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Breakfast in Silverlake?

misswonderful1 May 20, 2011 12:40 PM

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. Servorg RE: misswonderful1 May 20, 2011 12:59 PM

    I think Home http://www.homelosfeliz.com/ is one of the best bets in that general area.

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      Servorg RE: Servorg May 20, 2011 03:27 PM

      Home place link with menu/website

      1760 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    2. JeMange RE: misswonderful1 May 20, 2011 02:21 PM

      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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        Servorg RE: JeMange May 20, 2011 03:10 PM

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

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        silence9 RE: misswonderful1 May 20, 2011 02:40 PM

        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. mollyomormon RE: misswonderful1 May 20, 2011 03:25 PM

          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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            JeMange RE: mollyomormon May 20, 2011 04:44 PM

            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.

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              soniabegonia RE: JeMange May 20, 2011 08:15 PM

              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.

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                soniabegonia RE: soniabegonia May 20, 2011 08:24 PM

                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. :...(

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                  Sam D. RE: soniabegonia May 21, 2011 06:19 AM

                  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.

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                    mollyomormon RE: soniabegonia May 22, 2011 07:33 AM

                    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.

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                    carter RE: soniabegonia May 23, 2011 11:26 AM

                    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.

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                estone888 RE: misswonderful1 May 20, 2011 05:18 PM

                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

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                  foodworthy RE: misswonderful1 May 20, 2011 05:33 PM

                  The breakfast pizza at Little Dom's on Hillhurst, as well as their bloody Mary, is one of my favorite breakfasts in my history of early morning eating.

                  Little Dom's
                  2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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                    perk RE: foodworthy May 20, 2011 08:04 PM

                    Agree with you on both of those suggestions!

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                      goodhealthgourmet RE: foodworthy May 22, 2011 08:30 PM

                      sigh. when Adam Gertler had the Little Dom's breakfast pizza on Best Thing I Ever Ate, it was one of those rare moments when i was truly tempted to purposely gluten myself just so i could try it. will someone please eat one for me? :)

                      Little Dom's
                      2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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                        mollyomormon RE: goodhealthgourmet May 23, 2011 11:42 AM

                        I don't have a picture of the breakfast pizza, but here's a picture of the french toast souffle, which is also delicious!

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                          goodhealthgourmet RE: mollyomormon May 23, 2011 11:46 AM

                          you really know how to hurt a girl ;)

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                            soniabegonia RE: mollyomormon Jun 16, 2011 06:55 PM

                            Oh mollyomormon, how does the french toast souffle compare to their insanely delicious blueberry ricotta pancakes? I just had those pancakes for the first time last week and they quickly moved up to the top spot on my "best pancakes in LA" list (bye bye, Square One...). I agonized over the pancakes vs. souffle decision.

                            BTW, I've had their breakfast pizza and found it a bit underdone (soggy middle) - maybe I'll ask for well done next time.

                            BTW2, their house-cured anchovies are fabulous... more like pickled anchovies... they are meaty & succulent and not fishy at all or oily either. I mean, they are fishy, but in a good way... If you like "fishy" fish like anchovies, sardines, mackerel, etc, you know what I'm talking about. I have to get them every time I eat there, even if I'm getting pancakes & soft-boiled egg. If you're a fan of anchovies, these are awesome, and only $1 per order of about 10-12 anchovy halves. They are listed as one of the pizza toppings but you can just ask for a side order.

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                              mollyomormon RE: soniabegonia Jun 17, 2011 08:35 PM

                              Now I have to try the ricotta pancakes to I can make a fair comparison! The things we do for research...I'm definitely getting them with a side of those anchovies; those sound amazing! Thanks for the tip!

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                        foodworthy RE: misswonderful1 May 20, 2011 05:40 PM

                        Also, I have to say they might as well slap a TGI Friday's sign over Home. It's not terrible, but there's also no reason to spend money there either. Square One is delicious and fresh. Don't make the mistake I did and miss spotting the chalkboard as you walk out to the patio that lists their specials.

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                          happybaker RE: misswonderful1 May 20, 2011 08:14 PM

                          They don't take reservations, but Masa on Sunset is nice. Great crepes.

                          Even better is indeed Square One but wow, can they get crowded.

                          Village Bakery and Cafe is nice as well, but they don't take reservations and can get crowded too. Fab baked goods.

                          I've been dying to try Little Dom's for their brunch - reviews are decent and through open table, they do take reservations.

                          Little Dom's
                          2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                          Masa Restaurant
                          2063 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

                          The Village Bakery & Cafe
                          3119 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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                            reneannalee RE: misswonderful1 May 20, 2011 08:56 PM

                            Fred 62. It's 24 hours and they have great breakfast options. I love the Monte cristo and the huevos rancheros.

                            Fred 62
                            1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                            1. rednyellow RE: misswonderful1 May 20, 2011 09:21 PM

                              I like Dusty's on Sunset in Silverlake. Service can be a bit iffy, but I've always had a good breakfast there.

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                                Sam D. RE: misswonderful1 May 21, 2011 05:58 AM

                                For breakfast I would recommend Madame Matisse on Sunset

                                Madame Matisse
                                3536 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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                                  cls RE: misswonderful1 May 21, 2011 09:08 PM

                                  Yes it's late, and no, not technically in Silver Lake (neither is Little Dom's though) but no one has mentioned Alcove?
                                  I agree that Home is to be avoided.
                                  Local is good, as is Millie's in a small diner way.
                                  Haven't had breakfast at Dusty's but everything else I have had there has been awful so I wouldn't think it bodes well.

                                  Little Dom's
                                  2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                  1. Hershey Bomar RE: misswonderful1 May 22, 2011 12:07 PM

                                    Silver Lake -- two words.

                                    The Edendale is a good choice.

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                                      bechamelmacho RE: Hershey Bomar May 22, 2011 05:36 PM

                                      I believe the Edendale has closed. Also I don't get the excitement about Square One. Very average food for the price and lazy service by self-enchanted hipsters. And the place is filled with glassy eyed Scientologists. (Sorry L. Ron)

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                                        cls RE: bechamelmacho May 22, 2011 08:10 PM

                                        Edendale is open with new owners. Never had breakfast there either, but from what I have had, I don't think they would know how to cook an egg.

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                                          yinyangdi RE: bechamelmacho May 23, 2011 06:34 PM

                                          "... lazy service by self-enchanted hipsters. ..." hoot!

                                          I've never experienced excellent food and service during one visit to Square One; it's been either or … and at the most recent visit both were disappointing :( No plans to revisit in the near future.

                                          Square One Dining
                                          4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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                                        tastesgoodtome RE: misswonderful1 Dec 10, 2012 07:03 PM

                                        Try the Alcove on Hillhurst: http://www.yelp.com/biz/alcove-cafe-a...

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