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Mar 27, 2007 09:37 PM

Best breakfast in L.A.

I'm always on a hunt for the best breakfast in town. I especially love restaurants that serve breakfast all day. French toast and eggs benedict are among my favorite items.

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  1. Try Pann's if you haven't.

    The Griddle Cafe for decadent french toast or griddle items.

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    1. re: Emme

      pann's is great. I also like the steak and eggs with sourdough french toast at the Pantry. Hurry before the area gets too gentrified with the LA Live project!!!!

      I really like Jack n' Jills too...(SM and Beverly hills locations)

      1. re: Xericx

        I love Jack n Jill's.

        And I also agree about Griddle Cafe - i LOVE their french toast

        1. re: MeowMixx

          yuck, jack n jills. i went there once, their beverly hills location. gawdawful. i had a biscuit (looked gorgeous but tasted like it came out of a freezer pack) and an omelet which tasted average. a friend ordered a burger and she also said that the bread tasted of chemicals, like it had been frozen or something.

          i love the griddle cafe! their banana pancakes and french press coffee is all i need.

          1. re: MeowMixx

            I tried Jack n Jill's for lunch in BH recently and I just don't get it. The corn bread was very stale. The cobb salad was below average.

            1. re: MeowMixx

              Went to Jack n Jill's in SM last weekend - baked good are truly bland and over-priced (had a blueberry muffin & coffee cake to go - $6), they were dry, flavorless and uninspired. I don't get it either, I would have prefered baking my own with Pillsbury premade.

          2. re: Emme

            my current fav breakfast spot would be the little cafe in tarzana. wonderful little breakfast spot with very reasonable prices. their corned beef hash is damn tasty, and their fries are oh so good.

            2nd would be sunday brunch @ cheesecake factory. steak and eggs.

            I've been to the pantry a few times. while the bread is good, the rest is very average especially considering the price.

            1. re: ns1

              The Little Cafe is an excellent choice. It's always packed, even on weekdays, but the food is solid. My advice is to get there EARLY. Very noisy, though. Their hash is delicious.

          3. 26 Beach for french toasts til 3, really great, i like the peaches & cream and the go bananas, i add a scoop of ice cream and it is like a bananas foster !

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            1. re: Burger Boy

              sounds great guys. i can't wait to try these out. has anyone tried Kate Mantellini's (sp?). a friend of mine mentioned they have great french toast as well.

              1. re: cajun_ribeye

                haven't been there in a long time but kate does have great brench toast...its huge but very light.
                need to go back..its been few years

                1. re: cajun_ribeye

                  I haven't tried the french toast but their pancakes are the best in town in my opinion and served with real maple syrup. The pancakes are very thin and just delicious! Egg dishes are good too.

                2. re: Burger Boy

                  I keep hearing about their French Toast but haven't made it over there because it's so far away! Apparently they have some PB and chocolate pancakes as well! :o

                3. The Pantry......HUGE Ham Steak & Eggs with fried potato 1/2 inch thick and HUGE! All for $7.95 served ALL day long...

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                  1. re: Skunk2Racer

                    The Pantry's grilled sourdough toast and potatoes (both ordered well done, or the potatoes "brown")) are superb and make the breakfast. They will do your eggs up and easy, with gloriously runny yolks. But don't be fooled. The ham steak looks SO great, with char marks and crispy edges. However, the looks promise more than the meat can deliver, IMHO. I find the ham to be watery, flacid and without any real ham flavor. A slice of country ham it is not. The same is true for the ham in the combination ham/cheese omlette. I now opt for bacon (5 slices of reasonably thick meat) ordered medium-well. Then again, 2 eggs, toast and potatoes is a very reasonably priced breakfast. Except that The Pantry is within walking distance of my office, I'd go to the Dining Car. A much superior menu and higher prices to boot. Not nearly the people-watching atmosphere, though.

                  2. Consider BLU JAM CAFE.

                    Breakfast all day. Several types of eggs benedict and the banana nut pancakes are wonderful.

                    Not saying they are "the best" -- just a good option to try.

                    1. Yes Griddle Cafe rocks for breakfast foods. Know that they close at 4pm though. And expect a long wait on the weekends. I heard that they also have some kind of special "secret" French toast - you have to go once and order the regular French toast and they give you a password for the secret version for next time.

                      The best breakfast I've had in LA though was at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Pricey, but I had really great & fresh scrambled eggs, bacon (they actually asked me how I'd like them done), toast, and potatoes. A friend had a great eggs benedict and another friend had wonderful fresh fruit and granola. And you can't beat the relaxed atmosphere and that they will take reservations - whereas most breakfast places don't take reservations, so you stand around and wait for an hour, then they sit you on top of someone else and rush you in and out.

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                      1. re: LisaStitch

                        I've heard that about the french toast too! The one time I went there I just had to go for the pancakes though, and the friend who I was with got french toast, but no secret password. Does anyone know what the deal with this is?

                        As for other places, I love the Mustard Seed Cafe on Hillhurst in Los Feliz, really yummy breakfast stuff and quite a variety of items. I also recently went to the French Market Cafe on Santa Monica, and while the food wasn't exceptional, it was tasty and my eggs were cooked perfectly (I am sooooo picky about eggs). Plus I always prefer having a variety of items for breakfast and my eggs came with a side of fruit And potatoes And a Carrot muffin! hooray!

                        1. re: rds246

                          Mustard Seed Cafe does have excellent breakfast. Also check out Alcove right across the street. The outdoor patio is great and great people watching.

                          1. re: TailbackU

                            I really have to agree with the Alcove, the food is excellent and always an interesting crowd, though the seats could be more comfortable, and it can sometimes be a chore finding a seat. It is best to go with multiple people so someone can hold a table while another orders.


                        2. re: LisaStitch

                          I too eagerly await some more information about this "secret" French Toast. But until we've all got the password, I'd go with the Peanut Butter Bubba.