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Aug 4, 2011 06:49 PM

8a.m. Saturday Morning Downtown L.A. (Super Yum + Highchair + New +Not-Meat-Meat-Meaty)

Hi all! I'm an L.A. native so I've been (a million, zillion times perhaps) to all of the old school places downtown (Pacific Dining Car, Pantry, etc. etc.) including many which no longer exists. What I have not been to, since having my child, is any of the new places that have opened in the last few years, but about which I've heard lots of hype.

My little one is doing really well in restaurants these days, especially for breakfast. We usually eat at Little Dom's, Village Bakery, or Square One (which has gone downhill, folks!). We're going to be downtown this Saturday, and I would love to try someplace new. Help a mom out :). Here are some parameters:

-MUST open at 8 a.m. or earlier (non-negotiable as she won't eat later than that and then it doesn't work).
-Please be new-ish; I'd like to try someplace I haven't been
-We are very adventurous VEGETARIAN eaters and MOST of our favorite restaurants are not overly veggie, but they all have solid (and super yummy) veggie options (so, for example, we're never going to find ourselves over at Animal, but we did find ourselves (pre-baby) over at The Bazaar. So, if what you love there is the meaty-meat-meat, or the potatoes fried in the meaty-meat-meat-grease, not a good rec for us).
-Can be anything from order at the counter to ultra-fancy (was thinking of Bottega Louie if they opened an hour earlier).

Thanks all!

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

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

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

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  1. If you haven't been to the Nickel Diner this is the time to plug that gap in your eating resume at last.

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

    1. Second Nickel Diner -- here's the menu:

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

      1. Tuesday through Friday Homegirl Cafe is open at 7am. (Saturday it's 9am.) They have lots of veggie choices and the homeboy bakery breads served on the side are divine!

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        1. re: happybaker

          "(Saturday it's 9am.)"

          Unfortunately that means it won't work for the OP as they are going on Saturday and need a place that opens no later than 8 am.

        2. It's old school - but Nick's cafe is surprisingly good. Open early, lots of veggie/egg choices. Great pancakes. I do love their housemaid salsa.

            1. re: JAB

              I always forget about this Urth location downtown. I think that's because the food at Urth is so forgettable, at least in Santa Monica. Still, the food is not "bad," per se, and it's definitely a solid choice for a vegetarian breakfast.