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Good Breakfast in Los Feliz/Silverlake?

Tom P Dec 4, 2006 08:44 PM

Any suggestions?

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  1. Chowpatty RE: Tom P Dec 4, 2006 08:49 PM

    Easy - Square One Dining on Fountain. Try the cheese and bacon grits, or the citrus caramel French toast, or the eggs benedict with smoked salmon, or just bacon, eggs and fruit salad - simple and wonderful.

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      tuttifrutti RE: Chowpatty Dec 4, 2006 10:54 PM


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        LT from LF RE: Chowpatty Dec 4, 2006 11:56 PM

        I'm with you. I eat there almost every Saturday.

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        silverlakebodhisattva RE: Tom P Dec 4, 2006 10:17 PM

        Well, Square One, while it has fans, also has critics
        (rE: service, hopefully fixed;
        parking, probably unfixable, and
        late opening time; not yet fixed)

        and we're still struggling for good breakfast places: ALL the following get mixed reviews, at best, it seems:
        Eatwell (sez my associate, of the Sunset location: "Not bad if you don't mind eating with lots of meth-heads...")
        Coffee Table
        the place ("Good"?) that replaced the Crest Coffeeshop (haven't actually talked to anyone who's eaten there since the transition)
        Bright Spot
        Mme Matisse

        of course, some of us had great expectations for Franklin HIlls Cafe (in 2005!)

        r gould-saltman

        1. Chowpatty RE: Tom P Dec 4, 2006 10:24 PM

          Of the above, I'd go with Madame Matisse and Millie's, not on your list. On weekends, there's brunch at Dusty's, the Edendale Grill and Netty's. There's also Alcove, Mustard Seed, and Home on Hillhurst, but I can't speak for them.

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            Jack Flash RE: Chowpatty Dec 4, 2006 10:40 PM

            The sunrise breakfast sandwich at Mustard Seed is one of my top-5, if not top-3 breakfasts that I can recall.

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              alison RE: Jack Flash Dec 5, 2006 09:13 PM

              Saw Suzanne Goin (Luques,AOC) eating lunch there today-couldn't see what she was eating.

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                smonkey RE: alison Dec 5, 2006 10:26 PM

                mustard seed is one of my favorite breakfast options - partly because it's a two block walk for me. i usually get some egg dish with fruit and rosemary toast... they have excellent coffee as well. edendale is hit or miss for breakfast (nice french toast) and i usually avoid the food at alcove (except their desserts!)
                i've heard a lot of great things about dusty's and cha cha cha but haven't tried them.
                los feliz cafe is one of my favorites - it's small but simple and made with love.

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            silverlakebodhisattva RE: Tom P Dec 4, 2006 11:01 PM


            I can never get into Millie's (SO 80's nostalgia!; it's never been the same since they scored that Los Angeles Magazine review....) when I want to, and they still didn't have air conditioning the last time I went. . .

            I don't believe in brunch, so I'm impaired in that regard;

            Home, unless their service is WAY different for breakfast than it is for dinner is almost inconceivable to me for breakfast (FAST is good for breakfast);

            PoetKiddy had some pretty unhappy things to say about Mustard Seed (I believe the word "nasty" figured in her review) (though she was reviewing lunch);

            Dusty's and Alcove strike me both as overpriced and pretentious;

            This leaves me with the Rodeo Grill, which ain't bad, and at least fast and inexpensive...

            r gould-saltman

            1. Clare K RE: Tom P Dec 4, 2006 11:29 PM

              I really prefer the Eagle Rock Coffee Table to the one in Silverlake - better service, more options (SL one has no fries whereas the ER one does).

              Also Edendale Grill - a bit pricey, but excellent brunches.

              A waitress at Blair's told me two weeks ago that they will be starting breakfast and lunch service "soon" - not sure if that's happened yet.

              Millie's is good for stick-to-your-ribs fatty breakfast foods.

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                carter RE: Clare K Dec 4, 2006 11:37 PM

                Look for Blair's' expansion to the corner for breakfast and lunch some time in early January, even though it looks ready to go right now. Would hope it would be sooner than that, though.

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                alison RE: Tom P Dec 5, 2006 12:56 AM

                -Mamma Mia Cafe :(next door to B of A on Vermont).
                Free parking in lot, good eggs & french toast,great bagel bruschetta, nice outdoors area.

                -Cafe Figaro : On Vermont, park in metered lot in back.
                Good breads, crossaint, lates. Need to use salt & lots of it !
                All organic, etc. Nice sidewalk outdoors space.

                -Fred 62 : Open 24 hours. Diner food. Crowded at "hipster dining hour"(11 AM-1 PM).Service has improved since Fred Eric's reign, food has declined, but still has some good stuff : pancakes, egg sandwiches..good chicken noodle soup.

