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paprkutr 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. J.L. Jul 8, 2010 08:48 PM

    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

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    1. re: J.L.
      paprkutr Jul 8, 2010 10:03 PM

      Thank you

      1. re: paprkutr
        Servorg Jul 9, 2010 07:40 AM

        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.
        ipsedixit Jul 9, 2010 09:29 AM

        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
          J.L. Jul 9, 2010 11:09 AM

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

          1. re: ipsedixit
            andytseng Jul 9, 2010 12:01 PM

            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
              taiwanesesmalleats Jul 12, 2010 03:42 PM

              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
                ipsedixit Jul 12, 2010 03:58 PM

                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
                  taiwanesesmalleats Jul 13, 2010 10:21 AM

                  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
                    ipsedixit Jul 13, 2010 10:27 AM

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

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      taiwanesesmalleats Jul 15, 2010 09:44 AM

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

                      1. re: taiwanesesmalleats
                        ObseleteOscar Jul 15, 2010 10:04 AM

                        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 :]

                        1. re: taiwanesesmalleats
                          J.L. Jul 15, 2010 05:42 PM

                          Ya gonna dunk it, homie...

            2. wienermobile Jul 8, 2010 10:40 PM

              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

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              1. re: wienermobile
                goodhealthgourmet Jul 8, 2010 10:56 PM

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

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                upstarter Jul 8, 2010 11:21 PM

                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

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                  J.B. Jul 9, 2010 01:38 AM

                  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. orythedog Jul 9, 2010 09:31 AM

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

                    1. maxzook Jul 9, 2010 09:36 AM

                      The place you're trying to think of in Pasadena is Marston's, near Old Town.

                      For the last two years the #1 breakfast place in the Chowhound Poll has been Square One in Los Feliz/Silver Lake adjacent.

                      Both have wonderful food and are relatively expensive, horribly crowded on weekends, and have the kind of things you expect in this kind of breakfast place e. g. eggs Benedict and various omelettes. Square One has valet parking on weekends which is a p.i.t.a. but necessary because of the neighborhood.

                      Square One has premium ingredients such as Intelligentsia coffee and Nueske bacon; Marston's reputation rests on their French toast.

                      If I favor Square One, it's mostly because I live within walking distance; I've only been to Marston's once and lucked out with street parking. Neither is open past mid-afternoon.

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

                      Marston's Restaurant
                      151 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103

                      1. nichi Jul 9, 2010 10:39 AM

                        Love Zeke's Smokehouse in Montrose for breakfast... to die for grits and the people that work there are beyond nice.

                        Du-Par's at the LA Farmers Market, even though the place is usually teaming with people we've lucked out and never had to wait and the pancakes are delicious.

                        Zeke's Smokehouse
                        2209 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

                        Zeke's Smokehouse
                        7100 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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                        1. re: nichi
                          J.L. Jul 9, 2010 11:10 AM

                          Lots of skeptics on this board about Du-Par's, but I for one love their buttery, fluffy pancakes.

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                          Juji Jul 9, 2010 11:51 AM

                          I like Rutt's Cafe on Washington Blvd. in Culver City for their Loco Moco.

                          1426 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507

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                          1. re: Juji
                            happybaker Jul 10, 2010 01:17 PM

                            Rutts!!! Love Rutts!

                            It's a far drive for me now, though : (

                          2. mucho gordo Jul 9, 2010 11:58 AM

                            The Original Pantry is always there for some comfort chow.

                            Original Pantry Cafe
                            877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                            1. martyR Jul 9, 2010 06:01 PM

                              American in SGV:
                              Rod's Diner in Arcadia
                              Leroy's in Monrovia
                              Arnold's in Pasadena
                              Pie n Burger in Pasadena
                              Plate 38 (but just heard about their fire) in Pasadena
                              Amy's Patio in Altadena
                              Little Red Hen in Altadena
                              Pat & Lorraine's in Eagle Rock

                              Amy's Patio Cafe
                              900 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA 91001

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                              1. re: martyR
                                Bradbury Jul 15, 2010 06:49 PM

                                Rod's is good for a retro kick but the food is a letdown. Hard to justify breakfast there when within 2 miles or so you have LeRoy's, Peach Cafe, Nano Cafe and (for cheap Taiwanese breakfasts) Doe Jon Station. Oh, and Tall Pines too, if you REALLY want dive-y...

                                (NB: LeRoy's, Peach, and Nano all do great breakfasts but rather more mediocre lunches ... dunno why but Monrovia seems to lose half its 'hound cred after 11am)

                                Doe Jon Station
                                46 Las Tunas Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007

                                1. re: Bradbury
                                  Will Owen Nov 27, 2010 03:16 PM

                                  Leroy's has always been my default breakfast place for when I get a fasting blood test in Arcadia. Okay, but just okay, enjoy the atmosphere more than anything I ate. Then the other day we finally got to Rod's, and Leroy's is now off my list. Rod's is closer, and better, IMO. Still waiting to try the CFS, but the CB hash was killer, as were the home fries.

                              2. susans Jul 9, 2010 10:35 PM

                                In Long Beach, I recommend The Coffee Cup Cafe on 4th St. at Grand. Try the eggs Florentine or the veggie omelet. The potatoes are not frozen hash browns. The blueberry lemon pancakes with raspberry sauce (on the specials board, not the menu) at Bake N Broil on Atlantic Ave. and 37th St are very good.

                                Coffee Cup Cafe
                                3734 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814

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                                1. re: susans
                                  RoxyGrl Jul 10, 2010 03:53 PM

                                  I second the Coffee Cup. The veggie chorizo is amazing as is the sunrise fiesta bowl (black bean soup, poached eggs, avocado, etc). I'm easily 30 min away but still make the drive whenever possible because there's nothing like it in the SGV

                                  Coffee Cup Cafe
                                  3734 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814

                                2. Will Owen Jul 10, 2010 12:56 PM

                                  Dish in La Cañada is nice if you like gussied-up oatmeal; it's not my favorite meal there. I love Pann's for breakfast, with about the best gravy around and perfect everything else. Square One's house-cured Salmon Benedict is so good I let someone else order the bacon and then sneak a bite (and for the record I figure on parking a block or two away and hoofing it). For good cheap eats in nice clean surroundings, Harry's (24-Hour Family Restaurant, breakfast anytime) on San Fernando in Burbank has fine CFS and gravy; get it as breakfast for the good hashbrowns, as their mashed potatoes are ghastly. Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock has good breakfast items, plenty of good healthy stuff and the cholesterol-laden as well.

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

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                                  1. re: Will Owen
                                    happybaker Jul 10, 2010 01:21 PM

                                    Pancakes at Dish are one of my favs.

                                    I don't even want to THINK about how much butter must be in the batter - but they are grand. Love the Jonnycakes, love the apple oat cakes, love the plain ole buttermilk. And always check the board for the daily special, last week it was blueberry buttermilk pancakes and - oh my.

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                                    degustateur Jul 11, 2010 02:12 AM

                                    Yo, paprkutr!

                                    Check out The Serving Spoon, a stellar breakfast/lunch-only soul food joint located in an Inglewood strip mall. Virtually everything on the menu is about best in its class. Among the standouts are the fried chicken, catfish, pork chops, buttery grits, house-made spicy beef sausage, waffles and pancakes. Perfectly cooked eggs and omelets. Great selection of juices. Daily specials. Serious eats, seriously delicious. Small, casual venue with a large following of loyal patrons. You may face a brief wait to be seated – worth it. I truly wish this place was closer to home. Open Mon-Sat 7-3, Sun 9-5.

                                    The Serving Spoon
                                    1403 Centinela Ave
                                    Inglewood, CA 90302
                                    (310) 412-3927

                                    Also open only for breakfast and lunch, Flappy Jack’s in Glendora serves up some wonderfully hearty grub to jump-start your day. Incredible pancakes (try the cheese-stuffed cream of wheat topped with strawberries and confectioner’s sugar, the German or the banana nut), waffles and crepes (strawberry, blueberry or breakfast). Heart-warming omelets and skillets (go for Flappy’s favorite or the Athenian). Tasty fresh fruit plates and you've gotta luv that stuffed French toast. The crispy bacon, sausage and steaks will satisfy the carnivorous like yours truly. Refreshing freshly squeezed orange juice and better than decent coffee to round out the works. Once again, be prepared to wait during prime time. You won't feel like you've wasted your time. Open Mon-Sat 6-3, Sun 7-3.

                                    Flappy Jack’s Pancake House
                                    640 W. Rte. 66
                                    Glendora, CA 91740
                                    (626) 852-9444

                                    Known to locals and regulars as simply "Bake N Broil", Jongewaard's Bake N Broil is a bone fide Long Beach dining institution, highly regarded for its baked goods and breakfasts. The spinach and cheese omelet is exceptional as is the quiche. They also make one of the best chicken pot pies I’ve tasted – killer crust! Their extensive selection of pancakes, muffins, cakes and pies are all scrumptious – choose a piece or two to go for later. Love their coconut cake. Yum! Be sure to check-out the Specials Board. Open Mon-Fri 6:30-9, Sat-Sun 7-9.

                                    Jongewaard's Bake N Broil
                                    3697 Atlantic Ave
                                    Long Beach, CA 90807
                                    (562) 595-0396

                                    The Starling Diner, located in a Long Beach residential neighborhood, is a semi-hidden gem. Go for the slow roasted pork scramble with apple brandy sauce, the goat cheese and mushroom scramble or the Broiled (that’s right) San Francisco Stuffed Toast - French toast stuffed with mascarpone and crème fraiche. Mine was topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream – OMG!!! One of the best breakfast dishes I've ever eaten. Alone, worth a trip from wherever. Open Tue-Sun 8-3.

                                    Starling Diner
                                    4114 East 3rd Street
                                    Long Beach, CA 90814
                                    (562) 433-2041

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                                    1. re: degustateur
                                      TravelPath Jul 11, 2010 10:07 AM

                                      I definitely second the Starling Diner for their French Toast..."OMG" is just not a strong enough expression for how good this is!! Their house made granola with Greek yogurt is an outstanding "healthy" alternative. I also love their caramelized apples in brandy sauce...so, so good!!...and I agree on Jongewaard's Bake N Broil for their baked goods...an old reliable stand-by.

                                      I always head to Pann's for their biscuit and gravy with sausage...maybe the best in Los Angeles (and I say this coming from Southern roots and living in the South for a lot of years!). DuPars, when they are on the ball, have the best buttermilk pancakes in the area! Finally, the apple pancake at Dinah's is outstanding...get the large and bring home the leftovers for breakfast the next day!!

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

                                      Starling Diner
                                      4114 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90814

                                      1. re: degustateur
                                        paprkutr Jul 11, 2010 01:19 PM

                                        Thank you, love Flappy Jacks, and usually go to bake and broil for lunch, will try dinner. Thanks. Have you tried Schooner or Later in Belmont Shores? I want to try it.

                                        1. re: degustateur
                                          Will Owen Jul 11, 2010 03:01 PM

                                          Could be just me being old-fashioned, but I have an abiding suspicion of any breakfast place that offers no eggs but scrambled, as Starling does. If I can't get'em over easy or whatever I figure they're coming out of a carton. The roasted pork scramble looks good, as does their offering of polenta, but this is a place I might visit only if I'm in both the mood and the neighborhood.

                                          Glad to hear another Southern denizen speak well of Pann's B&G. Trim that up with the sausage, eggs and hashbrowns, and that's what breakfast means in my book.

                                          1. re: Will Owen
                                            hnsbmg Jul 11, 2010 03:44 PM

                                            "Trim that up with the sausage, eggs and hashbrowns ...." All very good, but don't forget Pann's Southern-fried (breaded) pork chop with brown gravy.

                                            1. re: hnsbmg
                                              Will Owen Jul 11, 2010 06:44 PM

                                              Okay, and in a perfect world we could have biscuits and gravy with eggs and hashbrowns and fried chicken on the side as well (if with waffles, why not with eggs?). I tried real hard to get that combo at the Loveless years ago and it didn't fly; at Pann's it just might work.

                                              How about a three-meat side? Pork chop, chicken and bacon? I could just go in already strapped to the gurney...

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

                                              1. re: Will Owen
                                                Servorg Jul 11, 2010 07:27 PM

                                                Will, of course you can have wings with your eggs at Pann's. See Breakfast Combos below with choice of sides (including wings).

