Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Jul 8, 2010 08:44 PM


We need a new list of good breakfast places in L.A., San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Also south bay, long beach, south central, etc.

I would like good breakfasts, not necessarily expensive, like a lot of small places and dives, interesting places. Can be any ethnicty. TIA

For example, in L.A. two I like are:

Nicks on Pico near La Cienega. Great american breakfasts, service can be a little slow.

Ed's Coffee Shop on Robertson Blvd. between Beverly Blvd. and Melrose, just south of the design center.

Also there is a place in Pasadena that is in a house that is supposed to be crowded but don't know the name of it.

Ed's Coffee Shop
460 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. SGV: Yung Ho Tou Chiang has Chinese breakfast (sweet or salty soy milk, milk cruellers, sesame bread)... Corner of Valley & New, in San Gabriel.

    Be warned: It is NOT dim sum.

    Yung Ho Tou Chiang Restaurant
    1045 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

    12 Replies
      1. re: paprkutr

        A dive in the best sense of the word (attached to a bowling alley - doesn't that confer automatic dive status?) - Pepy's Galley in Mar Vista. Right on the NE corner of Grandview and Venice Blvd., they have really good breakfast. I am partial to their grilled Polish sausage and eggs, but me wife had their California omelet the other day, bacon, avocado and cheese and it was also very, very good. With a toasted English muffin you can't go wrong. And to totally gild the lily, they have a salsa rojo that is the best salsa in Los Angeles. Don't get the other one (salsa negro). This is HOT - so if you don't like hot salsa avoid. But I love it.

        Pepy's Galley
        12125 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

      2. re: J.L.

        Just an FYI.

        If you want Taiwanese breakfast, better to go to Four Sea (aka "Si Hai") on the corner of San Gabriel and Las Tunas. Best Taiwanese breakfast going nowadays, with Yi Mei a distant second.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Yi Mei is what I usually pick as #1 in this category, but they are still defunct from a recent fire...

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I'm also a fan of Four Sea.

            Yi Mei is solid also, but I really hate the surly attitude of the lady at the counter. Still, I'm hoping they re-open since I work right next to it.

            Four Sea Restaurant
            2020 S Hacienda Blvd, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

            1. re: ipsedixit

              My only problem with Four Sea is that the shao bing here is a tad too much on the flaky side that it almost shatters upon my first bite. Although I catch most of it in my bowl of salted soy milk, it can be difficult to eat a shao bing wrapped around a you tiao. Other than that it's a great place for Taiwanese breakfast.

              Four Sea Restaurant
              2020 S Hacienda Blvd, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

              1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                Isn't that why you would *want* a flaky shao bing? So that the crumbs can garnish your diou jiang?

                Best rice rolls (fan twang) are at Si Hai.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Ha, I'm actually torn about it. I love the flakiness but I also don't want the shao bing to disintegrate before I can finish off the you tiao as well. C'est la vie

                  1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                    So dip it in your diou jiang before taking a bite ... sort of dunking your pastry in your coffee.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I've actually never been a dunker kind of guy. Maybe I ought to start...

                      1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                        In this case, I would really rather have the Shao Bing be as crispy as possible. In areas that have 4 Seas, it would seem as if people enjoy something a little more crispy rather than the delicious, soft, and absolutely luscious shao bing you tend to eat in Taiwan. Since most of the time I eat the Shao Bing with meat, cilantro, and blah blah blah I find find that crispy works best.

                        Now if they ever manage to make them up to par or even close to the delicious fluffyness they produce in Taiwan, I'll consider getting a big bowl of diou jiang to go with it :]

            2. My favorites in the South Bay are The Original Pancake House on PCH in Redondo Beach. Try the 49er Flapjacks, unlike any pancake you've had, very thin and a little chewy with wonderful flavor. I also really like the cheddar bacon waffle at Uncle Bill's Pancakes in Manhattan Beach. There is usually at wait at both restaurants, but worth it.

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

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

              1 Reply
              1. re: wienermobile

                oh man, i wish i could still eat the Dutch apple pancake from the Original Pancake House!

              2. The corn beef hash at Langers is TO DIE FOR!!!! I had it on the rec of a fellow chowhounder and I loved it. I'm gonna ask them to make me a pastrami hash next time...

                Eat at Joes is good in the south bay

                1. Downtown: Pacific Dining Car - try the truffled eggs everybody! Can't get enough of those... the beauty is it is open 24/7 and you can get the breakfast late at night!
                  Marina del Rey: Maxwells.
                  Santa Monica: Rae's Restaurant - a greasy spoon I know... but there's something comforting about coffee shop grease on occasion... On PCH:Patrick's Roadhouse! For those that like dawn patrol...
                  Brentwood: Votre Sante... the price is decent for the area...
                  Venice: The Firehouse... they are very cognizant of the Gold's Gym/healthy breakfast...

                  1. I have not been but have always been curious about The Waffle on Sunset.