Savory bfast + good coffee? (Pasadena environs)
I'm constantly looking for new b'fast spots and need some new suggestions.
On the current rotation (in no particular order):
Cafe Verde (Pasadena)
Dish (La Canada)
Peach Cafe (Monrovia)
Bottega Louie (downtown)
Auntie Em's (eagle rock)
Le Petit Beaujolais (eagle rock)
Square One (hollywood)
I'm looking for savory items (eggs, sausage, bacon) vs sweet/bready type things (due to current diet restrictions (no wheat)).
Blue Star (downtown) is the only thing on my 'to try' list.
I know I'm missing out on others! Please share. TIA
Would prefer the Pasadena-ish environs (15-20 minute radius is fine).
961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106
2200 E 15th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Le Petit Cafe
2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Well, the Mike and Anne haters can go elsewhere. I had an excellent oriental chicken salad, the best I've ever had and service was great. Sorry your experiences didn't live up to your standards, but really, the restaurant is picturesque, well designed and unless your expectation of prices is from the Jack in the Box menu, quite reasonable indeed. Just check out the prices on S. Lake in Pasadena or on the Westside. Where are you guys eating anyways??
I don't think you have to be a food-truck fanatic to experience cognitive dissonance on seeing oriental chicken salad on a breakfast thread!
Mike and Anne's is a pleasant space, and though its prices are at the upper end of my everyday budget they're in line with my favorite brunch joint, Square One. We had an excellent light lunch at M&A one day. Our only annoyance with the place came one Saturday afternoon when we stopped by for refreshments, and were told that they were closing until dinner time. If this were some fancy-pants dining establishment we might understand that, but to our minds it's a neighborhood eatery, like Green Street, and should be expected to open at the beginning of its work day and close at the end. But it's their business, not ours.
Think you mean Plate 38, no? Corner Colorado and Sierra Madre (Pas.).
I've been several times. It's kind of an odd place - very aspirational for dinner ($20-30 entrees with long descriptions) but the few items I've ordered have just been off, like the chef has an idea of what needs to be served at a nice place, but things are getting short-circuited. A few examples - oatmeal served "with fruit and brown sugar". Ok, fine, but whole grapes and unpeeled apple chunks? The egg sandwich was supposed to be served on an English muffin but instead it was on a fairly stale brioche with this herb-y aioli. I don't like mayo on anything, but a breakfast sandwich is really beyond the pale. And the sausage, rather than being patties, was thick links split down the middle, which sort of busted up the sandwich.
But these aren't grave offenses (I can't remember if I've posted on this place, so hope this isn't repetitive), and all this aside, it's not really a bad place for breakfast in the area, just some rough edges. Coffee is really strong Peet's and freshly-brewed, so that's a plus. It's a great place to work, has a nice, clean vibe, and service is great. It just might need a Ramsey-esque makeover one of these days, since it's trying to be a lot of different things at once and not really nailing it.
re: cant talk...eating
Well, I haven't been there yet, but that egg sandwich sounds like the egg sandwich of my dreams; I can't imagine eating one without mayo, and aioli is what I expect to eat in Heaven (if I go to the other place I expect nothing but ketchup and Miracle Whip!). I do agree that if I'm getting grapes on my oatmeal they need to be dried … and apple is just wrong.
re: Will Owen
Okay, five months later and I *HAVE* been to Plate 38, though not yet for breakfast. Twice, once for lunch and once for supper, both good enough to convince me that breakfast oughta be trip #3. That brioche must have been a burger bun; if the egg sandwich is as good as my burger was I may need to drop my slavish allegiance to Sausage-and-Egg McMuffins ...
2361 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
The Chilaquiles at Homegirl are AWESOME! The salsa is made there and is so bright and tasty, I just dive in.
And a wheat free carb fest is available at Wild Thyme in Pasadena --
HUEVOS – SOUTH PASADENA Twice cooked Potatoes topped with two over- easy Eggs, Homemade Salsa, Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Avocado & Olives. Choice of Toast.
Only available on the weekends, slightly tawdry (like potato nachos) but very very tasty : )