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Awesome breakfasts in LA, I can name two. How about you?

orythedog Sep 19, 2008 04:08 PM

I like Square One Dining. I could eat their brioche french toast every weekend and not get tired of it. Same goes for the thick ass bacon. Yum! My second vote is for the 49er flap jacks at Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach. What are your favorites?

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    Neta Mar 18, 2011 09:41 AM

    Huevos rancheros topped with chile verde at Raphael's in Montebello
    Menudo at Ordonez in Montebello with a side of ground beef/potato tacos on the side
    La Salsa Grill in Pico Rivera DZ's huevos and the huevos divorciados or huevos with chicken en mole

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    1. re: Neta
      Servorg Mar 18, 2011 09:58 AM

      I see by the website it's officially called Zapien's Salsa Grill, and it looks wonderful. I put in a place link using "Zapien's Salsa Grill" (ZSG) as the name since there are already way too many places named La Salsa Grill in the database.

      Have you ever tackled the The Salsa Grande Omelet by your lonesome? "Six egg omelet with chorizo, bacon, sausage, onions, peppers, tomatoes, ortega chile, and jack cheese topped with guacamole. Dare to order this and receive a `Salsa Grill t-shirt and your photo on our website ($19)" ;-D>

      The chef/owner started out at the Dal Rae. This (ZSG) is definitely another place to put on to my "wish list."

      Thanks for the heads up, Neta.

      Zapien's Salsa Grill
      6702 Rosemead Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

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        Neta Mar 18, 2011 09:36 PM

        Yes, I couldn't think of the Zapien name in the title and there is a not too good chain called La Salsa Grill that has nothing to do with this restaurant. They have a very good menu with lots of different items and everything on the menu so far has been good I have not tried the omlet which sounds incredible but I'm truly not an omlet person. The DZ special, my favorite for breakfast is two ez over eggs just smothered with these great sweet grilled onions. It's heaven. On the weekend they serve homemad tortillas to sweeten the pot. The owner also won a California lottery with which he was able to open this restaurant with his winnings. Prices have risen sharply in the last year but it's still a nice splurge once in a while. They used to have a great weekday breakfast special but not sure if that is still ongoing. They also serve you cut up pieces of Mexican sweet bread with your coffee in place of the usual chips and salsa The restaurant is located in a strip mall next to and north of King Taco on Rosemead just north of Washington. In this same mall is a carneceria that has excellent carne asada for grilling and boneless marinated chicken legs that are excellent as well. You can also purchase some good guacamole freshly made and packed in plastic cups to go along with you BBQ

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      Robert Thornton Mar 6, 2011 11:39 AM

      If I'm out in the Valley, I really love the lox & eggs at Brent's, along with the deep fried breakfast potatoes and a bagel.

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        JosephEBacon Nov 24, 2010 09:00 AM

        OK, here are two of my favorites--First, Pacific Dining Car for their Blue Crab Benedict and second, the Santa Monica Omelette Parlor's Alice the Wonder omelette.

        Omelette Parlor
        2732 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        Pacific Dining Car
        2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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        1. re: JosephEBacon
          rickym13 Nov 24, 2010 03:04 PM

          i also like breakfast at dinning car

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          Jase Nov 23, 2010 10:55 AM

          Green Eggs and Ham at Bite Bar Bakery's weekend brunch. They only do a limited amount of those proscuitto cups, once it's gone, tough luck.

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            bulavinaka Nov 23, 2010 04:56 PM

            I had that for the first time last weekend - WOW was that great, and I don't even care for poached eggs... I posted this on the thread about "Best Breakfast Eggs Dishes,"


            I made the mistake of offering samples to each of my family members - they kept asking for more, and I think I ended up with maybe 3/4 of one egg cup. :(

            1. re: bulavinaka
              Jase Nov 24, 2010 07:26 AM

              You are a much more generous person than I. My knife and fork is deployed at defensive positions to ward off any poaching (heh).

              That dish followed by the chocolate croissant bread pudding for dessert makes for a ridiculously decadent weekend brunch treat. All that great food and fantastic service and I walk out believing there's nothing funny about peace, love and understanding.

          2. TheKitchenHotline Nov 23, 2010 12:26 AM

            A well timed post. I will be in LA in January and I am mapping out the place to eat in Hollywood so I can get a good taste of the city without a lot of cab fare.

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            1. re: TheKitchenHotline
              Servorg Nov 23, 2010 01:50 AM

              Then you should strongly consider both The Mercantile (and their sister restaurant "District" http://www.districtonsunset.com/ ) and of course Jitlada for their Southern Thai food menu (click on the place links below for more information on both).

              5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

              The Mercantile
              6600 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            2. jlevine Nov 22, 2010 09:01 PM

              Adding to my list…

              Huckleberry has become one of my favorite restaurants in LA. Sure, it's expensive for a place with no waitstaff, and there's often a line out into the parking lot, but the food is pretty much incredible.

              Try the duck hash on weekends.

