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Breakfast help in Irvine

I moved to Irvine a few months ago and have not found a good breakfast place. I live near the Marketplace and am looking for just a drive-thru breakfast burrito place that is close by. It doesn't have to be the best in the world, just decent. I moved from San Diego and they are on every corner there!

I am also in search of a good sit down breakfast place (omletes, pancakes..normal breakfast stuff) for the weekends. I have been to Plum's and Pacific Whey in Newport, but I would like to find somewhere closer. IHOP is near me, but I am hoping there is something besides that!!!

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  1. I know it's a chain, but have you tried Corner Bakery in the Marketplace?

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    1. re: empfam

      It is a chain but I think their breakfast paninis are fantastic.

    2. Zov's has two locations within about 10 minutes of you. Along the same lines as Plum's.

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      1. re: brekkie_fan

        Haven't tried Zov's breakfast yet, but if it's as good as their dinner, OMG, I'd definitely recommend it!

      2. I would totally recommend Side Street Cafe in Costa Mesa on Newport Blvd. It's got everything you've mentioned-- breakfast burritos, heavenly pancakes, the normal breakfast staples, etc. Their breakfast and lunch selection is huge. The vibe there is earthy and very low-key. There's a very young and hip crowd because of it's location, but the food there attracts all people. The wait is never too long here either. Try it on a weekend! I think you'll enjoy.

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        1. re: chubz

          I completely second this recommendation. I really like Side Street. The staff is nice and the food is good. Champagne Bakery has pretty good french toast and offers a lot of pastries to go. They have a tasty creme brulee. It's on Barranca in the plaza with the dollar theater

        2. I live in Irvine, but I make the drive (not a far one actually) to Original Pancake House. There's one in Anaheim and also one in Aliso Viejo.

          Here's some pics of the one in Anaheim:

          1. There's a Mimi's Cafe at the corner of Barranca and Culver.

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            1. re: Curt the Soi Hound

              Drove past Mimi's the other day on the way to Zov's. How good is it?

            2. Try Luccas Cafe and Brittas Cafe in Irvine...both great breakfasts

              1. One of my favorite breakfast places in the area is Mollie's Country Kitchen on La Paz in Laguna Niguel. The country breakfast is delicious, it comes with biscuits and gravy. They serve many Mexican dishes as well. It's popular on the weekends, be prepared to wait, but I think it's worth it.

                1. Drive down El Camino towards Tustin and when you pass Newport BLVD (3 miles) you'll see an Albertos. Get a Machaca breakfast burrito (home-made tortillas)...Amazing.

                  I live behind the Marketplace too and for breakfast close to us we are pretty much out of luck, I usually drive up Jamboree to the top of the hill to Chapman and got to Johns place for breakfast, pretty good.

                  1. This isn't near you, so doesn't solve your problem, but try the Ramos House Cafe in SJC sometime. The best breakfast around here.

                    1. I've been to Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills twice with other chowhounders and it is great for breakfast. Since it is off El Toro and the 5 it shouldn't be too long of a haul for you from Irvine. Very unique and interesting twists on breakfast items there such as the French Toast brulee, corned beef and sweet potato hash, and tempura fried poached eggs.

                      Good luck in your breakfast search!


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