I had a lovely brunch at the beautiful Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel for my mother’s birthday.
The hotel is absolutely gorgeous from the striped ceiling to the champagne glasses. The service was top notch as well. While the food didn’t wow me as much as dinner usually does at the Polo Lounge, I still think the tortilla soup and lobster rolls really shined.
They have a jazz band on the patio for brunch, but I think the best room to sit in is the large room with booths.
From top to bottom: tortilla soup, scallops, smoked salmon hash, and summer sorbet dessert.
The Polo Lounge
9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Stir Market is a new little Joan’s on Third-esque eatery. It’s partially a food shop(pe) and also a restaurant/wine bar.
I had the Moroccan Baked Eggs (merguez sausage, organic eggs, tomatoes, chickpeas, peppers, with grilled bread) and a soy latte (Intelligentsia Coffee). The dish was delicious and hearty – perfect for a cold day. As someone who doesn’t eat a ton of meat I could’ve done without the sausage since I only took two bites. Perhaps I’ll request it without next time. The space has high ceilings and is very inviting. It wasn’t too crowded on the Friday morning I stopped by but I imagine it being quite popular on the weekends. An outdoor patio is located out front and they are dog friendly.
I had brunch at Commissary last week. Well, not brunch because they don’t serve brunch. Breakfast ends at 11 AM, so when I arrived around 10:55 AM they informed me I had 4 minutes to order bfast! Sigh. Little do they know how much more $ they’d make if they actually had a proper brunch.
Either way, I ate here on a Sunday during which I’d normally have brunch – and it was delicious. They have a few brunch-esque dishes available during lunch so we had hash browns and 2 orders of eggs. We then proceeded to put the egg on top of the hash brown (they wouldn’t do it for us) and it was incredible. The eggs are served poached on top of a delicious tomato sauce. Oysters were delicious and fresh. The eggplant was in a curry soup/sauce and it was phenomenal. It was creamy, warm and nice little spicy addition to the rest of the meal. The fruit & cheese plate was forgettable, but the drinks were divine. I believe I had the blackberry drink – whichever has bourbon in it. Shrimp Po Boy really hit the spot – though I thought it was overpriced for what it was ($16?!).
I’ll definitely be back, just probably not in time for breakfast.
BLD is a little foodie haven that never disappoints.
Located on Beverly Blvd close to the Grove, they serve up one of the best brunches in town with no pretentiousness. The wait for a table is usually around 30 minutes – I don’t think they take reservations for small parties but it is always worth it. I had the strawberry cream cheese french toast (graham cracker crumbs, whipped vanilla cream cheese, fresh strawberries) and my lovely date had the breakfast hash (fried eggs, bacon, shaved yukon gold potatoes,
bell peppers, onions, hollandaise.)
I thought the french toast would be too sweet for me – but it was so delicious I got through a good 3/4s of the it before giving up. They have 4 types of bloody marys, my drink of choice was the original “granny mary.”
I think I need to go back there today.
Today I had a brunch at The Roof on Wilshire. It’s located on top of the Hotel Wilshire, A Kimpton Hotel near the corner of Wilshire and Crescent Heights. I actually didn’t know that this place existed at all until yesterday.
They have bottomless mimosas on weekends from 10-3 for $22. The views are breathtaking and unique- I don’t think there are many places nearby that have rooftop restaurants so it’s a different (but equally gorgeous) view than looking out from Runyon, Hollywood or Downtown.
Eric Greenspan (The Foundry) opened the restaurant and the food was not surprisingly delicious. My cousin ordered the pancake lasagna – yes – pancakes, sausage, eggs, cheese, bacon, and maple cream. There is no way this is remotely healthy but it is incredible! It sounds weird/gross at first but it’s a must-try for anyone who goes here. I just had a few bites but was blown away!
I ordered the Cinnamon French Toast and it was perfect. It wasn’t too heavy or too sweet. Perfectly battered and came with a side of brown sugar topping.
LA is reaching arctic temperatures right now (hello 40 degrees and sunny?), so once it warms back up I am definitely going back.
Brunch is my absolute favorite meal of the day. Since I was in London this year for my birthday, I ended up doing a tiny little brunch with my close friends once I got back to LA. I chose BLD because I have seen those waits out front on the weekends- they did not dissapoint!
Mind-blowingly delicious. I kid you not. Proof below. Oh and the maple syrup comes in a little house. (!!!)