              Huckleberry Cafe
              1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                tissue Oct 20, 2010 05:50 PM

                Crab hash at Hungry Cat.

                The Hungry Cat
                1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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                  goodhealthgourmet Nov 23, 2010 08:23 AM

                  oh man, that DOES sound good.

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                  ermitis Oct 20, 2010 01:56 PM

                  I just discovered Cici's Cafe in Encino and have really enjoyed everything I've had there, but if you are craving french toast or even pancakes you must try it out! This coming from someone who almost never orders either of those items. Enjoy!

                  Cici's Cafe
                  18912 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

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                    galeforcewind Oct 20, 2010 01:13 PM

                    I love to splurge on breakfast and people watch at the Little Next Door on 3rd. I also thoroughly enjoy Hungry Fox in North Hollywood with their house-made jams and strange decor.

                    Hungry Fox
                    13359 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

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                      AAQjr Nov 23, 2010 11:17 AM

                      Little next door does have a nice breakfast and great patio. Waterloo and city is open Sunday at 11 for 'Lunch' they have a great patio and some really nice breakfast dishes. Including a great twist on corn beef hash.
                      Amandine is great for breakfast, they make tender omelets and of course the pastries and french toast

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                        aching Mar 17, 2011 09:49 AM

                        I liked LND's Eggs Benedict when I was there recently - the ham was minced, which I enjoyed.

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                      sushigirlie Oct 20, 2010 08:40 AM

                      Croissant from Le Pain du Jour

                      1. shamu613 Oct 19, 2010 02:33 PM

                        Eggs Benedict... Pacific Dining Car, Downtown

                        Voodoo Omelet... Jinky's, Sherman Oaks

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

                        Jinky's Cafe
                        14120 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                        1. westsidegal Jul 21, 2009 09:58 PM

                          for an upscale breakfast i adore the three course sunday brunch served at cafe del rey.

                          for a 'normal' breakfast, either the baked apple pancake or the baked german pancake served at dinah's family restaurant near LAX.

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                            shebop Jul 21, 2009 10:10 PM

                            That apple pancake is heavenly.....

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                              CaliGal888 Jun 1, 2010 06:10 PM

                              The Johnnycake Combo @ The Dish in La Canada Flintridge is tasty, and Black Cow Cafe in Montrose has really good breakfast items

                              Black Cow Cafe
                              2219 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

                          2. David Kahn Jul 21, 2009 05:01 PM

                            I love breakfast. It is easily my favorite meal of the day.

                            My current favorite LA breakfast would have to be the Sunday brunch at Jar, which is spectacular. The pot roast hash is absolutely sublime, as are the corn pancakes. Plus, as soon as you sit down, they bring you a big wedge of freshly baked sticky bun, for Pete's sake. Seriously, how can you not love a place that begins the meal with a friggin' sticky bun amuse buche? Great coffee, etc., a nice, comfortable setting, and good service too. And mostly (inexplicably) not very crowded either.

                            Also, I really like the top sirloin and eggs at The Pacific Dining car, which tastes even better at 4 am before a hunting/fishing/hiking trip (or whatever it is that you happen to be into that gets you up super early on a weekend morning). Good pancakes, Swiss eggs, and avocado scramble too, but avoid their biscuits at all costs.

                            Jar Restaurant
                            8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

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

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                            1. re: David Kahn
                              ultraviolet Jul 21, 2009 07:44 PM

                              biscuits and gravy - Snug Harbor, Santa Monica
                              southern skillet - Black Cow, Montrose

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                                a_and_w Jul 22, 2009 08:04 AM

                                I've had some great pancakes at Snug Harbor recently. I prefer them to the pancakes at Bread and Porridge next door. The Snug Harbor pancakes are thinner and crispier than most. Sometimes I eat them with just hot sauce and butter.

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                                  ultraviolet Jul 22, 2009 08:15 AM

                                  If you like biscuits and gravy give them a try. They are delicious!
                                  I always want to try something different but every time I go there I succumb to the biscuits and gravy. Even at lunch time!

                            2. Kitchen Queen Jun 30, 2009 09:50 PM

                              I had breakfast some years back at Bread and Porridge in S.M. I still remember it. It was so good.

                              1. caille en sarcophage Jun 30, 2009 12:54 PM

                                The English breakfast at the Robin Hood Pub in Van Nuys

                                Huevos rancheros or chilaquilles at Poco's Mexican Restaurant in Canoga Park

                                Breakfast burrito at the Corner Cottage in Burbank

                                1. hyacinthgirl Jun 30, 2009 12:37 PM

                                  Can't believe I missed this post the first time around.

                                  Pork belly at Joes on Abbot Kinney.
                                  Egg and tomato on a bagel at Auntie Em's (so simple, and somehow So perfect).
                                  Tomato-onion-bell pepper sautee scramble at Cafe Dana on Montana (love their potatos)
                                  Vegetarian Hash at John O'Groats
                                  Caprese omelet at Canele on Washington
                                  Everything I've tried at Amandine
                                  And newly discovered interest: Brickhouse Cafe in Venice, but I need to go back a few more times to tell you what I love most.

