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Where's the best breakfast in Torrance?

chowchow12345678 Jan 31, 2008 09:17 AM

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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    Rizza RE: chowchow12345678 Jan 31, 2008 09:25 AM

    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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      TheManning2 RE: Rizza Jan 31, 2008 11:16 AM

      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!

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      Clinton RE: chowchow12345678 Jan 31, 2008 10:09 AM

      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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        Velvet Elvis RE: Clinton Jan 31, 2008 05:21 PM

        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.

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          HulaShakeJaz RE: Velvet Elvis Apr 24, 2008 04:25 AM

          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).

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        lakeshow318 RE: chowchow12345678 Jan 31, 2008 03:34 PM

        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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          heinous RE: lakeshow318 Feb 15, 2008 12:18 AM

          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. :(

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            meesha RE: heinous Mar 6, 2008 07:51 AM

            Where are the other places for Chinese breakfast in Torrance?

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              mstinawu RE: meesha Mar 19, 2008 10:51 AM

              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. DiveFan RE: chowchow12345678 Jan 31, 2008 04:45 PM

          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.

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

          Mitsuwa Marketplace
          21515 Western Av, Torrance, CA 90501

          1. martyR RE: chowchow12345678 Jan 31, 2008 06:28 PM

            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.

            1. gaylenwaydelich RE: chowchow12345678 Jan 31, 2008 09:43 PM

              The Loft on Hawthorne Bl. for Hawaiian breakfast. On the Torrance/Redondo border is an Original Pancake House. Good food and great service. Split an Apple Pancake and eggs and bacon on Monday for breakfast with a girlfriend. YUMMY! King's Hawaiian, but only for the Hawaiian French toast - don't forget to ask for the coconut syrup. Otherwise they'll just bring the fake maple. Good Dim Sum up and down PCH between Narbonne and Hawthorne.

              The ramen at Santouka is heavenly. (Mitsua Market Place) Dessert from the Mochi stand in the market. Or try the bakery - go for the Milk France. Addicting.

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                AGENT FOODIE RE: gaylenwaydelich Feb 1, 2008 02:28 AM

                to add to all those places, take a drive down to the end of the 110 freeway in san pedro and go to gaffey street cafe. homemade breakfast items and pretty damn good too. or if you prefer drive up the hill to marmalade cafe located at the aavenue of the peninsula. Oh yeah they have good breakfast at the trump golf course in palos verdes estates and i think a weekend brunch, though its been a while since ive been there

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                  Servorg RE: AGENT FOODIE Feb 1, 2008 06:06 AM

                  AF, is the GS cafe the same place as the GS diner?


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                JeetJet RE: chowchow12345678 Feb 1, 2008 06:22 AM

                Here are two that have very good food and will have a crazy long wait on Saturday morning. In fact, these are two of my fav places. Now you got me hungry

                Eat At Joe's (Any omelet will be great but consider also the "John Wayne Special")
                400 N. Pacific Coast Highway
                Redondo Beach, CA 90277
                (310) 376-9570

                Original Pancake House (Buttermilk, Crepes, Dutch Baby, Potato pancakes, Bluebarry but when I go I get the flap Jacks. Also the Hash is good)
                Redondo Beach
                1756 South Pacific Coast Hwy.
                Redondo Beach, California 90277
                (310) 543-9875

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                  lefty1970 RE: chowchow12345678 Feb 21, 2008 08:26 PM

                  O.k., I'll throw in my endorsement for Country Touch Cafe (haven't had a bad meal there yet) and raise you a nice patio seat at Eat At Rudy's in downtown (old town section) of Torrance. Amazing omelettes!

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                    JEN10 RE: lefty1970 Feb 22, 2008 07:53 AM

                    Original Pancake House is awesome!!!

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                      Oh Robin RE: JEN10 Feb 26, 2008 12:35 PM

                      especially that apple pancake

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                        JEN10 RE: Oh Robin Feb 29, 2008 10:44 AM

                        My daughter loves that apple pancake. She eats about 1/3 of it, and take the rest home for more yumminess the next couple of days.

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                          iotone RE: JEN10 Feb 29, 2008 04:16 PM

                          My gf and I are a big fan of the Dutch Baby. They seem to make it a bit better at the Anaheim location though.

                          I love the 49er pancakes. Nice, thin, awesome.

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                          mstinawu RE: Oh Robin Mar 12, 2008 12:54 PM

                          I love Original Pancake House! Their plain ol' regular pancakes are my favorite even though they're known for their crazy giant baked apple pancake.

                    2. DrBruin RE: chowchow12345678 Mar 12, 2008 10:50 PM

                      I'll have to agree with the others on the Torrance Farmer's Market in Wilson Park.

                      I enjoyed Eat at Joes but I could do without sitting at a park bench with another family.

                      Tthe place I usually go to is the Good Stuff once a week. Honest prices, fruit and OJ are usually good, and there are ...gasp... healthy choices.

                      The one breakfast (more of a brunch) that I nearly had a coronary over it was so good was the pricy brunch at the PV Country Club (you don't have to be a member). They had all you can eat cold and all you can eat hot alaskan king crab legs, a ton of shrimp, oysters, pastries, an omelett station, a carvery, etc.

                      I used to go to the Redondo Beach Cafe but I've had a few times where the service wasn't any good and the OJ was bitter (probably due to the rough growing season the citrus growers had a winter or so ago).

                      I'm looking forward to trying Country Touch

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                        mstinawu RE: DrBruin Mar 13, 2008 09:26 AM

                        I love the pupusa stand at the Farmer's Market, but it seems every time I go they get rid of one item I normally get. First it was the avocado, then it was the creamy white-ish sauce they put in the side.. What next?! The pupusa itself?!

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                          Rizza RE: mstinawu Mar 19, 2008 02:34 PM

                          They can't get rid of the crema(sp)...that's traditional. Were they out? The filings do seem to be very seasonal, which is kind of why I love it. One day you show up and there is a soft shell crab and vegetable pupusa for $3.50...the best deal in town.

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                            mstinawu RE: Rizza Mar 19, 2008 03:52 PM

                            I went again last weekend--it came back. I guess they ran out last time, but when I asked about it they didn't know wtf I was talking about since I don't know what it's actually called, crema. Crema. That kind of sounds like "white cream" which is what I said. Then I said "white sauce". Heh~ Oh, well. It's back so I'm glad.

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                              HulaShakeJaz RE: mstinawu Apr 24, 2008 04:33 AM

                              I am not a fan of the Torr. Farmer's Market pupusas. They aren't anything special... pupusa wise. I enjoyed the tamales they used to have but now they are different people. I would always get the goat cheese and pepper tamale. YUM. DO NOT BUY THE HAWAIIAN DONUTS (ensemadas) they are not authentic and taste of burnt oil. yuck!

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                                mstinawu RE: HulaShakeJaz Apr 24, 2008 12:58 PM

                                Where do you recommend a better pupusa in/near Torrance? I'd like to try it out.

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                                  HulaShakeJaz RE: mstinawu Apr 28, 2008 10:23 AM

                                  Sorry, I have yet to find a good pupusa in Torrance. Are they the same people/company that make the pupusas @ Manhattan Beach Farmer's Market?

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                                    mstinawu RE: HulaShakeJaz Apr 28, 2008 10:43 AM

                                    I've never been to the Manhattan Beach Farmer's Market before. Is it any good? I live in Torrance so I just go to what's close. =)

                                    1. re: mstinawu
                                      Rizza RE: mstinawu Apr 28, 2008 12:27 PM

                                      It's very small...you get much more variety at Torrance. And I will just have to be happy that there is one less person in front of me in the pupusa line.

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