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Hello. I'm looking for great breakfast spots anywhere in the LA area. Good food, atmosphere, and value. What would you recommend?

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  1. Cafe Verona on La Brea.
    Campanile (olive oil fried eggs) for a weekend splurge.

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    1. re: at4

      I will second Cafe Verona. They have a fairly limited breakfast menu, but the food is so so good. I love the pureed sweet potatoes instead of ordinary breakfast potatoes. And the service is excellent.

    2. I'm not must for atmosphere, but here are a few suggestions that definitely have it in for great food and pretty good value:

      The latest LA breakfast craze is Square One, on Fountain west of Vermont. They have great, innovative dishes, using fresh, local ingredients. Everything I've had there has been great: I especially like the baked egg dishes, gritz and anything with bacon or ham.

      I love the egg dishes and pastries at Backdoor Bakery in Silverlake and their hashbrowns may be the best in town. Not much seating room but a great little place.

      There's always dim sum in San Gabriel...NBC, Sea Harbor, 888, etc.

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      1. re: sku

        square one is great..phil the owner is most gracious...the breakfast quesadilla at backdoor is awesome (great grilled veggies)..and I also like breakfast burrito at mustard seed on hillhurst...again, nice grilled veggies..
        late night, pacific dining car downtown for steak and eggs, and blueberry pancakes!
        auntie em's eagle rock does a mean bagel with egg dish, vegetable pie and fresh salads with corn and various veggies..best on weekdays (less crowded)

        LB

      2. If you can make it at least within half an hour after opening I recommend S&W country diner... 9748 Washington Blvd. I love their hearty breakfasts of corned beef hash, hash browns and eggs. Tons of other choices too. The only problem is, like most popular LA breakfast joints, once 11 am rolls around you're going to be standing outside for an hour.

        1. I agree about brunch Campanile (weekends only). It's very good. In addition, I really like (in no particular order)

          The Pacific Dining Car (http://www.pacificdiningcar.com/ ) downtown. Excellent breakfasts in a great, old-time LA atmosphere. Went last weekend and had an absolutely wonderful sirloin steak and fried eggs with extra crispy hash browns and toasted English muffin. Superb. (And being open 24/7 is a nice touch.) A bit on the expensive side, but still, I think, a great value.

          Ammo (1155 North Highland Ave., (323) 871-2666). I've only been on weekends, and I'm not sure if they serve breakfast during the week. In any case, great baked items (scones, muffins) and good egg dishes. Also, they have a nice selection of teas and coffee drinks. A bit on the pricey side, but nice. (Also, not breakfast, but their brown rice with veggies and chicken is really good, in a macro-neurotic sort of way.

          )

          The Original Pancake House (1418 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, (714) 535-9815, http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/ ). I've only been to the Anaheim branch, and the other local stores have gotten less consistent reviews here. Also, it's a bit of a drive, but I love this place. Went for breakfast on Sunday, and shared their amazing apple pancake and a mushroom and cheese omelette. Also, their German pancakes and their corned beef hash and eggs are excellent. Great food, friendly service, and an overall great value. It gets crowded on weekends, but the turn over is pretty high so the wait isn't usually too long. (Or, get there before 8:30 or so and walk right in.)

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          1. re: David Kahn

            The Jury is still out for me on Pacific Dining Car. And, let me tell you that I gave this place a shot. I live so close to the SM location. And, it's one of the few 24 hr restaurants close by that I visit when I'm jonesing for pancakes at 3 AM. While it's better than Izzy's Deli (and not by much), the breakfast items really fall short: the pancake batter is salty; I've seen better eggs benedict just about anyplace else; and the bread they use is just terrible. Oh, and not to mention, the downtown location got a "B" from the Department of Health.

            I much prefer places like TallyRand in Burbank for their perfect pancakes, Shutters (of course), Doughboys, The Gridle on Sunset, and IHOP (I know, I know).

            1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

              I like Tallyrand and in particular, their chicken club sandwiches, a lot. Tallyrand breakfasts tend to be a bit heavy on the butter/sour cream/cheese for me; they're good, but calorically dense. Also, in a pinch, I will grab breakfast at an IHOP. That said, while I've not tried the Santa Monica PDC, I have yet to have a breakfast at IHOP (or the Griddle, for that matter) that I thought was anywhere near as good as the downtown PDC. I guess that's what makes markets, though; different strokes for different folks.

              1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

                I absolutely agree re PDC in Santa Monica. It's dreadful. I've been twice in the past few months and they keep getting it wrong. On one of these visits I ordered an omelet. When it was brought to the table, the cheese inside wasn't warm enough to have melted. On the other visit I had to send my poached eggs back to the kitchen three times because they kept coming to the table hard-boiled.

                  1. re: therealbigtasty

                    I like to think of "B" ratings as standing for "Better."

                  2. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

                    although the food is excellent, i don't think shutters qualifies for consideration when you're looking for 'value.'

                    1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

                      re: your opinion of Pacific Dining Car

                      if you had consumed a couple of their bloody marys before trying the food, you would have liked the food more. . . . .

