To food-conscious California people, eating a healthy breakfast is paramount; during the past few months, I’ve visited some popular hotels where good health is number one on their list of morning specials.
Here, I’ve put together a little travelogue describing my “eggceptional” enjoyment during some of my favorite adventures along the California Coast and beyond. Surprisingly, all the destinations I visited served my favorite breakfast: avocado eggs on toast!
California avocados are a basic shopping list staple for residents of the “Golden Bear” state, and I love them, especially with egg dishes.
1) The Kimpton Goodland
The Kimpton Goodland, just seconds from Goleta beach, is a hotel any over-fifty guest would totally enjoy.
The 60s décor includes a Woody in the entrance and a VYNL record shop in the lobby where visitors can listen to and buy oldies but goodies – offering guests a flashback to the past that is a fun surprise.
Artistic surfboards are hung from the ceiling, and tunes like Olivia Newton John’s “Let’s Get Physical” can be heard playing by the pool. What really caught my eye was the ocean-inspired artwork and seashell string window coverings in the restaurant and bar.
Foodies will be in heaven at the Outpost at the Goodland, an indoor-outdoor venue where casual is key and pets are allowed. The menu by chef Nick Bajal features lamb and duck dishes reminiscent of the original Wolfgang Puck and Joachim Splichal early years in Los Angeles, perfectly cooked and falling off the bone tender. The restaurant’s “toasted bun” burgers will also take you happily back to your Beach Blanket Bingo days. There is a pleasing familiarity about the Outpost that is appealing, and I look forward to going back soon.
Breakfast or an avocado brunch in this fun location is an ideal way to start your morning on the patio. The menu offers an imaginative collection of tasty favorites like salmon tartine with caper salsa aioli, tomato and chili threads, or the chef Bajal’s unique twist on French toast.
My personal favorite is their avocado toast made with fried eggs on sourdough, pickle, onion, cilantro, avocado and served with home fries – to enjoy with a great cup of coffee while sitting by the pool.
Good to know: The hotel has an abundance of self-parking for visitors.
2) The Malibu Beach Inn
Life’s a beach. Located a short stroll down the beach from the Malibu Pier in the heart of Malibu on Pacific Coast Highway is a jewel of a hotel called The Malibu Beach Inn. Here, guests experience one of the most magnificent views anywhere on the California Coast at the Carbon Beach Cafe. The Cafe is set on the patio above the beach, where patrons enjoy gourmet brunch delights overlooking breathtaking views of “Millionaire Beach” below.
The staff at Carbon Beach Cafe includes a seasoned sommelier who is happy to help with food and wine selections. The brunch menu offers some truly amazing seafood dishes, along with familiar breakfast favorites – including specialty Italian-style pizzas, a variety of eggs including eggs Benedict or crab Benedict, a good old fried egg sandwich, steak and egg combinations, waffles and more.
For my avocado brunch, I enjoyed the scrumptious avocado toast – made with hass avocado and eggs sunny-side up with fennel spice on sourdough bread – while talking with Chef Morales.
It’s all blissful in the heavenly destination where Bloody Marys and Mimosas (along with a collection of fine wine and champagne) fill the drink menu along with specialty coffees and fresh juices.
Good to know: The Cafe offers valet parking and is located on Pacific Coast Highway, a short drive from Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles International airport. It is also located within walking distance of many famous Malibu landmarks.
3) Viceroy L’ Ermitage Hotel
Avec Nous French Bistro is located in the Viceroy L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills on Burton Way. And it’s recently been given some fine write-ups based on the culinary skill of chef Roger Thomas. My visit to this classic French bistro for brunch was such a huge surprise because the menu had completely changed and included favorite French dishes I adore. I once lived in Beverly Hills, and L’Ermitage was one of my favorite dining haunts.
I like the changes they’ve made in the decor: The entire restaurant and bar has been softened and is more inviting.
The Nicoise salad my guest enjoyed was perfect and my avocado toast made with wheat bread, fried organic eggs, lettuce, avocado and sweet cherry tomatoes was outstanding. The restaurant in this hotel has gone through many changes over the years but this is the best I have ever seen it. The switch from Asian/Italian to French works for me, and they also have an amazing wine list to be enjoyed in a private dining area in a wine cellar environment. I’ll certainly be back for another avocado brunch!
Good to know: The hotel has valet parking for Bistro guests.
IF YOU GO
The author was a guest of the Carbon Beach Cafe and Kimpton Goodland Hotel.
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