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Ethnic Breakfast Spots

Where are the ethnic breakfast spots in LA?

Taiwanese (and maybe Chinese) and Mexican come immediately to mind -- at least to my twisted mind.

But are there others out there?

Fukagawa comes to mind, but what other places offer Japanese breakfast?

What about others? I'm sure they are out there but I'm just too sheltered to have tried them.

Do tell.

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  1. Ipse, I have my serious doubts, reading all your posts, that you are sheltered in the least!! ;-)
    I have not tried them, but most of the Ethipoian restaurants in Little Ethiopia offer breakfast. Merkato has 4 offerings (and this is my favorite Ethiopian Restaurant in LA). Scroll all the way to the bottom of the menu page:

    Little Ethiopia Restaurant

    Little Ethiopia Restaurant
    1048 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

    1036 1 2 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA

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    1. re: WildSwede

      Good info. Thanks.

      Ok. Ethiopian. Check. Others?

      1. re: ipsedixit

        You can get Yucatecan food at Chichen Itza in the Paloma Mercado (same place as Mo Chica) off the 110 and National. Unfortunately, they do not list their breakfast items on their website menu (and the MacArthur Park location is now closed). I know they have breakfast as I saw it when I ate there a couple of months ago.

        Chichen Itza
        3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

    2. Kim Ky in San Gabriel serves Chiu Chou-style breakfasts (lots of soup noodles).

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      1. re: raytamsgv

        Have the Chiu-Chou folks seceded from the imperial nation of China?


        1. re: ipsedixit

          Shhh...don't let people know about it. The Taiwanese may become be upset if someone beats them to it..

      2. Linda Burum had this place in LA Times' Food section's "The Find:"


        I've been dreaming of this place ever since...

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        1. re: bulavinaka

          If the Sangak bread is the real deal - what's offered at Healthy Choices in Irvine, although very good, is no Sangak - then get yourself over there pronto. Was in Iran a couple of years ago - Canadian passport, eh! - and absolutely fell in love with the breads. The rest of the suff in the review sound very good too. If you've had and loved tripa and all the different offal scented broths in SGV - and what Chowhound hasb't - then the Kaleh-Pache will also be up your alley. Usually, it's only served for breakfast. I await yours and ipse's report.

          1. re: fkingford

            Thanks for the info and recs. We had to nix our plans this AM, but this place is on my to-go list in the very near future. I am hoping that other Hounds get out here soon as well - I'm really curious about the other pastries that Linda mentioned.

            1. re: bulavinaka

              My guess is the pastries are not made in house. The Sangak tanoor is a dedicated tanoor, lined with pebbles and designed only to make Sangak, not even the other two breads in the Persian culinary staple; Barbari for breakfast and Taftoon for lunch and dinner, are made in this floor to ceiling behemoth. But you never know, if this is some hi-tech contraption as described in the article not only capable of turning out not only Sangaks but also very delicate French-style pastries!

        2. lox & eggs and a bagel widda shmear at Barney Greengrass? ;)

          Barney Greengrass Restaurant
          9570 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I've had (and loved) the egg salad sandwich at Europane.

            An amazing contender is the egg Banh Mi (sp?) at Siagon Bakery in Rowland Heights. I thought it would be a fried egg sandwich but instead, it's a barely hard cooked egg, sliced hot, with the classic Bahn mi fixings. Divine!

          2. I'm looking for a Turkish breakfast dish called Chilbir (or sometimes Childir). I've seen a lot of places that serve the more common cheese, veg, soft-boiled egg and will probably go to one and throw myself on the mercy of the chef, but thought it worth asking here if anyone is aware of it. It is essentially poached eggs, served over room temp yoghurt w/light garlic, topped with melted butter laced with aleppo pepper. Does this sound familiar to any of you Angelenos?

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            1. re: Rocket J

              Rocket J,

              That sounds fabulous. I am unable to help with your quest, but if you do indeed find it, please let us know. I'd like to partake.

              Sometimes, I think would settle for just a good Scotch Egg.


              1. re: ipsedixit

                ipse, have you tried Ye Olde King's Head in SM or Robin Hood in Van Nuys for a Scotch egg? i've seen thumbs up here on CH for both.

                *note: the address in the places link for Robin Hood is wrong. (i'd edit it if i knew how!)
                here's the correct info:
                13640 Burbank Blvd
                Van Nuys, Ca 91401

                Ye Olde King's Head
                116 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                Robin Hood British Pub
                13640 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

              2. re: Rocket J

                Rocket J, i know this thread is a few years old, but perhaps you'll find something useful in there:

                or maybe look into the "Turkish breakfast" at House Cafe?

                House Cafe
                8114 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

              3. I like a good bowl of pho or congee. I'm certain you know where to get these, as you've directed me to some good congee places.

                I also like lahmajoun at the Armenian bakeries. And speaking of Armenian, khachapuri makes a good breakfast.

                Walter's in Claremont is Afghan, and makes a delicious lamb sausage served with egg and delightful Afghan fries. They serve it with the same sauces as Indian restaurants: the sweet red sauce and the minty green sauce.

                Cafe Verona has a great Italian breakfast of polenta, egg and roasted tomatoes served with fresh bread. I'm talking about the Cafe Verona on La Brea, not Diamond Bar.

