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The Best Brunches in LA

Between year-round access to amazing (and varied) seasonal produce, an ever-growing global influence and renewed interest in carbohydrates, brunch in Los Angeles has never been better or more interesting. Here are some of our favorites, new and old.

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Beverly Hills Hotel

Going to brunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel feels more like sightseeing than eating breakfast. From the instant you roll up to the iconic pink hotel to the moment when you find your seat on the sunny Polo Lounge patio, you'll want to stop and take photos like a tourist. Served only on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the hotel's brunch offers people-watching as great as the food. Seeing as you're in Beverly Hills, you should probably have some caviar to start the day. Order the Smoked Salmon Soft Scramble with wild smoked salmon, potato rosti, creme fraiche, caviar and asparagus.

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With its skylights, fiddle-leaf fig trees and luminous marble bar, the Redbird dining room is one of the most-pleasant places to dine in Los Angeles. Brunch highlights include the Basque baked eggs with short rib, morcilla, piquillos, potatoes and Ossau-Iraty cheese, as well as the smoked salmon tartine with avocado, radish and cucumber. Order the confusingly clear Bloody Mary — bar director Tobin Shea uses clarified tomato, clarified lemon, white balsamic, fennel, basil and chile vodka to make this new take on the classic brunch cocktail.

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The Rose Venice

The Rose Venice is one of those places you can take your parents, or your grandparents, and know everyone's going to have a good time and a great meal. Brioche French toast, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy: The brunch gang's all here. If your family wants to expand its horizons, not-so-standard dishes are there for the ordering too, like the duck rillette with cornichons, fried egg and some market greens, and the trout madame.

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Unless you go at 6:30 a.m. (yes, this place really opens that early), you're going to find a line at Sqirl on Virgil Avenue. While many of those people are in line thanks to the restaurant's ever-growing hype, the truth is that the hype is more than warranted. Everything on Chef-Owner Jessica Koslow's menu is worth ordering at least once, but if you can get only one thing, try the Crispy Rice Salad with cucumber, mint, cilantro, scallion and a fried egg.

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