Breakfast in Westwood
Anyone know of a good place to get breakfast in or near Westwood Village?
Go to John O' Groats. Great breakfast. It's on Pico. Not that near the village, but very good.
For pastries in Westwood, Elysee Bakery... and great coffee drinks.
Amandine on Wilshire for an almond or chocolate croissant to rock your world.
Lazy Daisy Care just west of Bundy on Wilshire
Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood for great choc chip pancakes.
Clementine in Century City
Junior's down on Westwood or [I know it seems like heresy but Jerry's Deli does great omelettes...]
North of Wilshire: Headlines! is a UCLA hangout & greasy spoon. Across the street: Westwood Novel Cafe. And Elysee Bakery is diagonally across the corner from Headlines! All are good options.
For more Euro tastes, Le Pain Quotidien allows al fresco sidewalk breakfasting on Broxton. Their hazelnut bread spread is simply sinsational.
Mary & Robb's Westwood Cafe is further south, south of Wilshire.
West of the Village, Literati Cafe on the corner of Wilshire & Bundy, has the world's best creme brulee cheesecake (and a very decent breakfast to boot).
John O'Groats is much further south, by Cheviot Hills. It gets very, very busy on weekends - expect a wait.
Novel Cafe (on Gayley near DSW) has some very fresh, tasty, healthy choices for breakfast. Skip the scrambled tofu, though; they don't know how to do it. (Not that most restaurants do.)
But I advise you to stay away from Lazy Daisy in Brentwood. Had one of the worst breakfasts of my life there... lukewarm espresso served in a giant mug, home fries that were (literally, I kid you not) two giant chunks of slightly roasted potato with no seasoning; and an omelette that had an entire half of an avocado inside. Also horribly slow and inattentive service.
Basically, it's mildly cooked, unseasoned tofu chunks with vegetables. Now that I've made Isa Moskowitz's scrambled tofu recipe a couple times at home, anything not up to that level sticks out like a sore thumb. I think most places just don't care to take the time to do it right, or want to put tofu on the menu but don't understand how to work with it.
I've had some bad ones for sure... but I do like to see the different ways that restaurants do it - some of them are uninspired or bad, but many are pretty good, and I've learned something even from most of the bad ones. Most of the chilaquiles style ones are at least decent (not a big Fred 62 fan, but theirs is pretty good). I have had some pretty good curry-flavored ones. Full of Life in Claremont used to do a great one, before several changes of ownership. I kind of like The Coffee Table's one - it's not perfect, but the rice, chopped spinach, and salsa are good additions.
I am not a huge fan of the typical onion / nutritional yeast / soy sauce / tumeric / flour type, especially unless there are some red bell peppers and veggies in there.
It definitely helps to have something salty (soy sauce), and something savory / umami (tomato, tomato sauce, nutritional yeast), and I like something spicy too.
Is the Moskowitz recipe up anywhere? Does it come out like this?