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Creative breakfast dishes in LA

Hello - I know there are tons of postings on breakfast but I have a slightly different search. While I like traditional breakfast dishes, I also really like finding new breakfast/brunch dishes that you can't find at every single restaurant. What places have different and delicious dishes or place a creative spin on traditional dishes? Thanks.

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  1. If Venice/Santa Monica is OK, I think you would like SAUCE ON HAMPTON, one block N of Main at Rose. One of our favorites for BLD.

    BLD Restaurant
    7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    1. Hugo's.

      Hugo's Restaurant
      8401 Santa Monica Blvd West, Hollywood, CA

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I LOVE Hugo's! They can make almost all of their food either vegan or vegetarian. It's great! Plus there's a parking lot which is a big plus.

          1. re: Miri1

            i miss Hugo's i used to live a few blocks away and it was my regular weekend spot. always got the same thing - the Oatmeal Frittata...which i can't eat anymore. sigh. if they could de-glutenize it for me i'd make the trek all the way from the Marina just for that!

        2. Zengo Santa Monica has their peking duck hash
          poached egg / poblanos rajas / caramelized onion
          plantain dish as part of their unlimited small plates brunch.

          395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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            1. re: wienermobile

              good lord that sounds amazing. adding Zengo to the brunch list...

              395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            2. I'd say the Nickel Diner is a good example of a place that strives to do that. From their maple bacon and Irish Car Bomb doughnuts to their spicy bbq pork hash to their house made jams.

              Nickel Diner
              524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

              1. Simple and delicious great pancakes at The Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach on PCH, I love their thin and chewy 49er flapjacks. Also giant apple pancakes and Dutch Babies.

                1. What places have different and delicious dishes or place a creative spin on traditional dishes?

                  In the category of "different and delicious", how about Chinese breakfast places like Huge Tree or Four Seas? And The Turkish Breakfast at the House (www.housecafe.com) is definitely different and delicious, which, if you don't know, is sort of like the Middle Eastern version of America's "Continental Breakfast.

                  In the category of "creative spin on traditional dishes", how about The Red Velvet Waffle with Cream Cheese at The Waffle (www.thewaffle.us) Or maybe the Spicy Fried Fish and Eggs at Uncle John's (http://www.ujcafe.com/) Then there's the Pesto Omelet at The Peach Cafe (http://thepeachcafe.com/) which is much more creative than it sounds. Roast Beef Hash (made with prime rib) at the Pacific Dining Car (http://pacificdiningcar.com/index.html) is kind of creative as well, I suppose.

                  And some of the most creative spins on traditional egg dishes can be found at Cecconi's (http://www.cecconiswesthollywood.com/) where you can find things like duck eggs with black truffles.

                  And of course, as others have mentioned, Huckleberry and Nickel Diner do great creative spins on breakfast favorites.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Piggybacking on ipse's recs for Huge Tree (Taiwanese breakfast goods) and Huckleberry.

                    Gjelina Take Away is another with some unique takes on breakfast. They have some basic but excellent baked goods (buttermilk biscuit with house made strawberry jam and butter, berry corn meal scone, bacon date scone) but some more unique standouts for me were their variations on their toasts made from their rustic breads. Toppings like smoked salmon might not be uncommon but combined with pickles and boiled egg slices, these were really good. Add in smokey roasted trout or prosciutto as toppings and it's unlike any other breakfast I've had in a while.

                    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                  2. Metro Cafe's Sauteed Banana House Special is memorable for me. Also The Original Pancake House's specials are pretty memorable. The Dutch Baby is probably their more popular of the bunch, but the Apple Pancake and the Tahitian Maiden's Dream leave a bigger impression on me.


                    Almost anything at Bruddah's in Gardena would probably qualify as a creative a creative breakfast dish by LA standards. Well-prepared Hawaiian Grindz - lau lau is my achilles heel.

                    Along similar lines, Aloha Food Factory in Alhambra has macademia nut pancakes. Huge pancakes topped with vanilla pudding, sprinkled with macadamia nuts. It's a pretty basic dish but is one of our kids' favorite breakfast items and very comforting, along with their hash browns.

                    1033 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

                    Metro Cafe
                    11188 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90232

                    Aloha Food Factory
                    2990 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

                    1. I wish they were open on Sundays, since getting there on a Saturday for me never happens, but Juliene's in San Marino is a lovely jewel of a spot with the most amazing Bread Pudding French Toast. Decadent yes, but it is not an every day dish.

                      2649 Mission St, San Marino, CA 91108

                      1. Hmm...breakfast is my favorite meal but it's hard to know what you might consider creative. I don't see weisswurst on many menus but that's on the brunch menu at 3 Square in Venice. I also love the take on Salmon Benedict (it's served on crispy potato cakes) at Square One in East Hollywood. I really love the patio at Eveleigh and think they have a fun brunch menu: http://www.theeveleigh.com/gallery/me...

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

                        8752 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                        1. Almost everything on Gjelina's breakfast/brunch menu is creative and delicious.

                          1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                            1. re: mollyomormon

                              It's surprisingly easy to get a table before 11.30am, although I probably shouldn't be advertising that!

                              1. re: hrhboo

                                It definitely is. I've walked in before then with no wait at all.

                                1. re: hrhboo

                                  you all can enjoy gjelina, im not a fan... that should help you guys out :)

                            2. At Square One Dining on Fountain west of Vermont:

                              Baked eggs with braised mustard and collard greens, mushrooms and gruyere on grits;

                              Granola with Greek-style yogurt and pomegranate honey;

                              Wild mushroom and feta omelet ...

                              ... and dozens more. The most consistent and imaginative breakfast place in Los Angeles.

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

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                              1. re: maxzook

                                i do like their french toast with pecans and fresh whipped cream...

                              2. I love the French toast all'italiana at Cafe Verona, 201 S. LaBrea. They also serve a unique side with their frittatas: sweet potato mash.

                                1. Eggs benedict at Pacific Dining Car...hollandaise on the top...sitting in a pool of Marchan De Vin sauce of the bottom. Excellent.

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                                  1. re: orythedog

                                    is there pork in the marchan de vin sauce???

                                    i'd go for the awesome steak and eggs at PDC.

                                  2. I freakin' love the pancakes at Griddle Cafe.

                                    Every time in LA, without a doubt.


                                    1. AOC has a very good brunch with some creative dishes

                                      8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                      1. Bean & Thyme at the Sunday morning Santa Monica farmers market serves a great breakfast. They've got breakfast bowls with 65 degree eggs over anson mills grits, kale, and berkshire country ham. The breakfast sandwiches are really good too: various meats (chorizo, pulled pork, pastrami), super creamy eggs, and greens. The food is tasty and made from scratch with farmers market ingredients.