-course menu. Start with an elevated version of bacon and eggs (pork belly and quail egg shakshuka) or Alaskan king crab louie. Mains include lobster eggs benedict with poached eggs, meyer lemon hollandaise, and caviar; Elvis French toast with bananas and foie gras; 8 oz. filet mignon with scallion potato cake, or 7-minute egg and mushroom chasseur. Finish your meal with ricotta doughnuts with red ribbon sorrel or espresso coffee cake with white chocolate bourbon caramel. ($65) -> More information

7. Sushi, lobster tails, crab, and smoked salmon in DTLA. Merging Japanese and French influences, CHAYA Downtown’s Easter brunch offers a bounty of seafood, wasabi deviled eggs, a carving station, eggs benedict, maple sriracha bacon, and much more. $60 (or $70 with bottomless mimosas). -> More information

8. Caviar, eggs and vodka in WeHo. Petrossian, the famed West Hollywood purveyor of sumptuous caviar dishes, will offer an Easter special — egg royale, merging soft scrambled egg, vodka whipped cream and caviar, served inside pastel colored egg shells — for $16, in addition to their regular brunch menu. (A la carte; prices vary) -> More information

9. Three-course French-inspired brunch in Beverly Hills. At Avec Nous at the Viceroy L’Ermitage, take in the St. Tropez vibe as you savor smoked salmon crostini, rack of lamb, crab Eggs Benedict, ceviche, macarons, and much more. ($68/$58 for children under 12) -> More information

10. Smoked salmon schmear platter & more at an artisanal bakery in Santa Monica. At Huckleberry Santa Monica, savor fare like roasted asparagus with herbed lemon dijon sauce, a market veggie and goat cheese quiche, gluten-free carrot tea cake, and much more on their brunch menu. (A la carte; prices vary) -> More information

11. Oceanfront luxury in Palos Verdes Peninsula. Terranea Resort is offering several brunch options, including an expansive Easter Sunday champagne brunch at its PV Ballroom. Check out the omelet and egg station, Hawaiian French toast, pasta and risotto station, carving station, salad bar, seafood station, charcuterie and cheese, kids’ buffet, dessert station, and more. Little ones won’t want to miss the Easter Eggstravaganza, with an egg hunt, petting zoo, crafts and more. ($105; Children 5-10 $58; under 5 year old are free) -> More information

12. Truffle-chive deviled eggs and prime rib at a sophisticated Santa Monica steakhouse. Del Frisco’s Grille, recognized for its extensive wine list and elevated grill fare, offers crab cake Benedict, chicken and waffles, red velvet French toast, six-layer lemon Doberge cake and more on Easter. (A la carte; prices vary) -> More information

13. Heritage-grain baked goods and crab quiche in Thai Town. At the always-buzzing Friends & Family, a bakery and restaurant in Hollywood, beef short rib hash topped with an egg, spinach breakfast galette, and bacon-leek quiche are just a few of the notable brunch dishes. Don’t miss the spicy yet smooth-as-silk chai latte. (A la carte; prices vary) -> More information

14. Hollywood gastropub brunch with a free mimosa or bloody mary. Farm-to-fork gastropub The Pikey is offering three Easter brunch specials: crab cake eggs Benedict, Old Bay-marinated shrimp and grits, or apricot-glazed baked ham. Each dish ($18-26) comes with a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa. In case one drink just isn’t enough, bottomless Bloody Marys or mimosas are $15 per person. -> More information

15. Soak up the sun in Manhattan Beach. At zinc@Shade at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, indulge in a lavish brunch buffet (cabernet braised Black Angus short rib, crab cakes with Cajun aioli, a gourmet cheese display, a passel of pastries, and much more). ($60/$25 for kids under 10) -> More information

16. Champagne, quail and fiddle head ferns in Beverly Hills. Let the champagne flow at The Belvedere at The Peninsula Beverly Hills as you brunch on dishes like English spring pea toast with crème fraiche, pea tendrils and radish; fennel sausage stuffed quail with spring mushrooms and cipollini; or Mediterranean sea bass with shaved white asparagus and fiddle head ferns. ($138 includes free-flowing Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne/$65 for kids under 12) -> More information

17. Live jazz, lavish pastries, and food stations galore at a Brentwood luxury hotel. A jazz trio, a visit from the Easter bunny, build-your-own Bloody Marys, a dessert-laden Viennese table, batter and omelet stations, and an antipasto display (sushi, seafood, homemade gravlax) make brunch at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel special. ($68/$33 for kids under 12) -> More information

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Fun Things to do this Spring in Los Angeles

The first day of spring is here, and there’s no better time to start making plans in the city of angels! This season you’ll have the chance to visit a mermaid museum, put yourself in the shoes of a drug kingpin or a CIA recruit, sketch like Degas, watch classic films outdoors or in 1920s Hollywood movie palaces, or steer a swan boat. Also on the docket: Attend a food festival inside the Rose Bowl, see Flying Lotus at the Hollywood Bowl, or participate in a hyper-reality Star Wars experience.

This list of some of the best spring events in Los Angeles will remind you of why this city is such a great place to live.

