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Where are some good ethnic breakfasts around town.

Been to Gueleguezta in Palms, but it wasn't all that great from what I recall.

The CHEAP fast food chain chow king (Carson) has some nice filipino breakfast dishes (Longonisa sausage and rice, for example).

What else is out there? Preferably westside, but any suggestions welcomed.

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  1. I understand that in Vietnam, Pho is breakfast food. Check out your local Pho places.

    1. I understand the Indonesian restaurant right around the corner from The Kettle in Manhattan Beach started to serve breakfast (I think it's called The Banyan, on Highland Ave.). I've been interested in trying it out but haven't made it yet. If you go, please report back!

      1. Rutts Hut across from what used to be Washington Hospital serves Hawaiin breakfasts. I especially like the Royales which are veggies and pork stir fried with eggs and served over rice.

        There must be some J places sercing natto but I don;t know where

        1. I like the Chinese breakfast. Bowl of hot soy milk with some garnishes and fried dough for dipping. Egg omelette inside a tortilla type dough. One that I've been to is inside the Hong Kong Market in Rowland Heights.

          Checkout this link for a primer on the Chinese Breakfast.

          Link: http://www.saturdaymarket.com/chinabr...

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            Gilbert's El Indio, in Santa Monica on Pico just east of the 10 Fwy at Cloverfield/26th st serves cheap and excelent breakfast specials. Been going there for over 25 years for the breakfasts. Try their chorizo and eggs!

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            1. re: johnpressman

              Oooh...right on my commute...do you happen to know what time they open?

              1. re: johnpressman

                Along that line, I'm sure that Campos Famous Burritos at 20th and Pico in S.M. also has breakfasts. I've never been for breakfast, I've been stuck on the turkey tacos (and occasionally the avocado burrito) since 1973 when it was still called Las Palmas.

                1. re: Debbie W.

                  Yeah. I went there once for breakfast, but it took them way too long and from what I recall it wasn't that good.

                  1. re: Xericx

                    Good to know, although there's no chance that I'll ever want breakfast at Campos. They're pretty fast at lunchtime though. A couple weeks ago I stopped in for lunch for the first time in a few months, and the turkey taco special was about a buck more expensive than it had been, and the tacos seemed more thrown together than usual. Hopefully it's not on a downhill slide. I did get a free 2005 calendar though!

                2. re: johnpressman

                  I love Gilberts for the burritos. If you like Gilberts' chorizo and eggs...try Lares down the street. I even prefer the Talpa's chorizo over Gilberts, but the best chorizo and eggs in that neighborhood is at Snug Harbor on Wilshire at 23rd. Veggie or meat chorizo with tomatos and onions.(I sub the onion for spinach) It comes with a mound of german potatoes and tortillas.

                  1. re: Woody

                    If you don't mind strong, (and I mean *strong*) tastes then the best chorizo can be found at Ocean Park Cafe on Ocean Park Blvd. just across from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf about 5 blocks west of Bundy. They do an omelet called the "Culver City" which is chorizo, scallions and jack cheese.

                    If you ask for a dollar extra chorizo, which is the way I do it, and their home fries are wonderful/or you can do a mixture of home fries and black beans which is also great. The make their own salsa fresca and this will put hair on your socks, no joke. (g)

                    The weak point is their bread/toast. The best toast is the sourdough at Pepe's Galley in the Mar Vista Bowling Alley on the north east corner of Grandview and Venice Blvd. At Pepe's I rec. the Hawaiian sausage and eggs. Pepe's weak point is their fried potatoes/hash browns, which can be a little on the "under done" side at times. There is nothing worse than crunchy potatoes first thing is the morning.

                    Pepe's is good too if you need to eat early for some reason as they open at 6 a.m. vs. Ocean Park Cafe which is not open on the weekends until 8 a.m., (and even that can be a little shakey as the family that owns it were getting there late a while back, but have been better lately).

