Jessica Sample
Rachel B. Levin
February 06, 2015

Brunch is a celebrated affair in Los Angeles, with teeming crowds willing to wait upwards of an hour for a seat at the city's most popular spots. That might have something to do with LA's robust nightlife that keeps revelers out to the wee hours on weekend nights and in bed until nearly lunch time. Though you might catch a starlet brunching in her chicest, most oversized sunglasses, brunch is certainly not reserved for the party crowd, nor for the weekend. You'll also see families with children in tow on Sundays and, during the week, Hollywood dealmakers taking relaxed mid-week brunch meetings. At these five standout spots, the chefs are going way beyond your garden-variety omelets and waffles. Whether you lean toward breakfast delights like sweet pastries or savory brisket hash, or more lunch-oriented fare like fresh sandwiches and salads, these picks make brunch the best meal of the day.

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BLD

BLD is an acronym for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but perhaps this polished neighborhood resto should be called "BBLD" because the brunch is so noteworthy. You can go savory with an array of classic egg dishes, benedicts, salads, and sandwiches. But if you have a sweet tooth, take note: the ricotta blueberry pancakes are legendary.

Huckleberry

Do you like green eggs and ham? If it's Huckleberry's version of organic eggs, La Quercia prosciutto, pesto, and arugula, the answer is most likely yes. The baked goods here are renowned, so try one of the sweet, tempting breakfast pastries. Or, be good and go with the kale salad!

Square One Dining

This off-the-beaten-path eatery turns out an extraordinary brunch that manages to be both decadent and healthy. Relish steel-cut oatmeal topped with maple syrup and bourbon pecans, buttermilk pancakes enrobed in bacon-enriched caramel sauce, or baked eggs with mustard greens and gruyere. Stone-ground grits with bacon and cheddar are a specialty.

CaCao Mexicatessen

Brunch goes south of the border at this Mexican deli. There are traditional favorites like killer huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and chilaquiles. But the kitchen also dreams up innovative creations like pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon syrup and carne asada benedicts with chipotle hollandaise. Wash it all down with Mexican hot chocolate!

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