Brunch lovers and food adventurers have much to explore with Open Table’s recently released list of 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America for 2016. Whether you’re based in L.A. or Miami, we’ve narrowed the starting points for you. Here are our top picks for the most delightful brunch along the coastal cities of America. With cuisines inspired from around the globe, you’ll feel as though you’re traversing the world. And with a diverse selection comprising vegan, gluten free, seafood and Southern dishes, there’s definitely something to satisfy everyone.
Los Angeles, CA
Perch Downtown L.A.
Perched high above the city, this casual yet elegant rooftop bistro offers French small plates, accompanied by jazz and bossa nova bands, and majestic 360-degree views of the downtown skyline. Favorites include flaky French toast with coconut crème tea, or crab benedict and truffle fries with a pitcher of sangria. Perch offers several enchanting ambiances for any special affair, such the 15th floor restaurant with cozy Bohemian furnishings, Parisian bar and wraparound patio, or the rooftop bar with cozy fire pits and unrivaled vistas.
Gracias Madre West Hollywood
Locally sourced, organic, vegan Mexican cuisine is served in an elegantly quaint room with gorgeous rustic accents and a charming tree-filled patio. This vegan mecca in West Hollywood is a utopia for vegan-turned Mexican food lovers. Chef Chandra Gilbert created a comprehensive menu with rich, flavorful dishes, such as quesadillas made of butternut squash, caramelized onion and pumpkin seed salsa for a sweet and savory balance; or breakfast tortas topped with coconut bacon and cashew nacho cheese and their famous guacamole side. Mescal-spiked horchatas and margaritas with five-spice rims are representative of the crafty concoctions courtesy of Jason Eisner, who is formerly of DTLA’s Drago Centro. Virgin beverages range from house-made pumpkin cream soda to tropical green smoothie made of mango, spinach, coconut milk, lime juice, pineapple juice, ginger, agave and salt.
Geoffrey’s Malibu Malibu, CA
California brunch experience isn’t complete without oceanside dining directly on the Pacific Coast. Legendary host to Marilyn Monroe, JFK and much of Old Hollywood’s glitterati, Geoffrey’s Malibu remains both classic and classy, serving time-tested crab cake eggs benedict and baked brie appetizer with the utmost geniality. Whether seated in Richard Neutra-designed rooms or dining alfresco by the fire pits, the chic ambiance and spectacular scenes of the ocean fusing into the skies make for an all around phenomenal experience.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Miami Beach
Yardbird is a contemporary kitchen putting its twist on classic Southern cooking and serving with genuine Southern hospitality. Hits include crunchy yet juicy fried chicken served between moist buttermilk biscuits and savory deviled eggs topped with roe, accompanied by honey hot sauce and house blackberry bourbon lemonade for an extra kick. Bourbon is a major motif here, offering a stock of 75 bourbons, with blends ranging from bourbon-infused maple syrup to bacon-infused bourbon. A delectable blueberry lemon pie or decadent fried Oreos served with ice cream bring a satisfying end to this comfort food galore. Southern soul music infusing the rustic-chic dining room, Yardbird is a sophisticated space showing off its rural roots.
San Francisco, CA
Greens Restaurant Fort Mason
This avant-garde restaurant boasts an innovative vegetarian menu that is ever-changing and always fresh and flavorful. Accommodating of dietary needs, Greens offers gluten free, vegan, and paleo options. The all-time favorite mesquite grilled brochette delivers a range of textures, the apricot chutney is a highlight of the Indian platter, and the zesty spring rolls, vegetable-stuffed pupusas, butternut squash gratin are hailed by meat lovers and shunners alike. The wide selection of sumptuous desserts from flourless chocolate torte to strawberry cobbler can be enjoyed with a clean view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the marina. After brunch, you’ll want to pick up Green’s bestselling cookbooks and stroll over to the nearby Farmer’s market.
The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus Lower Nob Hill
Set beneath a stained-glass dome and overlooking the city’s Union Square through floor-to-ceiling windows, The Rotunda ambiance is one to turn an ordinary day of shopping into a luxurious luncheon to remember. Start with a fresh-out-of-the-oven popover with a rich strawberry butter spread and lobster bisque, before indulging in a lobster club sandwich or lobster risotto special. Afternoon tea offers Dammann Frères loose leaf teas and an assortment of delicate house-made sweets, exquisite tarts, finger sandwiches and flaky scones.
New York, NY
Café Luxembourg Upper West Side
This lesser known French-American Bistro is a local neighborhood landmark proving to stand on par with the more widely known Jane in Greenwich and Balthazar in SoHo, both of which also made the list. Café Luxembourg is praised for its touch of class, charming Parisian ambiance, and simple but delightful dishes, such as its country salad (risée, Fourme d’ambert, bacon lardons, poached egg, bacon vinaigrette) and Croque Monsieur (Jambon de Paris, Gryuère, bechamel), and classic lobster roll.
Long Island City, NY
Blend on the Water Hunter’s Point
Latin fusion restaurant presents cuisine inspired by the many Latin countries, along with music and art for a cultural dining vibes. Crispy arepas (braised short rib, poached eggs, hollandaise, and avocado pico salad) start the meal off right, followed by grilled churrascos (skirt steak), slightly charred and unbelievably juicy. The creamy, mildly sweet coconut flan sprinkled with crunchy toasted coconut is a dessert not to miss to round up a flavorful and filling “blunch,” as they call it here.
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