Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, or JFAT, opened itsSanta Monica outpost on Ocean Avenue in March of this year and has had brunch available from the start. Although Saturday and Sunday brunch runs from 10 AM-3 PM it pays to get there for Early Bird Happy Hour when you can get their #1 Famous Mary, Champagne, or Mimosas for $7 until noon. Bottomless champagne is also available for $15 with the purchase of an entree until 3 PM.
My menu must-haves include the Charred Brussels Sprouts with applewood bacon, pinenuts & maple syrup ($9) which are the absolute best Brussels Sprouts out there right now as well as the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Malted Ale Waffles made with thyme gravy, applewood smoked bacon, and maple syrup ($18).
If you’re looking for something on the lighter side I recommend beginning with a Spicy Ahi Poke with avocado, papaya (the secret ingredient), scallions, serranos, yuzu, sesame, and crispy wontons ($15) ,and pairing it with one of their most popular dishes the Hangover Burger which is a New York sirloin patty topped with cheddar, bacon, green chile, fried egg, on a buttermilk biscuit ($18). Oh and if you haven’t noticed yet, the portions are huge…they don’t call it JFAT for nothing 🙂
Speaking of burgers, every Monday from 3PM-closing you can enjoy a burger and a local beer combo for only $14, and just because the price is low doesn’t mean the quality will ever suffer.
Baby Bonus: Super family friendly without being obnoxious and very big booths to stuff those kiddos into and avoid the high chairs.
Available from 11 AM-3 PM Saturdays and Sundays, the new brunch menu at Pink Taco offers a hip twist to those traditional Mexican classics. Pretend to be healthy and begin your meal with a huge Fruit Bowl infused with mint and agave for only $5. Then go to town on some Chilaquiles Verde made with green chile, cotija cheese, mexican crema, pickled jalapeños, and 2 fried eggs ($10) or a Chile Relleno with chicken chorizo, black beans, egg whites, cotija cheese, mexican crema, ranchera salsa, and avocado ($11).
Fresh Fruit Bowl
Now what about their signature Pink Tacos? Although they are not on the menu, the housemade thick tortillas filled with achiote chicken, black beans, avocado, arbol salsa, cotija cheese, and habanero pickled onions, are still available to enhance your brunch experience. Fun fact: each ingredient is designed to have an individual flavor profile so even those bites that have fallen out on your plate will taste good all on their own. While you’re at it you might as well pair that with some fresh from scratch Guacamole too ($9).
I hope you’ve brought some friends with you because Margarita, Bloody Mary, and Mimosa Pitchers are only $25 for 4 glasses.
Although if you decide to enjoy it all yourself no one will judge you, this is the Sunset Strip location after all!
It’s brunch every day at Kismet, the new restaurant from the chef duo Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson. The food is best described as Middle-Eastern meets California with these little distinctions revealing themselves with ish’s and y’s.
The menu is made to share and I recommend beginning with their Whole Wheat Brioche Toast with halva spread & jam ($8) from the Baked section, followed by a Marinated Feta with apple, tuscan kale & leeks ($10) from the Salad-y portion, and then finishing it all off with a Freekeh Polenta with lamb, green chili, charred cabbage & a poached egg from their Dishes section ($15). If you can make it to the bottom of the menu before over-ordering, they also have a Flakey Bread section that featuring both a sweet and savory option served on their signature Labneh.
Whole Wheat Brioche Toast
While I thought everything with delish :), the $6 coffee pot made me feel slightly taken advantage of. If you’re dining solo and can marinate in their austere dining space while enjoying your pot and almond cookies then this is certainly the way to finish your meal. HOWEVER if you’re with more than one person and have to make a mad dash because your toddler is running wild, be prepared to pay $6 a person even if you only consume a coffee pot for one. My recommendation is that everyone gets their own pot, but I couldn’t say it to their faces…
When Scarpetta in Beverly Hills closed it’s doors last spring I shed a tear for my lost Pasta Pomodoro. Then when Terrine shuttered it’s gorgeous outdoor patio space on New Year’s Eve I began to feel downright betrayed! What was becoming of my favorite Los Angeles dining landscape!
Well chef Scott Conant and Stephane Bombet have totally redeemed themselves and opened The Ponte;a contemporary Italian restaurant housed at the former Terrine space on Beverly Blvd! Weekend brunch runs Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m and features moderately priced entrees like Cured Trout Toast ($11), Benedict Poached Eggs served with prosciutto and tomato hollandaise ($16) and of course the much beloved Pasta al Pomodoro ($22). The cocktail menu has been curated by mixologist Ryan Wainwright and features brunch only items such as the Negreezi made with Bombay Dry, Campair, Alessio Vermouth di Torino Orange Juice ($11).
Available every Sunday from 11 AM-3 PM executive chef Louis Tikaram is serving up brunch classics, but with an Asian twist.
Menu highlights include the Chicken & Waffles made with buttermilk waffles, crispy Jidori chicken, and sweet chili & Thai infused maple syrup ($16), Brunch Bánh Mì a Vietnamese style baguette with aromatic chicken sausage, pickled carrot & daikon, spicy mayo, cilantro & 2 fried eggs ($16), and Nasi Goreng which is Indonesian style fried rice with Chinese sausage, crisp noodles and fried egg ($12). Finish your meal with a plate of Chengdu Churros golden fried with star anise sugar and Szechuan chocolate ($8).
Still hungry? Head up to L.P.’s Rooftop overlooking the Hollywood Hills for their new mid-afternoon menu available Saturdays 12 – 6 p.m. and Sundays 3 – 6 p.m.for some Asian inspired snacks like their Pastrami Bao, and Soy Caramel Popcorn.