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San Fernando Valley-weekend breakfast

Early risers on Saturday and Sunday.

Looking for a non-chain cafe for breakfast.

Open to everything from northern Chinese to South African.

A full Monty English breakfast would be splendid, too.


CatHair is a Condiment in my house

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  1. Weiler's Deli in Woodland Hills

    A&W in Northridge for dim sum

    1. Manila Good-Ha! in Panorama City or Nanay Gloria in North Hollywood for Filipino breakfast (tapsilog)

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        What's good to order at Nanay Gloria? It looks like a diner/dive :) which is a GOOD thing, sometimes :)

        But I enjoy most Filipino food.

        Cat Fur

        1. re: CatHairCondiment

          I usually just get tapsilog or longsilog. I prefer Good-Ha! because the eggs are made fresh.

      2. Robin Hood British Pub & Restaurant does full proper English breakfast, in Sherman Oaks.
        13640 Burbank Blvd
        Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

        For a good ol' American breakfast, we like Nat's Early Bite in Van Nuys, Hazeltine and Burbank.
        14115 Burbank Blvd
        Van Nuys, CA 91401

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        1. re: Muhlyssa

          We love Nat's. The food is good. It's always busy. It's changed hands a few times but it's as good as evern.

          1. re: Muhlyssa

            Nat's West Cafe, on Topanga Cyn. one block north of Roscoe, is as good as the store in Van Nuys -- maybe even a little better. Both have house-made sausage (spicy turkey), house-made jams, house-made salsa, and house-made muffins and cinnamon rolls. Since the early bird breakfast is not available on the weekend, my suggestion is the house special sausage benedict, but have them omit the English muffin (just put the eggs and Hollandaise right on top of the sausage patty) and substitute a dynamite cinnamon roll for the muffin -- same price. Home fries or hash browns? Both are excellent (order them very crisp, whichever you choose), and put a little of the salsa on them.

            1. re: ozhead

              Pretty sure they had their breakfast about seven years ago.....

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                Hey! Breakfast is the most important meal of the decade!

          2. The Baker on Ventura Blvd. between Topanga and Canoga. They make the best challah in town and on Saturday they make challah french toast. I also really like their eggs with homemake harissa. All the breads and pastries are made on the premises and they are wonderful.

            1. I really love the omelettes at La Fogatta, on Van Nuys Blvd. Lovely and spicy Mexican fare with traditional American breakfast options, too. I highly recommend the Ranchero omelette.

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              1. re: Bob Brooks

                La Fogata has great breakfasts. You get your own free coffee refills! American or Mexican style, and this place will not have the wait that many other restaurants noted here will have on the weekends. Plus you cam read the paper and not get chased out! Great prices.

                  1. re: CatHairCondiment

                    As Bob says above..on Van Nuys blvd just below Magnolia.

              2. I like the mariachi brunch served at La Paz in Calabasas.

                1. Jumpin Java in Studio City on Ventura has great multigrain pancakes and scrambled eggs. The coffee's tasty. The service can be slow but that seems to be because it's busy. We like A & W at Reseda/Prairie for dim sum. The selection is limited but everything is fresh and tasty.

                  1. Jumpin' Java ius great but always a wait -- they have a sister restaurant with same menu that is less busy in Encino - Sona's.
                    Brent's in Northridge is always a winner, too!

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                    1. re: truefoodie

                      Sona has bad reviews on Yelp. Jumpin Java website says Town is sister restaurant but its closed. I'm confused http://www.thetownrestaurant.com/

                    2. Hugo's in Studio City on Riverside.

                      Marmalade Cafe on Ventura.

                      Follow your Heart in Canoga Park

                      1. Holy moly! No mention of Brent's Deli in Northridge?

                        I'd drive from Salt Lake City to eat breakfast or any other meal there.

                        Forget the "famous" places...Brent's is far and away the best deli in SoCal.

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                        1. Aroma Cafe on Tujunga in Studio City.

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                          1. re: Theo

                            Aroma has the best breakfast and omg those desserts. I drive from Encino for it. Used to be a house so there's inside and outside seating. Pet friendly too.

                          2. Jinky's on ventura. Try the Flakey French Toast. More than waffles on Ventura in Encino in a big mini mall. Dupars in studio city. Nat's early bite is good too. Supposedly Ike Turner is a regular...but it's still good.