                    2. re: David Kahn

                      I had breakfast at Pacific Dining car this past Sunday as well. We had EB and the other breakfast combo plate. The Hollandaise sauce was very creamy and rich. The sausage, pancake...everything is excellent. Very traditional, very pricey ($16+), but quite an experience~

                      1. re: David Kahn

                        OPH is great, and the Anaheim location is a charming old building, but all the Orange County branches have lousy coffee for some reason. A new branch is supposed to open at 3322 E. Chapman Ave. in Orange later this year, and OPH central has informed me they expect them to use real "OPH coffee." By the way, they're famous for their apple and German pancakes, but don't overlook the Swedish and pecan pancakes and the 49'er Flap Jacks.

                        I've been eating breakfast at the PDC (both locations) for more than 25 years, and IMHO the only thing to order is the breakfast filet and eggs. The meat is excellent, the potatoes are excellent, and the coffee can be good, but get them to make a fresh pot if you arrive in the wee hours.

                        1. re: David Kahn

                          The Pacific Dining Car is my Fav. breakfast spot in LA. The Tam O'Shanter has a very good sunday brunch...old fashioned, solid cooking, good drinks

                        2. For something out of the ordinary... try Guelaguetza for breakfast. Oaxacan food.

                          3337 1/2 W. 8th St.
                          Los Angeles, 90005

                          I've only been to the Koreatown one, but the breakfasts are great and very inexpensive.

                          1. How about in Sherman Oaks area?

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                            1. re: cbee

                              a great place for breakfast in Sherman Oaks is Jinky's... on weekends you may experience a long wait, but i think it's worth it... the food is always fresh and it is very family friendly...

                              Jinky's
                              14120 Ventura Blvd. (near corner of Hazeltine)
                              Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
                              (818) 981-2250

                              1. re: Jonnycorn

                                Jinky's has the most amazing Flakey French Toast: thick egg bread dipped in batter then dipped again honey-nut flakes then fried. to die for.

                                And their breakfast burritos, I think they have 2, are large and served with the most amazing Pea gaucamole, that's sweet and savory.

                                Yum.

                                1. re: Veggietales

                                  if the subject is french toast,
                                  then the french toast served at brunch at 26 beach restaurant must be mentioned.

                              2. re: cbee

                                I listed a bunch of places that I like, below. But in the Sherman Oaks, Studio City area my favorites are Aroma Cafe on Tujunga in Studio City, and Jinky's on Ventura in Sherman Oaks. Both will have lines on the weekends. I also like Mo's in Burbank (not too far away) for their champagne brunch -- definitely on Sundays, but they may have it on Saturdays as well.

                                1. re: soccerandlost

                                  Aroma is so good - one of the best breakfast places in all of LA. Great food and great atmosphere.

                              3. Corner Cottage in Burbank, best breakfast burritos around. Simple, Eggs/meat/cheese/hashbrowns/salsa. Delicious and cheap. Usually there is a line later in the morning and they only serve till 11am. If you get there after 10 or on a Saturday there is always a line. Corner of Verdugo and Victory.

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                                1. re: leemike337

                                  I average about 1 a week. I can't help it. IT's the homemade salsa. IT's not tomato based so it doesn't taste like everyone else's in town.

                                  1. re: leemike337

                                    they have the best breakfast burritos ever!

                                    1. re: leemike337

                                      Their breakfast burritos are the best....they will also customize them to have less potatoes, more meat, more egg, etc.

                                    2. Almandine on Wilshire. Real French croissants that are buttery and flaky. Almond croissants with just the right amount of marzapain so that it is not too sweet or heavy. Pear danish. Peach danish. Banana danish. Mmmmmmm.

                                      Excellent quiches and omelettes.

                                      Plus, you can get a little dessert after your breakfast. Cheesecakes, fruit tarts and chocolate cake.

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                                      1. re: mielimato

                                        Second Almandine for the croissants- they are the best around

                                        1. re: miffy

                                          amandine is incredible--their omelettes are delicious, and you have to try their french toast with berries.

                                          (of course, their pastries are lovely too, but since we're talking breakfast...)

                                        2. re: mielimato

                                          I second the vote for Almadine - so many choices, so little time. Cannot believe that no one has said Cora's Coffee Shop in Santa Monica - their orange pancakes are heaven - especially with blueberries - baked goods here are fabulous - European style goodness.

                                            1. re: rianael1

                                              It's Amandine.

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                                              Amandine Patissiere
                                              12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                                          1. Aunti Em's Kitchen at Eagle rock, inventive egg breakfast (I had a brie, shitake mushroom scramble), pretty and tasty waffles...etc. search the name on the boards here and you'd find many entries.

                                            Yung Ho Dou Jiang at San Gabriel, Mandarin breakfast with different kinds of soymilk and fried breadsticks

                                            Atlantic Cafe at Pasadena, Cuban breakfast

                                            Michel Richard on 3rd, for croissants, pates.

                                            I second Amandine, get it all there: breakfast, coffee, soup, pastries, cakes.

                                            1. My favorites:

                                              Clementines-all baked goods
                                              Hugos-Very creative egg dishes, alot of vegetarian fare
                                              Casbah Cafe in Silverlake-great coffee drinks, and salads
                                              Auntie Em's-Lobster Scramble, Sticky Buns and tasty all you can drink coffee

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                                                1. re: sambrown3

                                                  casbah has mean women behind the counter that talk about you in spanish because they think you don't speak spanish, and auntie em's has that horrible entryway where people stand right behind you breathing in your earhole beacuse you have to order before youre seated and then fight them for the one table someone might leave.

