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Jan 15, 2009 09:48 AM

Inauguration breakfast?

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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  1. 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,

    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

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    1. re: JeetJet

      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...

      1. re: PlonkMan

        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 :-)

        1. re: MaryT

          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.

            1. re: JeetJet

              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

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

                1. re: ChinoWayne

                  >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

                  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.


                  1. re: Servorg

                    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

                    1. re: Servorg

                      they do have a tv in their bar area

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

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                    1. re: sbritchky

                      Hey Sbritchy, does Pann's have a TV?