1. Visit the Mermaid Museum – The interactive, Insta-worthy pop-up Mermaid Museum is coming to Hollywood from March 22-25 as part of a promotion of Freeform’s new series, Siren. -> More information

2. Suit Up for The VOID’s Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire – This hyper-reality experience combines virtual reality with physical environments to simulate a rebel mission to infiltrate a secret Imperial base. Now at the Glendale Galleria. -> More information

3. See What’s it Like to Work for a Drug Kingpin – Los Angeles’ newest escape room, Stash House, will allow you and your friends to get actively involved in a crime drama — with zero chance of going to prison. -> More information

4. Learn Degas’ Artistic Technique – During the Norton Simon Museum’s Night in Focus: Degas on March 24, view Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, sketch dancers in the style of Degas while surrounded by his work, and more.  -> More information

5. Drink a Bunch of Beer – During the 9th Annual LA Beer Fest on April 7, sip a variety of unlimited samples of 200 beers from 80 different breweries. -> More information

6. Savor Delectable Food While Helping to Fight Homelessness – At Masters of Taste, taking place on the field of the Rose Bowl on May 7, some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, wineries and more will offer up handcrafted cocktails, exquisite bites, decadent desserts, fine wines and more, with 100% of the proceeds helping the homeless. -> More information

7. Take to the Streets – The latest CicLAvia event, Heart of the Foothills, will close certain streets to traffic on April 22, allowing Angelenos to bike, walk, and explore the off-the-beaten-path streets of San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, and Claremont. -> More information

8. Spend Time with Grunions – Go to Cabrillo Beach to watch a grunion run, attend the Grunion Fish-tival, or go to a Meet the Grunions event on various dates during spring 2018. -> More information

9. Improve Your Health – Check out Clean Made L.A. on April 21-22 for a vast marketplace, numerous speakers, yoga, a meditation hut and much more to help you create a healthier lifestyle. -> More information

10. Celebrate Bach’s 333rd Birthday – Visit Union Station on March 24 for a ten-hour marathon celebrating the music of the German baroque master — and enjoy free Starbuck’s coffee if you arrive early enough. -> More information

11. Fill up on Pancakes, Booze, & Art – When the Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns on April 28, check out the work of over 150 artists, listen to music, dine at the pancake bar, and sip some hooch. -> More information

12. Check out Art in Grand Park – At the Our L.A. Voices Arts Festival in DTLA, enjoy dance, music, theater, and visual art during a free public event April 27-29. -> More information

13. Celebrate The Dude – Watch a The Big Lebowski screening at the Wiltern or attend a Lebowski-inspired Bowling Party in Fountain Valley during Lebowskifest on May 25-26. -> More information

14. Party Like It’s 1977 – At the new immersive theater show Safehouse ’77, taking place at a Los Feliz bungalow until April 1, attend a “party” that’s actually a CIA recruitment. -> More information

15. Watch a Movie From a Rooftop – Rooftop Cinema Club is back in April, with screenings of both recent releases (Get OutThe Shape of Water) and enduring classics (CasablancaAll About Eve) atop the Montalban in Hollywood or LEVEL in DTLA. -> More information

16. Listen to Stories From a Secret Society of Women – Every month on the night of the full moon, the Secret Society of the Sisterhood (whose members include Pamela Des Barres and Mara Wilson) comes to the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery to share their most personal stories. -> More information 

17. Watch Classic Films at Hollywood Movie Palaces – The TCM Classic Film Festival returns to the Chinese Theater, the Egyptian Theater, the Cinerama Dome, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel April 26-29 for four days of classic films, talks with the likes of Martin Scorcese and Mel Brooks, rare nitrate film screenings, and other events perfect for the classic film nerd. -> More information

18. See Neil Young, Jack White, Belle & Sebastian, Pretenders & More in Pasadena – Arroyo Seco Weekend returns to Pasadena June 23-24 for two days of live performances from some of the greatest bands of the past few decades. -> More information

19. Save the World (Virtually) – Visit Virtual Room in Hollywood for a group VR adventure in which you’ll go back in time to ensure a better future. -> More information

20. Ride a Swan in Echo Park – Savor the simple charm of steering a swan-shaped paddle boat around Echo Park Lake. -> More information

21. Enjoy the Return of Street Food Cinema – Listen to live music, dine from food trucks, and watch a movie screening outdoors when Street Food Cinema returns to parks all across the city. -> More information 

22. (Finally) Visit Candytopia – After a months-long delay, Candytopia finally brought its immersive, oh-so-sweet Insta-friendly experience to Santa Monica, where it will remain till July 4. -> More information

23. View Cherry Blossoms – Celebrate spring’s fragrant beauty during Los Angeles’ various cherry festivals. -> More information

24. Shop at an Immersive Pop-Up – Get stimulated during Na-Kel Smith’s multi-sensory adidas shopping experience in Downtown Los Angeles on March 24. -> More information 

25. Watch a Vintage Fashion Show as You Genteelly Sip Tea – Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights will host a Victorian tea and fashion show spotlighting 300 years of fashion history on April 14. -> More information

26. Decompress at a Sound Bath – Get bathed in healing sounds at Mystic Journey Crystals in Venice. -> More information

27. Purchase Limited-Edition Vinyl at Record Store Day – Buy limited-edition vinyl and more created especially for Record Store Day, an annual “holiday” for lovers of vinyl and indie record stores. -> More information

28. Visit a Shrine to Epic Fails – The Museum of Failure enjoyed a successful run in Downtown L.A. and has now made its way to Hollywood & Highland, where it will continue to celebrate such flops as Trump: The Game, Colgate brand lasagna, and Google Glass. -> More information

29. Step Back in Time to the Vaudeville Era – Watch a show featuring burlesque, snake charming, comedy, and aerial acrobatics, follow by a Speakeasy After Party, during The Return of Vaudeville at The Wiltern. -> More information

30. Stand up for Science – Support the environment, healthcare and scientific facts during The March for Science, returning to Downtown Los Angeles on April 14. -> More information

31. Listen to World Music at the Hollywood Bowl – KCRW is hosting six events making up the World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl this spring (and summer). The first event, on June 17, will feature Flying Lotus, Little Dragon, and another act to be announced. -> More information

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The Best Brunch Spots in Los Angeles

LA’s a brunch town. On any given Saturday and Sunday, most of the city’s best restaurants serve some form of eggy goodness, and there’s a whole second subset of restaurants that exist on brunch and brunch alone, which makes sense: there’s no better meal. Not dinner, not lunch, and certainly not linner; brunch has it all, topped with a runny egg (and often, as an added bonus, served with bottomless drinks). That said, not every brunch is a brunch you should munch — which is why we’ve updated our list of the best all-around brunch spots in LA.



