L.A.’s Best Healthy Brunch Spots
Got big plans for the weekend? If you live here in L.A., then I’m guessing brunch is on the menu (uber-creative pun).
Everyone in L.A. knows that come 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, your favorite lunch locations are transformed into boozy hotspots for hungover hipsters regaling each other with last night’s escapades over their hair of the dog, and hot-bodied fitness enthusiasts enjoying well-deserved splurge meals after sweaty Bikram classes.
But when most menus are packed with hollandaise-slathered Eggs Benedict and Pancakes covered in whipped cream and butter, it’s hard to stick to your healthy diet while partaking in this mandatory L.A. tradition. We all know, you’ll never be able to “out-Spin” that Colossal Belgium Waffle.
Never fear my Ray Ban-sporting brunchers, I have recruited the most in-the-know, ladies-who-brunch to fill us in on the hot spots where you can have your mimosa and drink it too.
I hope you’ll enjoy today’s guest post from Kate of L.A. Brunchers.
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Although we all deserve to splurge a little on the weekend (especially when it comes to brunch), that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to splurge on the calories. We scoured the city for the best brunch spots in Los Angeles that allow you to enjoy all of the joys of brunch, without the regret that sometimes follows one too many helpings of hollandaise.
1. Hugo’s (West Hollywood).
A healthy, brunch staple in West Hollywood, Hugo’s offers one of the largest menus in Los Angeles with tons of gluten-free and vegan options. We love the option to sit outdoors with your pup while chowing down on your almond energy pancakes – and phew, it includes alcohol on the menu, even a vegan Bloody Mary!
This is the perfect place to bring even your meat and gluten-loving friends who are sure to find a healthy alternative that suites their appetite. What’s even better is that the atmosphere is casual and no-frills. And, you don’t have to expect a large wait on the weekends.
Some favorites? The Go Green Frittata ($13), made with egg whites, organic mixed greens, spinach puree, broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, quinoa, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. Topped with alfalfa sprouts and an apple-mango-mint sauce. Served with breakfast potatoes, turmeric rice, or fresh fruit. Or try the Tofu Scramble ($12.25): organic tofu scrambled with sweet potatoes, green onions, tomato, spinach, garlic and mushrooms with ginger-soy sauce. Served with breakfast potatoes, turmeric rice, or fresh fruit.
Brunch served from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. & Sun.
8401 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
2. Another Kind of Sunrise (Venice).
Alright, we cheated a little by including this on our list since the menu doesn’t offer booze so is not technically “brunch.” But we couldn’t help ourselves. Right by The Tasting Kitchen on Abbot Kinney, Another Kind of Sunny is tucked away in a skinny breezeway. The bright and sunny café describes itself as a “cereal-centric takeaway specializing in high quality, organic food and drink.”
The menu is simple and organic. There’s Handsome coffee, cold-pressed juice by Moon Juice, and bowls of organic cereal devoid of refined sugar (offering such favorites as Rice Crispies, Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes). You can pick your type of milk (or yogurt), whether it be from a cow or from an almond (by Mylkman), with your choice of topping. The other three bowl options are a Chia Porridge, a Paleo Granola Bowl with yogurt, or an Acai bowl.
Hours: Tuesday -Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1629 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice CA 90291.
3. Flore (Silverlake).
Flore is an organic, vegan restaurant boasting “a deli counter and sit down indoor/outdoor services.” They guarantee that they only use the highest quality, organic ingredients available. We love that it offers “breakfast classics,” in the form of Griddle Cakes ($10.95) (both soy-free and gluten-free) and even a Cranberry Walnut French Toast ($10.95).
If you’re looking to “brunch light,” they offer “Light & Fresh” options, including the Farmers Market Breakfast, with roasted vegetables from the Silver Lake Farmers Market, sliced tomato, avocado, toasted focaccia and potatoes ($10.95). Yum!
Brunch is served Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
3818 W. Sunset Blvd. Silverlake, CA 90026
4. SQIRL (Silverlake).
Given glowing reviews by both the Refinery29 and Thrillest, be sure to check out this cutting edge, organic (and healthy) brunch eatery.
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
720 N Virgil Ave, Ste 4, Los Angeles, CA 90029.