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                            1. re: drewberrybrown

                              Interesting about Ike Turner in Feb 2007. He passed away in Dec of 2007.

                              1. re: Tripeler

                                So Ike had another 10 months of enjoying Nat's until he passed then...good for him.

                            2. Sona's in Encino is the same ownership as Jumpin' Java. They also offer a full breakfast menu. Don't forget about the Little Cafe in Tarzana. Theirs is always popular, although not the finest IMHO

                              1. Hungry fox in North Hollywood..
                                American with asian twist.. best chicken and waffles hands down.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    Cici's is terrific...GREAT cinnamon French toast...and everything else!

                                    We love sitting at the counter because the service is so efficient. However, the wait to get in can be extremely long, except perhaps before sunrise. They open at 6:00am.

                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      When I used to have an occasional breakfast meeting at Brent's, I always felt that it was not their strongest selling point.
                                      Their sandwiches are much better, but how badly can one screw up eggs & onions, or for that matter, nearly all egg dishes, short of benedict, etc.? And toast is still toast.

                                      1. re: carter

                                        "And toast is still toast."

                                        Except when it's a bagel.

                                        1. re: Servorg

                                          Theirs are no better than most of the rest either!

                                          1. re: JAB

                                            And except when it's a delicious buttermilk biscuit.

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              A buttermilk biscuit with delicious cream gravy, perhaps?

                                              1. re: Tripeler

                                                Where in the SFV might one find a decent biscuit with delish cream gravy? or just decent biscuits?

                                                1. re: CatHairCondiment

                                                  I would get that at 4 and 20....I go to the one also on van nuys blvd and it is very good. You can also sit outside and bring your dog so it great for meet ups!

                                                  1. re: CatHairCondiment

                                                    Good B&G at Nat's West Cafe, on Topanga Canyon a block west of Roscoe.

                                                    1. re: ozhead

                                                      Your geography directions need correction.
                                                      Those two streets intersect, and in not a great way.

                                                      1. re: carter

                                                        While Ozhead meant a block north of Roscoe on Topanga Canyon (and not west) I'm not sure what you mean by "Those two street intersect, and in not a great way."?


                                                        1. re: carter

                                                          North! NORTH of Roscoe, dammit!!

                                                    2. re: Tripeler

                                                      Exactly. That'll triple
                                                      Ones fun.

                                                2. re: carter

                                                  Their smoked fish platters are wonderful. They make their smoked BBQ cod in house.

                                                  1. re: carter

                                                    Brent's is great for breakfast, and I am usually there about once a week. I love their Lox Benedict and their fish--lox, baked salmon, and BBQ cod are all excellent. Omelets are also very good. Their home fries and hash browns are good--it doesn't hurt to ask for them extra crispy.

                                                    1. re: brandygirl

                                                      Fish platters are probably hella fuckin expensive though there, correct ?????

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        Brent's Super Fish Buffet For Two includes Lox, Cod, Whitefish and Creamed Herring. Served with Cream Cheese, Potato Salad, Cucumber Salad, Coleslaw, 4 Bagels or Rolls, Tomatoes, Sliced Bermuda Onions, Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice for Two and Coffee refills for Two. $42 serves 2-3 and is very generous. A good deal considering the Cod alone is $18.

                                                  2. re: wienermobile

                                                    Just back from a "6 AM @ Opening" breakfast at Brent's. I was the only customer from start to finish. If you go early take your jacket with you because they have their back door open for all the (and amazingly huge number) delivery orders going out and it was "cold" in there - and me who thought "Oh I won't need my jacket" Wrong!

                                                    Had the Brent's special Benedict which adds avocado to their regular Benedict with home fries. Absolutely delicious and the home fries really gilded the lily. Beautiful crust and then almost creamy underneath. Coffee was top notch and service was spot on. I took the opportunity to get three #1 pastrami sandwiches to go for later (one for me, one for my wife and one for her father).

                                                    Breakfast with coffee was $17, plus tip.

                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                      You biked there from fuckin' Mar vista ??????

                                                      My hat goes off to you.

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        Biked before (2:30 to 5 AM) and drove to Brent's after. I don't like riding over Sepulveda while all the construction is going on in the middle of the night. Often they are down to one (very narrow) lane in each direction. Which means cars go by my handlebars way too close for comfort. So even if I wanted to ride there, I wouldn't. And I don't mind riding to a place on an empty stomach, but riding home after eating is another story of the horror kind.

                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                            Ha...On my "ride" nights I try for 9 or 9:30. But since I only do this every other night I get a more "normal" amount the next night.

                                                            I also wanted to praise the very nice service I had from a waitress that undoubtedly wasn't expecting anyone to stroll through the door at 6 AM. She was busy helping get all those delivery orders out the door and setting up.

                                                            But she was on top of things and my coffee got refilled and she made sure to check in with me as I read my Sunday LA Times and made short work of my Benedict.

                                                            I did ask her if they offer eggs Benedict right from opening and she looked at me and said "Of course" but that's not the case in other restaurants such as Lenny's, who at 7 AM aren't ready with hollandaise at that hour.

                                                            I also need to note that the eggs were poached just as I'd asked for, soft yolks and set whites.

                                                      2. re: Servorg

                                                        I had a late breakfast there this morning--lox benedict, cooked to perfection, with delicious home fries. Heaven.

                                                        1. re: brandygirl

                                                          Even though I just had my same breakfast I just got jealous reading your post. Thanks a lot! (g)

                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                            Well, now you have a good excuse to make the drive out here again! If you've never tried the lox benedict, do so--it's one of my favorite dishes.

                                                            1. re: brandygirl

                                                              I do love a good lox Benedict so that will be one of the go to items on my current "Bucket List" when I make it out there on my next 6 AM foray...

                                                    2. Brent's also offers a brunch plate for one...Two Eggs, Any Style & Your Choice of One: Lox, Cod, Whitefish or Baked Salmon with Cream Cheese and choice of Toast, Roll or Bagel, Tomato, Onion, Home Fries, Plus “All the Coffee You Can Drink.

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                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                        Ok. Wiener, I will hit it up. Thanks.

                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                          Yeah, this is one I often order. It's called Ron's Special Brunch, or something like that. I don't remember the exact price, but it is just under $20--not cheap. However, it is a lot of food. Worth every penny.

                                                        2. re: wienermobile

                                                          I ate at the Country Deli on Topanga Cyn Blvd and Lassen yesterday, and had their pastrami sandwich. Actually a half sandwich, came with a big bowl of very good clam chowder. The sandwich was really good. I couldn't even tell you where it placed next to Brent's, but it wasn't markedly inferior. It would be interesting to do a blind tasting of pastrami sandwiches, and see who could really pick out their champion.

                                                          1. re: MarkC

                                                            Good to know. I like Country Deli for breakfast; haven't had sandwiches or anything else on their menu. They make a good green salsa, which I like to put on their omelets.

                                                            1. re: brandygirl

                                                              Country Deli is my go to place for breakfast and lunch. Service is usually great and I have never found it busy except weekends from 10am-1pm. I like that I can walk in and be seated which is not always the case at Brent's. The food quality is not quite as high at Brent's but it is never bad or inferior. Try the marinated skirt steak for breakfast or the corned beef hash. For lunch try the hamburgers.

                                                              1. re: SIMIHOUND

                                                                Will do. Another thing I like about the Country Deli is their counter. It's low, and you sit in regular chairs that are not bolted to the floor. I don't like the counter at Brent's because the stools are too close together, making it difficult to get in and out if there are people next to you.

                                                        3. Since starting this post--1/25/2007 I've tried most of the listed places, but prefer to stay in the E/NE valley for breakfast. That said:

                                                          Hungry Fox is still my fav for a decent price, big selection. Great staff, too. Try the herb drinks in the cooler.

                                                          Brent's is over priced for many items (so sue me!) but good. Just too far to go.

                                                          Robin Hood -Brit pub & bistro on Burbank near Woodman is another favorite. Go hungry.

                                                          1. Haven't been there for a while. But Joe's Cafe on Chatsworth in Granada Hill's is pretty good good.

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                                                            1. re: Kalivs

                                                              I have been there recently. Still good.

