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Feb 16, 2011 11:39 AM

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):
Martsons (Pasadena)
Julienne's (Pasadena)
Cafe Verde (Pasadena)
Yaharia's (Pasadena)
Dish (La Canada)
Leroys (Monrovia)
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).

Cafe Verde
961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

Blue Star
2200 E 15th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Le Petit Cafe
2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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  1. I haven't been but have heard good things about Mike and Anne's in South Pasadena.

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    1. re: RoxyGrl

      Mike and Anne's is a great little restaurant. Not a very extensive menu, but well executed in a very nice setting. Prices are reasonable. It is a very good neighborhood restaurant and well worth trying.

      1. re: Crescentan

        I've been several times for brunch, wanting to love it, and it always fell short - so, it's off my list for good. Small portions and wretched service keep me away.

        1. re: The Oracle

          Agreed...service is awful and food was disappointing on recent visits. I did enjoy this restaurant when it first opened.

        2. re: Crescentan

          I'd disagree with the idea that their prices are reasonable. For what you get, I think they tend to charge about 20% over what's earned. That's especially true for dinner. I wish it weren't so - they're a super cute place to go eat.

        3. re: RoxyGrl

          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??

          1. re: Crescentan

            not the "oriental chicken salad", that's for sure.

            1. re: TonyC

              Well, I guess you'd better stick to the food trucks, guy.

              1. re: Crescentan

                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.

        4. plate 33, never been, but it seems to fit your criteria.

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          1. re: chezwhitey

            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.

            1. 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.

              1. 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 ...

                Plate 38
                2361 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

          2. I've always had solid breakfasts at The Monrovian in Monrovia. Also, basic coffee shop fare at Andy's in Pasadena. I am not a coffee drinker, so I can only talk about the food!
            For really good Chilaquiles, I love El Matador on Irwindale in Irwindale. Very, very good.

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            1. re: WildSwede

              Same as the El Matador truck at the end of the Western off ramp off the 405?

              1. re: orythedog

                Don't know! That would be interesting if it was!

            2. Twohey's

              Mix N Munch

              Mike and Anne's

              Black Cow

              Nano Cafe

              Uncle John's Ham & Eggs


              Nick's Cafe

              5 Replies
              1. re: ipsedixit

                Uncle John's Ham & Eggs is now known as Uncle John's Cafe
                834 South Grand Avenue
                Los Angeles, CA 90017
                (213) 623-3555

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Good coffee @ Twohey's?? Maybe I'm just remembering wrong, but I'm picturing a Farmer's Bros. set-up.

                  1. re: cant talk...eating

                    I look at OP's list and take the phrase "good coffee" to be a euphemism for a high profit margin item to cover the cost of the rest of the menu items.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Twohey's coffee is terrible and while my daughter loves 'em for breakfast ("pigs in a blanket!") I do not share her enthusiasm. It's passable but that's about as kind as I can be.

                      Twohey's Restaurant
                      1224 N Atlantic Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

                2. Nick's Cafe
                  Homegirl Cafe
                  Urth Caffe
                  Moles la Tia

                  Philippe the Original
                  1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                  Homegirl Cafe
                  130 Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                  Moles La Tia
                  4619 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022

                  urth caffe
                  451 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                  1. re: d_doubleyew

                    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 : )