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