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May 20, 2011 12:40 PM

Breakfast in Silverlake?

Heading to Silverlake with friends tomorrow morning..looking for tips on good breakfast places, with or without patios, that might take breakfast reservations?

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  1. I think Home is one of the best bets in that general area.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Home place link with menu/website

      1760 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    2. I'm gonna have to disagree with Servog and say that Home tastes government issue to me, although they do have a large outdoor space - both locations in SL and LF. I prefer the breakfast at Dusty's Bistro - they've got some really cute tables outside and a fantastic breakfast menu. Also, both Millie's and Madame Matisse have outside seating. All three are on Sunset in Silver Lake.

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      1. re: JeMange

        Either MRE's have REALLY improved or Home has gone WAY downhill... ;-D>

      2. We really enjoy The Coffee Table (the branch in/near Silverlake), which serves breakfast and lunch fare. Really hearty portions, creatively rendered. Interesting local art on the walls, and their inner courtyard patio should be perfect for this weekend's weather... Take home a huge slice of the best blueberry pie in town, which I understand is sourced from Sweet Lady Jane, to my chagrin. Source notwithstanding, it is extraordinary...

        Coffee Table
        2930 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

        1. I don't believe Square One takes reservations, but I love it so much that I have to go there for brunch every time I'm in the area (it's in East Hollywood, right behind the Scientology building).

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          1. re: mollyomormon

            Haven't been to Square One in a while. Is the quality still top notch? It's been a few years but I remember amazing bacon, great coffee and a really delicious salmon benedict served over potato pancakes.

            1. re: JeMange

              Square One was my favorite breakfast spot for a long time - from the time they first opened and for several years since. It felt personal and their care & attention to detail really showed in the food. I found myself going there every several weeks and really enjoying myself. Then I heard that they changed hands and every subsequent visit has been slightly less than amazing - the coffee not as consistent, the egg skillets slightly burnt, the pancakes overcooked, etc... so I found myself not going as often, maybe once or twice a year.... but still kept it high on my list.

              Well, I was there about 2 weeks ago and have to say they have fallen precipitously in the ranking, though I wouldn't say completely off the list. The pancakes... oh the pancakes. Those were unbeatable! But the present day Square One pancakes are not at all what they used to be. I ordered the usual: pancakes w/ fresh fruit & vanilla whipped cream. I noticed right away that the pancakes were noticeably smaller - about 40% smaller - which is not a problem since I was never able to finsh them when they used to be bigger, but it was just an indication. I took a bite. They were not light & fluffy with that wonderful fresh dairy flavor they used to have, which is what I originally fell in love with - it was like a hit of farm-fresh cream flavor in delivered in a super-moist, super-light sponge cake. The current version... they were just whatever - nothing special about them. They weren't bad pancakes, just nothing noteworthy. And the vanilla whipped cream? It used to have flecks of vanilla seed & had that heady, flowery vanilla flavor but alas, no more - they are clearly using an extract and it was evident in the inferior flavor. And instead of macadamia nuts they are using almonds. I like almonds, but they're pedestrian; I prefer macadamia because they are less common, have a wonderful light crunchy texture that is so unique to macadamia nuts. And frankly, I was charmed by them the first time had them with those fabulous pancakes. Oh, and the maple syrup? now comes in a squirt bottle instead of in an individual stainless pourer. It's just not as classy.

              Am I being nitpicky? Perhaps... and if you've never had the "original" Square One pancakes, these are minor things and you'd think they were pretty good pancakes. And they're probably banking on the fact that most people wouldn't know the difference. But I've had the original version many times and I noticed. There is clearly a new owner (no idea if this is true - I don't really follow that kind of stuff - but I'm willing to bet a dime) and they're trying to cut costs and sacrificing quality. It's still pretty good, but I wouldn't call it top notch anymore. I was just really bummed because I was looking forward to those pancakes and they didn't live up to my high expectations.

              1. re: soniabegonia

                Ok, I feel kind of bad having written this. I still think it's a good breakfast spot and I would even recommend it. I'm just lamenting the fact that they are now merely good, not stellar. I just felt *slightly* betrayed because I was *so freaking excited* to go there after a long absence and they disappointed me. :...(

                1. re: soniabegonia

                  When you consider their prices, I don't think you are being being too picky at all. Charging $9-10 dollars for exceptionally good pancakes is fine. But continuing to charge that much for diminished food quality that matches Denny's is not.

                  1. re: soniabegonia

                    That's always sad. I was there in January and the salmon benedict was as delicious as ever. I also really love that their fruit bowl only uses seasonal fruit rather than a bunch of melon all year round. Here's a picture of my food.

                  2. re: soniabegonia

                    Go knock on the door of Gingergrass on Glendale Blvd., ask for John Himelstein, as he purchased Square One several years back, and in fact is readying to open Square One Tavern in the former SiLa Bistro site on Hyperion at Griffith Park Blvd., diagonally across from Gelson's.

              2. Good breakfast at Local on Sunset. (They almost certainly don't take reservations, but I've never had a problem getting a table.) They also have a good breakfast at K2 on Sunset, where Eat Well used to be. Last time I was at Home, it was about on a level with Astro, which is just up the street from it and is sort of just a step above Denny's - best for very late night after the bars close when you need something, anything. I've also never understood the Millie's thing. IMHO it is tremendously overrated - quantity over quality.

                Eat Well
                3916 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029