Bottomless Mimosa Guide: Cafe del Rey

Shout-out to our reader Victoria for the heads up on this one! With multiple courses of food, mucho bottomless boozy cocktail options and a gorgeous view of the water – this place sounds schmancy!

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Brunching Spot: Cafe del Rey, Marina del Rey

Boozy Brunch Hours: Sat 11:30am – 2:30pm, Sun 10:30am – 2:30pm

Bottomless Mimosa Deal: $38 three-course prix-fixe menu that includes endless champagne, mimosas, sparkling cider (boozy??!), and bloody mary’s.

Menu Highlights:  Our dream combo on this menu would start us with the beet+burrata salad, move on to the short-rib hash, and finish off with some blueberry cheese cake. The menu is a good balance of breakfast and lunch, light to heavy. Other delectable options include brioche french toast, a mozzarella+pesto chicken sandwich, rib eye steak & eggs with hash (which must be the best bang for your buck option on the menu), and an egg and bacon sandwich.

 

Bottomless Mimosa Guide: Sunny Spot

We were so hung over when we arrived here.

Saturday had been a  day-long booze-fest at the Rennie Pleasure Faire, so by Sunday the thought of alcohol was just painful. But alas, it was a good friend’s birthday, and so we sacked it up and headed to Sunny Spot for a boozy birthday brunch.

Fast forward to one hour, and countless mimosas later, and we’d totally forgotten about those pesky headaches and had thoroughly acclimated to our bright and colorful surroundings. So the music was a little loud, and the crowd a bit cooler than us, but the waitress rocked our socks off with her refill speed and perky demeanor.

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Fast forward to three hours later (yes, they let us continue searching for the bottom of our glasses for this long!), and the music seemed just the right decibel and we were in love. Sunny Spot – you have won our brunching hearts. (And that ropa vieja? errrr-my-gerrrrrrrd, so good.)

Brunching Spot: Sunny Spot, Venice

Boozy Brunch Hours: Sat & Sun, 9:30am – 4pm

Bottomless Mimosa Deal: $15 Bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Sunny Rum Punch (and yes, you can mix and match!)

Menu Highlights: the aforementioned Ropa Vieja is outstanding. We also tried the hangover plate and mofongo & eggs, which were both pretty good. But if we go back, its going to be for that saucy spicy pork.

 

Sunny Spot / 822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA  90292  / 310-448-8884 / http://sunnyspotvenice.com/

 

 

 

Bottomless Mimosa Guide: Off Vine

Update 2014: Bottomless Mimosas now $17,Offvine-7 Bloody Marys $19.) 

 

The Spot: Off Vine (Hollywood)

Brunching Hours: Saturday AND Sunday, 10:30am – 2:30pm 

Bottomless Deal: $15 Bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Marys or just straight bubbly for all you champagne purists

Menu Highlights: We would definitely start with an order of their made-to-order mini cinnamon buns ($7 for an order of 5) – YUM.  The Eggs Sardou (two poached eggs served on top of artichoke bottoms and English muffin, topped with hollandaise sauce) sound delicious, as does the Veggie Breakfast Burrito (eggs, grilled eggplant, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach & jack cheese rolled up in a jumbo flour tortilla and served with black beans, guacamole, pico-de-gallo and sour cream on the side).  Or for those of you who prefer your brekkie on the sweet side, can’t go wrong with an order of brioche french toast.

Bottomless Mimosa Guide: Brick + Mortar

Heads up Westsiders, there’s a new bottomless mimosa spot in town! Taking over Salute’s old spot is newcomer Brick + Mortar, and we just love when new restos roll out the bottomless mimosas from the get-go. In our eyes, brunch shouldn’t be handled any other way.

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The Spot: Brick + Mortar (Santa Monica)

Brunching hours: Saturdays & Sundays starting @ 10am

Bottomless Deal:  Bottomless Mimosas for $15, plus they’ve got a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar for $8 a pop

Menu highlights: Most of the regulars (brioche french toast, breakfast sammie) and some tasty additions (chile relleno with black beans, guajillo chili sauce, poached egg, tortillas)

Brick + Mortar. 2435 Main St. (310)450.3434. http://brickandmortarla.com/

 

Bottomless Mimosa Guide: Sophie’s Place

After this slightly chilly week we’ve had, I, for one, am glad we’ll be hitting the 70s and 80s again this weekend – exactly what a weekend in LA should be.  And, of course, the best place to head when it warms up: the beach.  The best way to make your day at the beach 100x better ? A bottomless mimosa brunch – duh!

