26 Beach Restaurant
Want a variety of options for brunch? 26 Beach, located on Washington Boulevard in Marina Del Rey, just minutes from LAX, offers delicious options from tiramisù French toast, made with espresso-flavored challah bread, to pasta scrambles like ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ made with pesto, Black Forest ham and linguini. Top off the meal with espresso, cappuccino, latte, or organic coffee and blood orange juice. Get there early as it is frequently busy on the weekends.
26 Beach, 3100 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA, USA, +1 310 823 7526
Truxton’s American Bistro
Waffles and healthy options and breakfast sandwiches, oh my! Truxton’s in Westchester offers a tasty selection of traditional and not-so-traditional brunch options. This contemporary establishment aims to please with fast service and a bar that serves a wide variety of drinks from café mochas to cranberry basil spritzers. Check out Truxton’s for a good meal between flights.
Truxton’s American Bistro, 8611 Truxton Ave., Westchester, CA, USA, +1 310 417 8789
Café Buna, a little café on Washington Blvd, has a huge menu and too many delicious options to choose from. With corn flake-crusted French toast and even gluten-free corn bread French toast topped with strawberries and banana and a sprinkling of powdered sugar, Café Buna provides modern comfort food for everyone in the family. With a casual atmosphere and the friendliest servers and bus staff around, Café Buna is a relaxing place to get a delish meal before heading off on your trip.
Café Buna, 3105 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA, USA, +1 310 823 2430
Dinah’s Family Restaurant
Don’t let the outside of this L.A. staple fool you. This family establishment offers something for everyone and is fortunately just a hop, skip, and a jump from LAX. Dinah’s has a vast menu and a kitschy 1950s feel that makes you feel like you stepped into a time machine. While being known for their ‘famous fried chicken,’ the apple pancake, which is bigger than the plate it comes on, is a stand-out choice. Chicken and waffles as well as German pancakes, homemade orange juice, made on site, and thick bacon all make Dinah’s an easy choice for people looking for options, good prices, and quick service.
Formerly called Overland Café, The Overland offers many of the same dishes but a cooler, hipper atmosphere. There are only four things you need to know about The Overland: unlimited champagne brunch $6.99. While the wait can be long, it is well worth it for the mimosas alone, but dishes like carnitas con huevos and eggs Florentine with country-style boneless short ribs make The Overland a popular spot for locals.
The Overland, 3601 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 559 9999
A little bit of France can be found in Culver City at Café Laurent. This quant café is a city favorite on the weekends because of its traditional French cuisine and Parisian atmosphere. Brunch consists of choices of French toast made with brioche, croissant with eggs, Swiss cheese, bacon or ham, quiches, crêpes, and omelettes all the way to sandwiches and even burgers. Be sure to leave room for their fabulous crème brulée and a café au lait.
Café Laurent, 4243 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA, USA, +1 310 558 8622
Rutt’s Hawaiian Café
Great Hawaiian food is what Rutt’s Hawaiian Café is all about. The tiny café can frequently be seen from a distance due to the line out the door on a weekend morning. While Rutt’s has some standard breakfast fair, like omelets, egg sandwiches or pancakes, try the famous Royales. Royales are scrambled omelets served over white rice with teriyaki sauce, onion, bean sprouts and a roll (upon request). Be prepared to take some leftovers with you or don’t eat for a day before going. This place will fill you up!
Rutt’s Hawaiian Café, 12114 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA, USA, +1 310 398 6326
Blue Daisy Café
Tasty brunch and celebrity sightings? Yes, please! Blue Daisy, located in Santa Monica, may well provide both. One of the best items on the brunch menu is the figs, honey and goat cheese on crispy bread: simple, rich, amazing. Salmon Benedict is another satisfying choice for the fan of sinful hollandaise.
Blue Daisy Café, 609 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, USA, +1 310 395 9777
Chez Melange is an upscale market and gastropub located in Redondo Beach. Breakfast cocktails like the Bloody Oink (bacon-infused Pinnacle Vodka with Bloody Mary mix.) or the classic greyhound (Blue Ice Vodka with grapefruit juice) pair perfectly with either the small-plate options like chez beignets or larger plates like risotto carbonara. Chez Melange is a great place for a bite between flights or a romantic brunch with a new flame.
Chez Melange, 1611 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA, USA, +1 310 540 1222
The Coffee Company
There is a reason this place is called The Coffee Company. The coffee is fabulous. Espresso, cappuccino, lattes, mochas, all of these are not only good for a caffeine pick-me-up but are really tasty, too. Get a latte and try the country-style chicken hash or the fresh fruit collage crepe. The food is great and service swift for people who are limited on time.
The Coffee Company, 8751 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 645 7315