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                                    upstarter Jun 29, 2009 07:21 PM

                                    The best french toast I've ever had is at Loui's Burgers, on artesia ave., next to Chevron, in Redondo Beach. It makes zero sense b/c it's a total hole in the wall/one of a thousand indistinguishable greek burger joints but the french toast is shockingly good. He dipped pieces of egg bread into pancake batter and puts it on the griddle. MMMMMMMM!!!!!!

                                    Also, their breakfast burrito's are AMAZING (don't tell me amigo's breakfast burritos are the best in the south bay b/c these blow those out of the water), but avoid the ham at all costs. Bacon and sausage to go :)

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                                      goodegg333 Jun 29, 2009 04:41 PM

                                      Foxy's in Glendale (Colorado & Brand)
                                      Alcove Cafe in Los Feliz
                                      Square One

                                      ALL delicious!!!

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                                        Faulkner99 Oct 7, 2008 04:49 AM

                                        After driving to The Griddle and not wanting to wait an hour for a table went to Blu Jam on Melrose for the first time this weekend, and it was excellent. Their French toast (Blu Toast) was divine. "French toast layered with blackberry jam & cream cheese, topped with bananas and powdered sugar." The description doesn't do it justice.

                                        Their California omelette was one of the best I've ever had too.


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                                          ZoeZ Oct 6, 2008 11:53 PM

                                          Rustic Canyon on Wilshire just serves breakfast on Saturdays - worth the wait - a long line trickling out on to the sidewalk hoping the line will thin out to enjoy a marvellous array of pastries, egg sandwiches, egg dishes and muffins you dare not eat two of - bacon that's why. Nice crowd, good service and a tremendous feeling of companionship here.

                                          1. alkylyou Oct 6, 2008 11:38 AM

                                            chilaquiles at homegirl cafe RULE MY WORLD. $6+heaping portions+queso fresco+good cause=WIN.

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                                              bellabar Oct 6, 2008 02:39 AM

                                              City Bakery pretzel croissants!!!!! Also their breakfast sandwich....
                                              Marmalade's huevos rancheros served with a chicken tamale & the oat and currant scone...
                                              Swiss cheese pancakes at Kokomo... the cheese stretches !!!!! Swiss cheese and maple syrup is a winning combo!!!!

                                              1. avivale Oct 2, 2008 05:46 PM

                                                I like Uncle Bob's Pancake House in Manhattan Beach-- with like 20 different types of pancakes, I can never decide which ones to get. Plus you're right there at Manhattan Beach Pier, my favorite beach in L.A.

                                                A regular go-to breakfast place for me is Coffee Table in Eagle Rock. I love their omelets, lattes, muffins, and especially their brownie-- which isn't always available. It's a nice airy space, unpretentious people, and free Wifi.

                                                Also, any place that serves crepes! I've been once to the new Creperie on 3rd Street (near Cedars Sinai) but hope to return soon.

                                                And does anyone else graze at farmer's markets? The Beverly Hills farmer's market has a crepe stand where I like to get the spinach and cheese crepe. It's quite expensive at $7 but convenient. Other things to eat, too, but I go for the crepes. :)

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                                                1. re: avivale
                                                  sbritchky Oct 6, 2008 02:09 AM

                                                  Don't you mean Uncle Bubba's? I mean, Uncle Bill's.

                                                  I've been going to the Original Pancake House around the country for longer than I've been alive, and I highly recommend the Southern California locations, with the following provisos: the OC branches generally have lousy coffee (but Anaheim is great, otherwise); the newest one in Orange (city) was still a bit raw the last time I checked -- raw service, raw-flour taste in the pancakes -- but that was early in the game. Everywhere else, try the Swedish, Forty-Niner's, French Crepes, Georgia Pecan, Dutch Baby, and huge Apple Pancakes, also the pecan waffles. The fluffy omelets are light and delicious, not the lawyer-approved folded-pancake style found at almost every other breakfast place. The meats and orange juice are usually excellent.

                                                  I didn't start with the Pacific Dining Car until 1982, so I can't say as much, except be sure to get the breakfast fillet, eggs, and lyonnaise potatoes. If you arrive no later than 1:00 a.m. or so, a screwdriver made with their fresh orange juice is a great lingering start. In the wee hours, it's a good idea to ask if the coffee is fresh.

                                                  Junior's on Westwood has -- what's that word? nuanced ... no, wait ... awesome ... that's it! -- thick-sliced cinnamon toast. Order it with your eggs, fried potatoes, and marinated steak, which is always in the kitchen but not on the menu in certain decades or eras.

                                                  Finally, speaking as a rookie, I've gone to Gaffey St. only once and thought the middle-aged waitress was cute and the food was edible. At five in the morning, the lighting is so bright that you could legally conduct an appendectomy on the premises. Maybe I'll try them at six or seven.

