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Great breakfast/brunch in Pasadena?

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Here are the places I already go to regularly:

Europane
Le Pain
Firefly

But this morning, I wanted some creative/interesting egg dishes and could not think of any place in Pasadena. Marston's came to mind, but I'm not a huge fan of it - they seem to be slacking the last couple of years. I'm done with Mi Piace's terrible service and noisy environment. And I am not big on Denny's or Wild Thyme type diner places. Yes, I know this is all coming across as high maintanence :)

Where do you go when you want a great breakfast or brunch in Pasadena? The kind with a menu that's got lots of fabulous egg dishes, maybe even a good chilaquile, a fabulous bread selection and good coffee? Why am I drawing a blank? I live in Pasadena for egg's sake?!

Thanks.
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  1. I've always enjoyed the breakfast at the Green Street Restaurant. They're known for their lunches (Diane salad, etc.) but I was surprised to find that they have a great breakfast selection -- especially when it comes to eggs. Last time I went, I ordered the chilaquiles and substituted their famous zucchini bread for the potatoes on the side. I loved it. Here's their breakfast menu:

    http://www.greenstreetrestaurant.com/...

    If you're looking for more of a quick bite, and don't mind chain-style cafes, there's also Corner Bakery. They've got breakfast paninis and a delicious "swedish oatmeal" (their name for muesli), although they only have two or three egg dishes.

    1. I love Julienne (sp) on Mission - border bet San Marino/S. Pas - fantastic breakfasts & lunch, gourmet take out. Only drawback - I don't think they're open on Sundays. Bummer.

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      1. re: mrpullings

        No, they aren't.

        My breakfast tastes usually run to diner food, and just looking at Marston's crowd gives me hives, but I would like to find some place for a nice civilized brunch. Mrs. O's family's favorite is Hamburger Hamlet, which does have a good assortment of egg dishes, and manages not to feel too much like a soulless chain. We'll have to give Green Street a try, though - didn't even know they did breakfast. Thanks.

      2. Just over the bridge from Pasadena is Auntie Em's Kitchen. They have really creative egg dishes, always using seasonable farmers market vegetables. The last time I was there I had a Torte Milanese. It was this beautifly layered dish, that had roasted red peppers, spinach, cheese, ham, eggs and some other vegetables, then baked in a pastry crust. It looked as good as it tasted. I took home a peice of baked pear pie to eat later that was great.