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Aug 29, 2001 12:04 PM

In search of a few good BREAKFAST JOINTS in the Valley...

  • d

I'd appreciate a few solid recommendations for great coffee shops in the East Valley. The food at Jinky's isn't bad at all, but the wait is long and the service can be nonexistent. Haven't been to Nat's Early Bite, so I can't say if it will do the trick, but I'm tired of the franchise delis and Dupar's as options...Since moving to the Valley, I've continually been in search of great coffee, good breakfast meny, snappy service, and that hole in the wall, grunge atmosphere that suits my morning mood....Any ideas out there?

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  1. I've enjoyed Hugo's on Riverside. It's the sister restaurant to Hugo's on Santa Monica. Quite chi-chi so it's not a hole-in-the-wall, but solid breakfast platters with fresh juices/smoothies and a wide variety of teas.

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    1. re: Jennifer W.

      I recommend this place strongly. It's family run; the "old man," who used to come in at some God-awful hour in the morning and make the pies died a while back, but it's still terrific. Huell Howser found it and recommends the pancakes, missing the pies (a rotating variety, I'm still salivating over the pear pie) entirely. Real down-home food at all hours.

      It's only open until noonish (I think) on Saturdays, and closed entirely on Sundays. The family has to spend SOME time together.

      Notice that I set a good example for the rest of you by including an address and phone number. Wasn't that hard to do, in these days of online phone books.

      Barron's Cafe
      4130 West Burbank Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91505
      (818) 846-0043

      (it's somewhat West of Hollywood Way)

      1. re: te

        Huell Howser AND an address! This one's going on my list for sure... Come to think of it, I once saw a Calif Adventures segment on Little India. Guess ole Huell's a bit of a chowhound himself...

        --Rafi (AKA Huge Huell Fan)

        1. re: Rafi

          Great suggestions. Thanks, all. Next weekend I'll give at least one of them a try.

          1. re: Dee

            In addition to the spots already named, I recommend Ned's on Magnolia (on Magnolia [duh], between Lankershim & Vineland) and The Good Neighbor Restaurant, on Cahuenga Boulevard West.

            1. re: Feris

              You also may want to try Jumping Java at 11919 Ventura in Studio City. Not a hole-in-the-wall -- more akin to Jinky's. But for my money, the food is 100 times better than Jinky's and the wait is far shorter. Dies get a little busy on weekends, but not too bad.

              I know this is an obvious one, but my wife and I end up at Mel's Diner on Ventura in Sherman Oaks just about every weekend for breakfast. The food is always very good, the service excellent, and the price is right.

    2. I suggest you try PATY'S on Riverside Dr, east
      of Pass Ave. in Toluca Lake.......good menu, good
      service (most of the time.)with a reasonable
      pricing policy.