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What are your favorite breakfast places and what do you get there? It doesnt matter where it is. I am willing to drive a bit if the food is worth it.

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  1. Gourmet Cafe in Los Alamitos is worth it if you like pancakes. I ate there this morning and I had the select 4 items for $6.25. One of my choices was the apple pancake and it was amazingly tasty with whole slices of apples in the batter. No need for syrup, just a butter spread! Also, this cafe is a bakery as well, and their Boysenberry Cream Cheese pie is wonderfully light and not too sweet.

    5350 Katella in Los Alamitos
    (714) 995-8930

    If Los Alamitos is too far, the Santa Monica Sunday Farmer's Market dishes up some pretty great breakfast fare too if you don't mind sitting on the grass and people watching. A variety of plate-sized pancakes, oversized omelettes, and french crepes are just some of the selections there.

    1. The Original Pantry on Figueroa and 9th in L.A. Be prepared for a wait. On an upperscale I like the Pacific Dining Car on 6th St. in L.A. If money is no object then I like the Bel Air Hotel, the setting is idyllic.

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      1. re: Hugh Lipton

        Agree on all counts. I particularly like the swiss eggs, house made sausage patties (which are huge and perfectly seasoned, and the avocado and asparagus scrambles at the PDC (linked below).

        Link: http://www.pacificdiningcar.com/

        1. re: Hugh Lipton

          Wasn't impressed by PCD's breakfast offerings.

          Joe's Special (with hamburger) was bland though ingredients seemed fresh. Potatoes were nothing special. Egg white omelet was a giant circle of egg white with vegetables wrapped inside - like a burrito. Wheat toast was kinda hard. But they do accompany the toast with a platter of jams (strawberry, marmalade, apple butter) and butter.

          Service was nice.

        2. Classic favorite: The Original Pancake House in Anaheim on Lincoln west of State College. Wonderful pancakes of all sorts. The eggs and breakfast meats are great, too, and they have fresh OJ.

          New favorite discovered yesterday: Henry Moffett's in Bellflower on Lakewood Blvd. between the 91 and Alondra. "Country" style breakfasts including the best chicken fried steak and biscuits & gravy around.

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          1. re: Dorothy

            Agree wholeheartedly about the Original Pancake House (link below). Everything I've tried there is good, and their apple pancakes are sublime!

            Link: http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/

            1. re: Dorothy

              I generally don't believe in destination dining, as I there is usually someplace good within a few miles drive. I will, however, get up and drive in traffic for an hour to get to the Original Pancake House in Anaheim. There are two others, one in Redondo and another in La Habra, but they do not compare to the original. The apple pancakes will throw you into a diabetic shock, but it's worth it.

            2. Pop's in Santa Ana for a breakfast to feed six or ten on one plate while sitting at sidewalk tables.

              Pop's Cafe
              112 E 9TH St
              Santa Ana, CA

              The Omelette Parlor in Costa Mesa has good food and a unique decor. The omelettes are different from your ham and cheese. Good stuff.

              The Omelette Parlor
              179 E 17th St,
              Costa Mesa, CA

              Schooner or Later in Long Beach is also a fav. What screams breakfast more than bloody marys, sitting on the docks and eggs benedict?

              Schooner or Later
              241 N Marina Dr,
              Long Beach, CA

              This will be the only time you'll ever seem me say anything positive about Johnny Reb's, because other than this niche they plainly blow. However, that clarified, Johnny Reb's does a good breakfast with homemade sausage gravy.

              Johnny Reb's
              2940 E Chapman Ave,
              Orange, CA

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              1. re: oc climber

                oops, just noticed that this post is rather old, sory...

              2. LeRoy's, on Huntington Drive in Monrovia. Best breakfasts around. We eat there every weekend. They've been on TV for their pancakes and have been voted in various polls from local papers as "Best Breakfast" for several years now...enjoy!

