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Let’s Do Brunch
From gooey pastries to towering Benedicts to stiff daytime cocktails, we present a weekend’s worth of indulgence
Photograph by Andrea Bricco
The original fusion cuisine, brunch had this city sliding fried eggs onto steaks and pairing chicken with waffles long before we ever thought to shove Korean beef into a tortilla. The prized weekend ritual is also a celebration of leisure. It’s an occasion designed for us laid-back Angelenos who have no qualms about snoozing through the first half of the day and rewards such loafing with powdered sugar and endless flutes of champagne. Want a Cobb salad at 9 a.m.? Syrup-drenched brioche at 3? Vodka with all of it? No problem. Where breakfast is all about efficiency and anticipation of the day ahead and dinner can be an overstuffed grand finale, the L.A. brunch exists entirely in the moment and encourages you to linger there as long as you please. In that relaxed spirit, we offer our guide to the city’s finest brunching destinations, where the only rule is deliciousness.
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The food’s extraordinary, but the neighborhood vibe is yoga-pants appropriate
Because the rest of the world likes to linger over their weekend meals, too
When the party starts early (or maybe it never stopped)
One mimosa, two mimosas, three mimosas, four
Runny yolk meets crispy muffin: it’s wise to dress in layers
Is it a drink or a meal? The city’s most outrageous Bloody Marys
Egg-soaked, browned, and drenched in syrup—bread has never had it so good
Recipes: Brunch In Bed
Fussy dinner parties be damned. Some of life’s most memorable affairs look better in the light of day
Menudo, the classic Mexican tripe stew, is a slow-cooked Sunday tradition for many, including Bar Amá’s Josef Centeno
Los Angeles magazine's Intolerable Foodie columnist thinks "brunch is breakfast for functioning alcoholics"
You may not remember last night, but your body does. Ease your hangover with the original meal-as-medicine
What to drink while reading the September brunch issue
Seven spots we just couldn’t squeeze in to our September issue