Like any marriage, the coming together of breakfast and lunch needs the occasional breath of fresh air. Whether you’re going for a short stack with the kids or drinks with your buds, if you’re going for brunch in LA, these fantastic spots also offer a touch of the unexpected.
Best Brunch With a View
Though omelets and mimosas are delicious, having breakfast and cocktails at noon is more about the experience than the food—and nowhere is that more apparent than at Castaway. Nestled in the rolling Burbank hills overlooking the San Fernando Valley, this LA icon has held the title of best brunch in LA for years, and yet it never gets old. Nicknamed “The Jewel on the Hill,” Castaway offers a plethora of brunch delicacies served up with one of the best views in the city. Snag an umbrella-shaded table to cozy up with your date on the enormous wooden deck. Fill your plates and bellies at the overflowing buffet featuring fresh oysters, mouth-watering carving stations, silky chocolate fountains, and the not-to-be-missed, crispy, decadent fried French toast. Sit back and take in the clear blue skies and misty, green valley as you enjoy each other’s company. You’ll never want to leave. Luckily the mimosas, like the view, are endless.
Best Brunch With Kids
Any time is the perfect time for waffles when you’re dining with a five-year-old, but do your adult self a favor: leave those sad, flat things in the freezer and grab a brunch treat the whole family can enjoy at More Than Waffles. Make the most of your little ones waking you up at the crack of dawn and arrive early to beat the inevitable crowd that is drawn to the siren song of their golden, light-as-air Belgian waffles. Hidden away in a strip mall, the casual, cozy dining hall trimmed with lace and flowers makes you feel like you’ve stepped into your grandmother’s kitchen for a home-cooked meal. Order the bacon and cheddar crisp waffles topped with slabs of bacon and oozing with cheese. Let the kids indulge in waffles dipped in chocolate and topped with strawberries and ice cream.
Best Brunch With Drinks
Brunch with buddies just wouldn’t be the same without creative cocktails, and at Harlowe in West Hollywood it’s all about those drinks. Arrive thirsty and grab one of the wooden booths at this swinging joint decked out in elegant, vintage décor. Resist the urge to run home for your bowler hat and pocket watch, and instead turn your attention to the enticing drink menu curated by renowned mixologist Dushan Zaric. No run-of-the-mill mimosas here. Instead, order the wakey, wakey: a concoction of bacon-infused bourbon, a trickle of maple syrup, and pinch of coffee dust. Or kick things up with the breakfast of champions—housemade Bloody Mary mix with a punch of gin or tequila, depending on your fancy. Pair your drinks with the eggs Benedict, swimming in rich, creamy brown butter hollandaise sauce, or the sweet potato gnocchi, fluffy pillows filled with confit pork belly, marshmallow, and salted caramel.