What are the best five things to order at Circa 55 Restaurant?

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You’d have to make several trips to Circa 55 Restaurant to experience all of our favorite things to order, since the Beverly Hills restaurant features show-stoppers at every meal. Before you hit this fun, 1950s-inspired eatery, make sure you read our top five picks to satisfy your stomach:

1. Start your day off right with the American breakfast buffet: it’s an elaborate spread The Beverly Hilton is known for. You can meander from the cold continental buffet in one room, where you’ll find items such as yogurt, house-baked pastries and fruit to another room serving up hot dishes such as made-to-order omelets, bacon, applewood-smoked bacon and French toast with apricot skewers. Keep in mind, the buffet is only available until 10:30 a.m., though breakfast is served from 6:30 to 11 a.m.

2. If you love a big meal after a weekend filled with swimming and shopping on Rodeo Drive, we highly suggest you hit up Circa 55’s Sunday brunch. You’ll find a huge rotating spread that includes a dessert table filled with pies, cakes and more, and you’re lucky, you just might see an ice sculpture on display while you dine. Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

3. At night, Circa 55 and the adjacent Trader Vic’s Lounge serve fun, Polynesian-inspired fare that’s got quite the kick. We love the Thai red curry with prawns, eggplant, zucchini and carrots swimming in a sweet coconut-milk broth mixed with red curry paste, Thai chilies and Kaffir lime leaves. We sopped up every last bit of that sauce with a side of rice.

4. The steamed lobster dumplings in a seven-spice chili sauce are everything you’d want them to be: hot and spicy little mouthfuls that go great with a cocktail. The dish is listed as a starter on the menu, but we’re willing to bet you’ll want to make it your main course.

5. Circa 55 and Trader Vic’s Lounge share a cocktail menu, so you’ll find the same fun, fruity drinks at both establishments. You can’t dine at Circa 55 without trying the signature mai tai — Trader Vic’s lays claim to the invention of the sweet rum-filled beverage from 1944.

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