Fred’s Beverly Hills

Heavenly Bites

If you ever need an excuse to try on a pair of $2,000 shoes before brunch, then do I have the spot for you!

Barney’s New York in Beverly Hills’ newest restaurant and lounge, Fred’s, sits on the 5th floor of the world famous department store, with rooftop seating and classic American cuisine.

Sooo, before I get into it, I’d like to point out that one major plus of going to a fabulous brunch spot on the top floor of a lavish department store, is that you’re forced to browse some of the most elegant and extravagant shoes on the planet! On the other hand, the downside, is that you’re forced to browse some of the most elegant and extravagant shoes on the planet…

Whether you’re able to act on your impulse to buy the Gucci slippers or not, the Madison Avenue salad at Fred’s is always a great choice and a delicious way to start your day. While not the most traditional brunch item, this salad proves itself a worthwhile decision at any meal. With a dozen, fresh chopped vegetables (varying seasonally) and local greens topped with imported Italian tuna, the Madison Avenue salad is my go-to brunch item at Fred’s — And that’s coming from a breakfast food lover!

If you’re not quite as open minded as I am, and brunch for you necessarily consists of some variation of eggs or at the very least pancakes and French toast, then you’re also in luck with Fred’s. Their Cinnamon French Toast is divine! It’s made with thickly cut brioche bread, coated in a light layer of egg and cinnamon, and sprinkled with a dusting powdered sugar.

Before I start drooling on my keyboard, I’ll finish by saying that whether you swing by Fred’s for some weekend brunch or a weekday lunch, you’ll have plenty of options from herb omelettes, French toasts and lox platters to sandwiches, salads, and pizzas.

While it may cost you a pretty penny, Fred’s will make a perfect spot for anything from a classy ladies lunch to an elegant bridal shower!

Rating: 9.7/10

Address: 9570 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Type: American Bistro

Price Range: $9 – $32

Must Haves: Mark’s Madison Avenue Salad, Cinnamon French Toast, Los Platter, Lavender Lemonade

Brunch Menu: Weekends Only

Lunch Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 7 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Reservations: Yes

Parking: Self Park Garage, Valet

Blue Bottle Coffee

City Sips, Heavenly Bites

If you’re anything like me, you need your daily fix — of coffee, of course! And if you’re anything else like me, a bad cup of morning joe can turn a good morning into an unwelcome one faster than you can roll your eyes and say, “It’s 10 a.m. and I already need a nap!”

Well, if you want to put those dreadful mornings behind you, then make Blue Bottle Coffee the newest addition to your morning routine. With twelve locations in the Los Angeles area, you’re bound to be within a few miles of one wherever you’re hiding.

My personal favorite is their New Orleans. I’m not a fan of sweet drinks, especially when it comes to my coffee — but I also don’t like my coffee black. This usually leaves my options limited and my decision difficult when I want to try something besides my usual iced coffee with milk. But, Blue Bottle has squashed the competition and made at least one decision in my life a no-brainer. The New Orleans is a delightful, delicate and creamy combination of their fresh Cold Brew, blended with a little more than a splash of whole milk (I often substitute almond milk) and just a dash of pure cane sugar. The ultimate trifecta! BUT the most unique part about the New Orleans is the subtle hints of roasted chicory laced within every sip.

Coffee isn’t all they do right at Blue Bottle — their avocado toast is decadent and their poached eggs are flawless. They have a minimal selection of mouthwatering snacks, but the avocado toast stole my heart (as avocados tend to do). It is dusted with red chili flakes and topped with a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper — my favorite way to season avocado in every form!

Blue Bottle Coffee provides a unique, modern take on a centuries old tradition of brewing and drinking coffee. The story behind its inception and their services is just as sui generis as their cup of coffee. So please, feel free to read more here about how Blue Bottle Coffee evolved into the small but fabulous network of cafes that it is today.

XOXO,

Your Not So Basic Bitch

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Rating: Strong 9.2/10

Address: 132 South Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Type: Coffee Shop

Price Range: $3 – $8

Must Haves: New Orleans, Cold Brew, Avocado Toast, Poached Eggs

Hours: Monday – Friday from 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. – Location Dependent; Saturday – Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. – Location Dependent

Parking: Street

Non-Dairy Options: Yes