                                                  1. re: carolinevalentine

                                                    Auntie Ems changed their ordering/seating system sometime in June or July - now they have table service, and a wait list. It took a few months to get the kinks figured out, but now the new system works great!

                                                2. Bread and Porridge, the most amazing omelets in the city, they bring out fresh black beans and fresh pico de gallo with each order, the BEST. it's just that it's on the westside, so it's not easy for us eastsiders

                                                  1. No votes for the Original Pantry, Richard Riordan's place? Has something changed? It's been years since I was there for breakfast, but a late dinner there recently was as good as ever...

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                                                    1. re: jeffskal

                                                      The Original Pantry is great if you don't mind the guy at the next table shooting up.

                                                      1. re: Hunter

                                                        It doesn't matter to me if the guy at a table (I have only sat at the counter for too many years) shoots anything except me and my date. I've been there in black tie after events with shitty food at 2:00 am and at more conventional times as well. If you avoid the dreaded ham, their breakfasts are extremely difficult to beat for simple fare for the price. OK, Hounds, tear me apart for this equivocal defense of the Pantry breakfast.

                                                        1. re: TomSwift

                                                          Back when I was younger and more foolish, I would not infrequently pull an all-nighter at the job which was practically around the corner from 9th & Fig, a Pantry breakfast would certainly take the edge off of one of those shifts. I always also enjoyed the relish bowl, loaf of sour dough bread, and pot roast, gravy, canned green beans and mashed potatoes at lunch, basic, filling, working man fare.

                                                          1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                            That sounds like a whole lot of pot roast, mashed and gravy, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, to me it sounds like a really good thing. One of the things that The Pantry excells at, IMO, is the braised meats like pot roast and short ribs. Since I'm downtown usually only in the early morning (when they don't have the braised meats yet) the traditional breakfast is the only option. Especially since I frequently go to Langer's for a sandwich after court, so a heavy breakfast would impede the noon meal.

                                                            1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                              Yes, it was a big plate of food Tom, the other local thast we would hang out in was half a block south on Figueroa, the "Down Under". It was a bar at a motel, downstairs, under their coffee shop (don't know if it is still there). All you can eat buffet lunch in a dark bar. So we'd get a drink or two and have another nice, filling lunch, watch some TV or play Pong.

                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                          i think One Pico at shutters is only average for breakfast. in all honesty i've yet to have a great breakfast in this city...

                                                        2. i'm a huge fan of caffe latte on Wilshire? it's a little tight in there, but the food is great and the muffins rock!

                                                          1. We enjoy the following places for breakfast:
                                                            Off Vine (Hollywood)
                                                            Marstons (Pasadena)
                                                            Porta Via (Beverly Hills)
                                                            Hugo's (Studio City)
                                                            Cafe Montana (Santa Monica)

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                                                            1. re: socalqtpi

                                                              Of these, Martha's gets my vote. It's also the best place to take your relatives visiting from Chicago, right off the beach and lots of outdoor tables. Get there early on the weekends.

                                                            2. South Bay rules for breakfast spots, in no particular order...

                                                              Ocean Diner
                                                              Martha's
                                                              Uncle Bills
                                                              The Local Yolk(try the turkey hash and eggs, yum)

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                                                              1. re: Fresser

                                                                I completely agree and would add La Playita in Hermosa

                                                                1. re: Fresser

                                                                  Also CJ's in Redondo on Catalina S. of Torrance.

                                                                2. LeRoy's in Monrovia.

                                                                  1. Sabor a Mexico taqueria and grill
                                                                    on 8940 national blvd
                                                                    between roberston and venice

                                                                    Best authentic non-frozen breakfast. it's cooked while u watch. definately try their breakfast burritos and eggs a la mexicana. they have a very extensive menu to choose from. the milkshakes and freshly squeezed juices are all natural. u should try it...very clean and appealing place to eat indoors or outdoor on the patio.

                                                                    1. Square One gets my vote. Had pancakes this morning with a fresh homemade caramel sauce made with bacon drippings! God, pig heaven. Also, the chanterelle, grits, and egg bake was spectacular and comes with toast from the Bread Bar. My wife hade a brioche, egg, and and frisee dish that was delicious. Also, homemade coffee cake, brioche, other baked goodies made it the only meal needed for the day.

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                                                                      1. re: gearoy

                                                                        Yes! My boyfriend and I had breakfast at Square One this morning. Although the service was a bit slow, and the orange juice overpriced ($6 a glass!), the chorizo omelette was delicious, spicy goodness. We sat outside on the very relaxing patio. My boyfriend got the bacon, mozzarella, and spinach omelette, which was also very good. But the real showstopper was the stone-ground grits that he got as a side item. Wow! Worth the trip just for those grits.

                                                                        Square One
                                                                        4854 Fountain in Silverlake.

                                                                      2. In the city proper we like Kokomo's at the Farmer's Market.

                                                                        But if I was in town I'd make the drive to Brent's Deli in Northridge.