The Spot: Sophie’s Place (Redondo Beach)

Brunching hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 9am-2pm

Bottomless Deal:  Bottomless Mimosas for $12, or Bloody Marys for $16

Menu highlights: Pretty standard brunching menu – pancakes, omelettes – but I’m going to have to go for either the veggie benedict, made with grilled portobello mushrooms and sauteed spinach, or the Cali benedict with grilled shrimp, bacon and guac.

Sophie’s Place. 1708 S Catalina Ave. (310) 540.8484. http://www.mysophiesplace.com/

Hangover Brunch: Taberna Mexicana

*Unfortunately, as of 4/17/2012 Taberna has closed. Sad face.*

I love me a good plate of huevos rancheros.  Even better when I can wash them down with a $5 brunch cocktail.  AND, in a swanky Beverly Hills locale.  If regular brunch were Reese Witherspoon, then the new saucy brunch at Taberna Mexicana would be Penelope Cruz.

Taberna’s brunch runs every Sunday from 11am-4pm.  While there you can load up on some delicious Mexican eats like carnitas hash and eggs, scrambled egg tacos,  a torta diablo (bacon-wrapped shrimp omelet, drool), and of course the aforementioned huevos rancheros.

Nothing better to wash down Mexican eats than a spicy bloody mary, right? Well, they’re yours for just $5 a pop.  I’ve always picked some bubbly over a bloody but for $5, I will gladly change my ways.

Taberna Mexicana. 369 N Bedford. (310) 858.7070. http://www.tabernamexicana.com

Hangover Brunch: The Crescent BH

We’re feeling swanky this week so we’re taking you to Beverly Hills for brunch.  We know what you’re thinking, there can’t possibly be a cheap boozy brunch in BH.  Well, there is, and it sounds pretty amazing.

The Crescent Hotel launched their new “Hair of the Dog” weekend happy hour and their new brunch menu earlier this month, and we couldn’t love it more.  They know exactly how to lure us in: a location not too far from us, a tasty menu (that includes sliders), and they’ve even thrown in some drink specials.  

The Patio Lounge @ The Crescent BH

So, put on your finest weekend attire (this is Beverly Hills, after all) and head to the bar at the Crescent for brunch.  If you’re feeling like something light, catch their “Hair of the Dog” happy hour which runs from 11am-1pm.  During this time at the bar, score a small plate and brunch cocktail combo for just $12. On the menu: brunch sliders, stuffed peppers, and mini pancakes, plus some shmancy brunch cocktails like their heirloom tomato bloody mary, tangerine mimosa and a carrot and ginger ‘cure-all’.   We have been looking for a hangover cure for years and can’t wait to put this one to the test.

If the above sounds too scant for your brunching style, don’t worry, they also have a full brunch menu that comes with some boozy deals of its own.  The full brunch starts at 10am on the weekends and runs til 4pm.  Our menu picks: a hangover burrito (with turkey sausage, french fries – yes, french fries, cheese, eggs, and salsa), and the waffle panini (with bacon, fig, and brie).  To satisfy your alcoholic tendencies, you can order punch bowls (reminds of us college!) of cocktails – pick from a spiked lemonade, red or white sangria, or the intense sounding Triple XXX .  The bowls are $30 a pop and meant to serve 6, but we think we’re thinking maybe one for every 2-3 people, ’cause that’s how we roll.

 

The Crescent Hotel of Beverly Hills. 403 N Crescent. www.crescentbh.com

Mother’s Day Round Up

Yes, this is a brunch post.  And, no, it’s not Friday. We thought we’d switch it up this week and give you your brunch deals early to give you some time to make reservations since this Sunday is Mother’s Day.  How thoughtful of us!  Here are our picks around town for where to enjoy a boozy meal with Mother.

DOWNTOWN:

  • Cafe Pinot: $45/person + $7 for bottomless ‘mom’-osas.  3-course meal, menu highlights: ricotta pancakes with strawberry confit, brioce french toast, Spanish style frittata, old-fashioned chocolate souffle with creme fraiche roasted white chocolate ice cream.
  • First & Hope: $45/person + $9 for endless ‘mom’-osas. Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch – live jazz music, your choice of a starter and main course, plus a table-side service pie cart for dessert!

WEHO/HOLLYWOOD:

  • Asia de Cuba: $39.50/person.  Great outdoor patio with pretty amazing views.  Swanky brunch service, includes assorted breads, choice of main course and a dessert bar.  Also included in the price: all you can drink mimosas, sangria or bloody marys.
  • Magnolia Hollywood:  A la carte brunch menu, most dishes are around $10-$13.  Brunch cocktails are only $4 a pop for a bellini, bloody mary, mimosa, screwdriver or greyhoud.  Or add a bottles of bubbly + 2 carafes of juice for $22. 

