Breakfast in Santa Monica
Go to the hotel next door, Shutters on the Beach, and have breakfast beach side at their Pedals Cafe downstairs. They open at six or seven in the morning and serve excellent affordable breakfast. Also Broadway Deli at Broadway and the 3rd St. Promenade, about a five block walk, serves a good egg with all the trimmings.
Chez Jay's is a great dive bar, but they serve a good breakfast. It's on Ocean, about a 3-minute slow walk from the Marriott. Just cross the street and head north.
You can get breakfast at Cha-Cha-Cha, which is south of the Marriott on Ocean. they serve carribbean food (think jerk chicken and the like). Some of my friends are big fans, but I'm not quite as high on it as they are. It's fine, but not amazing.
If you want to take a 10-minute walk, you can go to Urth Cafe on Main Street in Santa Monica. Excellent breakfast. Might even see a celebrity.
I have your Marriott at 1740 Ocean Ave. You can easily walk to:
Cora's Coffee Shoppe
1802 Ocean Ave.
Unfortuneatly, I just did a search and "some" more recent experiences than my last one have them under new management and an overpriced disappointment:
You can elvauate their menu here:
Since your coming from that famous restaurant town in Michigan (btw, your trip out here wouldn't have anything to do with the Rose Bowl would it?) which I going to guess doesn't quite have any Mexican restaurants of any particular note. If you can wait till 9 a.m., you can walk 4 to 5 blocks and get an Oxacan Buritto for breakfast at El Texate: