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

echoparkdirt Jun 13, 2010 09:50 AM

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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    jeffandnat Jun 17, 2010 06:02 PM

    King's Hawaiian in Torrance. French toast made from their sweet bread with coconut syrup!

    1. Emme Jun 14, 2010 10:06 PM

      trying to not repeat... (will say Griddle is worth the drive...)

      Cafe Laurent in Culver City for brioche french toast
      Jinky's for flaky crusted FT
      Amandine for solid FT

      not westside but...
      Cafe Verona FT
      Square One Dining FT
      Local Yolk in Manhattan Beach for traditional

      Square One Dining
      4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

      Jinky's Cafe
      14120 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

      Local Yolk
      3414 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

      Cafe Laurent
      4243 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

      Cafe Verona
      1138 S Diamond Bar Blvd, Diamond Bar, CA 91765

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        jayros Jun 13, 2010 09:50 PM

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

        James Beach
        60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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          New Trial Jun 13, 2010 11:20 AM

          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. mollyomormon Jun 13, 2010 10:31 AM

            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. wienermobile Jun 13, 2010 10:16 AM

              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
                echoparkdirt Jun 13, 2010 10:23 AM

                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
                  Servorg Jun 13, 2010 11:11 AM

                  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
                  Nicole Jun 14, 2010 09:48 AM

                  OPH also has a great German apple pancake.

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                  Burger Boy Jun 13, 2010 10:15 AM

                  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
                    Nicole Jun 14, 2010 09:47 AM

                    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
                      Burger Boy Jun 14, 2010 09:58 AM

                      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
                        sel Jun 14, 2010 10:11 AM

                        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
                          Burger Boy Jun 14, 2010 11:44 AM

                          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
                            Burger Boy Jun 14, 2010 11:45 AM

                            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!

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