By Juliet Bennett Rylah, LAist
Weekend brunches are relaxing treats, a time to hang out with friends and lovers, and an excuse to drink before noon. Ideal brunch spots have the perfect combination of delicious food, a chill atmosphere and decent coffee. Below are some of our favorite spots, including neighborhood hangouts, flavorful fare from dives and indulgent Sunday splurges. In a city as brunch-rich as Los Angeles, we couldn’t possibly put all of them on our list, so feel free to leave your favorites in the comments below.
While the sultry interior of Toca Madera is perfect for a suggestive evening dinner or date, their brunch game is also a strong one. Their sunny and secluded patio is the perfect place to sample their sweet and savory options over a cup of coffee, a bold Bloody Maria or a refreshing cocktail. We’re fans of the Churro Chicken and Waffles that combines crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside fried chicken with their sweet, fluffy, cinnamon-spiced waffles. Rich honey butter, maple syrup and hot sauce complete the dish. We also enjoyed their chilaquiles—short rib or chicken machaca with crisp corn chips, avocado tomatillo sauce, scrambled egg, caramelized and pickled onions, cheese, cilantro and crema—and for lighter fare, one might sample their fruit bowl or Barrio Crudite—pineapple, jicama, mango and cucumber with fresh lime juice, chipotle powder and sea salt. Cocktail-wise, the But First, Coffee is the perfect choice for those who can never decide between caffeine or alcohol at brunch. Vanilla-infused El Jimador tequila, Stumptown cold brew, Caffe Lolita and cinnamon make for a slightly sweet, flavorful drink. A vegan menu is also available.