                                                                        1. Brickhouse Kitchen.
                                                                          826 Hampton Dr, Venice, CA 90291

                                                                          1. Huevos rancheros or con chorizo served in the original old kitchen side at Mi India Bonita in ELA

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                                                                            1. re: Ernie

                                                                              Hey Ernie, I too think Mi India Bonita has great huevos rancheros, try it with a piece of queso fresco on the side.
                                                                              For homemade mexican its always good-Her sopa de albondigas is the best, next to my late Abuela's.

                                                                              1. re: Sarsa

                                                                                lol! I didn't see Ernie's post.... oops. That's cool I'm glad I'm not the only one here who's tried MIA's huevos dishes.

                                                                            2. Jans Coffee Shop on Beverly Blvd. This place definatly does not have atmosphere, but it is my favorite place for a satisfying, tasty, and very well priced breakfast/brunch in LA. I always get one of their omlettes.

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                                                                              1. re: jlq3d3

                                                                                Breakfast at Jans in inedible. Run.

                                                                              2. Buckwheat cakes at Pantry (nice with ham and eggs)...
                                                                                breakfast quesadilla at Backdoor Bakery in Silverlake..
                                                                                corn flake french toast at Marston's Pasadena...
                                                                                Paradise Cove in malibu (mainly for view...peaceful vibe..make your own toast!)...
                                                                                Cha Cha Cha Silverlake..seafood omelette, or jerk items..
                                                                                Ned's in NoHo for EB...
                                                                                Aroma in Studio City for omelettes...
                                                                                Barrons in NoHo and La Belle Epoque used to rock..but both RIP.

                                                                                LB

                                                                                1. I'm a breakfast fanatic. I would be more than happy to pretty much only eat brunch.
                                                                                  I hate to give away my spots, but here are my top 3...
                                                                                  -Cafe Dana on Montana in Santa Monica has the best egg scrambles, one of the only places I've been to where the eggs aren't greasy at all. Atmosphere is nice outside in the sun watching wealthy women in yoga gear pushing baby strollers and walking dogs, entertaining for everyone.
                                                                                  -Amandine on Wilshire in west LA, excellent for anything sweet in the morning. Be warned, they honestly do not have orange juice though. I'd never heard of a place serving breakfast and not having orange juice. And the space can get crowded.
                                                                                  -John O'Groats, always a line, any time of day, but the staff is incredibly friendly. The food is excellent, really good diner breakfast food. People I've been with have raved about the pancakes. I crave the vegetarian hash.

                                                                                  1. GRUB! Grub is amazing. I went there for the first time last week and was shoked at how good my breakfast was. The bacon, the breakfast burrito, the french toast. Everything was so yummy! And the restaurants in a very cute little house

                                                                                    1. i have yet to find a GREAT breakfast spot in LA, but here are a couple of my personal hangouts:

                                                                                      lovely/great service/affordable for the high quality: JOE's Abbot Kinney/Venice Beach for brunch. polite service / good quality food and most expensive brunch entree is 16 bucks. a steal.
                                                                                      good patio area/yummy breakfast sandwiches/mimosa's/for out of towners & guests - ROSE CAFE santa monica
                                                                                      midpriced/ good people watching - HIGHLAND GROUNDS hollywood / FRED 62 los feliz / DOUGHBOYS on 3rd street (although i like their lunch items better) but be prepared to wait an hour on weekends

                                                                                      i also vouch for the pantry in downtown (cheap prices-around $10 and under), clementines in century city(around $15-20) and campanile ($20 and up).

                                                                                      1. My favorites:

                                                                                        Bloom Cafe: huevos rancheros, blueberry pancakes
                                                                                        3 Square: apple pancake, ham/egg/cheese panini
                                                                                        Square One: breakfast sandwhich, fruit bowl, muffin of the day
                                                                                        Cow's End: Big Bull wrap
                                                                                        Kokomo: pumpkin pancakes
                                                                                        Gilbert's: chilaquiles and a bloody maria
                                                                                        Cora's: more for the atmosphere than the breakfast food but still solid
                                                                                        Rose Cafe: ham and cheese omelette
                                                                                        Surfas: breakfast sandwhiches
                                                                                        Pann's : yum...everything but make sure you get a biscuit with whatever you order

                                                                                        I think all of these have good value and atmosphere.

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                                                                                        1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                          Give me 3 Square and Pann's any day. Also S&W and the Brickhouse for stick to your ribs breakfasts...

                                                                                        2. Okay, I personally love Marmalade Cafe. There are two locations which I frequent (one in sherman oaks, and another in calabasas). The Calabasas locations has a beautiful patio area if you prefer to eat outside. They have some of the best eggs benedict I've had to date.

                                                                                          1. Pantry - Combination omlet (ham and cheese) well done hash browns and well done toast. It is a thing of beauty.

                                                                                            1. My two favorite breakfast joints are Eat at Joe's in Redondo Beach and Doughboys. Location obviously puts me at Doughboys more often, but I like Joe's a lot also.

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                                                                                              1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                                                                If Angelenos got frequent driver miles, you could cash them in and retire by now...

                                                                                                1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                                                                  i was going to mention eat at Joe's and you beat me too it . good call.

