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Brunch Finder: So You’re Feeling Fancy
Some occasions are so special, they’re worth celebrating before noon
The small-plates restaurant’s new home would fit in among Lake Como’s stateliest villas. Here Suzanne Goin serves a sourdough that’s been stained indigo by fresh blueberries. French toast and frittatas come sizzling from a wood-burning oven. Last order of business: white peach mimosas. » 8700 W. 3rd St., Beverly Grove, aocwinebar.com.
Bouchon imparts a French air to this most American of meals. Chicken and waffles comes with a silver sauceboat of syrup. Even the Bloody Mary gets the Gallic treatment with a skewered cornichon. This is the place to order a perfectly executed omelette. » 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, bouchonbistro.com.
With high-backed chairs and pics of Old Hollywood, Jar feels classic from the get-go. The menu, though, does a good job of reflecting a wider world. The Red Medicine, a blend of watermelon and prosecco, nods to agua fresca; the chilaquiles with seared meat underscore the global reach. Pancakes bursting with corn go mightily with a side of char siu pork. » 8225 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Grove, thejar.com.
The Tasting Kitchen
The giant tree on the patio sets the stage for Casey Lane’s splendiferous morning staples, both salty (fried chicken with bacon waffles) and sweet (a cinnamon bun in a lake of caramel sauce). No wonder there’s a line down the block. » 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, thetasting-kitchen.com.
Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air
Despite the modish remodel, no patio better suits the timelessly elegant brunch. You could stop at the pastry basket, but you’d miss out on Puck’s Maryland blue crab cakes and lemon blintzes. » 701 Stone Canyon Rd., Bel-Air, hotelbelair.com.