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
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
Irvine, CA 92618
18400 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine, CA 92612
2010 Main St.
Irvine, CA 92614
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
Hope you wrap-up PT soon and with best results.
214 N Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA
Specialty's Cafe & Bakery
20 Pacifica, Irvine, CA 92618
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.
17941 Sky Park Cir, Irvine, CA
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
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
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