Breakfast in Santa Monica
I agree with Jinky's -- great breakfast spot. Large menu, omlettes made to order, huge portions, very good food. It tends to get crowded though, esp. on the weekend.
I'm surprised no one mentioned the "breakfast on the beach" spot: the tables are right on the sand next to the bike path and the food is pretty good (obviously, going there more for the setting than the food.) I forgot the name of it but you enter the parking lot from PCH, close to the CA Incline. Haven't been there in a while though, hopefully it's still open!
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In Santa Monica one of the better breakfast places is Snug Harbor at 2323 Wilshire Boulevard. If you want to sit with sand between your toes then Back on the Beach is in fact on the beach, (just a little south of Santa Monica Canyon on PCH - and the way I spot it is that it's right where the skinny palm trees on the bluff come to a halt on the northern end of Palisades Park).
There is always Patricks Road House, right at the first light where Santa Monica Cyn starts across the street from the beach. Huge portions.
Finally in Santa Monica for a more upscale venue there is Shutters Hotel. Just about where Pico runs into Ocean Blvd.
Up the coast in Malibu is Bob Morris' place, also on the sand, at Paradise Cove and Dukes may also be open for breakfast - depending on how early you planned on being there.
Finally all the way up at Zuma Beach is the Sunset Restaurant which opens at 11 a.m. I think and is quite a nice place while still maintaing the casual beach attitude I live here for.
This should be on the Los Angeles board (since LA surrounds the city of Santa Monica). SM locals will give you a vast list of possibilities, but off the top of my head I'd recommend one down the street from my office:
Jinky's Café, 1447 2nd St.
Healthy, hearty, good breakfasts.
Broadway Deli, at Third and Broadway, is a possibility if you want a big nosh, but Jinky's is better.