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Breakfast in the Valley

debra Feb 26, 2008 11:17 AM

We do a quarterly family breakfast, and it's my turn to pick. I've been to CeCe's, Jinky's, Hugo's, and the Waffle House --all good, but we want to expand the rotation, and at the same time, not end up at Jerry's or Denny's (you get the picture).

Most of the group is fairly unadventurous, and looking for a place to get good bacon, good pancakes, or a good omelette -- hashbrowns, a plus. Basically good standards. If you have any suggestions to expand our horizon -- in the West Valley, we'd appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

  1. scrappydog Feb 26, 2008 11:22 AM

    I like breakfast at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas. We do it some Saturdays and hit the farmers market across the street before or after. Nothing fancy - basic eggs, omelets, waffles, etc. Lots of patio seating if it is a nice day.

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      cookie doh Feb 26, 2008 12:49 PM

      We have a standing breakfast date every Saturday with my in-laws and kids, so we're pleasing a lot of palates.

      Lately, we've been enjoying Nona in Tarzana - it's a little pricey for what it is, and the service is super slow (especially since it's not terribly crowded), but the food is really good and it's a nice place to sit and enjoy, especially for the West Valley.

      Another slightly overpriced but reliable standard is The Farm at Westfield Topanga.The service is faster than Nona, but not 100% stellar.

      Villa Piacere in Woodland Hills has a nice Sunday brunch (not buffet), slow service, quiet but pretty room, a little expensive, too, but good food.

      Outside of that, we rotate between The Baker, Nico's Coffee Shop, Coral Tree Cafe, Marmalade, The Stand, Aroma, and Nat's Early Bite.

      Villa Piacere
      22160 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

      Nona Cafe
      19598 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA

      The Farm Of Beverly Hills
      6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd #1030, Canoga Park, CA

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      1. re: cookie doh
        LesThePress Feb 26, 2008 02:22 PM

        Marmalade (several locations) has a good breakfast (great coffee) and I've always had good service. Their atmosphere sounds conducive to what you want. The Calabasas location is probably the best for you.

      2. j
        jencounter Feb 26, 2008 03:50 PM

        More than Waffles
        17200 Ventura Blvd

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          48pinups Feb 28, 2008 08:42 AM

          Yeah! More than Waffles is superb!

          Try Aroma Cafe on Tujunga Blvd. too, it has a lovely outdoor patio and inside seating.


          1. re: 48pinups
            jencounter Feb 29, 2008 06:40 PM

            I have a hard time with the thick cloud of smoke one must navigate through in order the enter the restaurant. :/

        2. Bob Brooks Feb 26, 2008 03:59 PM

          Bobby's in Woodland Hills is a divey institution that has been there forever.. Great breakfasts for $5.00 including coffee!

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            Diana Feb 27, 2008 11:33 AM

            second Bobby's

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            themook Feb 26, 2008 04:28 PM

            The Little Cafe in Tarzana is a great breakfast spot. Standard american fare, great home fries, excellent scrambles, good french toast. They've been there forever. It's on ventura just east of tampa.

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            1. re: themook
              Wheggi Feb 26, 2008 06:27 PM

              And IIRC, the Little Cafe also has some nice health-conscious options. Good local scene as well.

            2. k
              Kztrader Feb 26, 2008 05:41 PM

              Agree with Bobby's on Ventura... divey and whole in the wall... but you get a 4.85 breakfast and you leave happy..... :P
              Another place that is AWESOME is Michael's Cafe on Ventura.. .it's connected to the bowling alley.. I would have NEVER in a million years gone here... and to be honest... it might be on of the best breakfasts I've had... I will drive 20 minutes to eat there!

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              1. re: Kztrader
                cookie doh Feb 26, 2008 06:01 PM

                Oh, I forgot about the bowling alley cafes - Michael's IS really good, as is the one now residing in the bowling alley at Vanowen/Winnetka (formerly located - not in a bowling alley - next to the 99 cent store at Ventura/Corbin).

                1. re: cookie doh
                  Otius Gojius Feb 27, 2008 12:57 AM

                  Oh, for sure -- the coffee shop at Winnetka/Vanowen bowling alley is a great place. (I just discovered the chili con carne -- a very honest bowl of red and they'll make a chili-cheese omelet.) The people there used to run The Hungry Fox at Sherman Way near Ethel in North Hollywood, before the Ventura/Corbin location. I think it's called The Village now (I call it "The Breakfast All Day place") Great corned beef hash, and several Greek-influenced breakfasts. Great place for breakfast. See you there tomorrow morning!

              2. Emme Feb 26, 2008 11:53 PM

                Concur w/ Bobby's and The Little Cafe.

                Have you been to the newish Pasto in Encino yet? Diverse and yummy and healthy possible menu.

                Also, Brent's is a good option if you'll drive into Northridge.

                In Encino, Coral Tree Cafe does some good breakfast fare... the ex loved their choc chip pancakes.

                Also, Aroma Bakery and Cafe in Encino

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                  BBQ101 Feb 27, 2008 05:49 AM

                  Hearts Coffee Shop on Saticoy and Balboa is another great breakfast place. Cheep eats and great food. Excellent Bacon.

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                    ReelMike84 Feb 27, 2008 08:45 AM

                    I've passed by this place for years and have always been very curious. Any other recommends than the bacon?

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                      trojans Feb 27, 2008 09:01 AM

                      Nats early bite in Sherman Oaks, a real hole in the wall greasy spoon. It's right next door to a vintage collectible store so you can browse while you wait for your table. They will call for you inside the store so you can browse and shop without worry.

                    2. re: BBQ101
                      Wheggi Feb 27, 2008 11:06 AM

                      Sorry, but I'd have to disagree here. Been to Hearts twice, and both times the food and the environment were horrible.

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                      luv4quest Feb 27, 2008 09:59 PM

                      there is a place on Topanga Cnyn and Roscoe....it used to be the pan n griddle.... It's called Nats now but I am not sure if it is another Nat' early bite..... buy they are good.

                      Also Topanga and Lassen - The Country Deli

                      my favorite place for eggs is Abe's deli

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                      1. re: luv4quest
                        Diana Feb 28, 2008 05:43 AM

                        it is linked to Nat's Early Bite..called Nat's East

                      2. d
                        debra Mar 3, 2008 11:16 AM

                        Thanks so much for all the great suggestions. This time we opted for EAT, in NoHo. I was actually looking online for more info on "Nat's" as suggested, but apparently, it registered to me as "Ned's", which led me to "Ned's on Magnolia", which is now called EAT --but seems to have maintained the Ned's menu.

                        I didn't realize I'd made this mistake until just now, in looking back over the list. The family all enjoyed EAT -- it's a breakfast and lunch only place, small, friendly, and busy. Perfectly cooked poached eggs, tasty huevos rancheros, scrambles with lots of chunky veggies, and a potato alternative called "Ned's Shreds" -- shredded zucchini, which was tasty, abeit a bit greasy. Very friendly and accomodating staff, probably averaged $8 for most breakfasts. We'll go back.

                        And thanks again for all the actual recommendations, we'll be trying those as well.

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                        1. re: debra
                          Diana Mar 3, 2008 11:18 AM

                          look up "Nat's Early Bite"

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