Toca Madera – LA

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Toca Madera is a hotspot in West Hollywood specializing in Organic Mexican cuisine. The restaurant is super cute with a huge bar, lounge area, outdoor patio, and photo booth.

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Brunch cocktails? Yes please! Toca Madera offers a variety of beverages from cold brew with vanilla infused tequila to margaritas to bloody mary’s. I went for the Mexican 69 – patron, pomegranate, la pinta, prosecco and lime.

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Toca Madera offers classic brunch dishes with a Mexican twist like Tres Leches French Toast,  a Mexican Omelette, and Carne Asada & Eggs. You can also go for tacos served on house made corn tortillas filled with your choice of  chicken, shrimp, mushroom & sweet corn, mahi-mahi, sea bass, tofu barbacoa or skirt steak. If you’re feeling healthy, they have avocado toast, a coconut parfait, vegan bacon, sausage and ‘soyrizo’. They also offer a ton of sides and appetizers. The guacamole with plantain chips and sweet corn are a must! I’m not usually one for dessert during brunch, but you absolutely have to save room for the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich! Warm cinnamon sugar churro filled with dulce de leche ice cream. So delicious!

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The restaurant is huge and there’s enough staff to accommodate. Everyone is super friendly and helpful!

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2 Star Rating

Two Cheers! I absolutely love Toca Madera! The first time I went was for dinner and I was excited to try their brunch. Their menu is great and food is delicious. The only reason for not giving them three cheers is because they don’t have a bottomless mimosa option 😦

Toca Madera does brunch on Sunday’s from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

*On Cinco de Mayo, Toca Madera will have menu specials, specialty cocktails, tequila  flights, special performances and musical guests from 12 pm to 2 am

 

Tre – NYC

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Tre is a trendy Lower East side Italian spot located on Ludlow Street. The restaurant’s cool vibes fit in perfectly with neighbors Pianos, The DL and Ludlow House. The space is super intimate, with a bar and only a few tables. Once the weather warms up, the back patio will be open to enjoy some sun as you dine.

 

 

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Tre’s brunch menu features italian entrees with a few American dishes sprinkled in between. I’m definitely not used to eating so heavy so early in the day, but was down to try something different. The restaurant’s brunch special is the most attractive thing on the menu: bottomless mimosas plus an entree for $27.95. Finding an all inclusive brunch for less than $35 is pretty much unheard of, especially downtown, so I had to check this place out. The downside to such a great priced brunch, is usually limited options. There was no room for substitution, and because the physical brunch menu was separate from the regular menu, I wasn’t able to get a full scope of Tre’s offerings.

 

 

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I went with the carbonara and because the table ordered a variety of dishes, I was able to try a few things. With a day party planned after brunch, heavy carbs seemed like a great choice. The pasta was simple but very good. I also got to try the steak and eggs, and Tre burger: very good! I’m still thinking about the fries.

 

 

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I would recommend making a reservation here because the space is so small. Though the bartender also served as the host and waiter, he did not skip a beat. Our mimosas were heavy on the champagne, just how I like it, and our glasses were never empty. After our two hours was up, the waiter politely told us there was another party waiting for our table, which is expected on a beautiful Saturday. My only caveat with Tre is there cash-only policy, in the year of Apple pay, Master Pass, and Square, it’s almost a chore to carry cash.

 

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! I really enjoyed Tre’s quaint and warm atmosphere . The restaurant’s intimate vibes make it great for a date or catching up with a friend. I would not recommend going here wit a party of more than five. I can’t wait to return when the weather is nice to experience the patio. You will never leave Tre hungry, as their carb-forward and high protein dishes are quite filling. Don’t forget to bring cash or you’ll be washing dishes!

Tre serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm.

Shaw’s Tavern – DC

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Shaw’s Tavern is a pretty popular brunch place right around Howard University, and has a pretty mixed crowd. It has a very chill vibe, with great music playing in the background that will have you singing along after a few mimosas. They have pretty rustic decor, with indoor and outdoor seating and an upstairs for private dining as well. It is a place that you can take almost anyone.

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Their brunch menu is Southern inspired, with key items like hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, mac n cheese, and a cornbread chicken and waffle. One great thing about their brunch menu is they have a lot of sandwich options. Most places usually just have one brunch burger, but Shaw’s Tavern also features pulled pork, a breakfast sandwich, a chicken sandwich and another burger. Shaw’s also offers a variety of pizzas, essentially having anything you could possibly want from a brunch menu.

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I’ve ordered shrimp and grits from Shaw’s Tavern a few times before, and I wasn’t particularly impressed so I decided to venture out this time. I ordered the breakfast pizza, which features tomatoes, bacon, green onions, an egg, and very delicious sauce I can’t name. I replaced the tomatoes with caramelized onions and got my egg over easy. The pizza was not only really good but also very filling. I was very satisfied and even had leftovers.

