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Jun 13, 2010 09:50 AM

Best Waffles, Pancakes, and French Toast on the West Side?

I live in Venice. I am always looking for the best Waffles and French Toast. My ball and chain is always looking for the best pancakes. Any suggestions?

BTW, the best place I've found is CiCi's in Tarzana. But it's far!

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  1. French Toast it is a no brainer, 26 Beach. The Griddle on Sunset is not exactly west side but they make great pancakes, Uncle Bills in Redondo, i think has great pancakes and waffles. Dinah's on Sepulveda, I think does a great German apple pancake.

    26 Beach
    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      While 26 Beach certainly does have an edge when it comes to their many varieties of French toast, I'm not a fan. I tried one relatively plain version and though it was good but not great. I tried another kind involving espresso and marscarpone, and the very generous portion of marscarpone covering most of the french toast was disgusting. I tried to scrape off as much as I could and eat around it. I actually convinced myself that I simply don't like marscarpone and avoided it for at least a year...then I eventually tried it again and concluded that I do like marscarpone (actually quite a bit!), I just really hated 26 Beach's treatment of it. I'm sure some of their french toast dishes are quite good, but I just can't bring myself to try it again.

      26 Beach
      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

      1. re: Nicole

        Their french toasts are very rich and dessert like, definitely for those with a rich sweet tooth. Love the lemon ricotta, the peaches and cream and the coconut custard toast.

        1. re: Burger Boy

          I try to take your frequent recs for 26 Beach with a grain of salt but you've got me again with the " ... coconut custard french toast!" No way that I can NOT try that one! And it's not even a burger Burger Boy!

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          26 Beach
          3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

          1. re: sel

            It is sort of like a baked bread pudding with caramelized pineapple and blueberries with coconut and blueberry syrup. They have a banana one I want to try with mangoes. Maybe this weekend. Oh snaps, this weekend is father;s day, I need to get out of town, my babies mama's will be looking for me!

            1. re: sel

              They got this fudge burger, no way am I trying it but my server said he had it and it was good, very rich he said. That is crazy......LOL........right!

      2. I don't know how far you're willing to drive but my favorite pancakes are the 49er flapjacks at the Original Pancake House on PCH in Redondo Beach, are very thin and a little chewy but have a truly original and wonderful flavor. My favorite waffle is as strange as it sounds is the cheddar cheese and bacon at Uncle Bill's in Manhattan Beach. Always a wait at both places. Happy eating.

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

        Uncle Bill's Pancake House
        1305 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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        1. re: wienermobile

          i used to live down there in Redondo. I loved the OPH but I found myself more at Eat at Joes, which is the best cheap neighborhood diner in LA area I think!

          1. re: echoparkdirt

            Hit up the Kettle (24/7/365) in Manhattan Beach some time for their "Pain Perdu" and see what you think.

            But in the LA area there is nothing like the French toast or the pancakes served at the Griddle Cafe up on Sunset in WeHo.

            1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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

          2. re: wienermobile

            OPH also has a great German apple pancake.

          3. Have you checked out Pann's yet? I would definitely try the waffles there. In addition to the apple pancake at Dinah's, the german-style pancake at 3 Square is also really good. I also really love the weisswurst at 3 Square (not that you asked, but if you end up going, I would definitely recommend trying it). I would also check out S&W country dinner in Culver City, the Wood in Mar Vista, and John O'Groats for the pumpkin pancakes (ask for a side of the caramel sauce to dip them in). I also really like the blueberry pancakes at Cora's in SaMo. I know a lot of people like Snug Harbor, but I'm not a fan.

            Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
            6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

            John O'Groats
            10516 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            3 Square Cafe
            1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

            Snug Harbor
            2323 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

            1. Maxwell's on Washington does very good waffles and good pancakes (not tried the French Toast there) but, while pricier, my favorite pancakes on the Westside may be the ones at Pacific Dining Car (about $14.50 for blueberry pancakes with choice of breakfast meat). Jinky's in Santa Monica is also pretty good. Several other posters here have raved about the waffles at Bite, though, thus far, I have only been for lunch. Hardly the Westside but I had terrific pancakes at Bake 'N Broil yesterday morning and the people across from me at the counter had delicious looking French Toast. The recommendations for John O'Groats, OPH and Uncle Bill's are also spot on, though only John O'Groats is truly Westside. I have to agree with MOM on Snug Harbor--it used to be better but seems to have sunk.

              Jongewaard’s Bake 'n Broil
              3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

              Jinky's Cafe
              1447 2nd St Fl 1, Santa Monica, CA 90401

              Maxwell Cafe
              13329 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

              Pacific Dining Car
              2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

              Bite Bar & Bakery
              3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

              1. The best French toast is coast toast at James Beach in Venice.

                James Beach
                60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291