                                                              1. re: susans

                                                                We went to Joe's Cafe for breakfast yesterday and our 'Stuffed French Toast' and 'Short Stack' plus a side of bacon and fresh squeezed local oj were better than good, all was absolutely excellent. On the plus side, the fresh berries on top of both the pancakes were better than most restaurants serve. Tasted like they were homegrown or best farmers market quality. The whipped cream tasted like it was freshly made, not out of an aerosol can.
                                                                My only gripe is that they don't list plain pancakes, French toast or waffles on the menu. My kids, and I'm sure some others prefer just butter and real maple or berry syrup sans all the berries and whipped cream/cream cheese. Hell, sometimes I'd prefer a simpler version.
                                                                This cafe has a small kitchen and seating area so the wait on weekends is usually long but the quality is very high and the food is tasty so it's worth the wait.

                                                            2. If you are interested in trying a Sri Lankan breakfast, you should try Apey Kade in Tarzana. They have a Sunday brunch buffet starting at 10am, I think.

                                                              You could also order from the regular menu: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

                                                              Typical Sri Lankan breakfasts on the regular menu include the Stringhopper meal or the Hopper meal. If they have it, have the Coconut roti (pol roti) with accompaniments.

                                                              Or go for a Seeni Sambol bun with a cup of Sri Lankan tea with milk.

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                                                              1. re: d_doubleyew

                                                                Thank you for this recommendation, d_doubleyew.
                                                                Apey Kade really interests me.
                                                                I saw a photo of their hoppers and they look good!

                                                                  1. re: d_doubleyew

                                                                    Hello, d_doubleyew.

                                                                    We tried Apey Kade this morning for a Sri Lankan breakfast. What an adventure in eating...and they were so nice to us!

                                                                    We walked in just after 10:00am and said we knew nothing about nothing. The owner's small children were at the stove cooking their own breakfast. It felt like we were in their home.
                                                                    But the owner was very kind, gracious and helpful. He said he would take care of us, and take care of us he did! He opened all the steam tray items, described each in detail and then turned to the stove to make us some hoppers, both egg and sugar. Meanwhile, the owner's wife came out with more food for us.

                                                                    Everything was delicious! The spices were brilliant and the coconut in everything came through. All in all, it was pretty healthy eating. The egg plant was a standout for me.

                                                                    When we were done, the owner offered to make us some Sri Lankan tea. It was Earl Grey tea that he had made with love and cardamom; it was his version of chai and it was a nice way to end the meal. Additionally, he handed me a bag of Sri Lankan jasmine green tea tea bags to take home.

                                                                    Then, he handed us a bowl of dessert; it was like a custard made with jaggery. It tasted like maple syrup candy, but not quite so sweet.

                                                                    A customer who walked in while we were eating ordered take-out. She had pancakes and all kinds of different items which we will try on our next visit!

                                                                    For anyone looking for a food adventure, I recommend Apey Kade at Ventura and Corbin, a few doors down from Sushi Spot.

                                                                    Thanks, d_doubleyew, for posting!

                                                                    1. re: liu

                                                                      I'm so glad you enjoyed it, liu! I would go more often if I lived close by.

                                                                      The bowl of dessert must have have been "wattalapan" or "wattalapam", a coconut milk custard flavored with jaggery and spices such as cardamom.

                                                                      1. re: d_doubleyew

                                                                        Yes, d_doubleyew, that does sound like the dessert. Their use of spices is superb! And coconut was in everything...how bad can that be!!!!

                                                                        Again, thank you for sharing your find with us.

                                                                  2. I guess technically it's a chain, but the Honeybaked Ham Cafe on Devonshire and Reseda does great comfort food breakfasts. French toast, omelets, Eggs Benedict, etc. Service is always slow, so it's not a quick meal, but it's good if you're looking for the homestyle comfort food.

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                                                                    1. re: boogiebaby

                                                                      I've never been there, yet I pass by it almost daily. I'll have to check it out.

                                                                    2. I read that Rocio's has a Sunday brunch buffet, and there's even a discount if you go before 10am.

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                                                                      1. re: chrishei

                                                                        I like their ceviche with lots of cilantro and lime! If they offer that, I'm there!

                                                                      2. Sweet Butter, their scrambled eggs w/ white beans & roasted tomato on toast and arugula salad has been what I've been craving lately.