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                1. re: Michelle

                  I finally got to try LeRoy's about a month ago (every time I drive by (around 9-ish on Saturday, I would get discouraged by the people standing out front since I was so darned hungry!!). I loved the waitresses and it was obvious that most of the people there were regulars. So great. Loved the bacon and pancakes and the eggs were cooked perfectly to order! Will definitely be back there soon!
                  Also, my other favorite breakfast place which I have mentioned here before is El Matador (about 2-3 blocks up on Huntington from LeRoy's, across the street from Burger King). They have THE BEST Chilaquiles I have ever had!! I get it with the chorizo. Apparently they have good Menudo on weekends as well since most the people in there are gobbling it down. Alas, I am not a Menudo-girl, so I stick with the Chilaquiles - with the eggs over easy on top. DELICIOUS!! ;-)

                2. In Tarzana on Ventura Blvd.---The Little Cafe.

                  1. The Griddle Cafe on Sunset although you have to go with friends as their portions are too big. The French Toast is amazing. Toast on 3rd Street for a great variety of scramblettes. Joe's in Venice for Sunday Brunch.

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                    1. re: yaliktaitai

                      Does the Griddle's cakes beat John O' Groats? Do they serve biscuits?

                      1. re: Diana

                        I've only been to John O's once and just had eggs. Sorry - I can't compare. Will have to try John O's now!

                      2. re: yaliktaitai

                        toast is one of my faves (great people watching, too), but be prepared for the looong wait. another great spot is la conversation in west hollywood.

                      3. Gladstones is just great for breakfast. It's not very busy, you sit at an oceanview table and watch the dolphins, the service and food are both really good. But never go there for lunch or dinner. It really sucks.

                        1. Julienne's in San Marino (www.juliennetogo.com
                          Pacific Dining Car (www.pacificdiningcar.com
                          One Pico at Shutters in Santa Monica

                          1. Square One on Fountain in Hollywood. Fantastic bacon, great potatoes and perfectly brewed coffee. I haven't tried the pancakes and waffles but I'm told they're also terrific.

                            1. Are you willing to drive to the Princeville Resort in Kuaui? If so, let me know, because I will gladly carpool with you.

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                              1. re: kiwi

                                Can I hitch a ride as far as the Tip Top diner in Lihue?
                                They have banana-macadamia pancakes to die for.

                              2. I really enjoyed the lemon pancakes at John O'Groats and finicky friend liked the Huevos O' Groats, featured in l.a magazine's top 100 dishes, a tortilla made from biscuit dough, topped with black, sauteed onions and bell peppers, with two egg over easy, shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa.

                                Wish I was in the neighborhood to try their other offerings...

                                Link: http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta...

                                1. Gordon's Cafe in Yountville.

                                  Go for their omelette with gruyere cheese, chives, and bacon with whatever strike-your-fancy baked goods. They serve Equator coffee.

                                  Well, Mrs. Judge Dee dulicates these wonderful items ane more - with French toast with Brioche bread and Harry's Berries strawberries from the Hollywood Farmers' Market. I don't have to drive far!!!

                                  1. i am in love with one specific dish at one specific place.
                                    La Serenata (on Pico) serves brunch on the weekends, until 3pm, I think.
                                    They have a huge variety of Mexican breakfast dishes, but I keep coming back for their Chilaquiles in molcajete sauce. Outstanding spicy goodness.

                                    1. The Pantry is quite good, but the ham steaks are bland and watery although with the char they look much better than they are. The grilled sourdough toast and the potatoes (both well done) are tremendous. The Little Cafe is the closest thing the SFV can offer to The Pantry, but I think the tables are too close together and there is a cramped feeling. Always crowded. It's pretty tough to beat the Dining Car on any front. Excellent hash. Overall, though, our favorite breakfast place is Pat's Topanga Grill on Topanga Canyon. The ham steaks are the most flavorful I've found for breakfast. Unless you like regular sliced bread for your toast, bring your own bread. I prefer sourdough from Pioneer that I slice thick myself. Very relaxing outdoor seating. Their potatoes are nowhere as good as The Pantry (I really like crispy) but the later in the morning you go the better the potatoes are because they've been cooking longer. Reasonably priced and they make their own lemonade.

                                      1. There's a breakfast place in Culver City on W. Washington Bl. (middle of the block) 1/2 Block east of Hughes. 1 1/2 blocks East of Sony Pictures 1 block South of Brotman Memorial Hospital. South side of Street has Sam in the name. Great homefries and I would always get bacon and swiss omelette.

                                        1. Lots of good stuff already here, but since driving distance is no object, let me add the Pines Cafe (4343 Pearblossom Hwy., Palmdale, (661) 285-0455) to your list. It's a little greasy spoon cafe on the edge of the desert that serves phenomenally good chicken fried steak and eggs. (I think there was a Jonathan Gold review in which he opined that they had the best cfs in the state, but I can't seem to find it now, so maybe I'm just making it up.)