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Service (1) I am pretty much always pleased with the service at Shaw’s Tavern. I’ve been there for birthdays, farewell brunches,  and random Sundays and they are always accommodating. The mimosas stay replenished, and they are quick to correct any mistakes that may have occurred with your order. Even though we arrived at 1:30pm this time, our waitress ensured we got the most out of our two hours of bottomless and checked on us very often.

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Three Cheers! Shaw’s Tavern is pretty much always hit. The food, service and mimosas rarely ever fail, and it is a staple for any avid brunch goer in D.C. Last minute or plan ahead, Shaw’s Tavern is the place to go (although you may want to plan ahead because they can be crowded).

3 Star Rating

Penn Commons – DC

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One of the best things about Penn Commons is how spacious the inside is. I have been to many restaurants where I feel cramped and like I am sitting way too close to the party next to me, but that is not an issue here. They have a variety of seating options such as the bar, high top tables, regular tables and circular booths, which is another plus. Although they play sports games and serve drinks, it does not feel at all like a sports bar. The design is very clean and simple, something which makes it comfortable and cute.

 

 

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Penn Common’s menu/brunch options is what sets it above other brunches in my eyes. They offer a two course brunch with bottomless mimosas all for $33. I truly don’t think it gets better than that! You are able to get an appetizer and entree or entree and dessert. They offer BBQ chicken spring rolls, calamari, french toast bites and smoothies as some of the options for your first course.

The entrees include all of your favorite brunch options, with special spin of “chicken & cakes” as opposed to chicken and waffles. Their dessert options include various sundaes, a root beer float and cake. With a two course brunch and all of the menu options you can visit Penn Commons over and over and switch up your brunch order to enjoy a new combination each time.

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When it comes to appetizers, the BBQ chicken egg rolls are my favorite. They come with a blue cheese dipping sauce on the side, that it is not quite blue cheese dressing but similar and very tasty. I think I have mentioned before that shrimp and grits is my go-to brunch food, so I’ve tasted them at many places and Penn Commons’ is by far my favorite. The grits are creamy and well cooked, they don’t skimp on the shrimp, it is well seasoned, and the bits of ham add a nice finishing touch. But, if you aren’t a shrimp and grits person, the brunch quesadillas are delicious as well. Overall, not matter what you order not only will you be full (and possibly have leftovers) but satisfied by the quality as well.

 

 

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I have been to Penn Commons on many occasions, and I usually receive pretty consistent service. There is one particular waitress that I have encountered a few times who can be somewhat scatterbrained and a little slower on the mimosas, but with a little reminder about fill ups she is fine. Even with the slowest server, I can still make the most of my two hours and leave having downed just enough mimosas.

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! I can’t think of anything negative to say about Penn Commons. Even on a bad day I am always satisfied. From last minute brunch decisions or a planned ahead reservation, Penn Commons is the place to go. I never have to wait for a table and I leave satisfied and a little bit saucy!

P.S. They also have a great happy hour, with good food and drinks,  from 4pm-close Monday – Saturday and ALL DAY Sunday.

Penn Commons offers brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 3pm. 

Market Provisions – LA

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Market provisions is pretty casual. You will find some people dining after a morning workout while others are there to celebrate. They have a nice sized patio for dining in the sunshine and smaller tables inside. It can be tough for them to accommodate big parties here, I’ve experienced a table with too many people getting split up.

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Market Provisions has $5 bottomless mimosas. You read correctly, five dollars as long as you order an entree! You also get the choice between orange and grapefruit juice. This is a deal that is hard to beat in any major city, especially LA where bottomless is usually upwards of $14. They also have a bloody mary if that’s your brunch drink of choice.

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There is definitely something for everyone at Market Provisions! They have classic healthy LA style options like avocado toast, acai bowls and a variety of salads. Savory selections consist of breakfast sandwiches, steak and eggs, dungeness crab croque madame, and a brunch quesadilla they call the “Hangover Special”. Their sweet tooth options include strawberry buttermilk pancakes and banana split french toast. My go to order is the fried chicken &  biscuit! I opt for my eggs scrambled instead of sunny-side up with the prosciutto gravy on the side. I also add avocado for good measure.

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Market provisions is pretty casual. You will find some people dining after a morning workout while others are there to celebrate. They have a nice sized patio for dining in the sunshine and smaller tables inside. It can be tough for them to accommodate big parties here, I’ve experienced a table with too many people getting split up.  

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The service here is a bit inconsistent. I’ve had very friendly service at times, there was a point where some of the waiters knew me by name because I brunched here so frequently. Other times they were less than friendly. I’ve had them leave a pitcher of mimosas at the table while other times I’ve had to hunt down my server to refill my glass. This place tends to get crowded so if you go earlier, you will avoid a wait and may luck up on better service.  

