Two valued family friends are staying in Century City and want to join me for lunch this Sunday. They want something fairly traditional and definitely L.A. -- nixed me when I suggested fantastic dim sum. Unfortunately Spago doesn't offer Sunday brunch -- they'd like the atmosphere and star factor.
I'm thinking Joe's. I made a tentative reservation and requested the patio. (They don't permit smoking out there, do they?) I've read the positive reviews here and their online menu looks fine (at those prices I'll even grab the check). It is a bit of a drive from Century City but it should be an easy shot around noon on Sunday or I could grab the freeway at Overland.
I think I have it nailed but I'm open to other suggestions. I've met my dad at the Peninsula years ago and the uber-expensive hotels don't do it for me, so the Bel Air or seaside places don't appeal. I love the main room at Campanile but they aren't open. Jar takes us in the wrong direction, isn't outside, and I think is more expensive. Cafe Del Rey is further and more pricey. I thought of Anisette but aside from the pastries their brunch food has mixed reviews. (Though maybe I'll stop and Amandine beforehand and pick up some croissant and other goodies to feed them during the drive.)
This couple is in their seventies. Sushi, scene, noise, and drinks are not the point. A view or the water or an even more impressive garden (Michael's?) would be nice but I certainly don't need a tourist scene like The Lobster, I don't want to drive up or down the coast, and those of you who recognize my moniker know my favorite breakfast place is S & W. (Culver City???)
Any other ideas or reassurances are welcome and eagerly awaited.