The beauty of the weekend is in the ease of its morning hours: they can be slow and quiet, or ignored and taken up well into the afternoon. At the Larchmont, a restaurant on Melrose Avenue, such flexibility is the case in an eatery converted from a Craftsman-style home. Pass under neighboring trees and up the welcoming staircase to the front door, and see white tables and chairs spill out onto a patio under strings of light. Wake up slowly to the smell of cooking in the kitchen as you order a Pimm’s cup made with all-natural ginger beer and cucumber. Brunch begins at 10:30 a.m., and there’s no reason not to have a drink.
Beloved songs will play overhead as drinks are served, and one last look at the menu can be read with more alert eyes. Start with the steaming hot caramel roll that’s transferred from skillet to plate tableside and accompanied by raisins, nuts, and sea salt. Then, opt for the Benedict, made with smoked ham hock layered with a rich brown-butter hollandaise, which can seem like the indulgent pair to a veggie hash flavored with poached eggs and a tomatillo sauce. But since everything on the California and French-inspired menu is locally sourced, including the vegetables picked from an Ojai ranch, such an indulgence will feel as minimal as the airy surroundings.
After a cozy meal, take a seat at the white marble bar opposite the fireplace. Order another drink, and relax. That’s what lazy weekend mornings are for, after all.