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best breakfast in santa monica?

looking for a place for tomorrow morning (!) with good food, healthy preparation options [and by this i mean that they honor your request not to drown an egg-white omelette in butter], varied selection...in an atmosphere as non-chaotic as you can get on a sunday morning.

i'd like to avoid overly fussy/stuffy options (i.e. casa del mar, one pico, fancy restaurants) but would still prefer to go someplace that offers some sense of civility.

i've heard great things about jack n jill's, jinky's, blue plate...but never been to any of them. [my personal fave is hugo's in weho, but i need a place in s.m.]

thoughts/preferences/other suggestions?

thanks!

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  1. Jack n Jills is chaotic on Sunday, with very few tables. Blue Plate is equally small, and also will be a long wait. Jinky's is so-so.

    You could try Cora's, across the street from The Viceroy. Or Axe on Abbot Kinney. Marmiton on Montana Ave. 17th Street Cafe on Montana, and Montana Cafe.

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    1. re: yogachik

      I second Cora's.

      You could also try Broadway Deli. If you are out and about early (pre-10:00 a.m.) it is usually not to hectic due to its size. And if you snag a counter spot, you can confirm your egg-whites won't get butter bombed.

      Stingray

      1. re: ellaystingray

        I third Cora's - it's the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. I ("mushroom, tomato, and onion egg white omelette DRY" freak) definitely trust Jinky's if you'll deal with the wait. I've ordered them at Broadway Deli, and never had an issue w/ dry either. I've had problems at Jack'n'Jill's in Beverly Hills trying to get no oil, no butter, and they also can't/won't do steamed vegetables as a side... If you order them, you get butter coated, and they say they just don't have non-coated, which to me is odd, since they must get delivered at some point, and I highly doubt they come with seasoned butter, but I could be wrong.

      Side note: If you're willing to stomach it and head up to Westwood, the only thing I'll eat at Jerry's Deli is an omelette, and it's ever so satisfying, and they *always* honor those requests, even carmelizing onions in Pam spray, and happily subbing steamed cauliflower, broccoli and carrots for the potatoes and bread. Also, do you go to Eat Well in WeHo for omelettes or Ed's on Robertson below Melrose? Those are great options over there.

      1. I'd vote for Rose Cafe. They definitely will do egg white omelets.

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        1. re: mollyomormon

          What about Bread and Porridge on Willshire in Santa Monica? 17th Street Cafe on Montana is also nice.

        2. My favorite of alltime is Jack n' Jills on Santa Monica & 6th. They have the best eggs (omlette is pure bliss, dunno how they make it so good). I'm not a fan of the Omlet Parlour, I think they dont put too much effort into making their food, I can get a similar quality omlette at Denny's etc..

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            1. re: MeowMixx

              Is Jack n' Jill's in the place where Blueberry (which I sorely miss) used to be?

              1. re: AroundLAin80Days

                Went to Jack and Jill for breakfast with family Sunday. Wait was a little over a half hour and sat upstairs. The Western omelette (mushrooms,monterey jack,onions) was delicious with a fresh fruit salad and a terrific corn bread side/butter/honey. Sandwiches and wraps were also ordered and looked great. Daughter had the turkey,cranberry sauce,cream cheese sandwich with chili side. A nice touch for waiting customers is the complimentary iced tea they have near waiting outside area(two sidewalk benches)

            2. re: ninjafury

              Butter is the key, and a little cream.

              As a side note, Nate'n'Al's mixes milk into their eggs to provide the creamy fluffiness.

            3. Hmm.. Jack n Jill's multigrain pancakes were good - not heavy and chewey like Axe's. Not quite healthfood, but their side portion of cheese grits is small and yummy. Their onion rings are far away from healthy but very good. Did not like their Greek salad - it was not at all what I expected and was too huge. If you're going to have a salad, try Real Food Daily next door - those salads look good.