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Where's the best breakfast in Torrance?

Going to Torrance to meet a friend for breakfast on a Saturday late morning, hoping to find a place with really good food without a crazy long wait. All I know down there is King's Hawaiian and they'll have mobs of people on weekends, and their pancakes aren't to die for.

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  1. My usual Sat. breakfast in Torrance is at the farmers market. There is so much good cheap food, it's hard to pick what to get. But it sounds like you're looking for sit-down? Generally if you're out after 8 you will wait. In nearby Redondo there is Polly's on the pier with great banana pancakes and huevos rancheros, Joe's (which will be croweded), or chez melange where you could make a reservation (white table cloths, complimentary muffins, mimosas, great benedicts - probably for around the same price point as King's).

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    1. re: Rizza

      I second the Farmer's Market on Saturday's. It's a great place to eat al fresco, as well as picking up some amazing produce and such. Great suggestion!

    2. Try Country Touch on 190th between Hawthorne and Crenshaw across the Mobil plant. Kind of a hole in the wall but the food is good and the atmosphere quaint. Mimi's Cafe on Crenshaw and PCH is good but kind of crowded on weekends. The Sizzlers on Sepulveda near King's has a good breakfast buffet.

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      1. re: Clinton

        I'll throw in a rec for Country Touch as well. As close to good old-fashioned country style breakfast as you can get in Torrance.

        I'm not sure if it is still there or not because I haven't been in a couple of years, but Buffy's in downtown Torrance used to do great breakfasts. If you got the right cook, their pancakes were perfect and the rest of the options were good too.

        1. re: Velvet Elvis

          Country Touch Cafe is the best. Also, if you do have to go to King's Hawaiian... don't order pancakes.. order the King's Breakfast with their french toast, eggs, portugese sausage. YUM! Especially with the coconut syrup and the french toast made with their yummy bread!

          I am also a big fan of the Original Pancake House. It's on PCH just east of PV Blvd. right before Chez Melange on the north hand side (if travelling west on PCH).

      2. chinese breakfast at Shanghai Palace on PCH between Hawthorne and Crenshaw: jook, chinese fried bread (yiu tiao), and xiao lum bao.

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        1. re: lakeshow318

          Just an FYI - Shanghai Palace doesn't do breakfast anymore. They haven't taken the signs down in the window, but they told me they're not doing it anymore - they don't open until 10:30 or 11 on weekends now. It's a shame, because it was one of the only places for Chinese breakfast in Torrance. :(

          1. re: heinous

            Where are the other places for Chinese breakfast in Torrance?

            1. re: meesha

              Not to be blunt, but "nowhere" is the answer. There used to be one place next to Gyu-Kaku which was OK as best but there are very few Taiwanese breakfast places in Torrance itself.

        2. I'll second Country Touch and raise you one of the stalls in the Mitsuma Marketplace. The salvadoran booth (Delmy's) at the Torrance CFM has great $2 pupusas and usually has the longest line.
          Don't go too late to the CT, it closes at 2pm.

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          Country Touch Cafe
          3717 W 190th St, Torrance, CA 90504

          Mitsuwa Marketplace
          21515 Western Av, Torrance, CA 90501

          1. Go next door to Redondo Beach and Eat At Joes on PCH and Carnelian. Great breakfasts. I really like the Chicken fried steak and eggs dish.