I've been to Doughboys a few times and so far everything I had was pretty good -- my particular fave being the cream of roasted garlic soup with cheese tortellini & portabello mushrooms and the "morning pizza" with eggs, cheese, pancetta & caramelized onions. The red velvet cake is worth trying too.
Doughboys is a bit more casual than BreadBar & BLD -- and the menu is a bit more homestyle (as opposed to "casualized gourmet" of the other two) but you definitely get more bang for your buck here. Everything's huge!
As others noted, service can be iffy (especially when the place is packed) but I've never had serious problems on that front.
While visiting from Ohio, I went to Doughboys with my family on President's Day and was actually very happy with the food, price, and service. While not quite as unique as Griddle Cafe, there are far less scenesters and hipsters. We sat at the bar as the place was already pretty crowded at 9:00am, but service was top notch and the waitresses very personable. My mom and aunt split the strawberry/almond stuffed french toast and the flavor was great, berries fresh, and bread perfect. My sister opted for the Rice Krispy pancakes, which although a little bland were definitely unique and well preparred. I chose the PBJ+C; Stuffed french toast made with peanut butter, chocolate, and bananas, plus some wonderful strawberry preserves. I also got a side of Cornbread as this is something I sample everywhere in a hopeless attempt to find something as good as a visit to Atlanta a few years ago. The PBJ+C was wonderful, albeit filling, and the flavors were all distinct yet well blended. The cornbread was a top 5 nominee, and definitely better than that served at Roscoe's.
On the way out we picked up some of their overly famous Red Velvet Cake as well as a Hummingbird Cake which we ate later that evening at the Hotel. The Red Velvet was stellar, as good as any I've had, and certainly better than the cupcake versions at Yummy or Sprinkles. The Hummingbird was absolutely sublime, and IMO better than the Red Velvet. I've had this dish before, but this one was more like a Banana Walnut version of Carrot Cake.
The coffee was served in large mugs and quite delicious, plus refills.
While I'd still opt for the Griddle Cafe on subsequent visits (the audacity of those portion sizes alone warrants return) I'd definitely rank Doughboys above Toast or BLD that I visited in the past.
My thoughts on Doughboys can be summed up in three words....bland, hipster hype.
Good food? Where? I've gone here two times and actually left angry. Like, pissed that I got duped...again. Does the kitchen use salt? Is this a diabetic cafeteria masquerading as a ligitimate cafe? Please! Seasoning is a basic step in cooking and Doughboys needs some schooling on the subject. It's hospital food at best. Save your time and money.
It's where I go if I happen to be craving onion soup. The warm spinach and pancetta salad is amazingly unhealthy. Man, it's such an awesome salad.
The garlic soup(? was that what it was? it's been a while) gets too overwhelmingly creamy and garlicky after a while, so I'd advise against it. My friends have ordered the Monster and haven't complained.
I've always defended Doughboys, but I'm beginning to understand why people sour on it.
I came in *expecting* dense, rich interpretations of comfort food. Those expectations were met, and I'm happy.
I second the reco on the After School Special. Definitely one of my favorite items there; I order it often.
I sometimes swing by after work just to pick up some soup to go. I'm hardly alone in ordering food to-go or calling ahead.
My other favorite breakfast places in the area are the creperie in the Farmer's Market and BLD, and I do have a soft spot for Swingers and Canters, too, though I go there less often in the morning, and moreso late at night but still have breakfast cravings.
I used to live very close to Doughboys and went there all the time. I still love that place. Not everything on the menu is good. But some things really, really are:
The Monster Sandwich (you can also get it with chicken)
The French Dip, especially when you add mushrooms/onions/Fontina to it
The Mediterranean Salad
The Apple Griddlecakes
The Semolina Waffle with Cherries & Mascarpone
The Red Flannel Hash
The Sloppy Joe on Jalapeno Cheese Bread(order with a side of coleslaw)
The Cobb Salad
I disagree about the After-School Special - much, much better (but smaller) at Grub in Hollywood. I used to order the French Onion Soup a lot but really it's a bit coarse - the more refined (and again, much smaller) version at Monsieur Marcel in the Farmer's Market is much better. Many of the other sandwiches which I didn't mention are mediocre. The Gazpacho is horrible. Other soups and salads are generally pretty good. Pizza is decent as well. For the most part, I don't like the cookies/cakes I've tried.
