LA's dynamic dining scene isn't limited to dinner hours. On weekend mornings, Los Angeles restaurants bustle with brunch patrons satisfying their cravings for omelettes, pancakes and a little hair of the dog. Whether you're looking for a hearty portion of classic diner fare or want to indulge in bottomless mimosas, start your weekend with one of LA's bargain brunches.
Although Philippe's is best known for their French dip sandwich, they open at 6 a.m. daily with a robust menu of breakfast classics hot off the griddle. For $5.25, you can fill up with two eggs, two homemade biscuits, roasted potatoes and a cup of coffee. You won't find a cheaper cup of coffee in town: a mug of the morning brew will only set you back 45 cents.
The Original Pantry Cafe is a Downtown Los Angeles landmark, serving heaping plates of diner fare 24 hours a day, seven days a week, since 1924. Don't expect molecular gastronomy here: the diner sticks to classic American fare like bacon and eggs. Most items are under $10, with a couple dishes under $5. The cafe is cash only, so stop by an ATM on the way.
This intimate Echo Park date spot boasts the ambience and flavors of an upscale bistro without the hefty price tag. Most brunch items cost around $10, including their carnitas hash and fried egg sandwich. Don't miss their airy brioche French toast topped with fresh strawberries and homemade strawberry sauce. Pair your meal with a mimosa for only $6.
At Dusty's Bistro in Silver Lake, just $5 gets you a memorable mimosa. Traditionalists can go for the classic orange juice cocktail, while more adventurous drinkers can opt for blueberry, strawberry, peach, pomegranate, cranberry or a kir royale. The menu focuses on American classics alongside a variety of quiches and crepes. If you're lucky, grab one of the outdoor tables to watch the Silver Lake passersby while you dine.
What do Snoop Dogg and David Beckham have in common? A shared love for Roscoe's famous Southern fare. Although Angelenos swear by Roscoe's savory-sweet combination of chicken and waffles, the menu offers a wide variety of Southern classics like hot water cornbread and candied yams. Can't decide on an entree? Try the Country Boy Special (three chicken wings and a waffle), a favorite of President Obama.
Get your pancakes with a side of sass at Grub, helmed by Top Chef alum Betty Fraser. Most brunch items are under $10, getting you full without emptying your wallet. Try their Friggin’ Amazin’ French Toast (croissants coated with cinnamon vanilla batter served with maple syrup, pecans and raspberry butter) or make your own omelette. Although their menu is booze-free, you can bring your own alcohol for a corkage fee of $15.
When that weekend brunch craving strikes, head to Luna Park. The restaurant offers $15 bottomless mimosas and sangria until 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Their menu features a variety of elevated classics, including bourbon cinnamon French toast and a short rib hash.
Taste on Melrose offers a two-course prix fixe menu for $20, including your choice of mimosa, bloody mary or coffee. If one drink isn't enough to wet your whistle, make your mimosa or bubbly bottomless for $15. Taste's brunch menu is vegetarian-friendly, with options like a roasted vegetable and quinoa salad, and white truffle oil and mushroom mac and cheese. Save room for dessert -- you won't want to miss their chocolate brioche bread pudding with crème anglaise and vanilla bean gelato.
This hip Third Street restaurant draws a crowd for their all-day breakfast menu. Although they are known for their breakfast dishes, save room for their signature banana pudding topped with peanut butter cups. Toast's patio is dog-friendly, so you don't need to leave Fido at home while you try the huevos rancheros.
You won't want to count calories when you visit the Griddle Cafe in West Hollywood, known for their decadent red velvet pancakes. It's a great post-workout option after a hike at nearby Runyon Canyon. Locals love to visit this homey cafe for indulgences like graham cracker-crusted cheesecake French toast and hoagie omelettes. If you're not up to the challenge of eating three gigantic pancakes, the Griddle Cafe serves single pancakes upon request. Follow @thegriddlecafe on Twitter for secret menu items and frequent mimosa giveaways.
If you're looking for a bargain brunch, this Culver City hidden gem will fill you up without making a dent in your wallet. Overland Cafe offers an unbeatable brunch deal: unlimited champagne for $6.99 per person with the purchase of an entree from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Their menu includes classic American fare like breakfast sandwiches and cinnamon buns alongside Mexican staples like carnitas con huevos.
Don't visit Border Grill Santa Monica's weekend brunch without a big appetite. For $29.99, diners enjoy unlimited small plates curated by celebrity chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, recent finalists on Top Chef Masters. Highlights include machaca chilaquiles, bread pudding French toast and guava empanadas. Although the food is top-notch, the real bargains come from behind the bar: $6 bottomless mimosas and $10 bottomless Bloody Marys.
This Venice cafe is a local favorite for comfort food on leisurely weekend mornings. With 19 different types of French toast on the menu, 26 Beach could be considered the French toast capital of the beach cities. If you're not in the mood for a sugar rush, the cafe also offers a variety of savory options, including pasta scrambles and Hawaiian-style eggs over brown rice. Complete the meal with a $7 mimosa. The restaurant is located only 10 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), making it a convenient stop for a pre- or post-flight meal.
For more brunch menus featured at some of LA's top restaurants, read our guide to the Best Brunches in Los Angeles.
26 Beach Restaurant
3100 Washington Boulevard, Marina del Rey, 90291
Border Grill Santa Monica
1445 4th Street, Santa Monica, 90401
3200 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90026
The Griddle Café
7916 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90046
911 Seward Street, Los Angeles, 90038
672 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036
The Original Pantry Café
877 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 90017
3601 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, 90034
The Park Restaurant
1400 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90026
Philippe the Original
1001 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, 90012
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles
1514 North Gower Street, Los Angeles, 90028
Taste on Melrose
8454 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, 90069
Toast Bakery Cafe
8221 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, 90048