                                                                                                2. not a great breakfast spot, but they offer three great breakfast menu items:
                                                                                                  dinah's family restaurant (near LAX)
                                                                                                  the ONLY things to get are:
                                                                                                  the baked german pancake
                                                                                                  the baked apple pancake
                                                                                                  the chile relleno omlette

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                                                                                                  1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                    Not a breakfast item- but they have the best ribs and fried chicken

                                                                                                  2. Auntie Ems in Eagle Rock! they're still working out some kinks in the switch to all-table service (you used to order at the counter and just grab an open table), but the food is amazing - and the cupcakes are a great way to finish your meal!

                                                                                                    1. Doughboys (but they have had health dept problems)

                                                                                                      1. Another spot that I liked was the French Crepe place in the 3rd Street Farmer's Market. Call me crazy, but I like a savory breakfast, so I always ended up getting "la poissoniere" - the smoked salmon crepe.

                                                                                                        1. i'll throw in more votes for jinky's, rose cafe & hugo's.

                                                                                                          also like the newsroom.

                                                                                                          and not necessarily the best value, but you can't beat barney greengrass for old-school new york smoked fish and egg dishes.

                                                                                                          1. I would like to add that Doughboys= Disgustingly huge portions of bland food. SORRY everyone, but come on? The Griddle is also overrated (although the waitstaff very good-looking). Toast is so-so, if you go during the week you will most likely spot a celeb.

                                                                                                            Fred 62 - The Dime Bag, the Breakfast Burrito-Chorizo + avocado! and the New Amsterdam YUM. Their pancakes are award winning.
                                                                                                            For organic/healthy breakfast go to Mani's on Fairfax.
                                                                                                            For regular plain old breakfast try Quality on Third.
                                                                                                            For yummy tea time go to the Peninsula in Beverly Hills.
                                                                                                            Donuts- go to Stan's donuts in Westwood for the best damn donuts you will ever have. Bob's at the Farmer's Market Fairfax & Third aren't too bad either.

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                                                                                                            1. re: felizer

                                                                                                              Had pancakes at Fred62 this morning. The service was quick and friendly, and the place busy.

                                                                                                              The "Pancake Tatin," which, according to the menu, contains "caramelized apples," was spotted with what looked like apple sauce and/or pieces of sweetened apple. It tasted ok. It wasn't bad. The flavor didn't knock my socks off though. And considering that this single pancake cost more than nine dollars, I was underwhelmed. At least it came with some whipped butter.

                                                                                                              Also, my GF ordered the "Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love" pancake which included peanut butter. Same assessment. Single pancake. Expensive.

                                                                                                              The Fred62 menu (http://www.fred62.com/menu2.html) reports that Gourmet Magazine said Fred62 has the "Best pancakes in the world." I so hope that's not true.

                                                                                                            2. Clementine in Century City is a charming little spot for breakfast. John O'Groats on Pico is another one of my favorite places for breakfast or brunch. They have a large breakfast menu, with specials like pumpkin pancakes and eggs benedict with crab cakes.

                                                                                                              1. John O' Groats on Pico Blvd
                                                                                                                Bread & Porridge - Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

                                                                                                                Great quality, good food, every time.

                                                                                                                1. Chico's - Machaca (A hangover staple)
                                                                                                                  La Abeja - Carne Adobada (not technically breakfast, but trust me...)
                                                                                                                  Mike & Anne's - Corned Beef Hash (can't believe nobody has mentioned Mike & Anne's)
                                                                                                                  Mille's - Chicken Fried Steak (Tune out the hyper-hipsters and dig in.)

                                                                                                                  1. EAT in North Hollywood.

                                                                                                                    1. my favorite is More Than Waffles in Encino.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: fatnoodles

                                                                                                                        mmmm... I love more than waffles! nothing like getting a waffle on the side of your omlet.

                                                                                                                        I'm also a big fan of Cici's Cafe, over in Tarzana on Ventura. They have awesome breakfasts there!

                                                                                                                      2. Sunday brunch at Jar is terrific. Lovely room, delicious food, and good crowd, but not crowded. The corn pancakes and chilaquiles are beyond.

                                                                                                                        Check it:
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                                                                                                                        1. Millie's on Sunset in Silverlake is great - small, usually a wait, but the biscuits are delicious. We also recently tried Dish on Foothill in La Canada and found their brown sugar and gingersnap-crusted ham to be divine. Egg dishes at both are great.

                                                                                                                          1. Add another fan of John O' Groats. Great breakfast place (they're only open for breakfast and lunch), great service, delicious food. There's something for everyone. I try to limit my carbs, so I usually get an omelette or a scamble. My wife loves their pumpkin and apple sauce pancakes (those are two separate options, by the way), as well as their bruschetta eggs and their version of huevos rancheros. Unless you are a really early riser, get there at least 30 mins before you actually want to eat. as someone else said, there's always a line.

                                                                                                                            I also like The Omelette Parlor in Santa Monica. It's a SM staple, so like John O'Groats plan on a line. Great omelettes, and a great atmosphere -- especially if it's nice out and you can eat on their back patio.

                                                                                                                            Other good options in West LA include Break & Porridge on Wilshire, Blueberry on Santa Monica, Jinky's (2nd and Broadway, but there are also locations in WeHo and Sherman Oaks), and Blue Plate on Montana. For something even more casual and different, you can get a pretty good meal at the Farmer's Market on Main Street in Santa Monica on Sundays.