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                                                  drewjay79 Oct 2, 2008 01:13 PM

                                                  The Devil's Daydream at the Griddle Cafe. Chocolate french toast. Consistently wonderfully delicious.

                                                  I don't like the pancakes at the Griddle Cafe either, but this french toast beats everything hands down.

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                                                  1. re: drewjay79
                                                    goodegg333 Oct 2, 2008 04:54 PM

                                                    If you like Square One, I recommend you try Alcove Cafe (and cheese shop) in Los Feliz.

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                                                      rednyellow Oct 2, 2008 10:03 PM

                                                      I have never had a good meal at Alcove. I tried several times because I used to live close by. Bland food, lame service. Also, they have about the most uncomfortable tables and chairs in L.A., rickety wobbly crappy little things.

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                                                    vinosnob Oct 1, 2008 03:58 PM

                                                    Clementine - anyting, but especially the eggs benedict with gravlax

                                                    Quality - anything; plus, the biscuits are amazing

                                                    Cafe del Rey
                                                    Anisette - mostly for the pastries

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                                                    1. re: vinosnob
                                                      westsidegal Jun 30, 2009 08:43 AM

                                                      cafe del rey only serves their terrific 'brunch' on sundays.

                                                    2. lucygoosey Sep 29, 2008 07:29 PM

                                                      have to agree w/ benedict at Pacific Dining Car.
                                                      for no frills i go w/ Brooklyn Bagel, eaten in the car.

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                                                        Pinkayaker Sep 29, 2008 05:36 PM

                                                        I definitely agree with you on Original Pancake House. When I am in the South Bay, I always try to go there for breakfast. Their eggs Benedict is very good.

                                                        I also like Corner Cottage in Burbank for their breakfast burritos.

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                                                          Diana Sep 29, 2008 11:55 AM

                                                          ooh, did I forget breakfast at Follow Your HEart? Yummy!

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                                                            epop Sep 29, 2008 11:17 AM

                                                            I can name only one: No mention of Jar? (btw, I agree with the ones in SGV.) I think LA is sadly lacking in great breakfast places.

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                                                              bosanova99 Sep 29, 2008 10:50 AM

                                                              Clemetine has great Ginger Scones and those little breakfast biscuts are to die for.

                                                              My second would be Auntie Em's, although it can be a ery long wait for a table on the weekend.

                                                              1. Servorg Sep 27, 2008 05:29 PM

                                                                Gaffey Street Diner when your appetite is out of control. Fresh biscuits and sausage studded gravy, eggs and potatoes.


                                                                In Mar Vista it's Pepy's Galley on the SE corner of Grandview and Venice Blvd. in the Mar Vista Bowling alley for great chilaquiles or grilled polish sausage, eggs and potatoes. They also have a killer red salsa.

                                                                One other place in Mar Vista: Gallegos Mexican Deli. One block west of Centinela on the south side of the street. They have huevos rancheros with two eggs for $3.65. Now that is a deal. I love their barbacoa burrito.

                                                                Gaffey Street Diner
                                                                247 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                                Pepy's Galley
                                                                12125 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                                                Gallegos Mexican Deli
                                                                12470 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                                                                1. re: Servorg
                                                                  JEN10 Sep 28, 2008 10:13 AM

                                                                  Now you haver me wanting to try those biscuits at Gaffy Diner.

                                                                2. jlevine Sep 27, 2008 04:36 PM

                                                                  John O'Groats
                                                                  Omelette Parlor
                                                                  Cafe Montana
                                                                  Empress Pavilion
                                                                  Food (Pico Blvd.)
                                                                  Barney Greengrass
                                                                  Cafe Buna

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                                                                  1. re: jlevine
                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Oct 1, 2008 12:50 PM

                                                                    i'll second that vote for Barney Greengrass. the lox, eggs & onions rocks.

                                                                  2. raytamsgv Sep 22, 2008 01:18 PM

                                                                    1. Dim sum at Elite Restaurant in Monterey Park.
                                                                    2. Chiu-chow noodles at Kim Ky Noodle House in San Gabriel.

                                                                    1. rednyellow Sep 22, 2008 07:22 AM

                                                                      Pacific Dining Car has the best breakfasts in town. Kokomo has great bacon and eggs

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                                                                        justagthing Sep 21, 2008 08:26 AM

                                                                        OK...normally not a big breakfast person, other than Chinese breakfasts. But here is one out of the local area, but still in our boards. Antler's in which is up in Twin Peaks, near Lake Arrowhead, has a wonderful breakfast menu w/about a dozen different types of Benedicts. I had Lobster Benedict and my fiance had duck Benedict. They were quite tasty. Now, I am no expert on how hollandaise sauce is suppose to taste, but I sure did enjoy them.

                                                                        Long Beach also has quite a few breakfast joints. Jongewaard's Bake N Broil and The Coffee Cup are 2 of my favorites.

