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Feb 26, 2008 11:17 AM

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.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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

        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. More than Waffles
        17200 Ventura Blvd

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        1. re: jencounter

          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

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

        2. 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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          1. 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

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