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Attention Los Angeles: This East Coast Brunch Favorite is Making Its Way to Your Neighborhood
Kimberly Motos
byKimberly Motos

No weekend getaway is complete without a brunch stop before exploring a new city and if you’re planning an LA trip, you’ve got plenty of choices and so little time. Plus, picking the best brunch spot in town is crucial to getting your travel squad up and going. 

If you’re looking for a place that serves the perfect brunch trifecta - cafe, bar, and oysters, we’ve got just the place for you. Created by the folks behind Brightside Hospitality, who are known for their many NYC restaurants, Five Leaves LA is bringing a little east coast charm to sunny Los Angeles.

Our very own Account Manager and photographer, Kimberly Motos, recently visited Five Leaves LA and is giving us the inside scoop on what she ordered, all about the design, and even what to do once you're done with brunch.


Tell us about the space!

I’ve been a fan of Five Leaves since the first time I had brunch at their Brooklyn spot. When I found out they were opening in Los Angeles, I got very excited knowing there is now another piece of my favorite city in sunny California. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the light and airy feel of the space which was the total opposite of their sister restaurant. Casual yet stylish, they have terrazzo marble tables and colorful booths that would charm everyone that would come here.

What did you order? Did anything catch your eye that you will order next time?

It was very hard to make a decision because I wanted to try everything on the menu. I ended up with the Moroccan Scramble which was made out of fluffy eggs, merguez sausage, spiced chickpeas, and crushed avocado on top of their 7-grain toast. I would love to try their Green Tea Noodles for next time which has sesame-crusted avocado, mushroom, edamame, radish, boiled egg & ginger-miso dressing. My fiancé ordered the fan-favorite, the Five Leaves Burger, made of grass-fed beef, grilled pineapple, house-pickled beets, harissa mayo, topped with a sunny-side-up egg on a sesame brioche. For drinks, try their house cocktails or their Five Leaves Michelada, a Modelo especial mixed with cayenne, tabasco, lime, Worcestershire, & fresh ground pepper.

Quick, tell us about the dream gathering you'd host here.

I would most likely want to host a birthday party or a bridal party brunch here. :)

Let's make a day out of it – What are some spots nearby others should check out?

Since Five Leaves LA is only a mile and a half away from Silverlake, I stopped by the cutest cafe, Dayglow Coffee, prior to brunch and ordered the Military Latte, which is an espresso with matcha and oat milk.  A mile north from Five Leaves is the John Sowden House, an iconic home that is supposedly linked to the “Black Dahlia” murder and was built by one of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. If you’re an FLW fan, this is definitely worth the stop. If you’re headed west, check out Bibo Ergo Sum, an intimate craft cocktail bar. It’s not super close, but I promise you’ll thank me after that first sip. ;)

So you’ve got brunch covered, but what about dinner? Check out our favorite spots in LA 

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