Forks Up! L.A.’s Top Brunch Spots For Lip-Smackin’ Weekend Nosh

Could anything top a long, lazy afternoon brunch? Seriously, after a tough week, there's really nothing better than hanging recovering over plates piled high with pastries, eggs, and tall flutes filled with bubbles. Of course, Angelenos take on this meal as if it was a competitive sport and there is certainly no shortage of arena choices to get the grub game on.
So, whether you're searching for the perfect patio, some amazing breakfast pizza, or just a simple, bottomless mimosa (hey, no judgement), your weekend is about to get heaps better! Check out our ten fave brunch spots in LaLa Land that will have you reclining in that chair and soaking up some downtime, stat. A word of advice: Go for the stretchy bottoms on this one, we won't tell...
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Blue Plate Oysterette
Who doesn’t want a side of ocean view with their late-morning dish of choice? Grab a seat on Blue Plate Oysterette’s cozy outdoor patio, take in the sea air, and devour that lobster roll and a dozen oysters like no one’s watching. Just one word comes to mind: heaven.

Blue Plate Oysterette, 1355 Ocean Avenue (At Georgina Avenue); 310-576-3474.

Photographed by Phoebe Chuason
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Oscar’s Cerveteca
Located on the quickly sprouting stretch of Rose Avenue in Venice, Cerveteca is the kind of neighborhood joint that will welcome you with high fives and one impressive, chilled beer. Small but lively, the outdoor patio is spilling over with laughter and the food is always cooked with major heart. Roll up on your cruiser and take on the chilaquiles or chorizo breakfast burger, both guaranteed to have you fueled up for an afternoon on the beach.

Cerveteca, 523 Rose Avenue (Between Rennie & Dimmick Avenues); 310-310-8937.

Photo: Courtesy of Cerveteca
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Mess Hall
Mess Hall is large, bright, and lined with brick and metal cafeteria-tray walls. There’s no shortage of seating here, including a massive, perfect-for-summer-timing outdoor patio. To top it all off, their cocktail program is on point with juleps and daiquiris aplenty. So, whether you want to grub on standards like griddlecakes and eggs or jonsing to give one of their breakfast sandos a spin (pork belly topped with cilantro slaw and egg? yes, please), Mess Hall is an easy and casual Eastside haunt ready to help you kick back and start your weekend off right.

Mess Hall, 4500 Los Feliz Boulevard (At Hillhurst Avenue); 323-660-6377.

Photo: Courtesy of Evolutionary Media Group
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Bottega Louie
Bottega Louie is an institution. If you haven’t made it past the macaron counter yet, it’s time to pull up a seat (we love them at the bar) and soak in some serious people watching over a plate of sweet or savory goodness. Hello, salmon millefeuille! Of course, no visit is complete without a stop at the famed pastry counter, so be sure to save a little room and swoop up some extra treats on your way out the door.

Bottega Louie, 700 S Grand Avenue (At West 7th Street); 213-802-1470.

Photo: Courtesy of Bottega Louie
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Inside a quirky corner building covered with green vines awaits your new, morning wake-up call. Let’s face it: There are mornings that just demand the perfect pizza…brunch style. Maximiliano does it right on this front, topping pies off with fingerling potatoes, bacon confit, fennel sausage, and eggs. For those looking to carb down, don’t pass up the quinoa with a red pepper tofu aioli. Either way, you’ve got some downtime belly satisfaction headed your way. Order up!

Maximiliano, 5930 York Boulevard (At Aldama Street); 323-739-6125.

Photographed by Phoebe Chuason
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If the line wrapped around the corner doesn’t prove that BLD is the premiere midtown brunch spot, maybe the fact that they serve breakfast seven days a week until 3pm will pull you into the queue. Fresh-made pastries and a wide range of benedict options will get your day off on the right foot (or to a food-induced lull). But, hey, it’s your day off, so have at it!

BLD, 7450 Beverly Boulevard (At North Vista Street); 323-930-9744.

Photographed by Phoebe Chuason
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Stella Barra
When an establishment greets you with a coffee and pastry bar, you know they’ve got you taken care of. Seriously, we could all use a little jolt to action on these days of recovery, not to mention one amazing, chocolate chip-and-bacon cookie. If you enjoy spying on the cooking action, be sure to nab a seat near the open kitchen and chow down on the savory breakfast sandwich or the cinnamon crunch pan purdue. We promise you’ll be settled into the ways of the weekend, stat.

Stella Barra, 6372 West Sunset Boulevard (Between Vine Street & Ivar Avenue); 323-301-4001.

Photographed by Phoebe Chuason
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Public Bar & Kitchen at The Roosevelt Hotel
If you’re in the mood for a little old-world swank while perched above the craze of Hollywood Boulevard, Public Bar & Kitchen’s classic charm will you have sitting pretty with bubbles in hand and bold flavors on plate. Whether you choose to partake in a variety of light bites buffet-style, or prefer to dive into one of their hearty signature brunch dishes (we suggest the chicken and waffles or the short rib hash), you definitely can’t pass up the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, where garnish options are akin to works of art.

Public Bar & Kitchen, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard (Between Orange Drive & Sycamore Avenue); 323-769-8888.

Photographed by Kristin Guy
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The Eveleigh
If someone were to tell us about an enchanted garden hidden off the Sunset Strip, we’d think they were pulling our chain. Alas, they're speaking the truth! One step onto the front patio of The Eveleigh and you’ll be transported to a whimsical land full of twisting vine plants, rustic wood and (if you’re smart) one of their fresh-made croissants hot from the oven. Complete your local escape by sipping on one of their vibrant, hand-crafted cocktails and get ready to float into brunch bliss.

The Eveleigh, 8752 West Sunset Boulevard (At North Sherbourne Drive); 424-239-1630.

Photographed by Kristin Guy
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Willie Jane
Serving up brunch dishes with a Southern twist and boasting one of Abbot Kinney’s loveliest outdoor patios, Willie Jane is ready to soothe your weekday woes, comfort-food style. We recommend you grub on the smoked trout benedict with collard greens or waffles coated with bourbon-glazed bananas. Heck, why not both?! You deserve to indulge.

Willie Jane, 1031 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (Between Broadway Street & Westminister Avenue); 310-392-5768.

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