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The Eastside Brunch Guide

PHOTO: Jakob Layman

The neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and Echo Park have long been among the city’s best areas for brunch. Chalk it up to a dense population of all-day cafes or the locals’ unrelenting urge to find the purest form of egg white, but it’s hard to walk 10 yards on the Eastside without stumbling past an above-average veggie scramble.

Brunch in these neighborhoods can get overwhelming (and extremely crowded), so we’re here to make sure you and your friends actually enjoy yourselves. Here are the 21 best brunches on the Eastside for weekend glory.

the spots

1

Sqirl

Silver Lake
720 N. Virgil Ave.
8.9
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Your pottery and wine class went crazy late last night, and you’re a little red-eyed. Time for the most quintessential Eastside brunch in existence - Sqirl. The lines at this daytime only, order-at-the-counter spot can get a bit rough over the weekends, but our recommendation is to just grin and bear it. Because once you sit down with that brioche toast and sorrel pesto bowl staring back at you, it’ll all be worth it.

2
7.8
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Square One has been around for years and is still the Eastside’s best bet for a simple, quality brunch or breakfast. Only open till 3pm, lines can get long here on the weekends, so try to beat the rush if you can. The original location on Fountain Ave. will always be our favorite, but its newer location up on Hyperion in Silver Lake has the same great food and is order-at-the-counter if you don’t have all day. Eating the brioche French toast is a religious experience.

3
8.9
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It should come as no surprise that one of LA’s best restaurants also has a pretty phenomenal brunch situation. They don’t accept reservations, so get there early or be prepared to put your name down and walk around Frogtown for 45 minutes. But once you’re on that patio you’ll find almost the exact same menu you love from dinner, with a bunch of brunch stuff added in. Chorizo plate? Shrimp quesadilla with a fried egg on top? It’s all worth the wait. Important: they do brunch on weekdays as well.

4

Botanica

Silver Lake
1620 Silver Lake Boulevard
7.6
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The fact that there’s now a restaurant that says they believe “healthful cooking can be vibrant, creative and wildly satisfying” means we’ve hit peak Silver Lake. But the good news is peak Silver Lake still means food you actually want to get out of bed for. Botanica is located on Silver Lake Blvd a few blocks from the reservoir and is the kind of bright, airy cafe you only thought existed in Katherine Heigl movies. But it’s real, and its produce-focused menu is the brunch you need after that 2am burrito last night. Get the Turkish eggs and a side of bacon.

Photo: Jakob Layman
5

HomeState

Los Feliz
4624 Hollywood Blvd.
8.3
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Last night’s Echoplex outing got a little sloppy and you woke up with three separate “Tristan”s in your phone. Time for breakfast tacos at HomeState. The order-at-the-counter Tex-Mex spot has a constant line, but they also manage it extremely efficiently. If you can’t deal with interacting with other humans, you can also place your order online ahead of time and it’ll be there waiting for you and your hangover.

6

Little Dom's

Los Feliz
2128 Hillhurst Ave.
8.3
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Little Dom’s is probably best known as the place you fell in love with the person it eventually didn’t work out with, but sexy date night aside, this Los Feliz mainstay also has one of our favorite brunches in the area. If you’re looking to get in early and still make something of your Saturday, they start serving at 8am. But after housing a scrambled egg bruschetta and some speck pizza, we’re going back for a nap.

7

Mixed Company

Silver Lake
3909 W Sunset Blvd

At some point, you’d think Silver Lake would reach max capacity for casual, all-day cafes, but you’d be wrong. Case in point: Mixed Company, the new cafe/bar right next to The Black Cat in Sunset Junction. Open every day at 7am, we like this place simply because it’s a low-key spot with solid food that isn’t a complete production to get into. Brunch goes from 9am - 5pm daily, with your requisite grain bowls and an English muffin sandwich section we would encourage you to get involved with. Note: they only serve beer and wine.

8

L&E Oyster Bar

Silver Lake
1637 Silver Lake Blvd
7.8
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Another place more well-known for being your date-night (or oyster happy hour) go-to, L&E also does a great brunch. The same excellent oysters make appearances not only in raw form, but also fried and tucked in an omelette with peach-infused hot sauce. Other hangover options include Moroccan spiced eggs and a biscuit breakfast sandwich that will wash away all lingering regret from last night.

9

Mustard Seed Cafe

Los Feliz
1948 Hillhurst Ave

We love Mustard Seed for several reasons. For starters, the only people who go here are locals, meaning you get to bypass the hordes of aggressive weekend warriors. Second, the food is excellent. And lastly, you’ll probably see at least one cast member of It’s Always Sunny eating eggs. This is a true neighborhood spot that’ll never disappoint.

Photo: Jakob Layman
10

Edendale

Silver Lake
2838 Rowena Ave
7.3
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Somewhere along the way, Edendale transitioned from being that place you went to because eating eggs in a converted firehouse sounded cool to being a bonafide Eastside standby. The setting is definitely still cool, but Edendale established its loyal following through good food, excellent drinks, and a front patio you’ll spend all day in.

