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John O'Groats Review (w/pics). Other good breakfast places?

jniceyw Aug 9, 2006 07:25 AM

A little review on the old standby John O'Groats. What other tasty places for breakfast on the westside?


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    David Boyk RE: jniceyw Aug 9, 2006 07:40 AM

    I've been going to John O'Groats since before I can even remember, and there's really nothing better for breakfast anywhere in LA. Snug Harbor, Musso's, Philippe's, John O'Groats kills them all. The worst thing about living in the Bay Area for the last five years is that I don't always get a chance to go to John O'Groats on the weekends when I'm back in LA, so I have to go sometimes 6 months or a year between corned beef hash encounters.

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      Alice RE: jniceyw Aug 9, 2006 07:57 AM

      I really like S&W Country in Culver City on Washington Blvd. They have very fresh fruits, great scrambles, curly fries among other things. It has an old diner feel. They accept cash only and get pretty busy at lunch time.

      Surfas in Culver City is now serving breakfast as well but I haven't had a chance to try it. The panini's sound delicious though.


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        banquisha RE: jniceyw Aug 9, 2006 04:27 PM

        Have been to John O' Groats many times. It's walking distance from my house but, we usually prefer the food at Jinky's or Snug Harbor.

        1. Arthur RE: jniceyw Aug 9, 2006 07:35 PM

          My family and I recently had a terrific Sunday morning breakfast at Duke's coffee shop on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. I don't recall seeing any particularly unusual dishes or specialties on the menu or the board, but all of the basics were prepared to perfection. Bonus: There was absolutely no wait for a table (when have you ever heard that said about John O'Groats?), the service was attentive and constant, and we got to sit right next to the unexpectedly friendly pair of Adam Sandler and David Spade.

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            bza RE: jniceyw Aug 9, 2006 07:43 PM

            Cora's on ocean in Santa Monica is my runner up for breakfast on the westside. The caprese omelet is made with burrata, and it's great, even though I'm not a huge omelet fan.

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              jniceyw RE: jniceyw Aug 10, 2006 05:51 AM

              Thanks for all the recs! I'll definitely give them a try soon. Does S&W have a long wait on weekends? Do they serve a more traditional breakfast?

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                banquisha RE: jniceyw Aug 12, 2006 02:44 AM

                I thik that S&W is not very good. I think that the place being so busy is just a product of good marketing...

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                BabyLitigator RE: jniceyw Aug 10, 2006 04:42 PM

                Been going for about four years now, and when I was there last week, they had changed the menu (but in a good way).
                Some of the specials had been added in (the olive bread poached eggs), and they had added a really good breakfast burrito.
                It was also a lot crowded than I remembered from last time (related to the Zagats/Citysearch profiles?).

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                  jniceyw RE: BabyLitigator Aug 11, 2006 12:40 AM

                  Yes, I noticed they changed the menu too (prices have sort of gone up as well!) What are your favorite breakfast foods there?

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                    BabyLitigator RE: jniceyw Aug 11, 2006 10:06 PM

                    Huevos O'Groats 50%+ of the time, and other egg dishes with the biscuits most of the rest.

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                  Mother Hubbard RE: jniceyw Aug 11, 2006 12:47 AM

                  Lemon Moon at Olympic and Bundy, but I think they are only open during the week. Great lunches also.

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