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Best reasonable breakfast spot in LA?

feedthebelly Sep 25, 2008 03:37 PM

been to many..norms, jans, dinahs, maxwells, juniors, doughboys. anyone else have some gems?

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    chowmominLA RE: feedthebelly Sep 25, 2008 03:51 PM

    Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe in Mar Vista

    Get the Original Royale (char shiu, Portugese sausage, scrambled egg, green onion and sprouts over a bed of fried or white rice, in three sizes.) They have conventional breakfasts too (pancakes and the like.) Meals always under $10.

    My favorite breakfast spot above all others.

    Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe
    12114 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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      arkline RE: feedthebelly Sep 25, 2008 05:05 PM

      Both Doughboys actually recently closed down... Some of the best brunch spots I've been to are...

      WeHo - Grub, Quality, Lulu's
      Venice - Maxwells
      West LA - John O'Groats

      John O'Groats
      10516 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      911 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      Quality Food & Beverage
      8030 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      Lulu's Cafe
      7149 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      Maxwell Cafe
      13329 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

      1. rednyellow RE: feedthebelly Sep 25, 2008 05:07 PM

        Kokomo on Bevrly has great breakfasts - really good bacon, no booze though. Basix on Santa Monica blvd across the street from Gelson's has very good breakfasts and a nice cremant d'Alsace rose by the glass too. If you like pancakes, check out DuPars at 3rd and Fairfax. These three are great for the price.

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          dinami RE: rednyellow Sep 26, 2008 11:32 AM

          DuPars pancakes are excellent but the last time I went the service was horrible! It took FOREVER to get the bill, it was almost comical the amount of times I had to ask for it. :)

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          tastycakes RE: feedthebelly Sep 26, 2008 10:22 AM

          i'm a huge fan of square one, but they did just increase the prices. it still is comparable to the other places mentioned, items are in the $8-12 range with coffee and juice would be less than $20 per. the brioche french toast is phenomenal and you can get a seasonal warm or cold fruit topping that is always fantastic. all their produce is local farmer's market goodness, i think the coffee is intelligentsia. and you can sit on the patio with your dog, gotta love that!

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            sherpa50 RE: feedthebelly Sep 26, 2008 11:08 AM

            I like FOOD on Pico (at Prosser, between Overland & Beverly Glen) in WLA. Actually, it is just a couple of blocks west of O'Groats, on the north side of the street.

            Great ricotta pancakes with fresh berries, egg dishes, quesadillas, plus several veg/vegan choices. No booze, but good coffee & fresh juices.

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              feedthebelly RE: feedthebelly Sep 26, 2008 12:28 PM

              i have to try the hawaiin place. heard rave reviews about it. thanks!

              1. David Kahn RE: feedthebelly Sep 26, 2008 01:53 PM

                I really like the breakfasts at the Pacific Dining Car downtown, and I think they're a pretty good value. For $16, their sirloin and eggs is a great deal, and their pancakes and scrambles are excellent as well. Also, it's a quiet, elegant setting with easy valet parking and its hardly ever crowded. (Avoid their biscuits, however, which are awful.) Their breakfast menu (annoyingly, without prices) is here: http://www.pacificdiningcar.com/break... .

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                  rednyellow RE: David Kahn Sep 26, 2008 06:36 PM

                  PDC is hands down my favorite breakfasts place, especially with their margaritas, I just never thought of them as reasonable, but they are delish.

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                    lil mikey RE: David Kahn Sep 26, 2008 07:04 PM

                    David's right... At PDC, stick to what they do best. Stay away from the benedicts, especially the one with artichoke. Steak and eggs is the way to go. You can't beat the atmosphere. Another high end place that's outstanding is the restaurant at the Checkers Hotel downtown.

                    As previously mentioned, Square One is outstanding. BLD and Marmalade are also quite good.

                    In the "reasonable" category, Clementine's in Century City is casual, mostly healthy and the food is well prepared. Pann's is in the same league as the ones you mentioned above (diner type). 50's Diner on Santa Monica and Federal is also on the higher-end quality wise, but prices are in line with the places you mentioned.

                    Juquila is a little inconsistent, but it's never bad. When they're on, though, watch out. The price is right and the service is usually good.

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                      rednyellow RE: lil mikey Sep 26, 2008 07:32 PM

                      I love their benedicts ,especially the creole, the eggs are perfectly poached and the sauces balanced and delish. I usually get one of the benedicts and a side of their sausage, which is made in house. Best in town.

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                      Servorg RE: David Kahn Sep 26, 2008 08:09 PM

                      David, I like PDC breakfast too. But the cost is getting up there. Top sirloin and eggs is now $18.95. Normally, by the time I am out the door my breakfast has set me back $25 or so. Just a little hard to justify on a frequent basis.

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                      cls RE: feedthebelly Sep 26, 2008 08:17 PM

                      Looking at your list I would suggest Phillipe's. Can't beat the atmosphere or 9 cent coffee.

                      1. Emme RE: feedthebelly Sep 26, 2008 11:36 PM

                        i think of the following as good and reasonable... 3 Square, Bread and Porridge, Snug Harbor, Hugo's, Jinky's

                        1. jlevine RE: feedthebelly Sep 27, 2008 04:39 PM

                          I have a lot of favorites for breakfast.

                          But a new one I keep coming back to is Food on Pico Blvd just east of Overland. Not the best food neighborhood, except of course for John O'Groats, but the food at Food is fantastic.

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                            edieandy RE: feedthebelly Sep 27, 2008 06:33 PM

                            Dusty's in Silver Lake (Sunset and Descanso).... really delicious benedicts and croques in addition to the usual yummy breakfasty things

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                              rednyellow RE: edieandy Sep 28, 2008 02:49 PM

                              Dusty's is very good for breakfast. Sometimes the service is a bit off, but usually good.

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                              abtrube RE: feedthebelly Sep 27, 2008 07:39 PM

                              Marmalade at the Farmer's Market is a great deal If you use the buy-one-get-one-free coupon they send in the direct mail envelope. Coupon I get is for the Farmer's Market location only and is good Mon-Sat from 9:00AM-11:00AM. I'm partial to the smoked salmon scramble.

                              1. ipsedixit RE: feedthebelly Sep 27, 2008 11:11 PM

                                Peach Cafe. http://www.thepeachcafe.com/

                                1. creamfinger RE: feedthebelly Sep 27, 2008 11:55 PM

                                  Have you tried the McGriddle? They're available all over LA at any McDonald's.

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                                    J.L. RE: creamfinger Sep 28, 2008 01:32 AM

                                    Syrup included in the pancake bun. Party in your mouth!

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                                      creamfinger RE: J.L. Sep 28, 2008 03:06 AM

                                      It's one of those things that you know has to be a violation of God and nature... yet for some reason just taste so darn good.

                                  2. J.L. RE: feedthebelly Sep 28, 2008 01:31 AM

                                    I fed the ENTIRE J.L. extended clan (party of EIGHT!) one fine morning at Yung Ho Tou Chiang for $50 (including tip!).

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