                                                                                                                            For a more upscale "brunch" type place, I love Off Vine for the food and the ambience. Again, especially if it's a nice day, as they have a very nice front patio -- although the interior (a craftsman home) is quite charming in its own right.

                                                                                                                            1. I know people love their albondigas soup but for breakfast I would give Mi India Bonita a try (if you happen to be in the area). Simple and home-made-like. I order an egg meal (say..... huevos rancheros, etc), a side of sour cream, and a cheese enchilada a la carte. It's a combination of flavors that works well for me. You can also wash the food down with some Abuelita (Mexican hot chocolate).

                                                                                                                              1. Can't say these are the "best," but they are certainly suitable for valley spots.

                                                                                                                                Cici's in Tarzana
                                                                                                                                Bobby's in Woodland Hills
                                                                                                                                Nat's Early Bite in Van Nuys
                                                                                                                                More Than Waffles in Encino

                                                                                                                                1. Griddle Cafe. Nothing like it that I've found anywhere in the US.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: uhockey

                                                                                                                                    I don't care for pancakes, so I may be missing the whole point of the Griddle, but I've been a couple of times and was not too impressed. they seem to be more about quantity than quality. But the waiters are cute.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: rednyellow

                                                                                                                                      have you had the oatmeal at Griddle? it borders on its own level of decadence. some of the egg dishes are good too; one of my friends uses the tequila sunrise or the fiesta one for hangover curing. or try a baked potato w/ chili...

                                                                                                                                      one of my fave hole in the wall breakfast spots is Ed's Coffee Shop on Robertson north of Beverly.

                                                                                                                                      if you like a mexican breakfast, try gilbert el indio... or for good old grease, Lucy's Drive-Thr on La Brea.

                                                                                                                                  2. Nate n' Al's - Eggs and Onions, Hash Browns, Onion Bagel Toasted, Side of Nova, perfection.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: PimpinDG

                                                                                                                                      nope, perfection is: barney greengrass - lox & onion scramble, kossar's bialy toasted, side of sliced tomato.

                                                                                                                                      well, perfection for LA at least ;)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: PimpinDG

                                                                                                                                        imho, Nate 'n Als serves the BEST matzo brei in town.
                                                                                                                                        i order it with the onions done well (i.e. carmelized), but the rest of the brei done medium.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                                          we were just at nate'n'al's the other night.. mom had the Larry King Matzah brei (egg whites and charred), but the waitress suggested not quite so well done... his comes purely black apparently. they also do really nice omelettes. the one thing i don't get on the menu is the turkey blintzes... odd if you ask me.

                                                                                                                                      2. Try the Blue Crab Benedict at Pacific Dining Car... I think it's their signature dish!

                                                                                                                                        1. Oh yes indeed - matzoh brei with caramelized onions at Nate n' Al's is heavenly. John O'Groats vegetable hash with poached eggs on top OR with the potato-cilantro cakes are wonderful, as are their homemade biscuits & jam. Clementine always makes us happy too.

                                                                                                                                          1. Best Breakfast in LA HANDS DOWN is the Griddle on Sunset- I have been going for 8 years now and have had almost all of their pancakes. Every time my cousin flies in from Chicago that's what he requests too- his fav is the Oreo Cookie pancake. Great bacon too! Mmm. 2nd place- Marmalade Cafe at the Grove. Hugo's is ok if you like eclectic food- don't go for dinner though, stick to breakfast. and well- hey IHOP is IHOP no matter what state you are in and they never mess up eggs sunny side up.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: lesbianknowsbest

                                                                                                                                              griddle is good for very big pancakes, but if you're not into very big pancakes, not really that great.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: rednyellow

                                                                                                                                                I'd give my left index finger for the Griddle Cafe's breakfast cookbook.

                                                                                                                                            2. One more vote for weekend breakfast at Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock. The specials are always creative, unusual and tasty. (Imagine ginger-broccoli scrambled eggs.) Good coffee and tea you serve yourself. Also great cobbler, and my favorite biscuits and gravy in LA. The line gets pretty long some time between 10:00 and 11:00.

                                                                                                                                              Jumpin' Java on Ventura Blvd near Carpenter is also good for blueberry pancakes.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: SushioCity

                                                                                                                                                Ginger-broccoli scrambled eggs. Really? Auntie Em's is the most overrated dive this side of Nebraska. It's sub-airplane food. Even have to serve your own coffee. I truly dont' understand the fixation with this place. Even the cupcakes are subpar. Sorry...

                                                                                                                                                1. re: friedegg67

                                                                                                                                                  I am NOT a fan of their red velvet cake, the only thing I've had from there...

                                                                                                                                                1. re: lifeinla

                                                                                                                                                  An out-of-towner's pick, accidentally found on a visit recently from Northern California - Palermo on N. Vermont. Breakfast is new for them apparently, but everything we had was very good, the espresso was real and far better than any other coffee I'd had while down there, and the service (particularly the owner) was exceptional.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cmvan

                                                                                                                                                    How about the Griddle on Sunset..........................Yummy!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                2. I <3 Langers for breakfast

                                                                                                                                                  pastrami + fries + CBH = awesome

                                                                                                                                                  1. If you want a grungy but strangely satisfying meal, try the country ham breakfast at any of the Johnny Rebs' locations. The eggs and grits are good, and the biscuits aren't bad for Los Angeles, although Pann's has nothing to worry about. But the porky JR country ham may be a bit extreme even for those who love that typically salty, tough, thin-sliced product.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Nick's Ham & Eggs Downtown
                                                                                                                                                      Pork Belly dish at Hungry Cat
                                                                                                                                                      Raisin pastry and espresso at Anisette

                                                                                                                                                      1. Serving Spoon on Centinela in Inglewood...is sooooooooooooo AMAZING!!!! The employees are friendly and the place is really popular and usually packed. So Get there Early!

