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Breakfast/cafes in San Fernando Valley

I work in Northridge and sometimes have various meetings in the general area (Sherman Oaks, Pacoima, Burbank to name a few) and would love some breakfast or cafe ideas. I have read through the boards a bit but often lunch/dinner is mentioned and fewer early places. I live in South Bay so what that means is if I have to be in the valley in the morning, I leave really early and want somewhere to go during the 7-9 window before meetings. Any ideas for yummy, not-too-over-the-top fattening, veggie friendly, healthy food in the morning in the valley? (And an espresso that is not from Starbucks?)

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      1. re: mc michael

        Heh, heh...let's just keep Harry's for us gravy freaks!

    1. I recommend Dupar's or Jinky's in Sherman Oaks, but I don't know if they open early. I think you might be able to find veggie friendly items on their menus, but neither place is specifically healthy. There is a Whole Foods nearby, but I don't know if they open early enough.

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      1. re: katkoupai

        Here are some links:

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

        Whole Foods Market
        4520 Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

        Dupar's Restaurants & Bakeries
        Los Angeles CA, Los Angeles, CA

        Whole Foods Market
        12905 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA

      2. http://www.hugosrestaurant.com/

        Hugo's Restaurant
        12851 Riverside Dr, North Hollywood, CA 91607

        1. Not sure when it opens, but you can't beat Brent's for breakfast. It's in Northridge.

          1. Jinky's probably fits the bill, although you should be warned they get very crowded esp. on weekends. They have a branch called Studio Cafe on Colfax near Ventura Blvd. where Killer Shrimp used to be, but I haven't been there yet so I can't rec it.

            Aroma Coffee & Tea in Tujunga Village (the block of Tujunga Ave. south of Moorpark in Studio City) opens at 6 am, heathy and veggie-friendly with a nice outdoor patio, but a little expensive.

            Aroma Coffee and Tea
            4360 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

            Studio Cafe
            4000 Colfax Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

            1. Watercress Cafe in Sherman Oaks. 13565 Ventura Blvd. near Woodman and right next door to the Coffee Roaster (whom I believe are also the owners of this place). Open @ 7am.

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              1. re: FranklinJefferson

                yum. The photos and the menu look great for the Watercress Cafe. This is definitely my destination next time I have to be up early! I tried Jinky's today as I had to venture out on my own before I got some of these suggestions. It was fine but I am never fond of the all-too-familiar huge portions that are at least two meals worth of food. I would much rather spend a little less and get a reasonable sized meal!

                1. re: kmorgaine

                  definitely try Hugo's, as Servorg suggested. it was my fave healthy breakfast/brunch spot when i lived in LA, and it's very veg-friendly.

                2. re: FranklinJefferson

                  If you are in the area of Watercress, Pane Dolce across the street is a more casual place, with better coffee, Il Fornaio bread and pastry products, and has a very neighborhood vibe. I know a guy who travels from Whittier to Valley College and has breakfast there at least once a week. Corner Ventura & Ventura Canyon, one block east of Woodman.
                  Four N 20 on Van Nuys Blvd. just a bit south of Burbank Blvd., east side of the street is also good.
                  Nat's Early Bite on Burbank at Hazeltine is also good, very affordable, yet a bit scruffier than the others mentioned.

                  1. re: carter

                    I second Nat's Early Bite. I like to think of it as down to earth rather than scruffy. But, hey, I like scruffy. IIRC, they have fresh squeezed orange juice. I've never had to send my eggs back--always perfect!

                    1. re: Kate is always hungry

                      I LOVE Nat's, but the OP was looking for "healthy." Although Nat's is definitely homemade (they do a lot of their own baking, for example), I don't know that it's any haelthier than, say, Denny's.

                      Four 'n 20 Restaurant & Pie
                      5530 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

                      Nat's Early Bite
                      14115 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

                      13565 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                      Pane Dolce
                      13608 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                3. Eat on magnolia blvd in north hollywood.

                  great breakfast spot must check it out

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                  1. re: casualcat

                    I like EAT a lot, esp. for lunch, but they don't open for breakfast until 7:30 (8:30 on weekends), which is too late for me most mornings.

                  2. My favorite breakfast stop in the West SFV was Sandwich Express in Reseda; nothing quite like a pork loaf banh mi on freshly-baked baguette with a couple of hot cha gio on the side.

                    Open at 7am, and close to Northridge. Not too heavy or fattening - you can do half for breakfast and the other half for lunch - and they even have a veggie version. The main downside is that the pate can give you a bit of liver breath, which may not be the best thing right before a meeting.

                    Sandwich Express
                    18575 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335