If you haven't had a chance to snag your copy of the Los Angeles magazine's big breakfast issue, you're in luck. Today, their list of 20 "eye-opening" breakfasts (as well as side orders of the best pastries, celeb haunts, and boozy brunches in LA) hits the interwebs, and we've selected our favorite five restaurants from their picks.
We'd like to say we picked these joints because they impress out-of-towners or new lovers, but the truth is that we go to brunch for ourselves. Because while cracking an egg in the pan and toasting some bread isn't the most complicated thing in the world, sometimes having someone else do it for us (with a lot more butter than we would add) is the perfect way to start a lazy weekend.
For the entire experience (and a big wake up call), check out Los Angeles magazine.
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7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323-933-5300 or playarivera.com Corn is the building block of John Sedlar's flashy Latin brunch menu. Fresh cracked corn masa stars in a pulled pork tamal beneath a fried egg. A tender maize cake is dubbed "Jewish," thanks to the addition of smoked salmon and crème fraîche. The blue corn muffins with almond butter are non-negotiable. » Brunch Sat.-Sun. Photo via Playa Rivera.
11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310-806-6464 or tavernla.com The smell of fresh-baked everything hits you at the door. You can stop right there and enjoy the Larder's pretty pastries, like pain au chocolat and sticky buns. Or continue into the dining room, where sunshine pours through skylights and Suzanne Goin applies her seasonal California spin to the brisket hash and the summer squash frittata. » Breakfast daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Photo via Facebook: Tavern.
7494 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-850-7258 or saltscure.com Keep your eye on the open kitchen at this butchery-focused restaurant. You'll see sweet rolls--fresh from the oven--getting sprinkled with citrus zest, a giant hunk of house-cured slab bacon being sliced thick, and fat whole grain griddle cakes browning in butter. The menu changes every week, so the show's always new. » Brunch Sat.-Sun. Photo via Facebook: Salt's Cure
1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, 323-644-0100 or alcovecafe.com The brick patio is a people-watching scene. The line is long for a reason--several, actually: crab cake or steak Benedict, oozing panini, Nutella crepes, and a protein packed power breakfast of egg whites and chicken breast. Too good for you? Try the breakfast cocktails next door at Big Bar. » Breakfast daily. Photo via Facebook: Alcove Cafe & Bakery
2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, 323-661-0055 or littledoms.com Eggs are a specialty of chef Brandon Boudet, teamed with roasted mushrooms on country bread, sunny side up on a pizza with speck, or baked in a frittata with house-made Italian sausage. The fried potatoes might kill you; that whole bottle of prosecco for $12 will push back those Sunday errands. » Breakfast Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Photo via Little Dom's.