                                                Breakfast Combos

                                                Select One of Our Three Classic Griddle Breakfasts Served with
                                                Two Extra Large Farm Fresh Eggs ... 11.75

                                                PANN'S ORIGINAL WAFFLE

                                                BUTTERMILK PANCAKES (3)

                                                GOLDEN FRENCH TOAST (4)
                                                Includes One Choice Below
                                                Famous Fried Fresh Chicken Wings (3) - Country Ham Slick - Thick Bacon Slices (3)
                                                Pork Sausage Patties (2) - Homemade Spicy Chicken Link
                                                Pork Hot LInk - Spicy Beef Hot Link

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

                                                1. re: Servorg
                                                  Will Owen Jul 12, 2010 12:50 PM

                                                  Hate to argue, but it appears that the chicken is available only with waffles, pancakes or French toast, whereas my taste runs to the gravy/biscuits end of the spectrum. And I'd rather have a leg quarter anyway...

                                                  Just leave me dreaming here, okay?

                                                  1. re: Will Owen
                                                    Servorg Jul 12, 2010 01:03 PM

                                                    Got it. It's only a matter of money at Pann's. Their Country Breakfast will get you the biscuits and gravy (with potatoes) and they offer sides of eggs (2 for $3) and wings (either 2 or 4 starting at around $4). So mix and match to your heart (surgeons) content.

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

                                                  2. re: Servorg
                                                    maudies5 Dec 12, 2010 12:52 PM

                                                    Picked my hubby up at LAX @ 11:30. He was starving and we ended up at Pann's . He loved his waffle, bacon and eggs. I like the fact that they will serve a half sandwich. Good fresh roasted turkey.

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

                                                    1. re: maudies5
                                                      Servorg Dec 12, 2010 01:34 PM

                                                      Thanks, maudie. One of my favorite places in LA. Always nice to hear when it has gained some new converts.

                                                  3. re: Will Owen
                                                    ipsedixit Jul 12, 2010 09:19 AM

                                                    At Uncle John's Ham & Eggs you can get Chinese-style pork chops (deep fried), with eggs, home fries, toast and if you want either fried rice or chow mein. Gravy on the side if you ask.

                                                    Totally gnarly.

                                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                                      mucho gordo Jul 12, 2010 11:13 AM

                                                      Is this the same place that used to be called Uncle John's Pancake House in Santa Monica? It was many years ago but their superb pancakes are still remembered.

                                                      1. re: mucho gordo
                                                        Servorg Jul 12, 2010 11:21 AM

                                                        I don't think so. It was downtown for the last 35 years according to what I've read. http://midtownlunch.com/los-angeles/2...

                                                        1. re: mucho gordo
                                                          ipsedixit Jul 12, 2010 11:21 AM

                                                          I don't believe so.

                                                          1. re: mucho gordo
                                                            AAQjr Nov 27, 2010 04:15 PM

                                                            Wow. Blast from the past. That was an after church breakfast place growing up. To go with the after soccer Regular John's pizza on San Vicente where the Coral Tree Cafe is now.

                                                            Coral Tree Cafe
                                                            11645 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                                                          2. re: ipsedixit
                                                            Will Owen Jul 12, 2010 12:52 PM

                                                            Where's Uncle John's?

                                                            1. re: Will Owen
                                                              Servorg Jul 12, 2010 01:04 PM

                                                              Uncle John's place link.

                                                              1. re: Servorg
                                                                ipsedixit Jul 12, 2010 02:59 PM

                                                                Uncle John's moved about 2 months ago. They are now located in the Stillwater Hotel lobby area.

                                                                Address: 834 S. Grand Ave. (btw. 8+9th), 213-623-3555

                                                                Sad to say, the new locale has stripped Uncle John's of much of its, ahem, diner ambience.

                                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                  Servorg Jul 12, 2010 03:02 PM

                                                                  Corrected the place link to reflect the new address

                                                                2. re: Servorg
                                                                  Servorg Jul 12, 2010 03:07 PM

                                                                  Corrected Uncle John's Place Link

                                                                  Uncle John's Ham'n'Eggs
                                                                  434 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90014

                                                                  1. re: Servorg
                                                                    paprkutr Jul 12, 2010 04:28 PM

                                                                    When I worked downtown I used to go to Uncle Johns all the time for lunch. I wonder why they moved?

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                                                      paprkutr Jul 12, 2010 04:32 PM

                                                      Today I went to Schooner or Later in Belmont Shores. They have a lovely outside patio, it was crowded, I understand it gets really crowded on weekends. We ended up eating inside, because one of the party was cold. I would not recommend eating inside it is sort of dingy. The patio is beautiful with all the boats around and it was a very clear day.

