I’m an enormous fan of chef Suzanne Goin’s cuisine – her Francophile nature and esteemed culinary skills, her experience at restaurants the likes of Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse and LA’s former Campanile, and her idyllic pairing with business partner and sommelier Caroline Styne (with their exquisite Lucques and Tavern as well!) – and I find enjoying brunch at a.o.c. on 3rd Street in Beverly Hills is one of the loveliest ways I can think to spend a Sunday. Having relocated their celebrated restaurant farther west in honor of its 10th anniversary, a.o.c.’s large garden-like patio interior is the perfect locale for enjoying Goin’s seasonal dishes, sharing small (or big!) plates, and sipping a delightful cocktail or glass of wine. Plates as simple as bacon-wrapped dates or grilled blueberry bread with lemon butter; or as classic as brioche with melted gruyère, frisée, prosciutto, and a sunny-side up egg pair wonderfully with shareable charcuterie and cheese platters while reveling in mid-morning California sunshine. The French bulldog statues that adorn the outdoor brick fireplace, the restaurant's open French doors, and the perfect touch of greenery make it nearly possible for me to imagine I’ve been transported to a Parisian outdoor wine bar, which I’m sure would suit Goin just fine!