                    1. re: WLA

                      Yeah, I used to eat at Pepe's all the time when they were by LAX. Great Machaca and eggs!

                3. Magic Carpet on Pico @ La Cienega for Yemenite and other middle-eastern breakfasts: inter alia, foul madamas w/egg, melawach, "Iraquian plate" w/ eggs eggplant & tahina, omelets.

                  1. Although latin food may no longer count as ethnic in LA, Cafe Atlantic in Old Town Pasadena has good Cuban breakfasts.

                    1. Don't forget Nate n' Al's for lox/eggs/onions or going all the way out to Brents in Northridge for corned beef & eggs or salami & eggs scrambled together.

                      Also try the weekend brunch dishes at Cha Cha Chicken at the SM beach. They have a wicked dish with eggs and shredded chicken, served over crumbled cornbread. It is hot and spicy and served with sweet plantains. Get there before 2pm on weekends. They have several b'fast things in the jerk/carib/mexi style.

                      Nate n Al's Deli
                      414 N Beverly Dr. Bev Hills

                      Brent's Deli
                      19565 Parthenia brentsdeli.com

                      Cha Cha Chicken
                      1906 Ocean Ave @ Pico SM

                      1. Juqila, near S.M. and Broxton has great Mexican egg dishes, particularly the Huevos Mexicanos. Get a beer to go with it; they'll give you a glass rimmed with salt and chile.

                        My favorite Mexican breakfast is chilaquiles at Al Abajeno on Inglewood south of Culver.

                        1. A trek from westside, but Saladang Song in Pasadena (see link) is supposed to have good Thai breakfast fare. Stuff like rice porridge w/ the trimmings. They open at 6:30am everyday. Have only been once for dinner but thought the food was quite innovative, elegant, and fresh...more interesting than their next-door outpost (Saladang). Decor is cool too.

                          Link: http://saladang-song.9601322677004.wo...

                          1. Siam Sunset in Thai Town has amazing Thai breakfasts, including a Thai Congee and these amazing Chinese donuts served with sweetened condensed dipping sauce.

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                            1. re: adamhgraham

                              Would love to know if any of you guys have leads on a traditional pakistani/indian breakfast? halva puri, chole, chappli kababs? indian/pakistani restaurants are usually never open at that hour, but if you know of one, please post!!

                              1. re: f_diva

                                f_diva, a couple of time we've been to Samosa House/Bharat Bazaar in Culver City right as they open (10.30/11?) and the food is very vibrant and fresh, being the first batch that goes onto the warming trays for lunch. Vegetarian, good variety if you haven't been there, many protein/veg combos to choose from and the combo plates incl rice, so it's a meal that can keep you nourished all day. The samosas are cooked to order.

                              2. re: adamhgraham

                                Shams on SM blvd at 7th is a Syrian restaurant which serves an unbelievable Saturday/Sunday breakfast with plates of mez like plates. Home made and delicious.

                              3. There's a new Filipino restaurant in Historic Filipinotown called Kapistahan. It's pretty good and it's not turo-turo (aka food that's sitting in steam trays under heat lamps). The Filipino breakfasts are huge...$6.50 each.

                                1925 W. Temple St., Los Angeles

                                1. Little Ethiopia Restaurant on Fairfax has an Ethiopian breakfast that my friend Rick raves about. I haven't tried it yet, but did have an enjoyable dinner there not too long ago.

                                  Little Ethiopia Restaurant
                                  1048 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

                                  1. La Caravena on Lake in Pasadena serves a good Salvadorean breakfast but service can be slow.

                                    1. BRUDDAH'S in Gardena is a favored stand-by chiefly for three major reasons:
                                      - tasty and good quality Hawaiian offerings
                                      - excellent value (= portions + pricing)
                                      - breakfast time is relative. Like a good portion of Chowhounders, I enjoy my breakfast served anytime.

                                      Yes it's a chain -- a fairly large international one at that -- but, Belgium's LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN has always been satisfying and solid.