                                                      I had the cinnamon roll french toast, it was very good, very cinnamony(?) and it was cooked just right.. Hubby had chicken fried steak which he enjoyed and the other party had eggs benedict. Everything was good and reasonably priced from $8.95 to $12.95. My french toast could have been split there was so much.

                                                      Schooner or Later
                                                      Marina, Belmont Shores

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                                                      1. re: paprkutr
                                                        Will Owen Nov 27, 2010 03:26 PM

                                                        Call me old-fashioned (lots and lots of people do) but I kinda prefer my diners a little dingy, just that much shy of actually grubby. Probably comes from growing up in small Midwestern towns where the walls seldom got scrubbed down because it'd wrinkle the wallpaper. I've had to get used to all the sparkly places out here, like Pann's and Bake N Broil. The Way Station in Newhall, now - THAT'S grubby! With old license plates nailed over it … and incredible hash browns.

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

                                                      2. wienermobile Jul 12, 2010 04:52 PM

                                                        Martha's 22nd Street Grill in Hermosa Beach has an ocean view, a great patio and some wonderful one of a kind scrambles.

                                                        Martha's 22nd Street Grill
                                                        25 22nd St, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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                                                          bulavinaka Nov 27, 2010 05:20 PM

                                                          Aloha Food Factory on Valley at the western tip (or is it southern?) of Alhambra is now on our list. We had a great breakfast there a few weekends ago. The food is prepared with a lotta love. The macadamia nut pancakes are gigantic, tasty and very different from what we envisioned. The hash browns are seriously good, and the various Grindz plates are yum, not too salty and are enough to fill most folks. Even the diner coffee is "their own special blend."

                                                          Aloha Food Factory
                                                          2990 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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                                                          1. re: bulavinaka
                                                            monku Nov 27, 2010 06:20 PM

                                                            "We had a great breakfast there...."
                                                            That's a pretty strong statement from you...don't know whether or not it's worth a return visit.

                                                            Years ago (when they first opened) I went to AFF several times and wanted to like the place. I was trying eveything. The husband and wife were very friendly and seemed to put their best efforts into everything they did, but it just seemed to fall short of the other Hawaiin places I frequent.. I think the turn off was when they used spaghetti in the saimin soup.

                                                            1. re: monku
                                                              bulavinaka Nov 29, 2010 04:18 PM

                                                              We didn't get the saimin so I don't know if the spaghetti is still standard, but everything we had was just right for that level of eating. I had the lau lau and kalua pork for late breakfast, and I really enjoyed it. It definitely wasn't salt-free, but considering how salty this type of dish can be, AFF's version struck a chord with me. The lady behind the stove isn't from The Islands, but I think she could hold her own...

                                                              1. re: bulavinaka
                                                                monku Nov 29, 2010 04:44 PM

                                                                I'll wait until I get a report from you on the saimin.
                                                                The other place that serves spaghetti for saimin is Ono Hawaiian BBQ.

                                                                Interesting when I used to go there the lady (owner) waited on the tables and husband was in the kitchen doing the cooking.
                                                                Wonder if it's the same lady you saw behind the stove, because I can't remember if the owners said they were from the islands....maybe the husband was?.

                                                                Ono Hawaiian BBQ
                                                                3550 W Century Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90303

                                                                1. re: monku
                                                                  bulavinaka Nov 29, 2010 06:27 PM

                                                                  I get the impression that the husband is from The Islands, but the wife said she's from the mainland.

                                                                  The spaghetti in saimin is kinda wierd, but at the same time, it reminds me of how a lot of food came together - use what you got. I know though - it seems blasphemous.

                                                                  1. re: bulavinaka
                                                                    monku Nov 29, 2010 06:33 PM

                                                                    The wife being from the mainland might explain the spaghetti in the saimin.

                                                                    Spaghetti in any kind of soup seems blasphemous.

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                                                            shall1 Nov 30, 2010 10:19 AM

                                                            Try Walters in Claremont. Great omlettes. Also good Afghan food at might

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                                                            1. re: shall1
                                                              lil mikey Dec 12, 2010 07:21 AM

                                                              Walters also has very good lamb sausage. And the potatoes are delicious - slices cooked like french fries. Kind of like very thick potato chips.