Jon and Vinny’s OG restaurant, and a sleeper brunch heavyweight
OK, so the brunch at Jon and Vinny’s or Trois Familia is probably what you were expecting to see here from the duo behind Animal, and for good reason: those brunches are very, very good. But Animal generally doesn’t have a wait for a table and is EQUALLY good, which gives it crazy leverage; the bodega breakfast sandwich (ham, egg, and American cheese on a kaiser roll) for less than $10 is all the reason you should need to hit here instead of one of their other spots.



The South Bay’s go-to for griddled favorites and delicious Bloody Marys
David LeFevre basically ignited the food world in Manhattan Beach, and his first outpost is still the best brunch hang spot in the South Bay. Not only can you get the signature bacon-Cheddar buttermilk biscuits, but there’s also a pork belly bibimbap, and drinks like the mezcal-and-beet-cordial-laden Lust of Aphrodite.



A longtime Westside chef’s new brunchy home
When Nyesha Arrington was at her former homebase, the Venice-beachside spot Leona, her brunch game was already A+ — but now that she’s at Native, that score’s been cranked up to A++. The unusual (and delicious) menu offerings include umami porridges, coconut brown butter pancakes, and a crowd-pleasing holdover from Leona: kimchi latkes.



Eat your eggs on one of Venice’s best hidden patios
Neighbor was one of the best under-the-radar openings of 2017, and its brunch launch was similarly buried under other local restaurant news. In other words, you can easily get a seat for cardamom-scented granola, aged Cheddar polenta with poached eggs and jalapeño, and bonito tuna on Danish rye, alongside delicious cocktails like the gin-and-blackberry Girl Next Door. Won’t you be her neighbor?



A Middle Eastern gem with an excellent breakfast spread
It would seriously be worth hitting this cute, acclaimed Los Feliz spot just for their craveable homemade bread, but it’s even more worth it when you’re dipping that bread into a tomato-stewed shakshuka, and the poached eggs that go along with it. If you’re with a group, you should definitely order the “Turkish-Ish Breakfast,” an Instagrammable smorgasbord of dips, breads, eggs, and mezze dishes that’s perfect to pick at. There’s a reason this place made our Best of 2017 list.



The West Valley’s home for eggs, pancakes, and more
The story of CiCi’s is as good as the food: CiCi, then a waitress at the Sherman Oaks brunch staple Jinkys, decided to go out on her own and open a namesake restaurant, which went on to become one of the best brunch spots in the West Valley. Over a decade later, she’s still running the game, with a massive menu that includes unique pancakes like the Night Rider (chocolate velvet pancakes topped with bananas, chocolate chips, Nutella & whipped cream), and a namesake omelette with turkey sun-dried tomato sausage, spinach, Portobello mushroom, tomatoes & Boursin cheese.



Mini-chain with truly unforgettable French toast
This beloved, ultra-casual mini-chain has expanded to six LA-area locations (and one in Tokyo!) on the strength of its all-day breakfast menu, which includes favorites like chicken chilaquiles and a wagyu brunch burger. The signature dish is the French toast, though, which is dipped in a secret eggy batter and then basted with corn flakes before it’s grilled, giving each bite a textural crunch as well as a heavy burst of flavor. You’re gonna want at least one order for the table.



Outdoor group spot that’s walking distance from the beach
There’s a ton of foliage in the back of this beach-adjacent bistro, and a ton of astonishingly creative dishes as well. The menu is gigantic, but the highlights range from burgers (topped with everything from eggs to peanut butter to spicy tuna sushi), to pasta scrambles with linguini, eggs, and homemade chili, to Hawaiian-style “Royals,” with sunny-siders over jerk chicken with red onions and bell peppers. There’s also a full bar, and (of course) sangria, mimosas, and Bloodys.



A morning-after (and night-before) favorite with killer egg dishes
Though the menu at this WeHo mainstay changes with the seasons, one standby is the Bubble and Squeak: a hangover-buster with a hash made of corned brisket, fingerling potatoes, and greens, topped with mustard seed and a sunny-side up egg. It’s as good (and sometimes lifesaving) as it sounds, and if you’re into the boozy side of breakfast, Eveleigh also serves up pitchers of mimosas and chamomile-tequila-infused lemonade for some extra morning oomph.



An all-around LA brunch classic, with a long line to match
There may be no more renowned brunch spot in LA than this now-legendary, completely bare-bones Silver Lake eggery, which started as a jarred-jam operation, but is now considered by just about everyone as one of the best breakfast restaurants in the country. Jessica Koslow, the unassuming Food & Wine-nominated chef who runs the kitchen, splashes out different specials at 8am (seared polenta cake w/ broccoli, artichoke, and fried egg) and 11am (short rib w/ sunchoke), and the must-order is the crispy-rice salad, full of texture, flavor, and love. If you come during peak hours, bring a book, or a game, or a friend — the line can take a long, long time.



Possibly the best brunch buffet you’ll ever have
This woodsy restaurant’s unfairly maligned as a hippie-dippy hang. Sure, the Sunday all-you-can-eat buffet has a ton of veggie options, but it also has all-you-can-eat crab legs, turkey sausage, and more for an extra $3, plus an opportunity to eat outside on one of LA’s most legendary decks, in the middle of the mountain canyon. If buffets aren’t your thing, you can also do a la carte dishes including gravlax omelettes and turkey and artichoke panini.



Expanded location of a tiny-but-great brunch spot
Thankfully, Salt’s Cure expanded to a larger location than its original blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Melrose home (though you can still go there for breakfast, too), which means it’s far easier to get a table without spending the day waiting in line. Once you’re seated, you’ll want to order up the 2x2x2, for what’s basically a high-end grand slam — including sausages and bacon butchered in-house. If you’re with a friend (or two?), you’re gonna want some biscuits and gravy as well. Mmm.