Yes Yes YEs...long live the Monster Sandwich!!! A completely original creation that is just too good to believe. I love how they give you the diced tomoates and greens on the side so they don't get soggy (they do this even when you order it take out). Ask them to cut it in half so you can take half home for your next meal.... Doughboys doesn't do everything great....but the thing they do well....ARE GREAT! Liek the French Onion Soup, and the roast chicken sandwich. mmmm Wish I still lived accross the steet...I'm making myself hungry.
Not breakfast food, but Doughboys does have the After School Special -- grilled cheese and tomato soup. The grilled cheese sandwich is really good. The soup is a little sweet, but with the sandwich it works. Like everything else at Doughboys, the portion size is huge. This should only be indulged in once or twice a year, or maybe after running the Marathon, but delicious nonetheless. And, not for takeout. Grilled cheese does not travel.
My SO and I met some friends at Doughboys for brunch a couple weekends ago. I had never been there, but I love so many restaurants in the area, I had high hopes. Sadly, these hopes were not at all born out by our experience.
First of all, we sat at a booth inside, and the side I was on faced a window. It was so dark inside and so bright outside that I couldn't see our friends sitting across from us except in silhouette. This might not sound like a big deal, but it was both physically uncomfortable for our eyes, and also quite disconcerting to have to converse with your friends without being able to see them. I felt like they were in a witness protection program. I would have asked to change tables or have them pull the window shades, but there were no other tables open, and there didn't appear to be any window shades.
This might have been forgivable if the food was good - however, it wasn't. I got the frittata with pesto, and the eggs were tough, the cheese was rubbery, and the pesto was flavorless. The portion was huge, but in an unappetizing rather than decadent way. I didn't want to insult our friends, who had chosen the place, so I forced some of it down, but it really wasn't pleasant.
To anyone considering Doughboys for breakfast, I strongly recommend King's Road Cafe instead for a similar ambience and vastly superior food - or BLD for a more upscale ambience and vastly superior food. I have had numerous breakfasts at both of these places, and loved them all. And never suffered any damage to my optical nerves.
I've lived a couple blocks from Doughboys for the last 5 years. When I first moved here and was young and poor (heh.. now i'm old and poor =), I was really excited about Doughboys because it was very reasonably priced and the servers were really nice and friendly (this was especially refreshing after my first (and last) visit to Quality, where the food was overpriced but came with a free serving of rude, rude, *rude* snobbery)).
Over the years, I've kind of soured on Dougbboys. The sandwiches are good, but there are a lot of weird things on the menu -- sometimes you just want some eggs and toast, and that's not an option here. The portions tend towards HUGE, and the comfort food theme means very heavy fatty dense rich foods. They certainly don't subscribe to less-is-more.
And yet that doesn't always even mean it's delicious -- the fried potatoes they offer with all sorts of toppings could be a fatty indulgence, but they're kind of soggy and soft -- they don't even hit the spot.
So, I've gone there a lot less frequently recently. I will say this though -- in spite of all I said about the heaviness, the French onion soup is kind of a revelation. Yes, it's heavy and thick, and gigantic, and covered with about an inch-thick layer of cheese, but it's *good*.
I've said it before (in the diner post), but if you drive a few blocks to Pico and Hauser, CJ's is cheap, delicious, no attitude, awesome breakfast. Especially the huevos rancheros.
And if you're looking to go a little fancier, yes, breadbar is delicious. I had a really great experience there, which I wrote about here, with picture:
Haven't gone to bld yet, but have heard good things.
Hi I think your review of Doughboys is fair and near to my own perceptions, though I reckon I enjoy Doughboys just a bit more than you. Since they are not located in my neighborhood, I've never thought of them as a place to travel to for simple eggs/toast breakfast fare, but rather as an indulgence when we've wanted something large and, well, caloric (such as the over-the-top concoction involving french toast, bananas, melting chocolate). Despite my somewhat 'nervous' disposition, I've nevertheless generally found their waitstaff's casual/hollywood vibe to be just fine, varying from aloof-but-efficient to hipster-friendly. maybe we've just been lucky...
Doughboys' breakfast menu is heavier and less "modern" than the newer places, but they have some very tasty items. I like a lot of their dishes, like the olive bread and eggs in a hole. But several recent posters have reported problems lately at Doughboys with cleanliness and service. Check it out and let us know if it's still good or if they need to clean up their act.
Well, here is a link to the health dept. website. Enter doughboys and Los Angeles and the results show they got one B, and three A ratings in their most recent rankings by the Health Dept., so cleanliness should not be a big issue to poster. Now as to service or what you like to eat...