                                                                                                                                                        1. Cafe Verde on Green St in Pasadena has excellent breakfast dishes like Eggs Southwest and Huevos con Chorizo. They also have pancakes and Eggs Benedict. The best part of breakfast is ordering a cup of their Cafe de la Oya, a spicy sweet coffee that is addictive. I crave it and I am not usually a sugar adding coffee drinker. Order it as soon as you sit down because it takes a while for them to boil it. The place is very cozy and warm.

                                                                                                                                                          1. My two new favorite spots:

                                                                                                                                                            Food
                                                                                                                                                            10571 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
                                                                                                                                                            http://www.food-la.com/
                                                                                                                                                            Great pastries, eggs, and service.

                                                                                                                                                            Huckleberry Cafe
                                                                                                                                                            This place isn't cheap, but I had the duck hash this morning and it was pretty amazing.

                                                                                                                                                            Some old favorites:
                                                                                                                                                            John O'Groats
                                                                                                                                                            I always get the huevos o'groats. Once I ordered biscuits and they brought peanut butter with them, which was scary good.

                                                                                                                                                            Omelette Parlor
                                                                                                                                                            On weekends, I only get the huevos rancheros. During the week, I like the breakfast tacos.

                                                                                                                                                            Roscoe's is pretty great if you're into that sort of thing. I am.

                                                                                                                                                            Sorry, just have to weigh in on the Pantry. I'd rather eat my dirty socks out of the hamper. I've eaten there maybe three times in the last 20 years and I hate myself for it both going in and on the way out. It's not that the food sucks; it's that it sucks really bad.

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                                                                                                                                                            John O'Groats
                                                                                                                                                            10516 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                                                                                                                                            Omelette Parlor
                                                                                                                                                            2732 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                                                                                                                                                            Huckleberry Cafe
                                                                                                                                                            1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                                                                                                                            1. All my favorite city spots have already been mentioned, but it should be said of Hugo's that on the whole the restaurant is frankly terrible. Though it happens to serve my two favorite breakfast dishes in town:

                                                                                                                                                              One is the Pasta Papa--spaghetti with tons of bacon, sausage, scallions, eggs and parmesan. If you have this on a hot day you will do little else, but happily so. The other is the Desayuno Fuerte--poached eggs on perfectly fried latkes, with spinach, garlic, and fresh diced tomatoes and onions.

                                                                                                                                                              I could not recommend these dishes more. I like going with a partner and shaing both, as the flavors are really different and the Papa itself can be a bit much.

                                                                                                                                                              Everything else I or any of my companions have had there has been woefull. The original location in Hollywood used to be good even after breakfast, but I haven't been there for years so I can't speak to that.

                                                                                                                                                              I might as well also mention the best omelette anywhere: the cajun seafood omellete at 24th Street Cafe in Bakerfield. I could go on about the buttery fluffiness of the eggs, the way said fluffiness soaks up the addictive, creamy, spicy creole sauce, how the mound of shellfish makes you forget why you ever had an omellet without scallops before, and the starchy hash browns that provide the perfect, crunchy respite from all the cardiac-inducing creamy richess, but the place is in Bakersfield. If you head up to San Francisco and get over the grapevine before noon, don't miss this place.

                                                                                                                                                              1. There is a place called 17th Street Cafe on Montana (and 17th) in Santa Monica -- much better than Bread and Porridge and Shutters. Don't get me wrong, I like B & P once in a while, but 17th St Cafe is in a class of its own.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bandido

                                                                                                                                                                  I wouldn't go that far but it is better than B and P and Shutters.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Blue Plate in Santa Monica

                                                                                                                                                                  Also, in samo - huckleberry

                                                                                                                                                                  john o'groats on pico is good

                                                                                                                                                                  literati on wilshire is good

                                                                                                                                                                  cafe montana is good

                                                                                                                                                                  cafe 50s is decent....

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: travelingmansoul

                                                                                                                                                                    Snug Harbor in Santa Monica. The best!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ultraviolet

                                                                                                                                                                      Finally someone mentioned Snug Harbor! That and The Griddle are the two best spots in LA in my opinion. My other favorites:

                                                                                                                                                                      Rose Cafe - the best coffee around
                                                                                                                                                                      Brickhouse Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                      Eat Well

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roomandboard

                                                                                                                                                                        I believe that Eat Well didn't do well and closed quite some time ago...

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                          the one on santa monica blvd closed?

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                            Only ever at the Beverly Blvd. location, which is closed for sure. Didn't know that they had a SM Blvd. location. So perhaps they still exist there. Anyone?

