Brunch in Los Angeles
Make a meal of it
It’s true that it’s always midday-ish somewhere. And in L.A native Angelenos take full advantage of that fact. For your next trip to L.A. we’ve unearthed the best spots, cafés, diners and pop-ups to have brunch in Los Angeles.
Breakfast By Salt’s Cure
A spin-off of the highly successful Salt’s Cure on North Highland Avenue, Breakfast has been making waves with brunch aficionados for a while now. While there’s no alcohol available on the menu as yet, it is a great choice if you’re in the Santa Monica Boulevard neighbourhood. Known for their oatmeal griddled cakes which come with a variety of toppings, you should also try the arugula salad or the breakfast sandwich if want to cut to the chase and take a big bite of everything. And if you’re wondering what the “picnic ham” is on the menu, it’s BBSC’s name for their molasses-cured pork shoulder.
Address: 7494 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046.
This is the spot to hit if you want to go bottomless. While most places limit the refills to coffee and sodas, at A-Frame you can go to town on the mimosas, bottles of Dos Equis lager, bloody Marys, micheladas and the pancakes. Located halfway between the Mar Vista and Venice neighbourhoods, this brunch spot serves all your breakfast treats but has roots in Hawaiian food culture. The staff here are a friendly bunch and are always on hand to debunk some of the menu’s comedy themed items. Try the Sam Witch for size and get a sample of its sweet Hawaiian bread base.
Address: 12565 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90066.
Unleash your inner beast and get ready to tackle the enormous menu at Animal in the Mid-Wilshere neighbourhood of L.A. Most locals will know, due its minimalist décor and by word of mouth, that this eatery is the creation of the people behind restaurants such as Jon & Vinny’s, Trois Familia and more. If you’re new to Los Angeles then don’t get overwhelmed by the selection – there’s something for every taste and dietary requirement. There’s the cocoa hemp granola for instance, served with local berries and avocado honey or if you’re particularly ravenous, why not get to grips with the steak and eggs, served with foie gras sauce and collard greens. Drinks-wise, we suggest ordering the aptly-named Morning Glory which is an Amaro, RumChata and nutmeg blend.
Address: 435 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Inn of The Seventh Ray
If the name of this Topanga Canyon restaurant is a bit of a mouthful, wait until you see the menus. Hiking through the nearby canyon is hungry work and The Inn has just the tonic. They serve brunch throughout the week and, on weekends, have separate unique menus for Saturday and Sunday. At this picturesque breakfast spot there are options for vegetarians, vegans, celiacs and of course meat lovers and for $36 – it’s all-you-can-eat.
Address: 128 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga, CA 90290.
The Original Pantry
Cheap, convenient and almost never a queue around the block, there’s nothing like a neighbourhood café when hunger strikes. The Original Pantry is located Downtown, open 24 hours a day and serves brunch all day and all night. It may be a greasy spoon but there’s a healthy selection of salads and the sourdough French Toast also ticks many boxes.
Address: 877 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
As you’ve probably guessed, Benaddictz takes its name from a breakfast classic. Created by LA-native Justin Foronda, this is the pop-up brunch to wait around for. Their signature dish is a Filipino take on the eggs benedict; replacing traditional English muffins with crispy rice patties and swapping the ham with chicken adobo. Other experimental dishes to look out for include the Maja Blanc Waffles and the crispy plantains served with green mango salsa. As brunch ideas go, this is definitely worth signing up for and finding out when the next one is.
Address: Various locations.
No trip to L.A is complete without visiting an old-school diner. Think swinging doors, jukeboxes, thick milkshakes and soul music. Foxy’s in Glendale fits the bill with all of the above and goes one step further with its south of the border-inspired menu. If you love a brunch involving tortillas then dig into a Leaning Tower of Mexico complete with over easy eggs, Spanish rice and black beans.
Address: 206 W Colorado St, Los Angeles, CA 91204.