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                                                                        1. re: justagthing
                                                                          Adsvino Sep 21, 2008 08:49 PM

                                                                          I love Bloom and Interim Cafe.

                                                                        2. bodie Sep 21, 2008 12:44 AM

                                                                          Square One is formidable but I really can't believe no one has mentioned the pot roast hash at Jar.
                                                                          And for downscale satisfaction, I really dig Nat's Early Bite.

                                                                          1. Hughlipton Sep 20, 2008 06:28 PM

                                                                            How can you possibly leave out the Pacific Dining Cr on 6th St. in downtown Los Angeles. Not cheap but also not terribly expensive. Great eggs benedict and my wife loves the crab cakes benedict. Wonderful steak and eggs and all for prices for theat type of restaurant that you can't match at equivalent places. Even if you don't live nearby on a Sunday it is an easy drive from almost anywhere.

                                                                            1. westsidegal Sep 20, 2008 05:19 PM

                                                                              at dinah's family restaurant near LAX:
                                                                              the baked german pancake served with lemon and powdered sugar
                                                                              the chili relleno omlette
                                                                              the baked apple pancake
                                                                              the thin swedish pancakes served with lingonberry butter

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                                                                                Cinnamon Jun 29, 2009 09:35 PM

                                                                                Oh yay, something not far away - I will try this.

                                                                              2. trishyb Sep 20, 2008 04:50 PM

                                                                                sow your oats or wholey moley pancakes and french press dark roast at the griddle. my absolute fave breakfast!

                                                                                oatmeal cooked in nonfat milk topped with fresh strawberries and slivered almonds and an iced double nonfat latte from toast. the oatmeal is always perfect and they top it with a generous amount of fresh berries.

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                                                                                  bad nono Sep 20, 2008 10:43 AM

                                                                                  Being French...my current favorite breakfast is the basket of pastries a Anisette with their very good espresso. My American favorite breakfast is my local greasy spoon, C&J on Pico, near Hauser.
                                                                                  And the croissant at la Miason du Pain (but their espresso could be better)

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                                                                                    bulavinaka Sep 20, 2008 10:57 AM

                                                                                    Hey - that's three recs - the OP said two! You French and your laissez faire attitude toward rules! :)

                                                                                    I really like the Pain au Chocolat at la Maison du Pain - never stuck around long enough to have a cuppajoe...

                                                                                    Have you tried 3 Square's croissants? I like the slightly toothsome texture on the outside, while the inside is soft and layered.

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                                                                                    nick_r Sep 20, 2008 10:27 AM

                                                                                    Vegetarian eggs benedict at Overland Cafe
                                                                                    Scrambled tofu at M Cafe de Chaya
                                                                                    Omelettes at Ammo
                                                                                    Mexican hangover scramble at Jack & Jill's
                                                                                    Coffee and a muffin at Intelligentsia
                                                                                    Breakfast burrito at The Coffee Table
                                                                                    Skillets at Square One
                                                                                    Anything at Hugo's

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                                                                                      tomritza Sep 28, 2008 09:33 PM

                                                                                      I will admit to not being a big breakfast person but....can I be the only person that is not a fan of Hugos. The coffee has been very poor on the two occasions I ate there...watery, weak..bland..but that is a bit of my assessment of it in general. I had the chilaquiles and....I thought they were bland.

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                                                                                        maxzook Sep 29, 2008 09:37 AM

                                                                                        Twenty years ago when I lived in West Hollywood, Hugo's was *the* place for power breakfasting in L.A. As of my last visit two years ago to the to the WH location, it was definitely a shade of its former self.

                                                                                        They were the first place in L.A. to serve breakfast pasta; on this visit the pasta a la papa was dry and the bacon was tough and stringy. Hugo's once had the best coffee I'd ever had in a restaurant; on this visit it was no better than Denny's.

                                                                                        I've not been to the Sherman Oaks branch for breakfast, but the original branch seems to be floating on its past rep.

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                                                                                          westsidegal Jun 30, 2009 08:40 AM

                                                                                          i'm completely with you re: hugos.
                                                                                          i've never had anything that was remotely interesting there.
                                                                                          everything they've ever served me has been bland and, often, poorly prepared.

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                                                                                            Burger Boy Jun 30, 2009 09:32 PM

                                                                                            It has been a while but the pasta papa and coffee used to be great. I also like Cafe Latte on Wilshire & Crescent Heights for great pasta and egg dishes.

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                                                                                              rednyellow Jul 21, 2009 06:17 PM

                                                                                              I replied not realizing I had made a near identical post last year. sorry.

                                                                                          2. re: nick_r
                                                                                            rednyellow Sep 28, 2008 11:02 PM

                                                                                            I only had breakfast once at Hugos, and it was pretty poor. Bacon was half crunchy,half rubbery, potatoes were hared and bland, wine was oxidized. To their credit, they took the meal off my check.

                                                                                          3. katydid13 Sep 20, 2008 07:37 AM

                                                                                            Cafe Verona for the Frittata del Sole or the French Toast.

