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5 Fabulous Gay Brunch Restaurants in California

Norma's, Palm Springs; Russian River Vineyards, Forestville; Crown Room, San Diego; Pump, West Hollywood; and Foreign Cinema, San Francisco

Your big day is but a happy, if hazy, memory. What better way to kick off your new life than by brunching with loved ones? Here are five fab go-tos for bacon, Benedicts, and Bloodys.

Norma’s, Parker Palm Springs, Palm Springs

Perfect for: your decadent Aunt Mimi.
The glam restaurant at Parker Palm Springs is renowned for such rarefied bites as “zillion dollar” caviar-lobster frittatas.

Russian River Vineyards, Forestville

Perfect for: your wine-lovin’ cousins.
This pastoral Sonoma County compound produces first-rate vino and serves heavenly blueberry-ricotta pancakes at its farm-to-table restaurant.

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The decadent Bloody Mary at the Crown Room; photo courtesy Hotel Del Coronado

Crown Room, Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego

Perfect for: Your aristocratic new in-laws.
Some of the regulars at “the Del’s” grand Sunday brunch have probably been coming here since Some Like It Hot was filmed at this venerable hotel in 1959.

Pump, West Hollywood

Perfect for: your celeb-spotting friends.
Lisa Vanderpump of Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules presides over this commissary for gay LA A-listers.

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The famous caramel-pecan sticky bun at Foreign Cinema; photo by Ghost Media Inc.

Foreign Cinema, San Francisco

Perfect for: your hipster younger siblings
Scene-y types pile into this Mission District favorite for stellar locavore-fare.

Featured image, courtesy of Norma’s Palm Springs, Parker Palm Springs Resort