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                                                              prainer Nov 30, 2010 06:06 PM

                                                              My favorite breakfast spots are both in Santa Monica -
                                                              Huckleberry Cafe which has fabulous beef brisket hash with eggs and their huevos rancheros are outstanding - as are any of their baked goods http://www.huckleberrycafe.com/
                                                              Cora's Coffee Shop for orange pancakes with blueberries - to die for

                                                              Cora's Coffee Shop
                                                              1802 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                              1. avivale Dec 1, 2010 07:33 AM

                                                                Mmm, breakfast! I gravitate to places that do NOT have lines on the weekend. Some of my favorites:

                                                                - Panini Garden on Main in Santa Monica: I like the massive and delicious egg-and-cheese crepe. I like their panini at lunch too.

                                                                - Le Petit Beaujolais in Eagle Rock: I frequently crave their croque monsieur. Quiche is excellent too, and the french toast looks fabulous but I haven't tried it. Eggs are okay.

                                                                - Coral Tree Cafe: The Encino branch is surprisingly not crowded on Sundays.

                                                                - Europane Bakery, Pasadena: My favorite for a mocha and any delicious pastry.

                                                                - Jack n' Jill's Too near Cedars Sinai: At breakfast I like their omelets with a side of warm cornbread. Tried the apple crepe once and it was tasty, but I've been disappointed by their savory crepes.

                                                                - Pete's Blue Chip Burger in Eagle Rock: I recently had a craving for a breakfast burrito, and I was surprised that that kind of diner was willing to customize it exactly to my liking. I took it to go, though-- no ambiance for eating in.

                                                                Panini Garden
                                                                2715 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                                                                Pete's Blue Chip
                                                                1701 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                                Coral Tree Cafe
                                                                17499 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

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                                                                1. re: avivale
                                                                  maxzook Dec 1, 2010 08:21 AM

                                                                  You say you prefer places that don't have lines on weekends ... and then you mention Europane? ;)

                                                                  And at first read I thought you were saying that Jack and Jill's was too near to Cedars-Sinai ... yeah, don't want to be reminded of your health as you leave after eating an omelet with cornbread ;D

                                                                  Like the choices!

                                                                  1. re: maxzook
                                                                    avivale Dec 1, 2010 11:18 AM

                                                                    You are right, Europane does have lines. The new Europane much more so than the old Europane. But I've been to the old Europane on a Saturday morning when there really wasn't a line, either. Timing is everything. :) Or I go on a weekday.

                                                                    Re Jack and Jill's Too, my egg white-only omelet is surely way healthier than a Europane chocolate croissant, no? Cornbread maybe not as much.

                                                                    I like the challenge of finding less-crowded breakfast places. Oh, and apparently Gus's BBQ in South Pasadena just started serving breakfast. That's probably not so healthy either but I can't wait to try it sometime.

                                                                    1. re: avivale
                                                                      maxzook Dec 2, 2010 02:25 PM

                                                                      My favorite Europane goody is their ginger scones, which invariably sell out early on Saturday (on one occasion they actually had one left by 10:30 am.)

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                                                                  laliz Dec 1, 2010 11:33 AM

                                                                  Another vote for Walter's in Claremont. The patio is gorgeous.

                                                                  However, much much prefer B.C. Cafe in Claremont. Kick Back Jack Pancakes, skillets, hash browns, the menu goes on for pages and pages. Wonderful.

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                                                                    foodspectator Dec 11, 2010 04:30 PM

                                                                    Absolutely love the little gem of a restaurant in San Marino named Julienne. It is a beautiful retreat filled with gourmet delights. It's a perfect breakfast/lunch spot outside of Pasadena. Lots of interior design details have gone into the restaurant. They have a delicious bakery and gift shop attached to it. Some of my fav things there: their house black currant, rosemary bread, filet mignon salad with a paprika vinagrette, lamb sandwich with carmelized onions, mustard chicken breast. They are not open on Sunday & Monday or for dinner.

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                                                                      paprkutr Dec 11, 2010 06:32 PM

                                                                      Have never eater there, but I love their cookies. They make the best chocolate chip cookies, called jumbles.

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                                                                        lil mikey Dec 12, 2010 07:23 AM

                                                                        I like the huevos rancheros at Julienne. Scandalously inauthentic, but tasty all the same. It's baked and served in a small cast iron skillet.

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