                We like Dusty's alot, can be crowded & noisy.

                Avoid : La Belle Epoque & House of Pies.

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                  eriny RE: Tom P Dec 5, 2006 12:58 AM

                  I heartily recommend Madame Matisse, though it's not as good as Square One. They have great roasted potatos, good coffee, and a yummy, if decadent, take on huevos rancheros.

                  If you're looking for breakfast pastries (and a few seats) Cafe Los Feliz on Hillhurst north of Ambrose makes a flaky croissant.

                  For diner-y type breakfast in the nabe, I will admit to a liking for Fred 62--they are perfectly decent and the food is fast.

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                    Silverlaker RE: Tom P Dec 5, 2006 01:58 AM

                    We tried Netty's for brunch yesterday and it was all closed, looked boarded -- anyone know what up?

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                      carter RE: Silverlaker Dec 5, 2006 04:57 PM

                      Well, Netty's is being sold to Gloria Felix, and thus some changes may be in the offing as a result of new ownership.
                      And secondly, Le Belle Epoque is also being sold, and will be converted to a concept from the Freeway 101 Coffee Shop/Dominicks people, so I hear.

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                        Chowpatty RE: carter Dec 5, 2006 05:40 PM

                        And Netty's doesn't open for brunch until 11, so if you were there before that, it probably looked closed. But as Carter says, they may be remodeling in preparation for the changeover.
                        Apparently La Belle Epoque will become an Italian restaurant.

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                      unwashed_sidamo RE: Tom P Dec 5, 2006 02:18 AM

                      I swear I saw people eating in the new Blair's wing on Sunday. I think it's already open.

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                        alison RE: unwashed_sidamo Dec 5, 2006 06:05 AM

                        They are seating people in there for dinner, but not serving breakfast or lunch yet.
                        We were 8 at dinner the other night & were seated there, didn't mind, as it was kind of like our own private dining room.
                        The bathroom was still under a state of construction (tools everywhere)though.

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                        Hi_Fi_Chowmaster RE: Tom P Dec 5, 2006 02:48 AM

                        My idea is not exactly Silverlake, but it's not too far from it:

                        CHA-CHA-CHA on Melrose & Virgil. Yeah, it's a chain... but it's really well-done. Very inventive combinations of foods & all super-fresh. Great for breakfast/ brunch.

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                          Jack Flash RE: Hi_Fi_Chowmaster Dec 5, 2006 04:44 AM

                          Two locations is not much of a chain.

                        2. sll RE: Tom P Dec 5, 2006 05:54 AM

                          Cliff's Edge has a nice brunch.
                          Fred's has great french toast.

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                            blacksab67 RE: Tom P Dec 5, 2006 04:08 PM

                            I've said this before, but my favorite spot is the cafe at the Atwater Pitch n' Putt on LF Blvd. Not the best breakfast - nothin' fancy - just simple dishes - but the patio is awesome. I love watchin' the golfers hit the 9th tee...which ends right in front of the cafe.

                            And it's cheap as Hell. Which is nice when you've paid triple the day before...

                            1. Chowpatty RE: Tom P Dec 5, 2006 04:13 PM

                              The former Eatz cafe at the golf course is now called the Los Feliz Cafe, with new owners. Has anyone seen whether they've changed the menu or the prices? The new owner told me he wasn't planning on changing much.

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                                blacksab67 RE: Tom P Dec 5, 2006 04:32 PM

                                No changes.

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                                  prooster RE: Tom P Dec 5, 2006 11:36 PM

                                  Square one is tasty. I had their skirt steak sandwich for lunch but my friend wasn't pleased w/ her cured salmon sandwich b/c it was dry. She's really picky though. ; )

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                                    sally from LA RE: Tom P Dec 6, 2006 08:33 PM

                                    Figaro or Alcove

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                                      prooster RE: sally from LA Dec 8, 2006 02:10 AM

                                      Service at Figaro stinks but food at Alcove can be spotty. Their smoothies are always good and their pastries look good (have never tried them though).

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                                      kenlayne RE: Tom P Jan 14, 2007 03:54 AM

                                      After four years out of town, I'm hitting all the old favorites again (and plenty of new favorites). I didn't even notice EATZ had changed. Menu appears the same, food looks and tastes the same, didn't notice a difference in the cheap prices. It's a good morning walk up the river with the dog and toddler, to the stables and then back to the former/always EATZ for breakfast.

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                                        baphomette RE: Tom P Jan 14, 2007 04:24 AM

                                        Try the Backdoor Bakery on Silverlake Blvd. They make their own baked goods and have a really nice selection of breakfast (and lunch) items on the menu. Reasonable prices and a nice, pet-friendly atmosphere, too. One of my faves.

                                        1. brieflunchcounter RE: Tom P Jan 14, 2007 05:07 AM

                                          I like the Alcove.

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