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                                                                                              lil mikey Sep 20, 2008 11:49 AM

                                                                                              I agree about Café Verona. They have a dish with basted eggs, roasted tomato, polenta and thickly-sliced toast tips. It’s delicious.

                                                                                              Mundo de Sabor on Hollywood and Harvard in Hollywood is a Mexican bakery. I don’t care for the bakery goods, but the egg and chorizo torta is unbelievable. Of course, being a bakery, the bread has been baked within hours of making the torta. And the eggs and chorizo blend perfectly.

                                                                                              Square One is an old standby. The pancakes and French toast, especially with the Nueske bacon, are very good.

                                                                                              The ricotta pancakes at BLD are very good, too. And Happi, the waitress, is a treasure.

                                                                                              Jinky’s in Santa Monica is a surefire bet. The huevos rancheros are completely unauthentic, but tasty and filling.

                                                                                              The huevos rancheros at Julienne in San Marino are also totally unauthentic, but wonderful. It’s a baked dish with the flavors given a chance to meld perfectly in the baking process

                                                                                              The Farm of Beverly Hills has a good smoked salmon plate (as does Junior’s Deli in Westwood). They come with your choice of bagel, cream cheese, tomato, capers and at Junior’s you also get cucumber.

                                                                                              The chilaquiles at Hugo’s in West Hollywood are, in my mind, unrivaled anwhere in the city. By the way, if you’re ever going to Santa Barbara, Esau’s in Carpinteria makes a pretty good chilaquiles plate, and also a delicious chicken enchilada breakfast.

                                                                                              A little to the east, Walter’s in Claremont has a killer lamb sausage and egg breakfast. And Flappy Jack’s in Azusa is consistently good. It’s a theme diner with a huge menu. But unlike Jerry’s Famous Deli (avoid it), the items are all well-prepared and tasty. I like the multi grain pancakes. Be prepared… it’s a lot of food.

                                                                                              And down south, Panini in Newport Beach has outstanding oatmeal that they serve with walnuts and bananas. A little further south, Ramos House in San Juan Capistrano is an outstanding choice for brunch. It’s in a little house alongside the train tracks.

                                                                                              And here’s a fun website devoted to breakfast---> www.mrbreakfast.com

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                                                                                              noahbites Sep 20, 2008 07:19 AM

                                                                                              Pho at Pho Minh in South El Monte.

                                                                                              Pho Minh
                                                                                              9646 Garvey Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733

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                                                                                              1. re: noahbites
                                                                                                Thi N. Sep 30, 2008 07:51 AM

                                                                                                Yes times a thousand. Yes. Yes.

                                                                                              2. JEN10 Sep 20, 2008 05:35 AM

                                                                                                Ocean Diner in Hermosa beach, never had a bad meal there. The baked goods are excellent.

                                                                                                Ocean Diner
                                                                                                959 Aviation Blvd, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

                                                                                                1. Emme Sep 19, 2008 09:39 PM

                                                                                                  square one is indeed great.

                                                                                                  i'll second the griddle cafe and 26 beach, as well as hugo's.

                                                                                                  some places have things i can't eat anymore, but remember fondly...
                                                                                                  the cafe at the four seasons for lemon cottage cheese pancakes
                                                                                                  campanile's ricotta pancakes
                                                                                                  comforty breakfasts at bread and porridge or snug harbor (now it's egg whites for me)
                                                                                                  most things at porta via in bev hills

                                                                                                  fwiw, i think jinky's and du-par's have gone downhill since their respective haydays.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Emme
                                                                                                    Burger Boy Sep 20, 2008 04:00 PM

                                                                                                    Ah Hugo's, please bring me the eggs alla Papa!

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                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Sep 22, 2008 05:35 PM

                                                                                                      and i'll take an oatmeal frittata and a fruit salad with yogurt :)

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                                                                                                    nosh Sep 19, 2008 09:26 PM

                                                                                                    Homemade corned beef hash, done extra crispy, at S & W in Culver City. Go with an accommodating friend so one of us can order the pancakes on the side and the other the hash browns and share.

                                                                                                    Croissant at Amandine.

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                                                                                                      pharmnerd Sep 20, 2008 06:55 AM

                                                                                                      Aw man, been dying to find a place w/ good homemade CBH. Gonna have to try it soon. Best for me so far is in Mammoth, but haven't been in years. Thx for rec.

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                                                                                                        JEN10 Sep 20, 2008 08:18 AM

                                                                                                        The best CBH I have had is at the Redondo Original Pancake house. It is homemade with chuncks of meat. Order it with the home fries on the side instead of the potato pancakes. They fry the eggs, so if you want poached you need to ask. Everything there is made fresh, the whip crteam is sublime. Go early or expect a wait.