Photo: Benji Dell
11

The Semi Tropic

Silver Lake
1412 Glendale Blvd

When you’re sick of waiting in the hour-long lines everywhere else on Sunset Blvd, just go to The Semi-Tropic. The coffee shop/wine bar/all-day hangout doesn’t have the most inventive or drive-worthy brunch on the Eastside, but if you’re in the area and just need some goddamn eggs, this place will do the trick. It’s also a great, casual space off the beaten brunch path, with big couches ideal for working off a hangover.

12

Spoke Bicycle Cafe

Silver Lake
3050 N Coolidge Ave

Completely bored of every brunch spot on the Eastside? Go to Spoke Bicycle Cafe. Located right on the LA River bike path in Frogtown, this tiny spot started out as an actual bike shop, but has morphed into an outdoor cafe/community hangout that’s unlike anywhere else in the city right now. You order off the simple (and vegan-friendly) menu at the indoor counter and then sit at one of the big picnic tables outside, scarf down some ricotta toast, watch the cyclists come in and out, and listen to a live band playing in the corner.

Photo: Jakob Layman
13

Millie's Cafe

Silver Lake
3524 W Sunset Blvd
7.2
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This list has plenty of new spots, but few compete with one of the oldest brunches of them all: Millie’s. The 90-year-old breakfast landmark has been curing LA’s hangovers since prohibition, with everything from omelettes to benedicts to burritos to something they call the Devil’s Mess. It’s not the best food around, but it’s an Eastside classic that’s always there when you have no patience for lines and just need eggs in front of your face ASAP.

Photo: Millie's Cafe / Facebook
14

Ostrich Farm

Echo Park
1525 W Sunset Blvd
8.0
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Your parents are in town and they texted you at 6:30am inquiring about breakfast. It’s now 10am, something on you still smells like gin, but at least you’re headed to Ostrich Farm - one of the better all-around restaurants on the Eastside. And one with a daily brunch that will make Mom and Dad extremely happy. You can’t go wrong with the breakfast sandwich or any of the tartines, and their coffee is excellent.

15

Trois Familia

Silver Lake
3510 W Sunset Blvd
8.1
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Any place that bills itself as a French/Mexican fusion brunch spot that also doesn’t take reservations is bound to get some aggressive opinions. But in the case of Chef Ludo’s affordable and accessible spot in a Silver Lake strip mall, we’re on board. The colorful Sunset Blvd. location is small, but the clipboard sign-up situation out front is surprisingly efficient. And that’s good news, because the sooner you start eating that churro French toast, the better.

16

Red Lion Tavern

Silver Lake
2366 Glendale Blvd
7.6
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Sometimes the idea of another Pinterest-approved egg white omelette brunch-a-thon sounds truly nauseating. Change it up and head to one of our favorites: Red Lion Tavern. The German beer garden is a Saturday night must, but their weekend brunch situation is the true secret. Served 11am-3pm, the menu isn’t large, but it’s delicious. Think traditional German breakfast sandwiches and lots and lots of meat. And beer.

17

Barbrix

Silver Lake
2442 Hyperion Ave
7.1
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You told your friends you weren’t going to Bootie LA this week, and yet there you were at 1:30am in a jean vest acting like you just heard Firework for the first time. It happens. And now you’re at Barbrix with your friends trying to figure out which Uber you left your phone in. The Silver Lake brunch mainstay has solid, hangover-curing food, a casual feel, and $8 bottomless mimosas if it’s time to get back on the horse.

18
7.5
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Yes, the Moby-owned, 100%-of-proceeds-go-to-animal-welfare restaurant feels like a joke, but if you’re still writing off this bright Silver Lake cafe, the joke’s frankly on you. Because plain and simple, this food is good. And despite what you might assume, the atmosphere inside is relaxed and unpretentious. The lemon poppyseed pancakes are necessary, but it’s hard to go wrong with anything at the best vegan brunch in town.

19
7.6
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You’re likely familiar with a Mexican breakfast, an English breakfast, and that sriracha-doused pile of fried whatever you just made at home. But a Romanian breakfast? You might not have experienced that yet. So meet Lemon Poppy Kitchen, a small cafe in a Glassell Park strip mall that serves Romanian breakfast staples like housemade pastries, meat-filled sandwiches, and planchitas - flatbreads stuffed with everything from feta and dill to bacon and cheddar. See you there.

Photo: Lemon Poppy Kitchen / Facebook
20

Winsome

DTLA / Echo Park
1115 W Sunset Blvd
7.9
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Located on the southern edge of Echo Park, in an area best described as “close to Dodger Stadium?,” Winsome’s ground floor spot in a massive, weird old building might seem like an odd choice, but it works. The inside feels like a Jersey Turnpike diner that Jonathan Adler got his hands on, and there’s also a spacious side patio ideal for when the crew’s running deep. The American-ish food is solid (the potato rosti is a must), and they might have the best aguas frescas in LA.

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