                                          Also, to round things out (they have certainly had that effect on me, anyway), both Campanile (linked below) and Ammo (1155 N. Highland Ave., (323) 871-2666) have nice brunch/breakfast on weekends. The best plate of scrambled eggs I have ever been served in a restaurant came from Campanile, and their baked goods and fried breakfast potatoes were spectacular. The last couple of times I've been to Campanile for dinner, it had gone downhill a bit, and I haven't been back in a year or so to see whether they've pulled things back together. I had sort of hoped that their breakfast remained unaffected, but haven't been recently to check. If you go to Campanile for brunch, however, avoid the hash and poached eggs, which is watery and uninteresting and just plain bad.

                                          Ammo, on Highland, has great fresh squeezed juices and an interesting and inventive menu. I know it sounds kind of macro-neurotic, but their brown rice with chicken and veggies is friggin amazing. Also, really nice muffins and scones.

                                          Link: http://www.campanilerestaurant.com/

                                          1. Cindy's, on Colorado in Eagle Rock: CB hash & eggs, eggs Bennie.

                                            Pann's, almost-Inglewood: CF steak, eggs, biscuit & gravy, wings'n'waffles.

                                            Rusty's, Victorville: giant breakfast skillets.

                                            Hamburger Hamlet, Pasadena: don't know about the others, but this one has very good eggs Bennie - my ma-in-law is a happy addict.

                                            Two other perfectly adequate places close to me are The Reyn coffeeshop on North Lake, a block or so south of Orange Grove in Pasadena, and Fox's, just north of Mendocino on North Lake in Altadena. The latter is a big local favorite for stuff like pancakes and oatmeal, and instead of toast you get some cute muffins - not my style really, but lots of people like them obviously.

                                            Haven't tried Leo's for breakfast yet, though I certainly intend to!

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                                            1. re: Will Owen

                                              Just added Rusty's to my list. (I get out that way sometimes, and a good breakfast spot would be great to have.) According to Yahoo!, the contact info is as follows:

                                              Rusty's Cafe
                                              14196 Amargosa Rd # A, Victorville, CA 92392
                                              (760) 241-3663

                                              1. re: David Kahn

                                                As long as we're reviving this thread, I might mention that LUNCH at Rusty's included a seriously good cold roast pork sandwich. When's the last time you saw that?

                                              2. re: Will Owen

                                                Hi Will. Just curious about The Reyn. I have been planning on going there after my jaunt to the Pasadena Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings, but the lure of El Matador has been to great. What do you order there? Thanks!

                                                1. re: WildSwede

                                                  There's one of their Egg Messes (family term, not theirs) that includes Ortega chiles, potatoes, cheese and eggs and Godnose what else, which is what I usually get. I t comes with sour cream all over it - I think I might start asking for some Pico Pica as well.

                                              3. I have a couple of favorites that haven't shown up yet.

                                                Figtree's Cafe on the beach in Venice at 429 Ocean Front Walk - 310-392-4937 does several things well. Their Eggs Lulu are a really delicious, really ugly mess of scrambled eggs, pesto sauce and apple-turkey sausage. They are served with just ok roasted potatoes, salsa, and bread with apple butter. They are stingy with the bread for some unknown reason.

                                                I also love their cornmeal pancakes with blueberries. These have just the right amount of cornmeal to add a little crunch without being heavy. There are lots of other good things on the breakfast menu, but those two particularly stand out for me. The location is perfect especially for out-of-town guests.

                                                Another favorite is Jordan's Cafe - 4448 W Slauson Ave at Overhill (E of La Brea) 323-296-2233. Jordan's offers a southern-style breakfast with a couple of twists that I never see anywhere else. Jordan's makes fresh poultry sausages out of ground chicken or turkey. These are fairly large patties loaded with great sage-y flavor. I haven't been in the last year, but I think their biscuits are either homemade or pretty darned close. When they are available, the waffles and wings are pretty good too.

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                                                  wow i'm a dog

                                                  ocean diner, hermosa beach

                                                  Link: http://oceandiner.com/

                                                  1. We go to Jenny's Country Kitchen almost weekly. It's a very small place on Telegraph and Carmenita in Santa Fe Springs. The biscuits and gravy are the bomb! And I can feed my family of five for under twenty bucks.

