After late-night partying or after catching the Rose Parade live in Pasadena, it’s fun to continue the new year merrymaking with brunch. As an easy meal for getting together with friends or family, make it a memorable one by choosing one of the best brunch menus in Los Angeles. There are lots of options including restaurants with an ocean view, make-your-own bloody Marys, bottomless mimosas and food totally worth the splurge. From Downtown Los Angeles to Malibu, here are five restaurants ready to keep the party going on New Year’s Day.
10840 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tanzy, an artisanal Italian restaurant, invites revelers to dine for brunch on January 1 with a traditional-style brunch. Start out with bottomless strawberry mimosas ($14 all day long) filled with One Hope sparkling wine, St. Germain and fresh lemon. Choose gravlax on a toasted ciabatta or a bacon and eggs ravioli dish created with a soft poached hen egg, ricotta cheese and wilted spinach tossed in a bacon vinaigrette, and brioche French toast. Dessert is an easy decision too. Italian bombolinas, or crispy doughnuts, are freshly made all day long and available in three flavors — bittersweet chocolate, Pink Lady apple cider and a lemon cream.
Del Frisco’s Grille
1551 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Toast the first day of 2015 at Del Frisco’s Grille by the beach with ease, lots of flavor and spirits galore. The restaurant’s brunch menu features both savory and sweet including the Grille benedict dish made with thin-sliced French ham, white cheddar biscuits and a chipotle hollandaise, chilaquiles, chicken-fried steak and eggs alongside a jumbo biscuit, and a not-to-be-missed red velvet Belgian waffle. Sip on a white sangria pinot grigio, screwdriver, mimosa or a “build-your-own bloody mary.”
Malibu Farm Pier Cafe
23000 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265
Take in your new year’s blessings seaside at Malibu Farm Pier Cafe as you dine on breakfast or lunch, which will be offered beginning at 9am. Everything from anyway-you-like-them-eggs to mini Swedish pancakes to crab cakes will be served all day long. Highlights on the menu include the fried egg sandwich which is served on country wheat toast with bacon, arugula and baby potatoes. The café’s unique cauliflower pizza on lavash bread with goat cheese is a great table share. Fresh-squeezed juices, sangria, mimosas, wine and beer will be served, along with a full espresso bar. The restaurant obtains all produce locally from Larry Thorne Family Farm, Maggies Farm, 1 Gun Ranch and Malibu Farm.
700 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Locals and non-locals alike are big fans of Bottega Louie located in DTLA. The restaurant/café’s extensive menu has everything scrumptious including lobster hash crafted with Maine lobster tail, potatoes, poached eggs and a papkria hollandaise sauce, New York egg sandwich on a Kaiser roll, croque madame served on a handmade pain de mie, lemon ricotta pancakes, meatball parmesan sliders, a slow roasted pork porchetta, pizzas and salads too. Bottega Louie’s fresh juice menu has it all from carrot to apple and tomato to melon. Of course, NYE party peeps who want to keep the party going can enjoy a bellini, bloody Mary, mimosa, French 75 or a champagne cobbler with Luxard maraschino liqueur.
512 Rose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Start 2015 with gratitude at the restaurant where all of the cuisine is plant-based, and every entrée on the menu is a play on words reminding guests to take a little time for new year’s introspection. Open for breakfast and brunch this New Year’s Day, Café Gratitude’s menu has everything from its “Outstanding” sprouted oatmeal to “Open-Hearted” gluten-free pancakes. Go for the satisfying “Trusting” tempeh scramble mixed with seasonal veggies, shitake mushrooms and spinach, or “Bonita” breakfast taco plate made of sprouted probiotic brown rice (quinoa, if preferred), black beans, avocado and a cashew nacho cheese. Coffee and teas will be served with courage (Arabica bean coffee), carefree (almond milk cap), cozy 5 (fresh lemon, ginger juice, honey and cayenne), a touch of “Love” (cinnamon plum iced tea) and vibrance (matcha tea latte).
Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.