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Oct 3, 2011 07:02 AM

Breakfast in Beverly Hills


Looking for reasonable breakfast in B.H., not a fan of hotel dining so looking to get out and about within the city.

Any ideas?


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  1. Can't go wrong with Nate 'n Al's Deli.

    Nate 'n Al's Deli & Restaurant
    414 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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        1. re: westsidegal

          y'know, i like nate 'n al's for the nostalgia of it all, and spotting the occasional old timey type famous person, but it is neither reasonable nor very good.

          1. re: linus

            they are the only establishment that has figured out how to cook matzo brei with onions properly.
            the onions need to be sauteed and caramelized separately BEFORE ever mixing them into the egg mixture.
            every other deli at which i've tried this dish, messes it up.
            only nate 'n al's will take the extra step so that the onions do not have a steamed/stewed quality AND the eggs never have a rubbery quality.
            so, for me, this is not a nostalgia issue, this is an issue of the restaurant cooking a dish RIGHT as opposed to cooking it efficiently.

            1. re: westsidegal

              it's keen you've found something swell to eat at nate 'n al's. i'm not normally a matzo brei person, but perhaps i'll try that next time i'm there.
              i have had some of the smoked fish dishes, sandwiches, chopped liver, coffee, juice, soup and found them straight outta meh-ville.

              1. re: linus

                have been sticking to their matzo brei for some time now because i rarely get to BH and Nate 'n Al's is the only place that cooks matzo brei as well as i do, with none of the hassle of shopping/cooking/cleanng nor the waste of throwing out the unused matzo.

                used to like their sandwiches. especially liked that the bread crust was always crisp while the inside part was alway soft. many, many, delis think nothing of serving sandwiches on cold bread in which the starch has already started to set up.

                never found any "old-style" deli here or in new york with actual good coffee or good juice. it's just not an old-time deli thing, and nate 'n al's is definitely an "old time" deli.

                their noodle kugel is made in the style my grandmother used in the early 1900's in Brooklyn-- the style that started in the days of "ice boxes" when refrigerated ingredients were considered to be luxuries. . . . .

                gotta admit though, never tried greengrass so maybe that's where the good coffee and juice are located. . . .

              2. re: westsidegal

                how's about the grill on the alley for their famed corned beef hash and eggs???

                1. re: kevin

                  G on the A more of a lunch place since they don't open until 11:30 AM

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Yeah, just remembered that. But it's breakfast to the Hollywood movers and shakers you wake up and begin the day after noon.

                  2. re: kevin

                    loved that place when i had an expense account.
                    top flight ingredients.
                    consistently careful execution.
                    never had a bad meal there.

          2. The Farm of Beverly Hills

            I think they do a great brunch/breakfast menu, not such a big fan of lunch/dinner.

            Farm of Beverly Hills
            439 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

            1. If, when you say, you are not a fan of hotel dining I take it to mean staying in the hotel you are in for breakfast (or lunch or dinner)? If you aren't staying at the Pink Palace (the Beverly Hills Hotel) on Sunset Blvd. I would say that catching breakfast at The Fountain Coffee Shop there would be worth the calories (I'm partial to the Belgian Pecan Waffle with a side of bacon) and to take in the "time warp" splendor of the hotel and its grounds. Just outside the Beverly Hills boundary proper is John O'Groat's on Pico Blvd in West L.A. for excellent pancakes and French Press coffee.

              If you do decide to take in the Beverly Hills Hotel and you want to avoid the valet parking ransom exchange then park on Lexington and stroll through the garden path up to the hotel. It's not far and it's a very beautiful and pleasant amble.

              John O'Groats
              10516 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              Beverly Hills Hotel
              9641 W Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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              1. Barney Greengrass at the top of Barney's is outstanding for breakfast. Sit on the outdoor patio.

                Barney Greengrass Restaurant
                9570 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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                1. re: BSW6490

                  What's good for breakfast at Greengrass?

                  1. re: kevin

                    the various smoked and cured fish there are excellent, though not necessarily cheap.

                2. BreadBar is a very nice option. Much more reasonably priced than Nate n Al's and Barney Greengrass.

                  Barney Greengrass Restaurant
                  9570 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212