At this Peruvian fiesta, the crowds quaff ice-cold maracuya (passion fruit juice) with their beef-stuffed papas rellenas and crispy yam chips. Pan con chicharrón—roasted pork mounded into a crackly baguette with pickled onion—is accompanied by a Flintstones-size pork rib. » 1356 W. Artesia Blvd., Gardena, elrocoto.com.
Come Saturday and Sunday, San Gabriel Valley’s sea of Cantonese dim sum parlors overflows with regulars. The most coveted seats are at Elite, a banquet room known for its roe-topped shui mai, pale shrimp-filled har gow, and velvety egg custard tarts. » 700 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park, elitechineserestaurant.com.
Rutt’s Hawaiian Café
Brunch here means the Hawaiian Royales: eggs scrambled with Portuguese sausage, Chinese char siu pork, bacon, or smoked salmon heaped over rice. The creamy-centered french toast is prepared with Hawaiian sweet bread, of course. » 12114 Washington Blvd., Culver City, ruttshawaiiancafe.com.
The Spice Table
Congee, or rice porridge, has long been smoothing over Asia’s rough mornings. At his popular café Bryant Ng adds dried scallop and bacon for a smoky take. Lamb gravy blankets chive biscuits. Singapore’s beloved kaya toast oozes coconut jam before soaking up the slow-cooked egg on the side. » 114 S. Central Ave., Little Tokyo, thespicetable.com.
Kogi master Roy Choi remixes Caribbean flavors at his funky Venice patio joint. Old-school hip-hop is the backdrop for stiff rum drinks and dishes like mofongo, Puerto Rico’s sloppy but satisfying plantain-based favorite, with softly fried eggs and a splash of chili vinegar. » 822 W. Washington Blvd., Venice, sunnyspotvenice.com.