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There is no shortage of eateries to satisfy a pre-noon craving in Los Angeles. From classic comfort food to wholesome plant-based fare and global cuisine, LA is awash with brunch options. Here are our top 10 spots to help you start your day off right.
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Passers-by often wonder if the long line and crowds are worth it, but at Gjusta, we argue that it absolutely is. This Venice darling opened in 2014, alongside its partner restaurants Gjelina and Gjelina Take Away. If you’re looking for quintessential Californian breakfast food to start the day, Gjusta is the best option of the three. The bakery-café-deli offers everything from freshly baked bread, meat options and a full menu featuring anything-but-basic sandwiches, salads with farmers’ market-sourced veggies, and comforting bowls. A few highlights: Turkish eggs, nestled in a chickpea and harissa stew ideal for chilly, overcast days, and the lox rosti completed with dill, crème fraîche, and bright pink pickled onions.
Another favorite in centrally located Los Feliz is All Time: a quaint breakfast and brunch bungalow on Hillhurst Avenue. Those seeking a cozier breakfast experience won’t be disappointed at this neighborhood go-to; the interior is decorated with eclectic prints, plants and plentiful natural light. Menu options feature both savory and sweet within an affordable price range – one dish to highlight is the B.O.A.T (or, Best of All Time), which, in celebrating Los Angeles’ global cuisines, includes plantains, fried eggs, black beans, avocado and warm corn tortillas.
If bread is your thing, then make sure to stop by this Culver City gem, which absolutely deserves more attention. Lodge Bread Co. offers up warm loaves of bread baked in-house, such as a filling seeded country and bold German-style rye. The drool-worthy menu is full of wonderfully glutinous breakfast food. Toast is, as you’d expect, the meal’s highlight. Ask for the ricotta and jam for a creamy, sweet option. For savory lovers, the charming bakery and café also makes a cured fish plate worth trying. At this location, it is hard to not take a loaf home for snacking later.
Any Los Angeles breakfast list would be amiss without a to-die-for breakfast burrito option. And it’s challenging to find a better breakfast burrito than the one at Tacos Villa Corona in Atwater Village. Potatoes, eggs, optional meat and veggies are wrapped into a chewy, sturdy tortilla – there’s a reason this mom-and-pop stop is adored by locals and often boasts a long line on weekend mornings. Hungry people are willing to brave the wait for the enormous breakfast burritos that made Tacos Villa Corona famous, attracting names like the late, great Anthony Bourdain. Originally take-out only, the restaurant expanded its hours last year, so breakfast burritos are available for lunch and dinner, too.
Food journalists-turned-restaurateurs Heather Sperling and Emily Fiffer opened Botanica along Silver Lake Boulevard in 2017 – and it is everything a Silver Lake restaurant aspires to be. After fawning over a curated front-of-house market stocking select wine and coffee, guests are ushered into a gloriously well-lit space, replete with a long bar and banquet seating. Perfectly unkempt flower arrangements match the vegetable-heavy menu items, which feature a curated handful of herbs and greens – even the occasional edible flower. Prior to a walk around Silver Lake Reservoir, indulge in the decadent orange-almond tea cake topped with cream and fruit. The menu proclaims, “Cake for Breakfast!” and one can’t help but agree, especially when the cake is this beautiful and delicious.