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Apr 27, 2009 07:09 PM

Best French Toast in LA

The french toast at the Little Red Hen on Fair Oaks in Altadena is perhaps more like triangular glazed donuts than french toast. It will win over even breakfast-apathetic chowhounders like myself. If you live in Altadena, you know that there is little to rave about other than Bulgarini Gelato, but the Little Red Hen is the area's little breakfast secret.

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  1. Head on out to Venice for some really amazing french toasts. www,

    26 Beach
    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      Agree BB
      You gotta have a sweet tooth to handle some of them.
      My fav is the Peaches N' Cream

    2. Maybe not the best, but something different.
      Yesterday while browsing the new Little Tokyo Market Place (old Mitsuwa) they had a heated case with French Toast $1.50. It looked like a large white wedge from that Japanese bread. Bought a slice to try it and it was kind of sweet and a little chewy.......interesting.
      They have a grand opening with free coffee on the new patio.

      Little Tokyo Market Place
      333 S. Alameda St.
      Los Angeles, CA
      (1 hour free unvalidated parking)

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      1. re: monku

        "...that Japanese bread."

        Are you thinking of Pasco bread? It's that white bread that's a bit spongy, cut very thick.

        1. re: Servorg

          Don't know if its Pasco bread (is that a brand?) , but it's white bread not cut in thick slices, but a large wedge.

          1. re: monku

            Pasco is one brand that we get and the other is usually Cherry Blossom. They are white bread cut like 3X thicker than typical American white bread. But it's the normal shape, not a wedge. I've always thought that if I get it a little stale it would soak up a copious quantity of egg mixture. Have to look for the wedge cut stuff.

            1. re: Servorg

              My ignorance, I call don't know the brands.
              I see these square loaves of white bread in Japanese stores and it isn't Wonderbread, but yes cut into a big wedge like a wedge of cheese.

              You walk into the market and its on the left side in a tall heated case next to the fresh bakery counter. I didn't eat it right away like I probably should have when it was warm/hot, but it was tasty.

      2. A very tasty traditional version is at Charlie's coffee corner at the Farmer's Market.

        1. Best french toast is Coast toast, James Beach in Venice.

          1. The Griddle Cafe -- lots of decadent, massive options

            Square One

            agree w/ 26 Beach.

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            1. re: Emme

              Griddle's French Toast is friggin' perfect.

              1. re: Emme

                I don't get out for breakfast often, but I had heard good things about Square One, and tried them, and they had very good French Toast.

                1. re: Emme

                  Did not even know Griddle did french toasts, I always get the pancakes!

                  1. re: Emme

                    I have tackled Griddle pancakes (although I need to taste all the flavors) and so very much WANT to hit the french toast!

                    1. re: Brussels Sprout

                      Here's one prior review of the Griddle I'm certain you will enjoy!


                    2. re: Emme

                      Square One for sure. Decadent.

                      Square One Dining
                      4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                      1. re: Emme

                        I'm a fan of French Toast but not mushy French Toast where it seems like it was underdone. Which would you say is less mushy, Griddle Cafe or Square One?