Good Eats: Best Breakfast & Brunch Spots in LA
By Shontel Horne —
Early morning meals—especially in a vibrant city—often tend to be grab-and-go, handed over from a drive-thru or skipped all together, even though we know the importance of starting the day off with a good breakfast. While there may not always be time in the AM for a full service meal, here are a few breakfast and weekend brunch spots that are worth waking up early for.
A French-Canadian haunt on the Westside, the reasonably priced bottomless bubbly and mimosas make Soleil’s weekend brunch an absolute must. While the drinks are flowing, the impossibly charming atmosphere is the ideal backdrop to a decadent array of authentic French crepes, gourmet omlettes, and entrees like the crab benedict and the quiche du jour. 1386 Westwood Blvd., L.A. | www.soleilwestwood.com
Italian food with a Cajun flare, this Los Feliz gem is an Eastside neighborhood favorite. New Orleans-born head chef Brandon Boudet isn’t afraid to experiment, with a Bourbon Street-meets-Little Italy style that’s reflected in the menu, and the blueberry ricotta pancakes with maple syrup, a breakfast and brunch staple, are superb when paired with the weekend Presecco drink specials. 2128 Hillhurst Ave., L.A. | www.littledoms.com
While the pressed sandwiches are the main attraction at this Santa Monica eatery, the selection of crepes, egg scrambles and breakfast sandwiches, served in the street facing dining room or the quaint backyard garden, is a delightful way to start the morning before hitting the office or the ocean. Mildly tart, the lemon butter crepes are refreshing and light, while the prosciutto, basil and mozzarella egg dish is a robust, Italian-inspired breakfast. 2715 Main St., Santa Monica | www.paninigarden.com
The Beverly Hills set has this modest AM locale for early morning eats, where the egg-heavy breakfast menu is served all day. Great for sharing, these big breakfasts include a corn beef hash, a lox ‘n’ bagels dish and the hearty 3-egg omelette menu that features an incredible steamed salmon and veggie stuffed dish topped with melted cheese. 308 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills | www.beverlizcafe.com
Offering a slew of creative breakfast and brunch options, the menu at Blu Jam boasts a unique eggwich, a delectable burgundy omelette and a signature crowd-pleasing crunchy French toast that’s rolled in corn flakes, grilled and flanked with fresh fruit and vanilla bean sauce. Healthy eaters need not worry; the health and fitness breakfast menu has vegan dishes and low calorie, protein driven meals like the egg and flame-broiled chicken Olympus scramble. You have to love a place that has something for everyone. 7371 Melrose Ave., L.A | www.blujamcafe.com