                Grand Casino in Culver City has breakfast empanadas, among other things.

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                1. re: lil mikey

                  Cafe Verona (La Brea) is a good one. I've always wondered about Italian breakfasts (beyond just pastries).


                  1. re: lil mikey

                    I eat Pho for breakfast very often. Oddly enough, Big Mama's & Papa's does a very decent Khachapuri (they also have some that have toppings and various sizes), although there is an Armenian bakery/deli on Glenoaks that is my favorite.

                    1. re: WildSwede

                      Just thinking about khachapuri is making me drool...mmm, khachapuri

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          oh my WORD... you had me at "Sort of reminded me of the egg and guanciale pizza at Mozza." thank you for the link i am going to order this very soon!

                        2. re: Servorg

                          this looks delicious - which one from the menu do you recommend? there are several mama's and papa's locations, is there one that does it the best?

                          1. re: maiweezy

                            I just like the regular one with eggs and cheese (they are so good that I have never felt the need to venture further). I have only had it at the Pasadena location - on Colorado near Allen. If you are going to eat it in-house, bring a steak knife with you to cut it (their plastic knives suck!). ;-)

                        3. re: WildSwede

                          The bakery I mention above is Paradise Bakery:

                          Paradise Bakery
                          555 The Shops At Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

                      1. Guelaguetza on Olympic serves Oaxacan breakfasts.

                        A nice Israeli Shakshuka at Momed on Beverly Dr.

                        Of course Dim Sum in Monterey Park or Downtown.

                        233 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

                        1. To camp onto the pho or congee, breakfast to me means a big bowl of noodle soup (vietnamese). Some that come to mind:

                          Bun Rieu
                          Bun Bo Hue: Ngu Binh in Westminster
                          Trieu Chau style noodle soups: Trieu Chau in Westminster
                          Banh Canh: Banh Cuon Tay Ho

                          I know fish sauce is quite pungent but I've learned to love it for breakfast as well. Banh Cuon is popular for breakfast too. Also a french-viet inspired breakfast of rice flour baguette, pate, and eggs can be found at Uyen Thy Bistro in Westminster. They also have bo kho, beef stew with bread. All of these things my mom used to make for breakfast. There should be some of this stuff in SGV, but I'm more familiar with Little Saigon...

                          Ngu Binh Restaurant
                          14072 Magnolia St, Westminster, CA 92683

                          Trieu Chau
                          4401 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

                          Banh Cuon Tay Ho
                          9242 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

                          Uyen Thy Bistro
                          9039 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

                          1. If you're looking for traditional Taiwanese breakfast then I highly recommend Yi Mei Chinese Pastries in Monterey Park. They have everything from yo tiao (often referred to as chinese doughnut or cruller), to fan tuan (sticky rice roll with dried shredded pork and pickled veggies in the middle), to a variety of sweet and savory soy milk that are either served hot or cold. The must have dish is the beef wheat cake with pickled mustard. Personal fave is the green onion pancake with eggs.

                            Yelp has it listed as closed but it reopened awhile ago. Be warned, place is small but food is great.

                            Yung Ho in San Gabriel (2 locations) is probably the most popular Taiwanese/Chinese breakfast spot in the SGV but I prefer Yi Mei. Hopefully twisted minds think alike.

                            Yung Ho Restaurant
                            533 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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                            1. re: LAloha

                              LAloha... Thanks for the great recs, but you should know that the original poster (ipsedixit) is quite the source on all things Taiwanese and Chinese on this board. In fact, I recall that ipse was the one who told most of the rest of us about "yeow tiao" and "shao bing" at YiMei to begin with.

                              Yung Ho down downhill a bit lately.

                              Yelp is a bit behind on the reporting for the latest on Yi Mei. In fact, Yi Mei has reopened as Huge Tree Pastry (in the old location of Dumpling Master), still serving great Chinese breakfasts.

                              Yung Ho Restaurant
                              533 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                              Huge Tree Pastry
                              423 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                              1. re: J.L.

                                Hmm, maybe I should have put something like ...

                                >>> Taiwanese (and maybe Chinese) and Mexican come immediately to mind -- at least to my twisted mind <<<

                                ... in my original post so that people would know what not to recommend?

                                Ah, but it's all good. I suppose others reading this would find the recs helpful.


                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  >>Ah, but it's all good. I suppose others reading this would find the recs helpful.<<<

                                  Yessereebob - given the title of this thread, it's very user-friendly and can be used by many in search of this particular category.

                            2. El Katracho in Van Nuys for Honduran.

                              El Katracho Restaurant
                              14838 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411

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                              1. re: maiweezy

                                What do you recommend?

                                I've seen this posted previously. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6027...


                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  breakfast #2, chorizo scrambled eggs. all breakfast platters come w/ fried plantains, a hunk of avocado, cheese, crema, and sweet sticky rice. (pic: http://media1.px.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/w...)

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    breakfast #2, chorizo scrambled eggs. all breakfast platters come w/ fried plantains, a hunk of avocado, cheese, crema, and sweet sticky rice. (pic: http://media1.px.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/w...)

                                    the only non-breakfast item i really like is the coconut-conch soup. both the beef stuffed plantain and fried chicken dishes are too greasy and too drenched in sauce.