There are two times of the day in West Hollywood: brunch and thinking about how much you wish it was brunch. Nowhere in LA is brunch taken more seriously than this neighborhood. And with a mix of great restaurants serving casual daytime food and old favorites pouring as much champagne down your throat within a two-hour time frame as legally possible, any brunch scenario can be had here. So let’s get to church. Here is where you should be brunching in West Hollywood.
If you’re looking for an all-day boozy brunch fest with your friends, Breakfast by Salt’s Cure is not your spot. But if you need a quick brunch fix with good food and a crowd that doesn’t care who designed your kaftan, this is your place. This spinoff in the original Salt’s Cure location on Santa Monica is basically taking the old Salt’s Cure breakfast menu and serving it in an order-the-counter setup. It’s fast, affordable, and those signature griddlecakes are all we ever need on a Saturday.
When you wake up blisteringly hungover and begin figuring out where brunch is today, Fat Dog probably isn’t going to be the first place that pops in your head. But it’s time that changes - this casual spot on Fairfax has solid food, rarely a long wait, and free parking. There’s no bottomless brunch, but $5 for mimosas, bloodys, and other alcoholic breakfast drinks is a pretty good deal. Also, they’re extremely dog-friendly.
All your friends are vegan, but you need meat and eggs to soak up last night’s regrets. Head to Hugo’s. The no-frills cafe in the heart of Weho is ideal when everybody has some sort of dietary restriction, because everything on the menu can be tailored to meet any high-maintenance requirements. Hugo’s is low-key with a fun, local crowd that justs want to eat some breakfast. Also: there are sangria pitchers.
Despite a name that sounds like one of those ground-floor hotel restaurants that serves quilts by the register, this place is actually an under-the-radar brunch gem. Located in a tiny bungalow just off Santa Monica Blvd., Scrumptious serves good, soul-curing breakfast with house-made pastries that are worth getting out of bed for. There are a few tables inside, but most of the action happens on the side patio. One thing to note: they don’t serve alcohol.
You’ve done omelettes and bacon and mimosas every Saturday for the last three months and you kind of want to die. Head to Otus for something a little different - Thai breakfast. The small, modern cafe on La Brea opens every Saturday and Sunday at 9am and serves dishes like Thai-style omelette rice bowls, roti bread with fried eggs on top, and rice porridge. If somebody in the group is still craving a more American breakfast, their small section of pancakes and waffles is actually pretty solid too.
If you immediately write off going to The Abbey for brunch, it’s your own loss. The most famous gay bar in LA serves some actually decent food, and the brunch patio situation is as fun as you’ll find. Despite your visions of 50-person lines and 21 year-olds falling over your table as you try to eat your Denver omelette, the The Abbey brunch is surprisingly laid-back.
When you’re finally done waiting around for your name to be called at Gracias Madre, head around the corner to Hedley’s. The small breakfast spot on Robertson gets a bit lost in the shuffle of its more well-known neighbors, but it’s a good place to keep in mind when you just need good food in a calm environment fast. Everything falls around the $15 mark and their turkey chili with scrambled eggs is a very important breakfast accomplishment.
Open every day at 6am, King’s Road is much more than just a weekend brunch spot. It’s an all-day caffeine therapy session, with some of the best coffee in LA and a sidewalk patio the whole neighborhood is at my noon. The breakfast-y food is solid, but nothing to write home about. But King’s Road is worth knowing about because you can expect to be seated in five minutes, even on a Saturday morning.
Taste On Melrose has been around for years, but keeps bringing in crowds because of their solid, comfort-food menu, a great front porch, and an above-average chance of seeing Amy Poehler getting hammered. Oh, and that $22 two-course prix-fixe menu, which includes your choice of a mimosa or bloody mary, has something to do with it as well.
This isn’t the coolest or most crowded place on the list and that’s just how Marco’s prefers it. Come to Marco’s on a Saturday morning and it will be filled with people who actually live in West Hollywood. Expect a quality breakfast, great service, a really old man reading the newspaper, and $10 bottomless champagne seven days a week. Buckle up day-drinkers.
With an upscale, gossip-shrine-for-housewives setting, this isn’t your casual sweatpants kind of Sunday morning. Run by Soho House, Cecconi’s actually does a good brunch. The menu is great and a bit higher end than most brunch spots (there’s a black truffle pizza), the valet is free, and the bloody mary cart will straighten you out in no time. Keep a look out for every celebrity ever.
One of West Hollywood’s premiere spots to be seen and not eat, Eveleigh comes alive every Saturday and Sunday afternoon for one of the most popular brunch throw-downs in the city. Sure, the crowd is composed of the type of people you stopped talking to after college, but with a sun-drenched patio overlooking West Hollywood and those pisco punch bowls making their way around the table, you won’t hate it for a sloppy Saturday on The Strip.
Though you can find a Hamburger Mary’s anywhere from Ontario to Orlando these days, this WeHo original is a must-visit on anyone’s LA brunch journey. The food is passable, but if you came to eat your face off, you didn’t get the memo. You come for the atmosphere, the bottomless mimosas on Sundays, and drag queens doing death drops.
Full of models and reality stars and bloggers taking pictures of food they have no plans to eat, come brunchtime Gracias Madre is the biggest scene in the whole city. But if you just spent $150 on a blowout and want to show it off on a patio, this is where you do it. Is the food any good? Not really. But no one comes here with an appetite.