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2 Star Rating

Two Cheers! You never know what you are going to get service-wise so it can be a bit off a toss up. When I have had a bad experience I quickly forgive because well, $5 for bottomless. The food is good but not the best meal you’ll have in your life. If you’re looking for an amazing dining experience this isn’t the place but it is great spot for a casual Saturday or Sunday brunch.

Market Provisions has brunch on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 10 am to 3 pm

Baldoria – LA

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Baldoria is definitely a hidden gem of LA! This is a place you can take anyone from your parents that are in town, a group of friends, or even a date. It’s nice if you ever want to brunch on a whim because you never really need a reservation. The restaurant is very casual with a modern feel. It’s also perfect for a large party which is one of the reasons I decided to have my 23rd birthday brunch here. They have long tables that they put together for a party of 30. The place is very minimalistic so I chose to have a florist come and spruce up the tables with a few bouquets. The wait staff let me play my own playlist via spotify which was a great touch!

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Baldoria offers a prix-fixe brunch that is an amazing deal. You get to choose one entree or pizza, a side, and bottomless mimosas or rose for $30. Or you can order food a la carte and do bottomless prosecco or rose for $15.  They usually let you mix and match so I often start with a glass of rose and then switch to mimosas. They serve brunch until 4pm which is also a huge perk.

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I have truly enjoyed everything I have tried at Baldoria! Their brunch menu consists of a wide selection of artisanal pizzas as well as other options like brunch sliders and a three cheese spinach omelette. If you want to go for pizza it can be hard to decide between all of the amazing options. If someone else in your party also wants pizza, I recommend each getting two different kinds and sharing! My personal favorites are the Yukon Gratin and Wild Funghi Conserva. If you want something sweet the ciabatta french toast is an excellent option. The chicken and waffle tacos are a fun take on a classic!

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The wait staff is always very friendly. It is a small business that is very family-like. The restaurant is quaint and rarely crowded so they have plenty of time to focus on refilling your mimosas.

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Three Cheers

3 Star Rating

Baldoria is definitely one of my favorite places to brunch! I have had great experiences here and I will continue to come back! Every time I’ve taken friends here they’re always shocked this place isn’t more crowded. I’ll say it again, most underrated brunch in LA! You can’t beat the prix-fixe menu deal and quality of food!

 

 

 

Baldoria has brunch on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm  

Tart – LA

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Tart has a unique Family Style brunch option for parties of 7 or more. You get biscuits for the table, a fruit platter, a choice of two entrees, two side dishes, eggs your way and a choice of bacon or sausage for $30 per person. You can also order from their normal brunch menu. On to the drinks! Tart has a mimosa kit for $25 that includes a bottle of champagne, orange juice, peach puree and mixed berries. It’s super cute because you get to make your own mimosa. You can also order a single mimosa, bellini, bloody mary or michelada. They have a bottomless bloody mary option for $20 or a smoky chipotle mary for $25.

A fun drink option for large parties are the “Honeybuckets” which are curated cocktails in a punchbowl. They have different levels ranging from $50 – $80 depending on the flavor you choose. The alcohol options for the honeybuckets include vodka, whiskey, rum, gin, prosecco and my personal favorite: tequila. You can also get red or white peach sangria! The bowls are big enough to share with 3 – 5 people. 

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My go-to order at Tart, and anywhere if we’re being honest, is the fried chicken and waffles. Tart does there’s with candied pecans, tabasco butter and bourbon maple syrup! So good! Other options include breakfast lasagna, shrimp & grits, breakfast burrito, eggs benedict, and so much more.

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If you’ve ever been to The Grove you’ve probably seen the ‘Tart’ sign glowing in bright red directly across the street.  Tart is located inside The Farmer’s Daughter Boutique Hotel. You walk through the eclectic lobby to get to the super chic restaurant. The restaurant itself has limited indoor seating but a ton of outdoor seating on their patio. They also have cabanas you can sit at if your party have a party 7-12 guests. Tart is very instagram friendly with a ton of opportunities for a photo op. Tart is a fun and trendy environment.

 

 

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I’ve dined at Tart several times and have always had great service! The hosts and wait staff have always been very friendly and accommodating. They also have given great recommendations since there are so many options to choose from on the menu.

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2 Star Rating

Two Cheers! Tart offers a great brunch all around! There are truly options for everyone from the drinks to the food. I recommend going on a beautiful day where you can enjoy the super cute outdoor area. After you can do some shopping at The Grove or check out the farmers market across the street. Did I mention they have brunch everyday! Mid-week mimosas anyone?

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Tart has brunch Monday – Thursday from 7 am – 3pm and Friday – Sunday from 7 am – 4 pm