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Oct 11, 2007 09:28 PM

breakfast downtown

looking for a good breakfast place downtonw before the usc game on saturday other than the pantry. any thoughts?

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      How about Philippes? They serve a mean hearty breakfast that has also gotten good reviews on this board a while back. Nothing changes there so it's still a great choice I am sure. The menu is online so check it out.

      1. re: SIMIHOUND

        I second Philippes if you're looking for a no-fuss hearty affordable breakfast. It's an LA landmark.

        1. re: flavasista

          I third Philippes for their breakfasts -- I particularly like their French toast (it's the custardy kind).

          Just note that they stop serving breakfast at 10:30am; if you get there just before 10:30and there are lines, you should get a chit which shows that you got there before 10:30.

              1. re: Diana

                Yes -- thanks, Diana. At least when it's busy, they hand out a little ticket or something to each party who is still in line at 10:30am and who wants to order breakfast.

    2. Standard Hotel Coffee Shop [pancakes!]

      Tiara Cafe {also pancakes}


      Nazo's Bakery for a quick pastry

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      1. re: Emme

        Is there a standard hotel downtown too?

        1. re: Diana

          Yes, it's been there for years. It was one of the first "hip" places that started the downtown renaissance.

            1. re: Diana

              Don't worry, you haven't missed much. None of the food is worthy of note and the bar has a great view but isn't as cool as it was a few years ago.

              1. re: hrhboo

                Food is not noteworthy except for the pancakes!

                1. re: Emme

                  what about the biscuits and gravy?

      2. Tradional breakfast fare? Philippes-They serve tradional breakfast fare.
        Or something like:
        Dim Sum- Empress Pavillion or CBS Seafood in Chinatown.
        Eastside Market Italian Deli-great subs

        1. I second the Tiara Cafe recommendation. Cafe Angelique is also an option, but SO and I have decided to boycott because we got tired of the lackluster service.

          1. Something different. Not the best quality food but on the SC campus, the dining hall at the far southwest corner of campus has buffet style dining. I think the building designation is IRC or something like that. For a Saturday AM they will have omlettes cooked to order, bacon, sausage etc. french toast or pancakes, oatmeal, cereal. It typically also has a few types of pizza, some type of asian dish, a salad bar and sandwich bar, variety of desserts - pie, cookies, cake and ice cream. All you can eat and drink - juice, coffee, tea, soda. The cost varies with the time of day, but I think it is always less than $15 and closer to $10. The dining hall closes in the afternoon between lunch and dinner so sometimes the hours do not work that well for a late afternoon game.