comforts for brunch and lunch.
From the Editors
While not technically a breakfast spot (it's only open for lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends), Grub has plenty of breakfast and brunch-type specialties that make it worth fitting into your schedule. The sunny patio, complete with potted plants and oversized umbrellas, feels more like your aunt's back porch than a restaurant snuggled smack dab in the heart of Hollywood. Hearty portions of classic favorites are served at tables that would well suit the kitchen in your grandmother's house. Industry folks working at the studios surrounding the little spot occupy the limited space during the week, but on the weekends the crowd consists of patrons who have come from miles around to fight for a table and scrumptious bite of what home would taste like if you could take a nibble. Fans say it's all good, but the buttery croissant French toast and the "after school special" tomato soup and grilled cheese are particularly famous. Catering is also available through As You Like It, run out of the same space. -- Trana Shannon
911 Seward St. (Santa Monica Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Caterers Betty Fraser and Denise DeCarlo operate this delightfully homey restaurant in the midst of Hollywood. An old bungalow has been transformed into a charming dining room with vintage household product ads and mirrors set in old window frames lining buttercup yellow walls. If the weather’s good, there’s also a nice patio buffered from the street.
The food is simple, hearty and very good, with items like French onion or creamy tomato soup paired with a very fine grilled cheese sandwich. Other sandwiches include a variation of a Philly cheesesteak, curried egg, and a messy but really satisfying spicy barbecued beef. Salads are big and fresh, and they even make their own ginger ale.