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Break of Dawn - Laguna Hills

Finally got around to trying this place after reading so many positive reviews here. Ordered the 3 course lunch: squash bisque, chicken stew, and chocolate creme brulee for $17. The bisque was a pleasant creamy starter, the chicken stew was hearty and a nice comfort food on a cold day. The chocolate creme brulee was out-fricking-standing. I'm not usually a big fan of creme brulee, but their chocolate version had me licking the plate clean. I'll definitely be back to try Break of Dawn's breakfast.

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Break of Dawn
24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

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  1. Thank you for the post. I've never been & am now curious. =)

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    1. ocann,

      i've read many of your responses/reviews. can't believe you haven't been there. it is AMAZING. it is one of the few places we willingly drive to after church on sundays - from chino hills to break of dawn is a good 40 miles. absolutely worth it.

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      1. re: jacknhedy

        Okay, okay...you've talked me into it, esp since north OC is closer to BoD than it is from CH. We'll try to go before the end of the year. =)

        1. re: OCAnn

          It would be hard to deny some support for this restaurant after reading the websites "our story" segment. I'll go before the years out too, for sure (and post here after).

          http://www.breakofdawnrestaurant.com/...

          1. re: Servorg

            It definitely pulls on the heartstrings.

      2. So is the 3-course prix fixe way to go or are there any other "must try" items?

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        1. re: OCAnn

          Prix fixe, shmix fixe. Get what sounds good to you. Their potted pate with bread and pickled eggs is outstanding.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            is potted pate like foie gras? is it pork based?

            1. re: kevin

              It is pork based; foie gras would be duck or goose. It's "potted" because it's cooked in a Ball jar which is plunked on a long plate with several sliced of grilled baguette and a small dish of sliced pickled egg and vegetable. It's absolutely delicious.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                sounds great. i missed that dish on the menu. will order it the next time i go for brunch!

        2. Ok, so you guys talked me into it and WOW! I mean W O W ! Before Mr OCAnn, b'fast always meant fresh fruit, yogurt & granola; post Mr OCAnn, it's been eggs, pancakes, etc. Nothing fancy, but typical fare you can find at any coffee shop; b'fast has alwasy been okay, but not spectacular. What was delicious about b'ast @ BoD is that it's b'fast food done well and creatively.

          Though I asked for recommendations, I went too early for either the 3-course or the potted pate (both which would have appealed to me later in the morning); but at 8am, the smoked salmon was appropriately lighter. It's more like a smoked salmon eggs benedict, with fried/grilled potato bread, smoked salmon, two beautifully poached eggs, and a delicious pesto sauce. I wanted to lick my plate. So to those of you who really encouraged me to go, THANK YOU! I'll be going back sometime soon to try the other menu items. =)

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          1. re: OCAnn

            Additional impetus to make a visit. Still planning on going before the new year rolls around. Thanks for sharing, Ann.

            1. re: OCAnn

              Although it's location has been referred to as "strip mall" I really like the outdoor seating here if available on a nice day.

              1. re: OCAnn

                Actually the cakes in the smoked salmon are oatmeal cakes. I wouldn't have believed it if the server hadn't been firm about it.

              2. Excellent place! Been going for years. It really is a hidden gem of a place and the story behind it really is quite something. Chef Dee has wizard level chef skills and the experience to match. It's really one of the best food places around, and you really can't beat the prices.

                You gotta try their hot sauce, the chef grows the peppers and makes it himself.