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                                                                                                          antob Mar 27, 2010 03:16 PM

                                                                                                          I love corned beef hash but the hash at the redondo Original Pancake House was so salty it was inedible. I complained, they just shrugged their shoulders.
                                                                                                          The Flapjacks are great, though.(Usually. Once, the middle was way undercooked)

                                                                                                        2. re: pharmnerd
                                                                                                          bluemonster Sep 28, 2008 10:51 AM

                                                                                                          Where you find great CBH at Mammoth? I guess this Q is more appropriate for the California board...

                                                                                                          p.s. I recently had the CBH at Philippe's downtown, and it was pretty darn good. Not crispy, but still tasty.

                                                                                                          1. re: bluemonster
                                                                                                            Bosoxgrrl Oct 4, 2008 05:01 PM

                                                                                                            For a good, crispy, homemade CBH that is honestly one of the largest portions I've seen, you have to go to Billy's in Glendale. The knish leaves a bit to be desired, but the gravy that comes with it is...well...yum.

                                                                                                        3. re: nosh
                                                                                                          a_and_w Sep 20, 2008 09:41 AM

                                                                                                          Have you tried Amandine's version of an egg-and-cheese sandwich? They put a gruyere omelette on a baguette with some greens, grilled onions, and balsamic vinegar. Truly a revelation -- and it's available all day!

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                                                                                                          Burger Boy Sep 19, 2008 09:20 PM

                                                                                                          26 Beach for the French Toasts
                                                                                                          The Pantry for ham & cheese omelete with salsa and toasted sourdough
                                                                                                          Nick's Cafe (Downtown) Denver omelete and their salsa
                                                                                                          El Tepeyec on Evergreen for the Machaca & Eggs althought very pricey now!
                                                                                                          Rutt's Hut for their portugese sausage & eggs with bacon fried rice
                                                                                                          Shakas in Alhambra for their Bacon & Portugese sausage fried rice with eggs
                                                                                                          Roscoes for their Jennie Jones omelete
                                                                                                          Donut Man for peach donuts or strawberry donuts when in season
                                                                                                          Chilaquilles from the lady at the Hollywood Framers Market on Sunday (they have a restaurant in Hacienda Heights)
                                                                                                          Chorizo & Egg Burrito from Gallegos Bros.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Burger Boy
                                                                                                            chowmominLA Sep 22, 2008 01:44 PM

                                                                                                            Ditto on Rutt's.

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                                                                                                            Diana Sep 19, 2008 06:27 PM

                                                                                                            Pancakes at the Griddle
                                                                                                            Pancakes and biscuits at John O Groats
                                                                                                            Brunch at Boneyard Bistro
                                                                                                            Waffles at More than Waffles
                                                                                                            Dim Sum in the SGV
                                                                                                            C'mon, gotta love the Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity!
                                                                                                            Brulee Oatmeal at the departed Granita (sniffle)
                                                                                                            Brunch Buffet at Woodlands Pure
                                                                                                            A basket of ginger scones from Leda's
                                                                                                            The Breaksfast Burrito from a stand at the Farmer's Market. Any one Something about a FM burrito.
                                                                                                            Breakfast at El Katracho
                                                                                                            My mother's thin english pancakes, with lemon and sugar and butter all rolled up.
                                                                                                            Biscuits and Gravy at O Groats.
                                                                                                            Chicken and Waffles at Roscoe's

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                                                                                                            1. re: Diana
                                                                                                              maxzook Sep 19, 2008 07:02 PM

                                                                                                              I just remembered something we disagree about -- I don't like the Griddle's pancakes (omelets and French press coffee do it for me there).

                                                                                                              I prefer the ginger scones & croissants from EuroPane ... never been to Leda's or Woodlands Pure, and I've never had your mother's pancakes.

                                                                                                              Otrher than that we're still good ... ;)

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                                                                                                                Diana Sep 20, 2008 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                see, I've never been to Europane.

                                                                                                                Pancakes are a highly personal thing. Not everyone likes the Griddle's huge cakes of decadence. It's OK

                                                                                                                1. re: Diana
                                                                                                                  bulavinaka Sep 20, 2008 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                  Heck - food is a very personal thing, right? One eater's paine is another's pleasure. :)

                                                                                                                  By far the best ginger scone I ever tried was at the old La Brea Bakery back in the early 90s. I've yet to try its equal, but that's just me, and maybe I just don't get out enough.

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                                                                                                                    sasha1 Oct 3, 2008 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                    There's a recipe for these on epicurious. They're great - I've made them twice.

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                                                                                                                      maxzook Oct 4, 2008 04:24 PM


                                                                                                              2. re: Diana
                                                                                                                Seesawgal Mar 6, 2011 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                Griddle Cafe - http://thegriddlecafe.com. We arrived just after they opened at 0800 on Sunday and we were lucky to get seats at the bar. I had the Fiesta scramble, which was excellent and hubby had the Eggs Benedict, which he thought was excellent, except that the dish was swimming in hollandaise (freshly made and creamy), so best to ask for it on the side. The french press coffee was outstanding! Service was good, but not great, but they were very, very busy.