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: roomandboard

                                                                                                                                                                          What do you like at Snug Harbor? I've just not had very good luck there but I feel like I must be missing something since people seem to love it.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Flo's Cafe, Chno Airport.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Had a delicious breakfast recently at Blu Jam Cafe...killer benedicts. But, my all time favorite is still Original Pancake House for the crepe thin 49er flapjacks.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. We had to walk out of there with most of our food uneaten. Toast ought to be toast.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: epop

                                                                                                                                                                            "We had to walk out of there...."

                                                                                                                                                                            There's no there there. Which place are you talking about, epop? You replied to the OP, which doesn't mention anything more specific than "the LA area." Or is that what you mean? ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Harry Nile

                                                                                                                                                                              He said "Toast ought to be toast"...

                                                                                                                                                                              So I'm assuming he meant "Toast". (Which I like BTW)

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Harry Nile

                                                                                                                                                                                Sorry, Harry, yes, I was referring to Toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: epop

                                                                                                                                                                                  epop, I didn't understand you until I read Jennalynn's explanation, because I'd never heard of this place Toast. From your description, it sounds like I don't want to know about it. Life has too few breakfasts to waste even one, which is why I go to the Original Pancake House whenever possible. Other good prospects include any top-quality hotel restaurant (these days often run by a great chef) that is also open for breakfast. Arterra in San Diego, e.g., among many others.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Got it, Harry. No problem. Good luck.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. The best breakfast in Los Angeles, is right off the 5 Fwy in Atwater Village. Village Bakery and Cafe (formerly LA Bread) has amazing hot breakfast specials, scones which are better then you get in Devon and coffee so rich and aromatic. They have a new chef , staff and owners and it is now a must go to location on that side of town. Oh hell, it's worth the drive and I go from the Valley. Also, cannot wait for John O'Groats to open on Ventura Blvd in Encino...hurry up!!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. There is something about the Oeufs Pain Perdu @ The Kettle in Manhattan Beach that I truly adore. I think it's the orange marmalade.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. My favorite way to start the morning is with the oatmeal brulee at The Belvedere in the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Irish oats cooked with cream and maple syrup all under a bruleed shell. Pure decadence.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. The last two times I had brunch at Little Doms I thought it was great!! Really lovely frittatas, the best blueberry ricotta pancakes, tomatoes provencial....

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Guasti's in Chino is the best from what I here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. any places for people who don't eat eggs or egg ingredient foods? vegetarian including no eggs? Milk and cheese okay . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: apple7blue

                                                                                                                                                                                          I would try Mani's Bakery (on Fairfax, below 3rd, above Wilshire.)

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks I didn't know they were open for breakfast

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Sure it's an old thread...

                                                                                                                                                                                          But I'd like to add the downtown Nickel Diner to the mix. Just had breakfast there and loved it. (Dinner was great too).

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jennalynn

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes an oldie but goodie.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the Nickel Diner rec. I checked it out for the first time yesterday and loved it. Oatmeal with caramelized apples was the best resto oatmeal I've ever had. It tasted like they made it to order (the oatmeal), not like it's been sitting in a pot getting mushy and overcooked for hours like most diner oatmeal. It also looked like they added another grain to it, possibly barley? Not sure but whatever it was it was fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I also tried the eggs and polenta with parmesan cheese. Really great taste and presentation. Even the sourdough bread that came with it was super tasty and toasted perfectly. And the jam at the table was either peach or apple preserves made in house with big fruit pieces. I was in a rush so I really didn't stop to savor it, I just took a few bites and then realized I wasn't sure what fruit I had just ingested. But it was damn good. Almost as good as the jam at Quality Food and Beverage.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The server brought me several donuts to try, the strawberry shortcake and the bacon donut, both were good, fresh and nice consistency, but not amazing. Will def return for bkfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: steiny33

                                                                                                                                                                                              I was just there this morning again! And I also tried the eggs/polenta. Loved it.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Try the place for dinner. Equally impressive.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Cici's is my favorite place for breakfast. It's not far from 101. Exit at Reseda and go right on Burbank Blvd. I usually order the German Pancakes with fresh strawberries. YUMMY!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            18912 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Broadway Deli on 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica: Smoked salmon eggs Benedict and almond encrusted french toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Having just returned to Sydney (Aus) from LA, I'd like to second the recommendation of the Serving Spoon in Inglewood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Excellent friendly service, excellent menu options, and a great atmosphere. Only one other breakfast compared in the US and that was in San Francisco.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I just had an amazing breakfast at Kokomo's, on Beverly and Martel. Eggs Sardou. A bed of creamed spinach, topped with two poached eggs, topped with artichoke crowns, with the whole thing smothered in Hollandaise. Delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                                      mmm...I still remember a delicious pumpkin pancake with spiced butter i had there a few years ago...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. hmm..griddle house has a nice thick cut of bacon..pancakes look like manhole covers..all were good..i was told thei french toast is to die for. but thats for next time..the pantry is not gourmet..mind you ...obscene portions .very filling mind you...the coffee is very fresh...if the idea is to get full...this place does it for me... order the potatos on the crispy side..secret? to avoid the lines...go early or stay to the right and eat at the counter..faster and a tad roomier...good dive!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: yummychomp

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Almost sure, but might as well check, that you speak of the Griddle Cafe up on Sunset Blvd. - http://www.thegriddlecafe.com/ Correct?