Eastside favorite with an in-house deli
Here’s some irony for you: Little Dom’s was originally the younger sibling of Mid-City’s beloved Italian restaurant Dominick’s — which is now closed. This means that bragging rights belong to the Eastside-only on breakfast sandwiches with wild boar bacon and steak and eggs with fennel-pollen hollandaise, as well as reasonably priced prosecco



Popular date spot with the best patio in LA
Cliff’s Edge is long-known as one of the best date spots in LA, thanks in no small part to their tree-shaded romantic patio, and there’s no reason that date can’t happen over eggs, especially when said eggs are over a bacon-and-Brussels-laden pork belly hash. The bar here is also not messing around: creative cocktails include the SLIT, made with Loft & Bear vodka, black tea, pomegranate molasses, lemon, honey, rosemary, and soda.



French toast, scrambles, and the city’s best fruit salad
The original Hollywood location of this also-in-Silver Lake no-frills cafe (with a breezy, similarly understated patio) sits under the looming gaze of the Scientology building on an otherwise unremarkable stretch of Fountain. What is remarkable is the food — the mustard and collard green baked eggs is one of the best brunch dishes in the city, and you should definitely get an order of the fruit salad, which goes far beyond melon and grapes and includes seasonal fresh picks including star fruit, mango, and dragonfruit.

Story courtesy of Thrillist. 

Weekend Events: October 6 – 8

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (October 6 – October 8) includes the L.A. Greek Festival, a Moon Festival in Chinatown, a Filipino Food Festival, CicLAvia: Heart of the City, the Fresh Coat Mural Festival, and MUCH more.


Friday October 6th, 2017

1. Multi-sensory, walk-through experience Creep LA returns to the Music Box in DTLA Oct. 5 through Nov. 12. Inspired by the Amazon Prime Exclusive Series Lore the experience is fully engaging, multi-sensory and super-scary, featuring some of pop culture’s most legendary horror myths, including vampires, changelings, werewolves, séances and possessed dolls. Happening Thursday through Sunday.

2. Eat|See|Hear returns with Front Porch Cinema, a free movie night below the stars every Friday on Santa Monica Pier from Sept. 29 through Oct. 27. This fall film series will also feature music, drinks, and bites before each screening. Guests have the option to rent old-timey lawn chairs on site or bring their own gear. The series continues with a screening of The Princess BrideFREE

3. The L.A. Greek Festival returns Oct. 6 -8 for a big fat block party featuring delicious Greek food, live music, dancing and more. Now in its 19th year, the event is a popular one, drawing over 15,000 each year. This year honorary chairs and co hosts are Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson.

4Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch at Platform LA happening Oct. 6-30 in DTLA features a fun spooky space for families to celebrate Halloween featuring an interactive pumpkin village, straw maze, a giant rocking horse ride, Mr. Bones’ Super Slide, A Jumpin’ Pumpkin and much more.

5. It’s Oktoberfest at the Pomona Fairplex! Oom-pah music, the Chicken Dance, authentic German brats and brews such as wheat beers flown directly from Germany will be on hand to help you party in Bavarian style. Happening Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. Silent Classic Horror Festival will kick of their month long fright fest with the 1920 film Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde at Old Town Music Hall located in El Segundo.

7. Knott’s Scary Farm is back with their signature haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living day light out of you and your crew. Be sure to check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

9. Get ready to shriek, because Urban Death: Tour of Terror is back at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood. This haunted theater attraction features a terrifying performance and a maze of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbing spirits that walk among us. The organizers have been creating versions of Urban Death for 12 years and the theatre group is known for creating boundary-pushing live progressive theater. Happening every Friday and Saturday this month. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. The 10th annual IndieCade gaming festival is coming to Little Tokyo in DTLA from Oct. 6 through 8 featuring 200+ innovative indie games. Test out games, attend talks, network, and meet both new creators and industry legends.

11. Back for its 8th year, Wicked Lit is a spooky immersive theatre experience that takes classic and unique horror literature and turns them into plays at the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery every Thursday through Sunday starting Sep 28 and running through Nov. 9. Check for discounted ticketsbefore making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. Head over to Torrance for one of the most celebrated Oktoberfest events in the L.A. area! Alpine Village Oktoberfest runs Sept. 8 through Oct 28 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy traditional Bavarian food, beer, dancing, and more.

13. Boo at the L.A. Zoo returns for a spooktacular season this year with a new “Nocturnal Adventure” maze and favorites like the Zoo’s “Animals and Boo” creepy crawler encounters, pumpkin-carving demos and other family-oriented fun. Weekend tickets will feature “Fearsome feedings,” during which carnivores will devour their favorite carcasses and bones.

14. The ultimate NSFW traveling showcase returns to Think Tank Gallery in DTLA on Oct. 6-7. I Didn’t Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics features a tongue-in-cheek approach to dick pics. However, it’s not just all show and tell. The event also features various panels and discussions on gender inequality and consent in the digital age. There will also be celebrity panelists on-site, including Garbage front woman Shirley Manson, Sovereign Syre (author and feminist pornstar) and Tristan Taormino (sex educator and author).

15. Now in its 6th year, the L.A. Podcast Festival happening October 6-8 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles will feature industry panels, parties, a DIY podcast lab, and a special stand-up comedy show on Saturday featuring Marc Maron and appearances by shows My Favorite Murder, Doug Loves Movies, Jackie & Laurie Show, Dork Forest and many more.

16. There’s a Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus at Los Angeles’ Rockwell Table & Stage. The 1993 family comedy starred Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker as three witches looking to feed on the youth of the world on Halloween. Only two teens, a young girl and a once-human cat can stop them. In this version expect powerhouse songs and lots of jokes. Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Celebrate the art of the music video during the 7th Annual Los Angeles Music Video Festival, taking place over seven nights from October 1 to 7 at various L.A. locations. This grassroots festival is the largest music video event in the country and includes video screenings, speakers, a juried competition, musical performances, and more. Be sure to check out the discount ticket options available for this event. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. Beyond Fest returns from Sept. 29 through Oct. 10 with 12 days of special screenings from around the globe at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

19.  Pacific Standard Time LA/LA is in full swing with a four-month-long exploration of Latin American and Latino art in relation to the City of Angels. Led by The Getty the high profile event is a collaborative effort with dozens of art institutions across the city. Check out our top highlights here.

20. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

Saturday October 7th, 2017

21. dublab is throwing itself a 18th Anniversary Block Party in Frogtown happening next to the LA River at Zebulon, Salazar and Altamirano Records.

22. Drive down memory lane during Classic Car Show & Drive-In Movie at Paramount Ranch. Explore the grounds during a move history tour followed by a screening of Back to the Future! FREE

23. There’s a brand-new Los Angeles Arts District block party happening this Saturday called Fresh Coat Mural Festival. The daylong event features nationally acclaimed street artists painting new murals and music by RJD2, Peanut Butter Wolf, The Hood Internet, Beat Junkies, Viceroy, and Poolside.FREE

24. Cal Jam 17, a 12-hour musical celebration at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino have bands like Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, The Kills, Japandroids and more on the bill. But the fun doesn’t stop there, water park, carnival rides, attractions, a mobile recording studio and much more.

25. The Kings of Leon will take to the stage this Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl with Dawes to open the concert.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. 50 Paella chefs from California, Baja and Spain will be at’ Pershing Square for the 3rd Annual Paella Wine and Beer Festival. Featuring unlimited paella tastings, the largest paella ever cooked in California with dozens of local wineries and breweries offering unlimited tastings. Tickets cost $30 to $90.

27. Tombstone Cinema presents a ghoulishly fun double feature — Ghostbusters and Hotel Transylvania — at Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery in Riverside on October 7. The final resting place for over 27,000 souls, Evergreen was established over 130 years ago!

28. Los Angeles’ first Filipino food festival EAT. PLAY. MOVE. will feature 20 food vendors and trucks serving up Filipino eats, from traditional to trendy, during the fest at Eagle Rock Plaza. Admission is free, so come savor ube, adobo, pandan, and turon from the likes of Ninong’s, Hopia Like It, Grill City, Johnny Pacific LA, Eat Bolo and many more.

29. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a free show on Saturday at The Virgil where the bar will be fully stalked and a taco truck will be parked outside for your dining pleasure. FREE

30. The Library Foundation of Los Angeles will present a demonstration and tasting of moles sauceswith Rocio Camacho at the Sylmar Branch Library this Saturday afternoon. The event is part of the on going series Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. FREE

31. The 79th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown includes sampling mooncakes and other pastries, a culinary stage, live music, a Far Bazaar and lots more. FREE

32. A Hot Wings & Craft Beer Festival will take over Santa Anita Park in Arcadia for a day of wing eating and beer tasting. If you plan to attend, be sure to check out the discount ticket optionsavailable, while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. The 8th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival is a free and all-ages event featuring six music stages, visual artists, food trucks, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. FREE

34. Time to get in the Halloween spirit. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride returns to The Old Zoo in Griffith Park from September 29 to October 31. This years theme is “Clown” and features four different freaky zones, a slew of demonic clowns, a corn maze and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

35. Street Food Cinema will host two screenings this Saturday. Batman (1989 version) at Victory Park Pasadena and Halloween at L.A. Historic State Park.

36. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of art during the Culver City Art Walk located on the strip of Washington and La Cienega where the city’s arts district resides. This event is free and open to all-ages. FREE 

37. The Brunch Crawl kicks off its inaugural event in DTLA this Saturday with four resturants and four convenient start times perfect for early birds and hangovers.  Tickets cost $15 ticket and gets you a customized Brunch Crawl cup, $2 to $6 drink and brunch specials at participating restaurants Pez Cantina, Le Petit Paris, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken and Màs Malo. Crawlers are advised to bring cash so stop at the ATM!

3845th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair taking place on Oct. 7-8 at Live Oak Park South Field is a free fair with games, arts & crafts, food, beer & wine gardens, live entertainment, and more. FREE

39. There’s a Great Pumpkin Hunt happening at the South Coast Botanic Garden from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring an imaginative scavenger hunt, light hiking, a pumpkin shop and access to the gorgeous 87-acre grounds. Great for families. Halloween costumes are welcome.

40. King Harbor Brewing is throwing an Oktoberfest! Head to Redondo Beach this Saturday and get your hands on a stein and play some beer games. Tickets cost $30 and includes a stein with four fills and access to compete.

41. There’s a Los Angeles Dragonboat Festival happening at Legg Lake Park in Whittier. Compete and dress up in a crazy costume or watch the race on the side lines for free.

42. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Goodfellas at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Selma at Montalban in Hollywood.

43. The city of El Segundo celebrates its centennial with a fireworks spectacular telling the story of the city’s history. The show will feature an original orchestral score by Jason & Nolan Livesay (X-Men, Maze Runner) and narration by Ellen Dubin. Free and open to the public, folks can reserve vip guaranteed seating for a special fee.

44. The Actors Gang in Culver City will open their season with Captain Greedy’s Carnival, a musical satire mocking greed, humbug, corruption and predatory capitalism. Follow the story of four innocents who get tricked by a legendary con man. From there on they’ll encounter freaks, illusion, terrifying exhibitions and more. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Sunday October 8th, 2017

45The Harvest Festival returns to the Skirball Cultural Center on Sunday for a grand celebration of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. This daylong festival will feature live music, dancing, a socially conscious market offering produce, locally sourced fare, home goods, craft beer, and more. FREE

46. Walk, bike or skate your way through Downtown LA when Ciclavia: Heart of LA returns on October 8. Six miles of streets branching out to Echo Park, Boyle Heights, and Chinatown will be car free, encouraging vibrant public spaces, physical activity, and community connection! FREE

47. The 5th Annual Vegan Chili Cook Off at Tony’s Darts Away will take place this Sunday with delicious chili tastings, judging and more. The judging panel includes celebrated Chef Tal Ronnen, VegNews editor Ryan Ritchie and Chef Caroline Concha.

