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PlonkMan Jan 15, 2009 09:48 AM

I'm looking for some place with a (big, I suppose) TV where I can watch the inauguration festivities Tuesday (starting around 8:30 AM), have a decent breakfast and coffee, ideally between Venice (where I live) and Century City (where I need to be at my desk ca. 10:30.)

Thanks in advance.

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    JeetJet Jan 15, 2009 11:44 AM

    Eh, serious? Braddah Obama is a island boy. You need some local kine grindz. I no lie, we go down Shaka’s Monday cuz Shaka’s stay on island time (open 11:00am for breakfast). We take-out bacon fried rice fo Tuesday, den we stay on island time fo inauguration morning, stay in bed, pound’um and have one good time.

    Shaka’s 101 Main St #C , Alhambra CA., 91801 626.293.5520, http://www.shakas.com/

    Rutt’s Hawaiian Café (Try the Royales with Bacon FRIED rice) 12114 Washington Blvd. Culver City
    (310) 398-6326

    Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop 15707 S. Vermont Avenue.
    Gardena, California 90247-4328,
    (310) 532-0820

    Bruddah's Hawaiian Foods, 1033 W. Gardena Blvd., Gardena, CA 90247- 4957
    (310) 323-9112
    Back Home in Lahaina 916 N Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5927
    (310) 374-0111
    http://www.backhomeinlahaina.com/

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    1. re: JeetJet
      PlonkMan Jan 15, 2009 12:46 PM

      Okay. I see the logic of a Hawaiian breakfast. Although Rutt's is the only one that would suit me geographically. Of course they'd have to have a TV. And I'd have to have some of what you're smoking to really work up an appetite for that sort of grub. My usual morning workout alone won't do.

      Then again, the new issue of Columbia College Today, which arrived (unbidden, as usual) with yesterday's mail, tells me Braddah Obama CC '83 was a habitue of the pre-Seinfeld Tom's back in the day. So if there's a really really awful diner on the Westside with a TV, that would do in a pinch...

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        MaryT Jan 15, 2009 04:25 PM

        I can't get the shakas link to work, but I didn't research.

        I don't remember so many people talking about watching the inauguration before, my golf buddy won't even golf that day :-)

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          JeetJet Jan 16, 2009 06:49 AM

          The reason for so much attention on this inauguration is because it is not only about one person being sworn in as president but more about the truths we hold to be self-evident (That all ...are created equal...) .The historical moment is when American values of Liberty shine to a diverse and divided world as the path to peace and unity.

          Therefore, I am going to change my idea of what to eat for this event. Maybe a place lke Pie N Burger (two TVs) and pretty good American food -- Pie and burger. I called and asked if they will have the inauguration on and was told they allow the people who eat there to decide what will be on the TVs (free democracy?) and so who knows what will be on. This makes the focus of the OPs question finding a place with an owner who is more like a King and will ignore what the people want, keep the inauguration festivities on the TV, serve a good American burger and a slice of Apple pie, because this event is no time to allow free democracy to have a seat at diverse and divided lunch counter.

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            MaryT Jan 17, 2009 08:07 PM

            I think it's great!

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              PlonkMan Jan 17, 2009 09:28 PM

              Well, if Pie & Burger weren't in Pasadena that would work for me. I'd even have Pie & Burger for breakfast. But it's got to be West LAish. Come on, somebody help a poor guy who had his cable disconnected after Bush was elected and likes life without TV so much he's not going back just because the electorate got it right this time. I just need the tube for an hour. Plus breakfast, thank you.

              1. re: PlonkMan
                ChinoWayne Jan 18, 2009 01:54 PM

                Just take a laptop with Wi-Fi to your favorite coffee shop and watch it on the small screen.

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                  PlonkMan Jan 18, 2009 03:03 PM

                  >Just take a laptop...

                  You're talking to a guy who wrote a thousand page novel longhand. (And typed it up at work.)

                  Okay, so I finally gave up on the breakfast part, so this isn't really Chowhound material any more, but I'll share my findings with anyone interested. You can watch the inauguration with a crowd at the Ocean Park Church (2nd and Hill, featuring free "continental breakfast") or at the Broad Stage (11th and something, no breakfast, I'll eat at home.)

                2. re: PlonkMan
                  Servorg Jan 18, 2009 02:22 PM

                  I can't recall if they have a TV in their bar area or not but you might check with Pacific Dining Car in Santa Monica on Wilshire (at Princeton) and see what they say.

                  http://www.pacificdiningcar.com/

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                    JeetJet Jan 18, 2009 08:20 PM

                    A place with a classic lunch counter, similar to the ambiance of the old Woolworth lunch counters would be perfect. also cannot recall if the place that comes to mind (the café at the Mickey Fine Pharmacy) has a TV but the ambiance is perfect.
                    Mickey Fine Pharmacy
                    433 N Roxbury Dr
                    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
                    (310) 271-6123

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                      westsidegal Jan 19, 2009 10:55 PM

                      they do have a tv in their bar area

                       
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            MaryT Jan 18, 2009 10:26 PM

            It doesn't help you in your area, but in my area in the SGV, we think we are going to opt for the Brookside at the Rosebowl, they have the wonderful view, the Tvs, great Eggs Benedict, although this is normally in some places a weekend item I think they will do them anytime, and I like the service.

            1. ipsedixit Jan 18, 2009 10:52 PM

              How about Ronnie's?

              http://www.ronniesdiner.com/

              1. sbritchky Jan 19, 2009 12:31 PM

                It's outside your area, but I'm going to Pann's.

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                  casualcat Jan 19, 2009 12:40 PM

                  Overland Cafe in culver City

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                    JeetJet Jan 19, 2009 06:15 PM

                    Hey Sbritchy, does Pann's have a TV?

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                      sbritchky Jan 20, 2009 10:37 AM

                      Not to my knowledge, JJ.

                  2. westsidegal Jan 20, 2009 01:41 PM

                    it's too late now, but after i got there this morning i realized that the perfect place would have been the cafe at my gym, the spectrum club at howard hughes parkway.

                    they have a dandy cafe there that serves some very nice breakfasts with TWO big screen tvs.

                    you would have been literally at the on ramp to the 405 so that you would have had a straight shot to century city. the only negative would have been that not being a gym member, you might have had to pay parking--i don't know if they would have validated just for eating at the cafe.

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