                                                                                                                Griddle Cafe
                                                                                                                7916 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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                                                                                                                  Elrod Mar 16, 2011 12:16 AM

                                                                                                                  They are ALWAYS "very very busy," it's a trendoid hot spot. The food is served hot and is okay, but the management seems to be believe everything is better by the pound, so portions are huge, and anything on a pancake or tortilla hangs over the edges of the oversize plates. Amazing to watch the servers humping gigantic platters; I'm not surprised the hollandaise was excessive. It's not a place for a light or quiet snack; like all joints catering to the newbies, wanna-be's, and hot-right-nows, the music is loud and the acoustics multiply the din exponentially.

                                                                                                                  If you like clubbing and nightlife, this is the daylight version, serving the same crowd. Although not to my taste, it's popular and crowded during the short business hours it's open. And,much as I hate to say it, the food IS good.

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                                                                                                                bulavinaka Sep 19, 2008 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                3 Square in Venice: Breakfast can be an apparently light deal with the muesli w/ fruit and cream but it's actually quite rich and satisfying, as is most of their breakfast fare. The German apple pancake and grilled weisswurst are a couple of the standards for hungry folk - one of their gruner veltliners would go great with that weisswurst but I'm not brave enough to order that for breakfast. The pretzel twist with cheese and bacon is awesome - get a couple to go next door at the bakery counter and have it warmed for lunch with a salad. The restaurant decor is hip and well-designed but it can get quite crowded rather quickly in this little space, so go early.

                                                                                                                Noodle House in Arcadia: Road house Arcadia-style. Hearty Chinese breakfasts with dishes mostly from Northern China and Taiwan. This place may not be special to others around SGV but coming from the Westside, we find it a refreshing change and highly unusual for us, almost like Hal and Edith from Iowa trying "real Mexican Ta-mails in Caleefourneeah" for the first time. Mandarin or Cantonese helps, but the owner is very motherly - she will be more than glad to take care of you. We always leave it up to her as to what she wants to serve us, but we always stipulate that we must have the pan-fried bao and the pork noodles...

                                                                                                                noodle house
                                                                                                                46 W Las Tunas Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007

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                                                                                                                1. re: bulavinaka
                                                                                                                  condiment Sep 20, 2008 10:01 PM

                                                                                                                  Noodle House was awesome, but alas, is no more.

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                                                                                                                    Peripatetic Sep 20, 2008 11:46 PM

                                                                                                                    I was wondering about this place. I visited late last year and really liked it. In May a Yelper posted that "Noodle House is closing on June 2, 2008. New owners will take over and Linda (current owner) will open a new restaurant, location and date TBA".

                                                                                                                    Does anyone know whether this ever happened?

                                                                                                                    NB: This Noodle House is not related in any way to the Noodle House popularized by Exile Kiss: http://exilekiss.blogspot.com/2008/07...

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                                                                                                                      bulavinaka Sep 21, 2008 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                      Oh BUH. MUR. We really enjoyed this place. As modest as the Noodle House's accommodations were, it had a lot of heart. We'd be very interested to know as well if the owner (Linda? Thanks...) opens elsewhere...

                                                                                                                    2. re: bulavinaka
                                                                                                                      alkylyou Oct 6, 2008 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                      amen to 3 square. the weisswurst is heavenly. i was breakfasting with a non lavender lover, so the weisswurst was not a hit with them, but it was wonderful.

                                                                                                                    3. goodhealthgourmet Sep 19, 2008 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                      i only need one. Hugo's.

                                                                                                                      1. snatchy17 Sep 19, 2008 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                        Jinky's in the valle
                                                                                                                        Blue Plate on Montana

                                                                                                                        1. J.L. Sep 19, 2008 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                          Yung Ho Tou Chiang in San Gabriel.
                                                                                                                          Du-Par's at Farmer's Market.

                                                                                                                          There. That's 2.

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                                                                                                                            J.L. Nov 22, 2010 11:43 PM

                                                                                                                            Nov. 2010 update: Huge Tree Pastry now replacing Yung Ho Tou Chiang...

                                                                                                                            Yung Ho Tou Chiang Restaurant
                                                                                                                            1045 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                                                                                                                            Huge Tree Pastry
                                                                                                                            423 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                                                                                                                            1. re: J.L.
                                                                                                                              taiwanesesmalleats Nov 24, 2010 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                              How does Huge Tree Pastry compare to the old Yi Mei? I never got a chance to check out the original before the fire. Also, how does it compare to Four Seas on Las Tunas in Sam Gabriel?

                                                                                                                              Four Sea Restaurant
                                                                                                                              2020 S Hacienda Blvd, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

                                                                                                                              Huge Tree Pastry
                                                                                                                              423 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                                                                                                                              1. re: taiwanesesmalleats
                                                                                                                                J.L. Nov 24, 2010 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                Actually, it IS Yi Mei, except under a different DBA. Same people, same good food.

                                                                                                                                Haven't tried Four Seas yet. .. Will plan to go in the next month.

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