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Best breakfast eggs?

I LOVE breakfasts. It's my favorite meal. Although I'm a fan of great pancakes/waffles/potatoes, nothing differentiate a GOOD breakfast place from a GREAT breakfast place more than the perfectly cooked egg. Light yellow in color, creamy texture, right amount of seasoning.

So I'd like to throw it out there: which restaurants make the best eggs (me, I'm a sucker for plain scrambled) and what are the best egg dishes out there (and where). Have yet to find in LA. Thanks.

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  1. My favorite breakfast place in town is S & W Country Diner on Washington in downtown Culver City. I am very impressed by their cooks and the coordination with the waitresses -- the eggs come out as ordered. I also prefer scrambled, and order them soft but not wet. My companions have ordered omelettes, fried, over easy, even poached, with no complaints. Now I don't think they season them much. But their breakfast combos are a great deal -- eggs to order, a main (their homemade corned beef hash crispy is the way to go) and a side (go with someone so you can split their excellent hashbrowns ordered crispy and their pancakes -- avoid the waffles (they seem to screw up the timing of the order) and their biscuits are very weird caky squares cut from a loaf. No reservations, cash only, very popular.

    1. The "egg-in-a-whole" at the Belvedere (at the Peninsula Hotel).

      1. My favorite egg dish is the salmon benedict at Square One. Their baked egg dishes are also great.

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        1. re: sku

          Don't know how many times I've mentioned this, but first time I ordered that they were out of grits, so I reluctantly accepted their baby arugula salad instead. Now I wouldn't have it any other way. Total bliss on a plate, something interesting in every bite.

        2. The best eggs, or breakfasts in general, I've had are at the Pacific Dining Car down town. I like the eggs sardou or the creole bennedict. both have perfectly poached eggs. Big and round with large convex rounded yolks.

          1. Scrambled eggs, like the perfect tri-folded omelet, take about 30 seconds to cook, and the two processes are very similar (just "scramble" lightly, instead of folding, at the end). Placed on a very warm plate, scrambled eggs gently finish cooking on the way to the table, so you want them slightly wet coming off the stove.

            Ahh, what a dream, but it is the way I cook scrambled eggs at home. In the real world of restaurants, most of the time I have to emphasize that I want them both wet and soft, just to get properly scrambled eggs. My favorite place for high-quality, fresh eggs well-prepared in any number of styles is the Original Pancake House. I've had good eggs over-easy at the Pacific Dining Car but also burned eggs, and their scrambled eggs with herbs are sometimes so over-filled with herbs that you think you're having a salad. At PDC I stick to simple over-easy eggs and focus on the outsanding breakfast filet, very good breakfast potatoes, and excellent jams with the toast.

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            1. re: sbritchky

              actually, any well trained chef will tell you that the trick to making eggs is "slow and low." meaning that 30 seconds is waaay too fast. And that's probably why you don't like the way they are making them in some restaurants, because when the orders come in and the tickets back up, they rush to get your order out on time. Give your cooks a little more credit, it's a tough life!

            2. As others have said upthread, scrambled eggs are so tricky for a restaurant to get right. The same place can make them perfect one day and totally wrong the next, maybe even with the same cook.

              The most consistent I've had are at Square One on Fountain in East Hollywood, which I'm not alone in thinking may be the best overall breakfast in town nowadays.

              Square One Dining
              4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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              1. re: maxzook

                It's not the cooking that's tricky -- I could teach an attentive 10-year-old how to scramble eggs right -- it's the giving a damn in the kitchen. I always try to help the cause by complimenting those who do and mentioning those who don't. Of course, having worked in low-end restaurants in my yoot, I know enough not to send food back.

                1. re: sbritchky

                  I've been to more than a few breakfast diners that would have been better served with ten-year-olds at the griddle.

                  1. re: maxzook

                    ive always like Quality on 3rd street, a few blocks west of Fairfax

              2. I had the most delicious egg I have ever eaten at LA Mill in Silver Lake. It was sunny side up.

                Does anyone know where they buy their eggs?

                LA MILL Coffee
                1636 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                1. my favorite egg dish is the:
                  grilled asparagus salad wild mushrooms, fried egg, reggiano, black truffle vinaigrette
                  that is served at sunday brunch at cafe del rey.

                  1. I just love The Scrambled White Corn, with eggs, fresh white corn, herbs and havarti chesse at Martha's 22nd St. Grill in Hermosa Beach. It sounds weird but it is so good.

                    Martha's 22nd Street Grill
                    25 22nd St, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

                    1. I share your love of breakfast as a favorite meal and eggs in particular.

                      My favorite is Canele in Atwater. My favorite dish is the "Soft Scrambled Eggs" which they execute perfectly and with much patience and attention which soft scrambled eggs require. They are removed from the flame just before the moment of perfection as the eggs will cook for a few moments after.

                      A side of their house cured thick sliced bacon is a treat, as is the thick buckwheat toast with marmalade.

                      Am also fond of the Green Eggs and Ham at Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery in Santa Monica, The trip would not be complete without taking some of their wonderful fresh baked pastries home as well.

                      I love the breakfast experience at Pacific Dining Car at the Sixth Street location only. I sit in the actual dining car. A cocktail is in order. The quality has slipped a bit in my estimation as they no longer poach their eggs "from scratch" but rather with some sort of egg poacher but it is still a treat. And breakfast is served 24 hours.



                      3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                      Pacific Dining Car
                      1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                      1. Green Eggs and Ham at Bite Bar and Bakery. I had this for the first time this morning and am still thinking about how I should have ordered this one long ago.