Remember when the idea of brunch used to conjure images of catching up with friends in line at the newest ‘it’ spot, coffee refills, and long, lingering laughs over eggs benedict and bottomless mimosas? Well, those were the golden days of brunch, and you didn’t even know it. Add a kid or two and brunch becomes a whole different animal.
First off, let’s call it second breakfast because you know nobody’s waiting until after 10 a.m. to eat. Secondly, replace that eggs benedict with pancakes you have to order to share with your toddler on their carb-only diet. Nix the mimosas, because you’ve got to have your wits about you on park supervision. Keep the coffee refills coming, though. You’ll need those.
Now for a bit of good news! There is no shortage of awesome spots around LA that will combine the old brunch vibe you so crave with the new family-friendly features you’ll require: fast service, casual-cool ambiance and always loud enough to withstand the occasional toddler outburst. Bon appetit!
Hanging right over the edge of the Pacific, Duke’s has been a Malibu staple for over twenty years. It has an old-school Malibu surfer feel with Hawaiian-inspired dishes, plus a killer ocean view. Duke’s Malibu, 21150 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
Gjusta is a trendy, counter-service spot that will fulfill all of your avocado toast and brunchstagram dreams. Order a couple loaves for bread and some treats to go to enjoy for the rest of the week. Gjusta Bakery, 320 Sunset Ave, Venice CA
Dim Sum could not be a better option for little ones. The food at The Palace is hot and ready to go, the atmosphere is hectic in the best way, and there is endless entertainment value in watching the carts make their rounds. The Palace Seafood & Dim Sum, 11701 Wilshire Blvd, Brentwood
Hugo’s is a classic neighborhood brunch spot that’s very open to customization and substitution within their large, healthy menu. And the super casual decor can easily withstand inevitable spills at all three of their locations. Hugo’s Restaurant, West Hollywood, Studio City, Agoura Hills
Jessica Biel’s precious, kid-focused restaurant complete with tree house, play room and organic kids menu. If your kiddos are over age two, drop them off in the “kid check” and get back those glory days with Au Fudge‘s fully stocked bar. Au Fudge, 9010 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood
Joan’s on Third
The famous Farmer’s Market at The Grove offers a world of cultures and cuisines. You’ll find some of the best treats in LA, from Nonna’s Empanadas to Bob’s Donuts and everything in between. Tables are easy to come by, even on busy weekend and kiddos can run wild if they need to. The Original Farmer’s Market, 6333 W 3rd St. Beverly Grove
Bottega Louie, a massive, bright space, has a completely hip vibe. Drool over the a bakery counter with rows upon rows of fresh French macarons. Bask in the din that masks squeals of delight (or discontent). Bottega Louie, 700 S Grand Ave, Downtown
Feature image, Au Fudge via Bella Los Angeles