Brunch is always in season in L.A., but we're on the cusp of summer. And with Mother's Day in mind, these 8 outdoor brunch spots feel (and taste) just right.
① The Churchill
On its modern patio with a slightly Euro feel, this 3rd Street classic covers every late-to-rise hankering, from Croque Madames and breakfast burritos to steak and eggs and save-for-later pizzas.
② Malibu Farm
Shaded tables that overlook the Pacific stacked high with quinoa coconut milk oatmeal, chicken ricotta bacon burgers with broccoli mashed potatoes and bright glasses of apple kale juice: California dining at its best.
③ Willie Jane
At this lush garden spot with a trickling fountain and an extra-friendly staff, you can pair a bourbon, ginger, lavender honey and lemon Coal Miner's Daughter with deviled eggs with smoked shrimp or spicy fried chicken and waffles.
④ Cliff's Edge
In a not-so-secret back garden shaded by a dramatic ficus tree, dishes such as lemon ricotta pancakes with honey blueberry sauce and pork belly hash taste even better.
⑤ Post & Beam
You'll forget where you are (Baldwin Hills) on this minimal patio surrounded by chef Govind Armstrong's go-to garden. Plan for a carb fest of French toast with Nutella or a fried egg and arugula pizza.
A surprisingly affordable spot with a chic WeHo outside. Cicchetti small bites, asparagus and goat cheese frittatas, crêpes, lasagne verde: Share everything with a glass of prosecco.
⑦ Cast & Plow
The Ritz-Carlton's revamped restaurant overlooks the Marina, and its $75 per person bottomless champagne brunch is anything but typical: Try smoked ham hock and Canadian bacon with poached egg and blue cheese hollandaise or orange pancakes with almonds.
This bustling charmer is pure fun. Enjoy sweet (a Belgian waffle) and savory (crab cake Benedict) with a solid Bloody Mary.
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