Sunday, March 13, 2016

Let's Do Brunch

Seeing as I'm constantly spamming your Instagram feed with photos of egg sandwiches, avocado toast and other breakfast treats, I figured it's about time I put up a post listing my favorite brunch spots here in LA. I've actually done articles just like this on other sites that I've blogged for, however updated versions are necessary when you basically live in the mecca of amazing breakfast & brunch eateries. So with that said, here's a little guide for the next time your LA adventure wants a tasty, late morning feast.

Located in Venice, Gjusta is a stunning artisan bakery that has a layout as unique as the food itself. The aesthetic is the perfect mix of rustic meets industrial, with a sleek and sprawling kitchen, counters lined with eye-catching pastries and breads, and wooden tables nestled in an outdoor eating area. The real art, however, is with the food. The photo you see above is from the last time I was there, with the bagel egg sandwich being mine and the english muffin egg sandwich being my boyfriend's. I can't even begin to tell you guys how insanely delicious the bagel on my sandwich tasted. Just that alone was enough to get me hooked, and that's not even counting all the other delicious add-ons inside the sandwich! The croissant was pretty great as well. To all my fellow bread and brunch lovers, Gjusta is the spot to be. 

2. The Butcher's Daughter
Just like with Gjusta, The Butcher's Daughter is literally the definition of interior design goals. Natural lighting, copper accents, rustic touches and lovely foliage make up this gorgeous spot on Abbot Kinney, and the food is certainly just as exceptional. My personal favorite combo is the avocado toast eggs benedict with an almond flat white on the side. If you're feeling adventurous, treat yourself to the breakfast pizza. Because if it has a fried egg on it, it counts as breakfast right?
I've been in love with Rutts well before I even moved down here, and I can honestly say that I'm still just as hooked. Their famous Royales are by far my favorite item on the menu, as they really have that authentic, home-cooked taste that you don't find all too often in restaurants. When I'm not getting a Royale there (which, realistically, is not too often) I'm all about their french toast. It's homemade, made with King's Hawaiian bread and served with coconut syrup. Too good.

4. The OP Cafe
If you're looking for a delicious, classic breakfast then The OP Cafe is your spot. Their menu for the most part (there are certainly some exceptions) seems to consist of standard breakfast items, such as omelettes, pancakes and eggs benedict. Don't be fooled, though - they're anything but basic! Everything I've had there so far has been fresh, flavorful and filled with that same incredible, home-cooked taste I mentioned earlier with Rutts. Just like with fashion, you can never go wrong with the classics. 

5. Dogtown Coffee
Located on Main Street in Santa Monica, Dogtown Coffee is a laidback and effortlessly cool cafe. The walls are decorated with gorgeous murals paying homage to the surfers and skaters of Venice,  the music selection is rad and they make the greatest cold brew coffee to probably ever exist. When hunger strikes, treat yourself to the deliciousness that is the Munchies burrito.

6. Doughboys
With huge, tasty meals at a pretty decent price, Doughboys is the perfect spot for all of your comfort food needs. My savory go-to is their breakfast burrito, while any sweet tooth cravings are usually satisfied with their pan toast. And while I have yet to try it, I've heard a lot of good things about their red velvet pancakes as well. I'm sure it won't be too much longer until I give them a try for myself - keep an eye out on Instagram. ;)

On a final note, I didn't even realize up until finishing this post that 3 out of the 6 meals on here consist of a breakfast burrito. So if you didn't know I was completely and utterly obsessed with them, now you do.

Happy brunching!

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