Where To Brunch In That Neighborhood You Think Is West Hollywood, But Actually Isn’t West Hollywood

The best brunch spots in Beverly Grove.
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Raise your hand if you think everything between Beverly Hills and Koreatown is West Hollywood. Raise your other hand if you thought all of Los Angeles was West Hollywood. Now put your hands back on the steering wheel. It’s not breaking news most people have no idea where anything is in this city, and when asked, “Weho” is simply the easiest answer. But the area roughly between La Cienega and Fairfax, south of Melrose is Beverly Grove - home to The Grove, girls taking pictures of their salads on 3rd St, and one of the best brunch situations in LA. From quiet sidewalk cafes with great coffee to rowdy mimosa throwdowns, everyone’s favorite made-up weekend meal thrives here, even if you aren’t totally sure where you are.

These are the 11 best brunch spots in that neighborhood you think is West Hollywood, but actually isn’t West Hollywood.

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The best restaurant in Los Angeles does a weekend brunch and one could argue humanity doesn’t deserve it. This is not the brunch you eat on the same day you decide to start triathlon training. You go to Animal on a Saturday or Sunday morning to eat a concerning amount of meat, give cholesterol the middle finger, and feel like a superstar. The menu is a combination of things from the dinner menu like the oxtail poutine and the “boner burger,” alongside (slightly) brunch-ier things like the foie gras loco moco and a pastrami reuben benedict.

If you’re not good at planning ahead far enough to get a reservation at Jon & Vinny’s, try going there for brunch instead. That LA’s trendiest Italian restaurant does a solid brunch is a fact unknown to most people, but you can make the most of that gap in the city’s knowledge with a reservation that isn’t three Saturdays from now. You won’t be able to get any of their pastas until 11:30am, but they do great classic breakfast food until then, including one of the best egg and bacon sandwiches in LA.

Eating at AOC can feel like you’re on the set of a romantic comedy, in that scene where the clumsy but beautiful heroine knocks over Patrick Dempsey’s wine glass and they lock eyes. What we mean by this is that AOC has an incredible patio and an atmosphere that’s definitely upscale but not at all stuffy. The brunch menu is just as interesting as what happens at night - think duck confit hash and asparagus with polenta, along with breakfast potatoes we think about regularly.

As well-known as this laid-back BYOB taco joint is, chances are you didn’t realize Escuela also serves brunch. But they do, and the bacon and avocado tacos, chorizo con huevos, and housemade migas are all solid. Plus, the rest of the menu is available during brunch as well. And so is that BYOB policy. Stay safe out there.

King’s Road’s menu is straightforward: you’ll get your spinach omelettes, buttermilk pancakes, and eggs benedicts, and everything will taste fine. And you know what? Sometimes that’s all you need, especially at a place where you can always find a seat, the waitstaff is actually nice to you, and they serve some of the best coffee in the whole city. On those hazy Sunday mornings when the idea of waiting in an hour line somewhere sounds excruciating, King’s Road always does the trick.

Can you even post a photo of you at brunch on social media if there isn’t a pool in the back? That’s why there’s Tart - the standard-bearer for all things rowdy poolside brunch. Technically the ground-floor restaurant of The Farmer’s Daughter hotel on Fairfax, Tart’s menu has everything from scrambles to salads to a breakfast lasagna that’s definitely worth checking out. Not to mention their massive punch bowls that aren’t lacking in alcohol content. Related: If you jump if the pool with your clothes on, your meal is 50% off.

Here’s the unavoidable truth about Blu Jam: It’s crowded. Really, really crowded. They also don’t take reservations. But that doesn’t change the other truth: this small cafe on Melrose is still doing brunch better than most restaurants in the area. You’re here for their crunchy French toast, the brioche churros, and any of the benedicts. And for your constantly dieting friend, they have a large healthy section that isn’t bad either. They open at 8am everyday, so if you’re looking for an insider tip on how to beat the crowds, get out of bed and go early.

Joan’s might have a reputation for being basic, but we prefer to think of it as classic. Sure, there are plenty of tourists mistaking people in sunglasses for actual celebrities, and there’s nothing on the menu you wouldn’t find at every other brunch spot, but there’s something about the circus (and still very solid food) that keeps us coming back. Order a fried egg sandwich inside, put your name down for a seat outside, keep your sunglasses on, and wait for someone to ask for your autograph.

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