48. The Wallis’ 2017/18 Season Opening Day, will feature a family-friendly day of free dance, music and theater programming. Join Debbie Allen as she leads a Salsa Sunday outdoor dance class. Story Pirates will also be on hand to perform a Greatest Hits Show celebrating the words and ideas of the kids of L.A. and lastly enjoy a performance by soul and hiphop big band Urban Renewal Project. FREE

49. The Big Draw LA returns with the 8th Annual Make Your Mark in the Park taking place at Grand Park in DTLA. Come draw or learn how to draw, instructors will be on hand to help, the event is free and open to all-ages. FREE

50. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will transform into a seaport of the damned this Halloween season with terrifying mazes and monsters at every turn like the Iron Master and Graceful Gale. This year they’ll reveal their newest member of the crew, his name is Chef and he’s got a carnivorous kitchen staff with a big appetite. Happening Thursday and through the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

51. The Brunch Crawl continues on the westside this Sunday with four resturants and four convenient start times perfect for early birds and hangovers. Tickets cost $15 ticket and gets you a customized Brunch Crawl cup, $2 to $6 drink and brunch specials at participating restaurants Ashland Hill, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, Plan Check Santa Monica and Cabo Cantina 3rd St Promenade. Crawlers are advised to bring cash so stop at the ATM!

52. Halloween Horror Nights taking place at Universal Studios Hollywood will immerse guests in a three-dimensional world of terror featuring a new slate of mazes, scare zones and a newly designed “Terror Tram” experience. Themes include American Horror Story, The Shining, SAW, Insidious and more.

Article by We Like LA.

18 Unique Brunches in Los Angeles

Whether you prefer a boozy breakfast or a more caffeinated morning, few weekend outings top a solid brunch experience.

L.A. always offers up a plethora of places to get your brunch on, but sometimes you want to switch things up from your tried-and-true favorites. That’s where this list comes in.

Do you want to try breakfast pizza in a West Adams party atmosphere with live music? Chilaquiles in a 1920s Spanish-style house in Toluca Lake? Share brunch with your pooch in Mid-City? Listen to live jazz at a luxury retreat surrounded by nature in Westlake Village? Imbibe a breakfast Old Fashioned paired up with duck hash in Playa del Rey? We’ve got choices.

1. The Mar Vista (Mar Vista)

This gorgeous space, opened in early 2017, is loaded with greenery and features a smartly designed Murphy bed-style stage that can be eased down the wall for frequent musical performances. Dedicated to using “ugly” produce, the Mar Vista’s menu is globally inspired and a refreshing addition to the up-and-coming neighborhood. This Sunday-only brunch is served in the company of chill DJ-spun tunes and live art. Food options include a beautiful “cranked bowl” of yogurt and shredded frozen fruit, chilaquiles, a smoked salmon-loaded baked potato, and a bacon & egg hotpot. Pair them with a bellini or a michelada for a boozy affair. -> More info here

2. Manuela (DTLA)

Located at Hauser & Wirth gallery, Manuela is an art-laden restaurant with a menu heavy on fermenting, pickling, preserving and in-house smoking. Many of the herbs, vegetables and fruit served here are grown right outside in Hauser & Wirth’s garden, while eggs come directly from the 12 rare-breed chickens in the adjacent chicken runs. Brunch offerings include hush puppies with molasses butter, grilled Texas quail with labne, a deer burger, Dungeness Crab Louie, and cinnamon churros with dulce de leche. -> More info here

3. Jane Q (Hollywood)

Located at the just-opened Everly Kimpton Hotel near the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine, Jane Q. is a bright, airy, counter-style spot utilizing lots of fresh-off-the-farm produce. For brunch, try the Savannah B.E.L.T. sandwich (pickled green tomato, pimento cheese, bacon candy and a fried egg),  the roasted sweet potato with spiced walnuts, yogurt and pickled Fresno chiles, duck confit monkey bread enrobed in mushrooms and melted teleggio cheese, or the avocado parfait. Pair these dishes with an Aperol spritz, Smog City coffee porter, or Sicilian coffee. -> More info here

4. The Ponte (Beverly Grove)

If the idea of pasta for breakfast appeals to you, check out this casually elegant Italian eatery that’s drawing crowds for its excellent Italian cuisine and superior cocktail list. At brunch, standout dishes include spaghetti pomodoro, which The Ponte’s chef Scott Conant perfected during his years with Scarpetta, and Eggs in Purgatory. A scrumptious take on shakshuka, it features eggs poached in house-made puttanesca sauce atop creamy polenta. Sip on a Lucano Correcto (composed of coffee-infused amaro, rum, coffee liqueur, coffee, chocolate bitters and cream) or the Bloody Mary made with green chile vodka. -> More info here

5. Herringbone (Santa Monica)

This seafood-focused eatery in Santa Monica offers a gorgeous, beachy decor, lush greenery, a playful vibe, and extremely fresh and delicious fish. Oyster fans will want to check out the Salt & Brine Bar’s fresh oysters with kimchi mignonette. At brunch, try the lobster scramble with Maine lobster and caviar, or the crab cake benedict with sriracha hollandaise. You can enjoy endless rose at brunch for $25. -> More info here

6. Friends & Family (East Hollywood)

Located in East Hollywood’s Thai Town, Friends & Family’s brunch is exceptional, offering dishes like olive oil fried eggs topped with chickpeas, harisa & yogurt with olive toast; baked pancake with rhubarb/blood orange house-made preserves; and duck in the hole (an egg fried within a slice of crusty bread, with a duck drumstick on the side). All the jams, breads and pastries served here are made in house, while heritage grains are used for the baked goods. Standout baked options include summer corn hand pie, spinach breakfast galette, and bacon leek quiche. Cool off with the agua fresca of the day. And who says you can’t finish your meal with a meringue ice cream sandwich? -> More info here

