Breakfast in the Valley
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.
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.
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.
22160 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
19598 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA
The Farm Of Beverly Hills
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd #1030, Canoga Park, CA
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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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!
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
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.