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Jan 25, 2010 12:45 PM

BEST hearty BREAKFAST in Los Angeles area! Bacon, Eggs, Potatoes, Pancakes, French Toast! The Works!

Hello to all of my fellow chowhounders!
I am looking for a delicious hearty classic style breakfast anywhere in los angeles! I am willing to drive! And i am willing to pay whatever! I would just like all of your best recommendations! Links, pictures, whatever you can give me! I'm going to breakfast with my sister this saturday, and we love bacon, french toast, pancakes, hashbrowns, potatoes, eggs (you get the idea)! The works! Nothing fancy, just classic, american style breakfast only! =)

Thank you!

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  1. Although there are naysayers regarding much of their food (and I agree with them) what you've described couldn't be more of The Original Pantry. Avoid the ham, stick with the bacon. Potatoes and sourdough toast, both well done. More upscale is Pacific Dining Car (with prices to match).. Or go to Topanga Canyon for Pat's Topanga Grill, midway through the canyon. Their hamsteaks shine, the French toast is excellent as are the pancakes. And a pleasant drive, to boot.

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    1. re: TomSwift

      See, I love the ham & cheese omelete with potatoes well done, salsa and sourdough toast.

      1. re: TomSwift

        The Original Pantry for sourdough French toast, bacon, eggs, hash browns....there is no heartier breakfast in LA for the price including coffee ($8.95?). Don't forget their house-made salsa for your eggs and hash browns.

      2. Eat at Joe's in Redondo Beach get the John Wayne

        Heritage Family Pantry
        2601 Carson St
        Lakewood, CA 90712
        (562) 421-1442

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        1. re: WSB

          If the food in the pictures on Eat at Joe's website is your idea of BEST hearty BREAKFAST, I'd have to ask WTF (respectfully of course). It looks no better than Norm's. Granted, I've never been to Eat at Joe's despite living only a mile away. So maybe I should see for myself...but please Joe, if the pictures don't do the food justice, change those pictures!

          1. re: SC_Chef

            eat at joes is fantastic. It's a throwback diner with great, hearty food. Everyone knows each other and have known each other for years. fantastic eggs toast and corn beef hash. Went there more than original house of pancakes when I lived near there.

        2. If you haven't been to the Griddle Cafe on Sunset Blvd. before it should definitely go on your list. Also, if you are ever down in the South Bay then drop into the Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach.

          Original Pancake House
          1756 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

          Griddle Cafe
          7916 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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          1. re: Servorg

            I second the Original Pancake House. Everything is great. I love their gigantic omelets. They are baked to order and rise like a stuffed pillow and pancakes come with them too.

              1. re: Servorg

                Does anyone know if the Original Pancake House is a relative of The Pancake House that was in the Van Nuys area in the 70s? Thanks!

              2. On the high-end, I would suggest Pacific Dining Car.

                Something a bit more budget friendly, might be Pann's or Foxy's

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                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Panns has for $8.15 Monday thru Friday until 11am
                    Two Extra Large Fresh Ranch Eggs
                    Served with Your Choice of
                    Three Crisp Bacon Strips or
                    Two Pork Sausage Patties
                    AND CHOICE OF
                    ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
                    Buttered Toast with One Side
                    Hash Browns, country Potatoes, Grits,
                    Fresh Fruit or Steamed White Rice
                    French Toast Halves (2)Buttermilk Pancakes (2)

                  2. Nick's
                    Blue Star

                    All real good and hearty. Nick's has great salsa! All 3 have really good biscuits and gravy!

                    Millie's Restaurant
                    3524 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                    Nick's Cafe
                    1300 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                    Blue Star
                    2200 E 15th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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                    1. re: Burger Boy

                      Strongly 2nd both these recommendations (Blue Star and Millie's).

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Early World Restaurant on San Vicente in Brentwood is good for breakfast. Eggs come out perfectly cooked, bacon is crisp, hash browns are yummy, french toast is good and pancakes are, well, pancakes. As well, seating is very comfortable booth seating. Friendly service and small parking lot in the back off of Montana. Only problem is, although their breakfasts are yummy, that bill sure does add up. Prices are high.

                        1. re: maudies5

                          disagree, i've always had to send my eggs back, numerous times in one sitting. They don't understand runny yolk, solid white.
                          hash browns are usually still raw in the middle and burnt on the outside when asked to be well done.
                          nothing puts me off more than that

                          SO not worth the money.

                        2. re: Servorg

                          The owner at Blue Star was the one that brought Millie's back in the early eighties, before Magenta! Just ate at Millie's yesterday, the devil's mess and add jalapenos with a side of biscuits nad gravy!

                          1. re: Burger Boy

                            Wait! Back up! We used to almost live at Millie's (not unusual to stop for breakfast and return for dinner) -before they even expanded to the second space. I recall there were 2 owners--which one owns Blue Star?

                            1. re: coffeebrownies

                              Guy with tats and a beard, rides a Harley I think. Go to Blue Star and enjoy!