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Hi! I just moved to MDR, and am looking for a breakfast place like my old haunts in Hollywood. There are plenty of greasy spoons out here, but I'd like to find something like La Conversation, Susina Bakery, even Blue Jam. Something with quiche, omelets with goat cheese, and amazing croissants on the menu. I'm sick of Noahs bagels. And yes, I've already been to Gjelina for brunch, and while it is pretty good, it's not totally what I'm looking for. Santa Monica and Mar Vista are about as far as I want to drive, but I would be stoked to find something in Venice. Thanks!!

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Susina Bakery & Cafe
7122 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

La Conversation
638 N Doheny Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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  1. Try out Rose Cafe in Venice- their weekend brunches are solid! Favorite dishes include the smoked salmon benedict-style on croissants with dill hollandaise and the puff pastry wrapped salmon dish. Their potatoes are great, too.

    1. You should check out 3 Square on Abbott Kinney, La Grand Orange on Main St. in Santa Monica and Sauce on Hampton in Venice as potential replacements for your previous haunts.

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      3 Square Cafe
      1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

      La Grand Orange
      2000 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

      Sauce On Hampton
      259 Hampton Dr, Venice, CA 90291

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      1. re: Servorg

        La Grand Orange Santa Monica has had a name change and is now called M Street Kitchen, same food, same staff just a new name.
        http://www.lagrandeorangesm.com/

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        La Grand Orange
        2000 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        1. re: wienermobile

          So, when comparing m's to oranges there is no real difference then? ;-D>

        2. Curious palate in Mar Vista has a great breakfast! :)

          --Dommy!

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          1. re: Dommy

            I always drool over the Curious Palate breakfast menu but can never seem to get there early enough! They stop serving really early, like 10 AM, I think? But it really looks good. Fortunately, their lunch menu is great too!

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            The Curious Palate
            12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA

            1. re: aching

              We always go during the Mar Vista Farmer's Market, so it's more 'brunchy' ;)

              1. re: Dommy

                what about that la petit creperie joint that's on the same stereet as the mar vista farmer's market?

                1. re: kevin

                  We like it too! :) Also, we sometimes go to the Mexican Food place on the corner of Grandview and Washington Pl for some real hearty fare (And amazing pan dulce!)

                  --Dommy!

          2. For simpler breakfasts, there are Jinky's, L'Epicerie Market (great crepes), Maxwell Cafe (good waffles), Nichols, Snug Harbor and S & W....some like Cafe Buna and French Market Cafe but I am not thrilled with either. More upscale, Fig at the Fairmont, Hal's, Pacific Dining Car and Tasting Kitchen.

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            S & W Country Diner
            9748 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

            Pacific Dining Car
            2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

            Snug Harbor
            2323 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

            Jinky's Cafe
            1447 2nd St Fl 1, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            French Market Cafe
            2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd Ste 200, Venice, CA 90291

            Hal's Bar & Grill
            1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

            J Nichols
            4375 Glencoe Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

            Snug Harbor
            5520 Del AMO Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90713

            Cafe Buna
            3105 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

            Maxwell Cafe
            13329 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

            Pacific Dining Car
            2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

            L'Epicerie Market
            9900 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

            Tasting Kitchen
            1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

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            1. re: New Trial

              Where is L'Epicerie Market? And for T-K, I assume you mean brunch on the weekend, right?

              EDIT: Never mind! (I feel like Roseannroseannadanna.)

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              L'Epicerie Market
              9900 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

            2. How about crepes and omelettes? La Petite Creperie in Mar Vista

              http://www.lpcmarvista.com/index.html

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              La Petite Creperie
              3809 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

              1. Metro Cafe is in Culver City but easy to get to from MdR: 90-East, 405-North, exit at Venice; or just head east on Washington to Washington Place. Solid breakfasts but I don't recall them having baked items like croissants...

                I'm not sure what your ideal croissant is, but you also have Amandine on Wilshire right by the border of West LA and Santa Monica. I really like 3 Square's almond croissants, but they are more toothsome than most, and their food is very good as well.

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                Amandine Patissiere
                12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                3 Square Cafe
                1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                Metro Cafe
                11188 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90232

                1. In Santa Monica & Brentwood, on a sliding scale from uber casual to high end:
                  Jinky's
                  Omelette Parlor
                  Urth Cafe
                  Clementines
                  Huckleberry
                  Tavern

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                  Omelette Parlor
                  2732 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                  1. re: Phurstluv

                    Last three on the list are the best!

                  2. always happy to welcome another Hound to the 'hood :) you've gotten a bunch of great suggestions so far. i'll just add a few more:
                    - Cora's Coffee Shoppe
                    - 26 Beach (weekend brunch only)
                    - Snug Harbor
                    - Jack 'n Jill's
                    - Joni's

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                    26 Beach
                    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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

                    Joni's Coffee Roaster Cafe
                    552 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA

                    Snug Harbor
                    2323 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

                    Jack N Jills of Beverly Hills
                    510 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                    1. La Provence in Brentwood Garden makes excellent quiche and croissants.

                      1. There's also the FarmShop in Brentwood Country Mart. I haven't been yet, but others have and you can search on the board for specific comments. I do know it is being run by Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc alum and is supposed to serve similar dishes.

                        1. If you want to eat on the boardwalk, Figtree Cafe and Grill is pretty good. I have had some excellent breakfasts and I have had some so so, but the real draw is their 50% off deal from 8 - 9am everyday of the week.

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                          Figtree's Cafe
                          429 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291