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Takeout Breakfast in Irvine

OK, so I'm in physical therapy three mornings a week in Irvine (inside the loop) and I get out in time to be roaring hungry for breakfast. I have to get to work, though, so takeout is my only option. I head back north on the 5 to, let's say, MainPlace Mall.

I'm not in Irvine at the that hour on a weekday very often, so I'm looking for stuff around there, rather than stuff closer to my office (Anepalco's, Kaffa, etc.)

I once harboured dreams of Chinese breakfast, but 99 Ranch doesn't open until 9, and Yu's Garden, despite Yelp saying 8 and their own sign saying 9.30, doesn't open until 10.

I've had my fill of bagels from East Coast Bagel; I've had my fill of Layer Cake Bakery. I've been to Whole Foods in the District, but it's really expensive, especially for anything like a sandwich. There's only so many times I can eat at 85°C (and their regular coffee is far and away the worst in OC).

Pretty much anyplace along Jeffrey, Alton, Culver, Barranca, Jamboree, Red Hill, Edinger, Walnut... any ideas?


99 Ranch
17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

Layer Cake Bakery
4250 Barranca Pkwy Suite 1, Irvine, CA 92604

424 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868

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  1. You could grab something at Zon Baguettes in Tustin on Newport next to the 5. Never had breakfast there, but they do a nice (although expensive) banh mi. Their website says they open at 7 and have a few options for breakfast

    Zon Baguettes
    14081 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA

    1. How about Cream Pan? I really like their ham and cheese croissant . Their curry pan is good also, if that is not too far for you.

      Cream Pan
      602 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780

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      1. re: mrsjoujou

        I would second this. Good coffee as well.

      2. If it is not too far out of your way, then I would recommend Zov's. They do have some Very Nice Pastries and I am sure that anything on the breakfast menu would be suitable for take-out.

        3915 Portola Parkway
        Irvine, CA 92602
        P: 714.734.ZOVS (9687)
        17440 E. 17th St.
        Tustin CA 92780
        P: 714.838.8855

        1. Why not head over to the Diamond Jamboree center on Jamboree and Alton. It's a little out of the way, but there are lots of options.

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          1. re: OCSteve

            Unfortunately, there aren't. There's 85°C (nice soft pastries, unbelievably bad coffee) and there's Le Bon Epi or whatever it is on the outlying building near the intersection of Jamboree and Alton. Nothing else is open at 8:30 a.m.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Sorry about that! I didn't realize that other places opened so late.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                What about Panera? They open at 6 AM (IIRC) and they are right there on Barranca and Culver.

                1. re: Servorg

                  One other thought. Ruby's Diner is nearby and they serve breakfast starting pretty early (7 AM or so).


            2. My last thought (stop me before I suggest again). Would it be at all practical to swing by Break of Dawn and then get on the 5 there and head back up North? A nice crispy lobster & shrimp roll appetizer for $5 maybe? This is only good for Wednesday through Friday...but it might be a nice change of pace and worth the detour.

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

              1. Blackmarket Bakery's small retail front on Skypark circle is open at 8 a.m. Tue to Fri according to their website. It's been a while since I hit them there though. Not sure what they might have since it's mainly their production site.

                Blackmarket Bakery
                17941 Sky Park Cir, Irvine, CA

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                  1. re: Funwithfood

                    Best. Cinnamon. Rolls. Ever.

                    Someday Rachel is going to make those lime-coconut croissants she had for a while a couple of years ago, and I'm going to gain ten pounds just eating them morning, noon and night.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      Thanks, I'll pass it along to someone who works nearby!

                1. Einstein Brothers bagels there's a couple in the area

                  17675 Harvard Avenue, Irvine, CA‎ - off of Jamboree & the 405, then shoot across on Jamboree to the 5 North

                  1. It's not exactly takeout, but the Citrus Cafe on Edinger/Redhill offers breakfast.


                    1. There is also a Corner Bakery on Harvard/Main.

                      a Peet's on Barranca/Culver

                      1. Champagne Bakery opens at 7am according to their website.


                        1. There's a Boudin at Jamboree and Main.

                          Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe
                          2803 Main St, Irvine, CA 92614

                          1. Das,

                            Have you tried Specialty's Cafe & Bakery? They open at 6 am and serve very decent breakfast and lunch sandwiches, quiches and baked goods. Their version of a “Sausage McMuffin” made with their own baked roll beats the original by a country mile. The tuna melt is very good too. Their cookies, rolls and buns are the real standouts and they serve Peet’s coffee. Everything is generally available all day. Three nearby locations.

                            Specialty's Cafe & Bakery
                            20 Pacifica
                            Irvine, CA 92618
                            (877) 502-2837

                            18400 Von Karman Ave.
                            Irvine, CA 92612
                            (877) 502-2837

                            2010 Main St.
                            Irvine, CA 92614
                            (949) 251-1997

                            I realize that it’s close to your workplace, but have you been to Grande Bakery & Tortilleria? Good tacos, very good tamales, especially the chile verde con queso, made right in front of you every day plus a great assortment of fresh made pan dulces and delicious champurrado to wash everything down with. They open at 6 am but are closed on Mondays. Fast, efficient take-out only.

                            Grande Bakery & Tortilleria
                            214 N Grand Ave
                            Santa Ana, CA 92701
                            (714) 547-1851

                            Hope you wrap-up PT soon and with best results.

                            Grande Bakery
                            214 N Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA

                            Specialty's Cafe & Bakery
                            20 Pacifica, Irvine, CA 92618