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?
17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA
Layer Cake Bakery
4250 Barranca Pkwy Suite 1, Irvine, CA 92604
424 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868
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
14081 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA
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
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