Favorite breakfast spots?
I hope I am the only one in town that can't find an original, kick ass breakfast. San Diego has them, SF plenty, but LA is rampant with the same menu over and over in a different neighborhood. Help me out Hounds-Make me a believer!
When it comes to breakfast, I'm usually fine with the same menu over and over as long as it's done well.
But if you're talking about *original* breakfasts, you definitely need to check out Square One (savory) or Doughboy's (sweet). These places have breakfast menus of the type you're unlikely to see just about anywhere else on the planet.
Square One Dining
4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
1156 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Inn of The Seventh Ray's brunch buffet
John O Groats
Aroma Cafe in Encino
Sunday Brunch at the Universal Hilton
Congee from san gabriel
Here are some Valley picks - I can't drag myself over the hill that early on a weekend morning:
Jumping Java in Studio City - great unique omelettes and pancakes larger than your head.
Aroma on Tujunga in Studio City - nice garden atmosphere, hearty breakfasts with really fresh fruit.
Caioti Pizza - surprisingly they have a decent spread for an Italian restaurant, and substitute complimentary mini cinnamon rolls for their signature nighttime garlic rolls.
And actually, one 3rd street recommendation: The Little Next Door. They have a lovely selection of warm quiches and pastries, along with lavender and herbal infused champagne as an alternative to mimosas.
You can get a darn tasty breakfast by wandering around most of the farmer's markets early in the morn. Or even in the late morning.
Assuming you mean American/European style breakfast. In the Pasadena area
Dish (La Canada)
Le Roys (Monrovia)
Julienne (San Marino)
Camillo's (Silver Lake)
There's of course dim sum but that a whole other beast i won't get into in this post.
Give us a little example of what you're looking for in breakfast and we might be able to home in on your tastes and give better options.
Two others places i haven't been first hand but i heard are good are madame Matisse and the Alcove.
I second the Dish recommendation. Their buckwheat pancakes were especially delicious, and their restaurant had this retro American vibe to it. Fun for weekend breakfast (and I guess weekdays, too).
I've heard decent things about Auntie Em's, though I haven't had it myself. I liked their cupcakes though.
Yes! Camillo's is great - eggs benedict!! YUM! Marstons and Le Roys, definitely. Want the best Chilaquiles? Try El Matador on Irwindale (just north of Arrow Hwy) in Irwindale. SO GOOD! I also like the breakfasts at The Reyn on North Lake in Pasadena. Andy's also has good general breakfasts (on Colorado before Hill).
Here are two more:
Grub (in Hollywood)
Quality (you will see regulars there)
BLD (for a more upscale morning meal)
I feel we have a great variety of breakfast places. Hope you have fun discoverig them.
Chinese breakfast (no NOT dim sum!):
Yung Ho Tou Chiang, on the corner of New and Valley in San Gabriel Valley. The Chinese version of a greasy Denny's Grand Slam (except much fresher and tastier, IMHO)...
Get the cruellers (yeo-tiao) and thin bread (sow-bing) with fresh soy milk (tou chiang)...
Yung Ho Tou Chiang
533 W. Valley Bl.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Was that the same Square One we went to? The one with the brisk, friendly service and the food to die for? And the interesting parade of passing Hubbardites? Even our one sadly hungover companion enjoyed everything as much as she possibly could...
Auntie Em's is really good, too, though especially at breakfast I much prefer to just sit there and let someone else take my order. At least Auntie Em's doesn't make you schlep your own...
Places I eat breakfast by choice in the South Bay:
Uncle Bill's, Manhattan Beach
Original Pancake House, Torrance/Redondo Beach
Wendy's (not chain), El Segundo
Second the recs for Griddle Cafe, Doughboy's, and Quality.
More than Waffles in the valley.
Coral Tree Cafe for choc chip pancakes
John O'Groats for buckwheat pancakes
A Votre Sante for healthier fare
Gardens at Four Seasons for lemon ricotta pancakes
Hugo's for interesting omelettes and pasta and veggie things
Ed's Coffee Shop on Robertson does some good solid fare
For something different, head to Pepy's Galley, Teresita's, Tonny's, or Chulada Grill for a mexican breakfast
Hugo's (Studio City, Hollywood), Jinky's (Sherman Oaks, SM,Hollywood), CiCi's (Tarzana), John O'Groats (Westside), Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles (Hollywood), Back On The Beach (PCH - Food's okay but the location can't be beat)...
I just had breakfast at Cafe Flore on Sunset in Silverlake. I'm not vegan but it was wonderful. I have eaten other meals there and the The Salad is delicious but as far a breakfast goes, the buckwheat pancakes are thin and light, mine had blueberries in them.
Just in case you find yourself down in San Juan Capistrano craving breakfast one day then head directly to Mollies. Great food, huge portions, reasonable prices, friendly people.
Mollies Famous Cafe
32033 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675