Karen and Quinn Hatfield own two restaurants Los Angeles: The Sycamore Kitchen: a breakfast and lunch spot with seasonally focused fare and a killer selection of baked goods like salted caramel pecan babka rolls, sour cherry buttermilk scones, and chocolate chip rye cookies; and Hatfield's, a Michelin-starred New American restaurant that was named one of the country's best new restaurants in 2010 by Bon Appétit. As if that wasn't enough, The couple is opening a third restaurant, Odys & Penelope, a modern grill with globally influenced flavors, this fall.
Despite their busy schedules, Karen and Quinn still find time to enjoy an early morning (or afternoon) meal with their two kids. Scroll down to see their top picks for breakfast and brunch in Los Angeles.
Porto's: We end up here on Sundays with the kids. They have a great chorizo and egg sandwich, too many pastries to choose from and they make a mean cortadito. It doesn't hurt that you can feast for about $20.
Rae's: Rae's is a reliably good, old-school 50's-style diner. "Most of my memories here are from high school when I skipped algebra class and headed here for sunny side-up eggs instead," says Karen.
Maison Giraud: The BEST croissants and pain aux raisin in all of Los Angeles. Yes, all of Los Angeles.
The Trails Cafe: The Trails is tucked away off one of the entrances to Griffith Park. This little cafe definitely has the best scenery of any spot in LA. They serve great Stumptown coffee and make all their pastries daily from scratch out of their little shoebox-size kiosk.
Farmshop: Located smack in the middle of the Brentwood Country Mart, Farmshop delivers a perfectly cooked, simple breakfast every time with the best ingredients.
Café Stella: A quintessential LA spot in Silver Lake. Great for brunch, with a very authentic Parisian vibe, and excellent merguez sausage.
Hungry Cat Hollywood: Now an institution, Hungry Cat remains so simple and satisfying. I can't imagine a better Sunday morning than starting at the Hollywood farmers market and ending up at Hungry Cat for cocktails and brunch.
Gjelina Take Away: This is the perfect spot when you don't have time for a full-service restaurant. It has incredible coffee, fresh sandwiches, cookies and scones, plus a great vibe thanks to its location on Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax