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Properly Sauced: Weekend Brunch at Dominick's

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The back patio of West Hollywood's Dominick's is a beloved dining spot for romantic dates, parents-in-from-out-of-town, and friends' nights out. Add a little weekend sunshine, some sweet and savory breakfast dishes, and a few fun cocktails, and Dominick's becomes a a great spot for weekend brunch.

Classic brunch fare with an Italian bent by Chef Brandon Boudet is on the menu, from an earthy side of Tuscan Kale to fluffy and not-too-sweet Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes. Fist-sized poached eggs shimmer on top of wedges of juicy steak or herbed waffles and smoked salmon, covered in Hollandaise sauce for the Dominick's riff on a Benedict. Their house-made sausage patties are crumbly and rich, and the Oysters infused with the smoky sharpness of some time spent on their wood grill. Some of the smallest bites have the biggest indulgence quotient, like the squares of brioche draped with creamy, fragrant ramps and a briny cap of Hackelback caviar.

A small cocktail menu keeps things mostly on the lighter side, when it comes to flavors, but, if you choose wisely and/or sip mightily, you can get yourself as properly sauced as those poached eggs and Hollandaise creations you're tucking into. A Mint Julep, served in a silver cup with a dome of heartily-boozed ice and lots of mint, will serve well as not just the hair of the dog, but perhaps a full coat. Cucumber and gin meet cheerily in the refreshing Cardamom Crisp, and their take on the Arnold Palmer finds Sweet Tea Vodka lightened with lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh mint, lemon, and cukes.

Though much of the main dish menu proper doesn't stray too far on the sweet side, no one said dessert is verboten at brunch, which means you can cool off with some homemade gelato, or keep things sinful with a slice of cheesecake.

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Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday from 9am-3pm.