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Two of us Pasadenans want to treat a third friend to a birthday breakfast near Playa de Rey on Sunday morning. Not fancy, not upscale, no champagne needed, since the b'day girl doesn't drink - just someplace comfy and casual with good food, outdoor seating a plus. We're from the unfashionable East Side, are not at all familiar with that part of town.

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  1. 26 beach cafe in venice.
    i believe that they open at 8am on weekend mornings.
    http://www.26beach.com/

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    1. re: westsidegal

      +1 on westsidegal's rec. No outdoor patio per say, but there's a completely enclosed patio area that's kind of kitschy-chic - feels like a garden room sans all the plants. If you're willing to drive into Venice, 3 Square on Abbot Kinney has a patio area and it's nice in the morning. The food is solid, the prices are reasonable enough and the bake counter next door might interest you folks as well.

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

    2. Gjelina in Venice does a good brunch starting at 9am. Nice patio in back in addition to the great food.
      http://www.gjelina.com/Menus/brunch.pdf

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      Gjelina
      1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

      1. Sauce on Hampton in Venice. Open everyday at 8 AM

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        Sauce On Hampton
        259 Hampton Dr, Venice, CA 90291

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        1. re: Servorg

          although i absolutely love the food at Sauce on Hampton, their tiny tables and crowded space can sometimes be off-putting, especially on a weekend.
          also, the last time i was there on a sunday, the head guy (whose name escapes me) was taking the day off and the whole operation was zig-zagging in a bad way both in terms of service and food.

          1. re: westsidegal

            I always go early and have had no issue with table size, crowding or service. YMMV

            1. re: Servorg

              that must make all the difference.
              i never eat before 10AM
              still, the tables don't change size. maybe early AM they will be more amenable to letting you spill over onto the next table. . .

        2. Picnic in Playa Vista

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          1. re: ElissaInPlaya

            Place Link for Piknic.

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            Piknic Restaurant
            13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista, CA 90094

            1. re: ElissaInPlaya

              I haven't heard anything about Picnic after some luke warm comments on the board as well as a co-worker who tried it soon after they opened. It seems like a nice enough place to have a meal with the park across the street and that kinda casual urban Playa Vista feel.

              1. re: bulavinaka

                It's not Mozza, but I like it. Easy parking, comfortable seating, nice menu, full-bar, relaxed vibe, usually no-wait, nice outdoor space, great service, delicious desserts, and fancy coffee drinks. I like 26 Beach, but Piknic's salads and brunch items (ricotta pancakes!) are nearly as tasty in a more relaxed environment.

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                26 Beach
                3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                Piknic Restaurant
                13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista, CA 90094

            2. I was in your shoes a couple of weeks ago....
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/800294