7. Delicious Pizza (West Adams)

Delicious Pizza — from the guys who started Delicious Vinyl — is home to one of the most delicious and unique brunch options in Los Angeles. At their West Adams location, it’s a friendly, multicultural scene that frequently offers live hip hop and jazz on Sundays. Check out the current exhibit at the location’s art gallery, then settle yourself on the spacious back patio to savor brunch selections like the Pick Me Up Pizza (topped with ricotta, mozzarella, homemade sausage and eggs), the Lean Green Pizza (laden with pesto, mozzarella, mushrooms, roasted peppers, pureed eggplant, basil and eggs), fluffy ricotta-heavy pancakes and some very tasty sangria. -> More info here

8. Aroha (Westlake Village)

The only New Zealand eatery in L.A., Aroha is a beautiful, romantic space that’s great for anyone eating gluten-free, as every item on the brunch menu can be made sans gluten. Top brunch dishes include banana pancakes with rum caramel, caramelized pineapple pancakes, and New Zealand venison sausage and eggs. Try a brunch cocktail like the Hamilton (sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, lavender and lemon) or the Aroha Nui (Mount Gay Rum with butterfly pea flower).  -> More info here

9. Baltaire (Brentwood)

A beautifully sprawling dining room, a huge patio with a retractable roof, a ridiculously good-looking clientele and a cut-above wine list help make this ultra-glamorous Brentwood steakhouse a superior place for brunch (or any meal, for that matter). Try a glass of rosé with a globally inspired dish like the albacore and salmon poké bowl with yuzu ponzu, avocado, and house-pickled vegetables, Eggs Sardou with artichoke hearts, spinach, and hollandaise on a housemade cheddar-scallion biscuit, roasted cauliflower steak with lentil chimichurri and sunny-side-up egg, or an ahi nicoise with banyuls vinaigrette & peewee potatoes. -> More info here

10. mar’sel at Terranea Resort (Rancho Palos Verdes)

At mar’sel, enjoy stunning ocean views, exquisite food, and unique drink offerings like the Pacific Granita (a cocktail served tableside and cooled with liquid nitrogen until frozen), seasonal mocktails, and a sangria basket for two. The aforementioned basket offers your choices of three unusual sangrias, including a Pinot Grigio-based sangria with St. Germain, apricot, peach, lavender, gooseberries and a carafe of Prosecco for topping up. Notable brunch dishes include grilled wagyu with roasted bone marrow rice, bok choy, yuzu aioli, and a 65-degree egg; buttermilk fried chicken with a green juice shooter, kimchee, and wild arugula; and black-ink flatbread served with a soft scrambled eggs, diced pancetta, shaved pepato cheese and red chili. -> More info here

11. The Bellwether (Studio City)

How do you improve on a Bloody Mary? Find out at The Bellwether in Studio City, where Mama Betty’s Bloody Mary is not only made from vodka infused in-house with habanero, but is also garnished with an adorable mini BLT. This Studio City eatery also features Pimm’s Cups, cocktails on tap, and brunch dishes like Eggs in Purgatory (baked in spicy tomato sauce with Calabrian chili, ciabatta bread and pecorino), the Ploughman’s Burger with Branston pickle and clothbound cheddar, or a vanilla kouign-amann. -> More info here

12. Sawyer (Silver Lake)

Serving up seasonal California cuisine with a nod to Southern U.S. influences, this Silver Lake eatery, inspired by Mark Twain’s classic Tom Sawyer, is a beautiful, airy space offering superior cocktails and seafood-centric fare. Try brunch on their lovely patio, enclosed with birch trees, olive trees and vibrant bougainvillea on chilly days the roaring fireplace can be seen put to use.  Standouts include smoked trout salad with horseradish creme fraiche, Maine lobster roll, the catfish po’ boy, pork loin breakfast sandwich and cornmeal blueberry pancakes. -> More info here

13. Ray’s & Stark Bar (Mid-Wilshire)

Situated next to LACMA behind one of L.A.’s most iconic photo sites/artworks —- Chris Burden’s Urban Light — Ray’s recently instituted its “Barky Brunch,” with a menu of canine-friendly dishes, including a chicken liver and brown rice cookie, a steamed chicken and broccoli bowl or a giant bone shaped pizza crust. Their human companions can brunch on dishes like a crispy pork belly sandwich with scrambled eggs and arugula; Croque Madame with béchamel, pistachio ham, aged gruyere, fried egg, and rosemary; or eggs tartine with Maitake mushrooms. -> More info here

14. The Tripel or Playa Provisions (Playa del Rey)

Brooke Willamson’s two Playa del Rey restaurants both offer great brunch experiences. Like the idea of a beer-centric brunch? Then visit The Tripel, known for its amazing beer flights. Here you can savor unique brunchy fare like the sweet carrot farrow with wilted kale, linguica, poached egg, and truffle pecorino, or duck hash with lobster-salted peewee potatoes, duck confit, fried egg, pancetta, and vinegar-cooked greens. At Playa Provisions, you can gaze upon the beach, listen to live jazz, sip the Breakfast Old Fashioned (bourbon, cold brewed coffee, Frangelico, and chocolate bitters) and partake in a coconut chia seed pudding, a bagel topped with beet-cured salmon, or Nutella and banana French toast. -> More info here and here

15. Cascabel (Toluca Lake)

This unique Mexican restaurant is housed within a beautiful 1920s Spanish house with original details. Exposed beams, wooden floors, windows made of leaded or stained glass, seating made of turquoise velvet or burnished leather, and an enormous snake painted on one of the walls all contribute to the very cool decor at Cascabel. Serving Mexican food with a strong L.A. influence, you’ll want to sip on a rosewater margarita, a michelada or a jamaica sangria while enjoying dishes like smoked bacon guacamole, chile relleno with chorizo, shrimp and chile soup, toast topped with anchovies, or chilaquiles with sesame salsa. To really enliven an already festive scene, Cascabel will soon feature live Latin Rock bands during Sunday brunch. -> More info here

