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Mark Sarvas Feb 8, 2008 03:14 PM

Howdy hounds,

Looking for a breakfast idea tomorrow morning near the Westside Pavillion, before a matinee, and the heart sinks at the thought of Juniors. Anything that's good and not totally mobbed at around 10?

Appreciate it, as ever.

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  1. J.L. Feb 8, 2008 03:32 PM

    John O'Groats usually gets mobbed by 8AM, but the wait is not long usually before then...

    John O'Groats
    10516 Pico Bl.
    LA, CA 90064
    (310) 204-0692

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      New Trial Feb 8, 2008 03:33 PM

      John O'Groats is the best but it is likely to be mobbed.

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        DeLobster Feb 8, 2008 03:34 PM

        La Seranada ( great omlettes with a spanish flare), John O'Groats (go early; american), Bread & Porridge (trendy and crowded). Not totally mobbed at 10: I vote for La Serenada

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          rachaeln Feb 8, 2008 03:35 PM

          Colony Cafe on Pico just West of Westwood...I like it a lot. Great menu.

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            PayOrPlay Feb 8, 2008 03:48 PM

            We had breakfast at La Serenata for the first time last weekend and thought it was really fine: good pancakes and waffles, huevos in bunches of variations, aguas frescas, chocolate & atole among the drinks. 9am-3pm Sa-Su. http://www.laserenataonline.com/menu-...

            Jack Sprat's makes a good breakfast too, including crispy waffles and some interesting egg dishes.

            A bit further away, we are always happy with breakfast at the Rancho Park Golf Course--cash only.

            John O'Groats is great, but yes it will be crowded at 10am.

            We haven't found the food at Colony Cafe to be all that special, but the smoothies at Papa's Porch next door are among the best in town.

            There's always Norm's, just down the block.

            Worst choice: Kay & Dave's.--bad food, bad (albeit friendly) service.

            1. PlonkMan Feb 8, 2008 03:55 PM

              The wait for a party of two at John O'Groats at 9 is usually 10-15 minutes at worst. I'm not sure how much worse it is at 10.

              1. J.L. Feb 8, 2008 04:04 PM

                Oh, I totally forgot about Mary & Robbs on Westwood Blvd., near the corner of Westwood & Ohio - excellent brekkies.

                Mary & Robb's Westwood Cafe
                1453 Westwood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90024

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                  Mark Sarvas Feb 8, 2008 05:15 PM

                  Hounds to the rescue!! Thanks much, all - I think we will try Serenata - sounds an inspired choice, would never have thought of it.

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                    nosh Feb 8, 2008 10:06 PM

                    please report back -- i'd be very interested in the menu, execution, and prices. i'm getting the impression this is a weekend only brunch?

                    i have been seriously let down the last couple of times at john o'groats. the biscuits, a highlight of their offerings, were floury and bland. eggs were lackluster and sides were skimpy -- they seemed to be on an overpriced autopilot.

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                      Mark Sarvas Feb 14, 2008 09:11 PM

                      Hey nosh,

                      It was fine, nothing especially memorable. Service was VERY challenged - only one waiter in the place. No one met us when we came in, no one showed up at our table for ages, that kind of thing.

                      But the food itself was good - I had the egg scramble with shredded beef, and my friend had a 2/2/2 which included oatmeal, eggs and pancakes. (Carbo load!) It ran about $24 for the two of us but met the most important criteria - no wait, sat right down. Probably would try some other spots, though, if I were to go back to the area.

                      The movie, on the other hand, rocked. (In Bruges.)

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                        Mark Sarvas Feb 14, 2008 09:12 PM

                        Oh, I gave up on OGroats years ago. I'm a Clementine devotee now, just have to get there EARLY.

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                          Emme Feb 15, 2008 01:22 AM

                          Next time if you want something different try Gilbert's El Indio for a Mexican breakfast.

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                    glutton Feb 15, 2008 06:37 AM

                    Nobody mentioned Jack Sprat's. I'm not sure how healthy their "air fries" actually are, but they're good. And their salads and soups are pretty good.

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                      Servorg Feb 15, 2008 06:43 AM

                      PayorPlay did list it in his post.

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