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Fru Jul 19, 2008 05:10 PM

Hi Hounds,

IYHO, is there a place you like for traditional breakfast better than DuPar's in the Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Valley Village area? I'm not talking Nat's Early Bite...
Thank you in advance. I will be checking back later.

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    Valley Village Fish Jul 19, 2008 08:15 PM

    "Eat" in North Hollywood, on Magnolia between Vineland & Lankershim. Previously Ned's, and wisely kept many of the menu items.

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      Fru Jul 19, 2008 08:26 PM

      I looked up Eat. It sounds great but maybe not for a party of 5 including Grandpa & Grandson. Next time...

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        Fru Jul 19, 2008 08:44 PM

        Thank you all for your thoughtful suggestions. We are going to try Jinky's. They don't do traditional hash browns but it looks like they have an interesting menu with a fair amount of seating. I would still like to try Hugos, Marmalade and Eat but they will have to wait! Thanks again, Fru

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          carter Jul 19, 2008 09:24 PM

          Well, Jinky's is also the operator of the Studio Cafe in the former Killer shrimp space at 4000 Colfax, corner of Ventura. Might try it as it has a better patio, better parking, etc. Just opened a few weeks ago.

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            Fru Jul 19, 2008 09:48 PM

            Wow Carter, thanks for the tip but are you sure? It is actually closer to where I'll be. I was on their website perusing but they didn't mention the additional location. I Googled Studio Cafe but all I found was another poster at another blog that said the same thing. Ok, I decided to call the Sherman Oaks location just now and they did confirm that Studio Cafe is owned by them and that there is more parking, seating and beer and wine. I will never doubt you again carter. Thank you!

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            Emme Jul 19, 2008 10:06 PM

            just beware it will be a *long* wait if you don't go really early. esp for a party of 5.

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              Fru Jul 19, 2008 10:12 PM

              Even for Studio Cafe? How long is long?

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                Fru Jul 20, 2008 07:46 PM

                Well everyone, overall we did have a pretty good experience. Like I wrote carter, I did call the SO branch to confirm that Studio Cafe was indeed a Jinky's. Like I responded to Dogbite, I decided to try the 2 + 2 + 2 which is 2 pancakes, 2 eggs & 2 pieces of bacon because I didn't want to risk a bad potato experience. The bacon was thin but it tasted good. Since they had such an interesting selection of pancakes, I asked for bananas and macadamia nuts to be added to mine. When my order came, my over easy eggs were done properly (white firm but not crispy and yolk soft) but my pancakes came with a banana sliced on top and a sprinkling of macadamias. I later said to the waitress, "How can I order this next time so that the bananas and nuts are inside?" She apologized but only said you probably should request it that way. I guess I'd better be more succinct next time. They were still good even though they weren't what I expected plus they didn't charge me for the add-ons. My dad got a scramble with bacon, spinach and mushrooms which he obviously enjoyed because he didn't speak much. His potatoes weren't the little cubes either. They were sliced and looked well seasoned. My husband got a scramble with chili which he could only eat half of but it was very good. He is a big eater. Their coffee is good and strong and they serve it in a carafe. I'm assuming because it is a fairly new branch, the staff wasn't well versed on the menu. I asked how much the oj was (of course I had the menu but I figured he could recall the price faster than I could look it up) and he sheepishly told me he wasn't sure. When we ordered our son's french toast strips with bacon, the waitress had to look at his menu to write it on the ticket. With these small glitches, the service was sincere and everyone was very nice. Having been raised in the area, I was half expecting a bit of attitude from wannabes serving until their big breaks. Definitely not the case-maybe young but very nice. Also, we got there about 10:30 and there wasn't a wait but about 11:15, the place was packed. Thanks again for all of your suggestions.

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                  sirchuckster Jul 21, 2008 11:56 AM

                  We tried Studio City Cafe by Jinkys this morning for breakfast. When we saw it was associated with Jinkys we figured it sounds good!
                  The atmosphere is nice, the hostess was also very nice. Being a new place in the former Killer Shrimp location, it was very clean. We arrived at about 10:15 am and there were very few customers. (more employee's than customers.) The employees all seem to be in their mid to late twentys, so we thought young and energetic. We also thought great, no extended wait to order or be served.
                  We took a seat a a table where the section is elevated by a patio window and close to the bar area. The hostess gave us our menus and took our drink order. The iced tea was very good.
                  Unfortunately that is where the best of the experience became mediocre.
                  Most of the employee's were at the bar area socializing.
                  About 10 minutes after we had put our menus down, an employee asked us if we were ready to order. We said we were. She said she would find out who our waiter was.
                  A young man came to our table shortly after and took our order. As mentioned above, the waiter was not familiar with the menu and we had to repeat some of the order to him. He would also have to look at the menu.
                  My wife had a bacon and cheese omelette, hash browns and toast. I had the bacon and eggs over medium, hash browns and toast.
                  Before we received our order, a table of 4 who were seated after us, received their order. Ours did follow shortly after.
                  My wife said the omelette was spongy and chewy, but the bacon was good.
                  Both of our sliced hash brown potatoes were cold, tough and chewy.
                  As we neared the end of our meal, the place was filling up with customers. But most of the employees appeared to be more interested socializing with each other that tending to the customers.
                  We did get our iced teas refilled by a young man other than our waiter. After doing so, I watched him wipe down the bar area and even some or the wine bottles displayed in a rack on the bar.
                  Needless to say, we will not be going to Studio City Cafe again.
                  For $25.00 and change, it was not worth it.
                  We'll stick with Nate's Early Bite in Van Nuys.
                  Chuck
                  Sherman Oaks

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                    carter Jul 21, 2008 06:56 PM

                    Nat's is much better than the Jinkys on Ventura at Stansbury, so can only assume the same for the Stud. City Cafe.
                    In fact, it is also better than Marmalade Cafe.

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        Sugar Jones Jul 19, 2008 07:22 PM

        Aroma on Tujunga.

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          Diana Jul 19, 2008 06:27 PM

          Second Hugo's!

          Also
          Marmalade cafe
          More than Waffles (encino, not too far off)
          Twain's
          Le Pain Quotidean
          IS Art's open?

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            Fru Jul 19, 2008 08:13 PM

            I remember Twain's before it was Twains. Is it really better than Dupar's?

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              Diana Jul 21, 2008 12:08 PM

              You know, I'd have to compare them one after the other to say!

          2. 420 Reasons to eat Jul 19, 2008 05:40 PM

            Jinky's Cafe at Ventura and Hazeltine. I really enjoy the crispy french toast they serve.

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              Dogbite Williams Jul 20, 2008 05:16 PM

              Fru, I hated the diced, browned, apparently unseasoned and flavorless potatoes at Jinky's. There must be many places that have better breakfast potatoes.

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                Fru Jul 20, 2008 07:32 PM

                I had pancakes since I wasn't willing to risk it.

            2. Servorg Jul 19, 2008 05:11 PM

              Hugo's

              http://www.hugosrestaurant.com/

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                Servorg Jul 19, 2008 05:36 PM

                One other idea.

                Sitton's Restaurant
                11329 Magnolia Blvd
                North Hollywood, CA 91601-3706
                Phone: (818) 761-3341

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                  Fru Jul 19, 2008 08:12 PM

                  What are Hugo's "breakfast potatoes" like? I really like traditional hash browns but I'm open.

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