16. The Raymond (Pasadena)

Housed within a 19th-century Craftsman house, The Raymond is a gorgeous spot to get your brunch on. Tucked away off Fair Oaks Avenue the location transports guests into a serine hideaway from the bustling streets of Pasadena. At 1886, The Raymond’s bar, talented mixologists painstakingly create some of the best cocktails in Los Angeles. A perfect brunch libation is the gin-based Ramos Fizz, lightly fragranced with orange-flower water and topped with frothy egg white. Or you may want to try a whimsically named cocktail such as the Foghorn Leghorn (made with peach black tea-infused bourbon) or the mezcal-based Woody Woodpecker from the new Cartoons & Cocktails menu. Brunch-time standouts include grapefruit brûlée, apple fritters with maple syrup, avocado eggs benedict topped with chipotle hollandaise, and savory breakfast tacos stuffed with lightly gamey house-made lamb bacon, avocado, black beans and fried eggs. -> More info here

17. Four Seasons (Westlake Village)

Located in Westlake Village, the verdant Four Seasons Hotel is an outstanding place to get away from it all. Lushly landscaped and surrounded by mountains, the resort offers a Jazz and Champagne Brunch every Sunday on its gorgeous Waterfall Lawn. Listen to live jazz as you sip champagne and enjoy the farm-to-table buffet featuring freshly made sushi, crab legs and other seafood, fresh-baked bread, organic produce and much more. -> More info here

18. Valerie Confections (Echo Park)

Valerie Confections offers up tea and dishes that pair well with it, their recently expanded tea program includes small-batch artisanal tea brands offering robust flavors like velvet cacao, blood orange, and smoky green akinomori houjicha. Settle in on the shaded patio with a hot, aromatic cup as you enjoy dishes like kale and goat cheese bread pudding with a fried egg, the croque madame with onion marmalade, or an herb-and-goat-cheese scone. -> More info here

Article courtesy of We Like LA.

Weekend Events: August 11 – 13

There’s always something to do in Los Angeles! This weekend, enjoy a Hello Kitty cafe truck, a jazz festival, CatCon, and MUCH more!

Below is a rundown of events happening in and around the city.

Have fun!

Friday August 11th, 2017

1. Free summer movie screenings at Pershing Square.

2. Shakespeare By The Sea at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach.

3. ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Tours of The Gamble House in Pasadena

4. Summer Supper + Show Series at the Ritz-Carlton in DTLA.

5. Dine LBC.

6. Grand Performances in DTLA.

7. Sundance NEXT FEST at Ace Hotel.

8. Los Angeles Dodgers Friday Night Fireworks.

9. Summer Nights in the Garden at the Natural History Museum in DTLA.

10. MUSIC + DANCE+ LA II presented by the American Contemporary Ballet.

11. Belcampo’s two year anniversary. $2 fast burgers from 2 p.m. until close.

12. teaming up with North Shore Animal League America and sponsoring pet adoptions at select L.A. shelters.

13. Dance DTLA at Grand Park.

14. San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Movie Nights.

15. FIGat7th Downtown Festival.

16. Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center.

17. KCRW’s 2017 Summer Nights at Union Station.

18. 626 Night Market at the Santa Anita Park.

19. 30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival.

20. Free Shakespeare this summer at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.

21. Wine Tasting Nights at The Barnsdall Art Park.

Saturday August 12th, 2017

22. Street Food Cinema at Eagle Rock Rec Center and at Syd Kronenthal Park.

23. Summer Block Party hosted by Malibu Country Mart.

24. BeautyCon.

25. Hello Kitty Cafe Truck pop-up in Cerritos.

26. San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Movie Nights.

27. Performance by Aaron Taylor Kuffner and I. Nyoman Wenten. Titled Gameltron, at the Hammer Museum.

28. Eat|See|Hear at The Autry.

29. Shakespeare By The Sea in Manhattan Beach.

30. Summer of Music at Redondo Pier.

31. Rooftop Cinema Series on the roof of Corporate Center Pasadena.

32. BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena.

33. Thrillist Taco Knockout in DTLA.

34. CatCon 2017 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

35. BrunchCon at The Reef in DTLA.

36. Propel Water’s Fitness Festival.

37. Tribute to Daft Punk at The Regent in DTLA.

38. Bite at the Beach Food, Beer & Wine Event at the MBS Media Campus. Presented by The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce.

39. Marina del Rey’s free Summer Concert Series at Burton Chace Park.

40. Movies on the Green at the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills.

41. Grand Performances in DTLA.

42. LA Indie Improv Festival.

Sunday August 13th, 2017

43. Dog Day Afternoon presented by The Lincoln.

44. Grand Performances in DTLA.

45. Free museum daysMuseum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum

46. 4th Annual Burbank Comedy Festival.

47. CicLAvia in San Pedro and the Wilmington area.

48. Swingin’ Summer at The Wiltern.

49. The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Bridesmaids presented by Rockwell Table & Stage.


Popular Breakfast Spots In Los Angeles

Los Angeles has plenty of options when it comes to breakfast–food in general! Those with a 9-to-5 job, may not get to enjoy breakfast with friends during the week, but on the weekends–that’s an entire different story! Angelenos love to have brunch, some even tend to eat breakfast all day! 

Below are some of LA’s best breakfast destinations to enjoy over the weekend. 

Wexler’s Deli – 317 South Broadway at Grand Central Market in DTLA.
616 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica. 

Paper or Plastik – 5772 West Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. 

Aroma Coffee & Tea – 4360 Tujunga Ave. in Studio City. 

Photos via Destroyer

Destroyer – 3583 Hayden Avenue in Culver City.

SquareOne_Yelp.jpgSquare One Dining – 4854 Fountain Ave. in Los Angeles.

Kitchen Mouse (Photo via Kitchen Mouse/Facebook)

Kitchen Mouse – 5904 North Figueroa St. in Los Angeles. 

Photo by Nadine C. via Yelp

NBC Seafood – 404 South Atlantic Blvd. in Monterey Park.

Photo via Manhattan Beach Post/Facebook
Manhattan Beach Post – 1142 Manhattan Ave. in Manhattan Beach.