Patina Gives Breakfast with Santa a Serious Upgrade
For those who observe the once-yearly ritual of watery eggs and heavily cased sausage that is breakfast with Santa: this weekend, the Patina Restaurant Group is offering a number of options to make (at least the eating part of) breakfast with the Big Guy practically painless.
Photo Credit: Scott Clark Not a Joachim Splichal approved Santa
On Saturday, December 12th, Leatherby's Cafe Rouge at the Orange County Performing Arts Center offers a special buffet menu from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., served in Santa's jolly company: thick French toast with marmalade and dark chocolate; sun-dried tomato, basil, and goat cheese frittata; and fluffy scrambled eggs with chives and crème fraîche. And if you're looking to kill two turtle doves with one stone: a condensed-for-kid-friendliness version of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," will play at 10 and 11:30 a.m., just across the way.
Further south on the 405, the Xmas breakfast at Tangata at the Bowers Museum will be only slightly more adult. On the menu: Spanish waldorf salad with toasted walnuts, grilled chicken, red flame grapes, and pimento aioli; buttermilk pancakes with warm maple syrup and mango chutney; and gingerbread men for dessert. Starting at 9:30, adults $38, children under 12 $15, children under 3 eat free.
Photo Credit: Scott Clark Avoid bad Santas
Descanso Gardens will have holiday brunch and storytelling on both Saturday and Sunday, with two seatings at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. For $45 ($37 for members), the 3-course menu includes holiday brunch staples like breakfast pastries, winter salads, honey-ham, potatoes, bacon, and sausage, plus a few surprises like the miniature pancake bar with toasted coconut, sliced strawberries, chocolate chips, vanilla cream, and warm maple and blueberry syrups. Call (818) 790-3663 for reservations.
Leatherby's Cafe Rouge: 615 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; (714) 429-7640.
Tangata at the Bowers Museum: 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana; (714) 567-3630.
Descanso Gardens: 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge; (818) 790-3663.