BEVERLY HILLS:

  • Coupa Cafe: $28/person. 3-course meal plus includes a carafe of red or white sangria. Menu highlights:  avocado and chimichurri bruschetta, petit french toast, lemon poaches salmon.
  • Bombay Palace: $25/person. Samosas and Mimosas brunch (clever…).  All you can eat Indian buffet + bottomless mimosas!

WESTSIDE:

  • Upstairs 2: $32/person for brunch menu + $8/person for bottomless mimosas. 3-courses plus fruit plate and assorted breads & muffins. Menu highlights: open-faced frittata with bacon and cheddar cheese with rosemary potatoes, apple oatmeal tart.
  • Zengo: $35/person.  2 hour time limit per table during which you can enjoy endless small plates and free-flowing cocktails.  Small plates include: beef tenderloin benedict, salmon omelet, banh mi sliders, some dim sum items, and various ceviches.  For your brunch cocktail you can have your regular bloody mary or mimosa plus they have some specialty cocktails including a bacon bloody mary, mango mimosa, lychee bellini and a sparkling sake sangria.
  • Culver Hotel: $35/person for food, $42/person includes bottomles mimosas.  Indoor and patio seating, buffet style brunch features pastries, hot and cold stations, and a dessert station.
  • Cafe del Rey: $44/person. 3-course brunch (runs Saturday AND Sunday), there will be a live jazz trio on Sunday. Includes bottomless champagne, mimosas or cider.  
  • Wilshire Restaurant: $65/person.  A little pricey, you get access to a salad and appetizer buffet plus your choice of main course and a dessert buffet.  Bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and a build your own bloody mary bar.
  • The Yard: A la carte brunch items + $10 for bottomless mimosas or champagne.

PASADENA:

  • Pop Champagne Bar: $39/person with bottomless bubbly, $35/person with bottomless beer. 4 different brunch seatings at 11:00, 11:30, 1:00 and 1:30pm. 3-course menu or special a la carte items including  sweet berry crepes, beef filet with chimichurri and eggs, and croissant french toast.
  • Ventanas at the Westin Pasadena $49.50/person.  Brunch style buffet with salads, seafood, meat dishes, brunch favorites and a dessert station, plus all you can drink champagne.  

Bottomless Mimosa Guide: Sonoma Wine Garden

This week’s weather has been perfect. Literally.  Spring and Summer in LA are made for outdoor eating and boozing.  With it’s outdoor patio, and located only a block away from the ocean, we are excited to add Sonoma Wine Garden to our ever growing list of boozy brunch spots around town.  It is the perfect spot for some sunny Sunday brunching!

Here’s the deal – brunch at Sonoma Wine Garden runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00a-2:30p.  They have their regular a la carte brunch items for all the responsible people of the world, but for us cool kids, pay just $25 a person to opt into their Champagne Brunch.  Included in the price you get your choice of one of six entrees from their brunch menu: the sunny side up eggs, the french toast, eggs benedict, the garden fritatta, the kaiserschmarm, or the chicken ceaser salad.  I’m going with the kaiserschmarm based on name alone.

Plus, the best part, your choice of bottomless booze.  And it’s not just your average mimosa.  You get your pick of unlimited mimosas, bellinis, or build your own bloody marys.   There are also a few other champagne cocktails that you can pick from, like an Austrian Mimosa, which is processo with elderflower, YUM.

A pretty great deal in an amazing location, you can walk to the beach after brunch or partake in some drunken shopping (a favorite hobby of K and I) at SM Place.

Sonoma Wine Garden. 395 Santa Monica Place. www.sonomawinegarden.com

Hangover Brunch: 1739 Public House

2014 Update: don’t think this is still offered…

Oh yes, another trip to hipsterville. What’s become of us?!! I just can’t say no to $3 mimosas.  $3!! I haven’t even been able to get a gallon of gas for under $3 since like 2009.   SO,  instead of heading to Chevron this weekend, I will be heading to Los Feliz’s 1739 Public House to spend my hard earned money on champagne.

1739 Public House serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-5pmEvery item on their brunch menu is $9.  How we have not been here yet is beyond me.  The brunch menu is fairly simple and consists of only 7 choices, nothing out of the ordinary: sunny side up eggs with hash browns and bacon, some omelette choices, and a plate that has waffles AND pancakes AND bacon all in one (definitely my pick).  Order any item off the brunch menu and your mimosa or bloody mary order is just $3 a pop!

Also a side note, if you decide to hang around post brunch, they have over 64 beers on tap, all at about $6 a glass.  And if you end up staying past 3pm, their happy hour kicks in daily from 3-7pm, during which you can get a pizza for FREE.  Who said there was no such thing as a free lunch?

TGIF!

1739 Public House. 1739 North Vermont. (323) 663. 1739. www.1739publichouse.com