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930a in los angeles tomorrow (7/20/2010). best breakfast/food that time of day. or...?

hi socal chowhounds...thanks to a necessarily awkward meeting tomorrow, my wife and i will be in the heart of the city with business wrapped up around that time. since we normally don't brave the freeways that time of day, we figured we'd make a great foodie trip out of it.

looks like we'll be constrained by places that offer breakfast, or very early lunch. specifically we'll be around the union station area....but have car, will travel.

that said, if all else really fails, then an awesome lunch would be a very desperate plan b.

if we had to give you all an idea, we absolutely love animal, and definitely sushi.

thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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  1. Dim sum in Chinatown?
    Rush hour traffic has wound down by 9:30am and "leaving" the downtown area is not a problem.

    1. How about a pastrami sandwich from Langer's for breakfast?

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      1. re: mollyomormon

        I also love Langer's (best pastrami you'll ever find and you can even get pastrami and eggs) or how about Nickel Dinner in downtown, home of the bacon donut.
        http://www.langersdeli.com/
        http://nickeldiner.com/

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        Langer's Delicatessen
        704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

        Nickel Diner
        524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

      2. Don't forget the obvious: Phillipe's. Although I'd rather go for dim sum myself. And speaking of which, SGV is less than 15 minutes from downtown with little traffic in that direction most of the day.

        Other downtown options include Bottega Louis and Pacific Dining Car.

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        1. re: Bob Brooks

          +1 Phillipe's, but it's a greasy spoon can't beat the atmosphere/history type of place. Someone can chime in on the cop place on N. Main across from the park maybe, I forget the name.
          Lunch at Toshi Sushi, beats Gen IMO and there's a Toshi special lunch for about $20.

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          Toshi
          15489 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

          1. re: cls

            Nick's Cafe....home made ham and eggs and their home-made salsa are the feature breakfast item.
            Working class joint popular with city and county workers.

        2. Guelaguetza for a Mexican breakfast

          Roscoe's for breakfast and lunch -- chicken and waffles ;)

          Cafe Verona if you feel like driving up to La Brea - great breakfast sweet potatoes

          and agree that dim sum might be a great choice as well!

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          1. re: Emme

            I think knowledge of local geography is lacking on CH lately.

            1. re: cls

              Haha, I have only eat at lunch time in downtown, most places don't seem open before 11 am.

              1. re: cls

                no, OP said have car, will travel...

                for some reason CH linked Cafe Verona in Diamond Bar rather than the one on La Brea in mid-Wilshire..

            2. So the Homeboy industries website says that HOMEGIRL CAFE is still in business. ..if so, Revueltos!
              (tho I'd call first to confirm...and service can be kinda slow, but there hearts are in the right place and they aim to please)

              http://www.homeboy-industries.org/ind...
              130 W. Bruno St., Los Angeles, Ca 90012
              (three blocks north of Union Station at Alameda St. and across the street from the Chinatown Gold Line Station
              )213.617.0380

              1. hi all. THANK YOU! well, as things happen, it's never perfect. if nothing else, we sure got a few suggestions we'll try next time around. cafe verona and toshi sushi look good.

                once again, everyone's input is greatly appreciated.

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                1. re: jacknhedy

                  I'm throwing in a second rec for Homegirl Cafe. They are still open and the food is very good. The breads from homeboy - fantastic!

                  The ham at Nick's cafe is yummy indeed.

                  Good luck with your adventure!