My folks are in town and want to take me to brunch on Sunday (grumble). For some reason they are insisting on driving from my sister’s in Woodland Hills over to me in Ktown. I’m kinda stumped on where to go, so I thought I’d throw it out to you before I succumb to mediocre and just take them to La Brea Bakery.
At this point they are mostly vegetarian, but they do eat fish and egg whites. They’re not into overly spicey food and a quiet, pleasant space to talk would be great (dad has 2 hearing aids). I thought that Commissary might be good (never been), but I’m afraid they might get sticker shock. Last time we did this, we went to Cafe Gratitude (Larchmont) they loved it, but I was miserable.
If I were to narrow it down area wise—Ktown, Larchmont, La Brea-ish. Don’t want to head to downtown or Silverlake (or the brunch zoo that is 3rd/Beverly). Should I just meet them half way-ish in Studio City/Sherman Oaks?
Thanks to both of you! I’ve been wanting to go there and I just checked out their menu—it looks like it might fit the bill. No reservations? How early is earlier (my nephew is getting his black belt in karate on Sat @ 8am in fkn West Hills—so I was hoping to not see day break on Sunday)? If no reservations–how long is the wait?
hahaha. It’s always good to have your parents live in another state (preferable on the other side of the country). But my folks live in Tucson—so far enough away that they don’t show up @ my door unannounced, but close enough that they can drive out easily whenever they have time or feel like it.
I’ve never attempted Sycamore Kitchen at Noon (they close at 12:30 p.m. on Sat / Sun), but they have wonderful housemade pastries from Karen Hatfield (of Hatfield’s) and some delish brunch items. When I hit them up around 10 - 10:30+ a.m. it’s always Ok.
All of the places on Berverly & 3rd are a mob scene on the weekend—even driving down those streets (between La Brea & La Cienega) can become an obstacle course trying to avoid the novice parallel parkers, parking attendents running into the street and folks trying to make left turns w/ no turn lanes.
It’s looking like I need to compromise/give in and wake up early on Sunday to avoid that.
Should we just do lunch in Studio City/Sherman Oaks instead? Is it less crowded slightly over the hill?
They actually like Art’s (figures) and that could be a good midway compromise. I kinda remember their matzah brei being servicable, although it’s been ages since I’ve been there so I may be deluding myself.
Do you mean Larchmont Bungalow (close to 1st st) or The Larchmont (on Melrose)? The Bungalow has a line w/ a monitor for brunch (to “ease” the traffic flow). I go to The Larchmont (formerly Larchmont Grill) for work lunches and I know they started brunch service earlier this year (haven’t checked that out yet).
Also—that reminds me. Rose & Vine (in the former Lou space) has brunch as well. Anybody try it? I’ve been several times for lunch and the food has been surprisingly good.
I know this is an old post. But, I was searching “Commissary” and this post came up. Has anyone been there? Did you like? We are going to an event in the area and was thinking of going. I want go to someplace veggie friendly.
Went to Republique yesterday for breakfast around 0830. Three couples in front of us. After 0900, line out the door - about 6-8 people outside the entrance. But the line literally can begin just inside the entrance since the long pastry counter begins there.
The line can move fast. It just depends how long each customer oohs, ahhhs and eeehs at the crazy number and types of pastries displayed in the case.
One person should be on the hunt for a table while others can figure out the order. Ideally, sit in the center section for the unique ambiance. But more importantly, just find a table suitable for your party.