                                                    Another family favorite is Flo's Airport Cafe at the Chino Airport. Not the cleanest place but great breakfast. Prepare to wait for a table on the weekends.

                                                    1. Bobbies in Woodland Hills. Best buttermilk pancakes.

                                                      1. i HAVE to post this....i cannot believe its not on here.....

                                                        Dupar's......THE best pancakes.

                                                        i went again recently and had some of their pork sausage patty, oh wow, great flavor!!! please, how come no one has talked about this place? they're everywhere........the one at the grove they say is opening back up in a month!!!!!! btw, i shared a SHORT stack with my mom, and just three of them is enough for 2 people. if you have bacon or sausage, you're set!!!

                                                        1. Plums and Haute Cakes, both on 17th street in Costa Mesa (OC). Plums is a little pricier, but they have trout, granola, french toast to die for. And you can add a mimosa (with refills!) to any meal for an extra 2-3 bucks. Haute Cakes has great egg dishes, pancakes, and french toast.

                                                          1. In the Long Beach area, Bake & Broil is my favorite for breakfast

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                                                            1. re: Ernie

                                                              I'll second the motion on Bake and Broil. Original Pancake House also gets the big thumbs up.

                                                            2. Doughboy's, on 3rd street near The Grove is one of my favorites - interesting menu, very reasonable prices, and huge portions. Be prepared for a wait though...

                                                              Also, John O'Groats on Pico (near Westside Pavilion) is a little grittier but has great breakfast.

                                                              Finally, by far, my all-time favorite is Hash House A Go-Go in San Diego. Awesome biscuits and fruit preserve.

                                                              1. for an upscale weekend brunch (not weekday breakfast),
                                                                i vote for cafe del rey.
                                                                for $22 (before tax and tip) you get two courses, champagne, and great baked goods.
                                                                for $28 you get three course, champagne, and the aforementioned great baked goods.

                                                                the quality/price/quantity ratio can't be beat.

                                                                1. My two faves are Pie N Burger in Pasadena and Doughboys on 3rd.

                                                                  1. I hear the Breakfast Buffet at Inn of the Seventh Ray is very good, but I've never been. Keep hoping someone will treat me!

                                                                    1. La Petite Cafe in Hermosa, great muffins, Mimosa'a and Chicken Marsala Omelettes..

                                                                      Also, The Omelette & Waffle shop in San Pedro for their Ham and Cheddar Waffle!

                                                                      1. Pepe's on Placentia in Fullerton for a breakfast burrito (served all day).

                                                                        1. Raes Restaurant in Santa Monica on Pico.

                                                                          Nicks on Pico and La Cienega near Mid Wilshire.

                                                                          S & W Country Diner in Culver City on Washington.

                                                                          Maxwells in Culver City on Washington.

                                                                          I require a few things for a great L.A. breakfast: Eggs, bacon, coffee in a worn-down mug, and lots of formica.

                                                                          1. My favorite breakfast places in the LA area, most which have already been mentioned:

                                                                            Doughboy's on Third, near the Beverly Center (their oatmeal/cream of wheat blend is to die for);

                                                                            Jinky's in Santa Monica and WeHo (huge selection);

                                                                            DuPar's (for their buttery pancakes);

                                                                            Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe at 12114 Washington in Culver City/Mar Vista (for their astoundingly large and inexpensive "Royale" breakfasts, which is char siu, portugese sausage, green onion, sprouts on a bed of white or fried rice); and

                                                                            IHOP for their corned beef hash and Swedish pancakes (I know my credibility just plummeted but I had to be honest.)

                                                                            1. Jinky's and Doughboys are good, but my favorite is a greasy spoon in Whittier called Scotties Family Restaurant. It's off Whittier Blvd. across the street from the Quad.

                                                                              1. A real jewel is The Ramos House Cafe in San Juan Capistrano. It's on the other side of the train tracks on the historic Los Rios district of SJC. It's a perfectly-restored old house, that John, the proprietor (a character, and a CIA alum) lives in, and his restaurant serves breakfast and lunch on his quaint little patio under the shade of a hundred-year-old mullberry tree, next to his herb garden. The food is excellent, kind of tall-CIA-influenced Cal-cuisine meets southern/cajun. Brunch on Sunday is a special treat. Try the duck hash, the crawfish waffle, or the pomegranite mimosa. The place is tiny, though, so call ahead.

                                                                                1. Arthur's in Orange. I haven't been for awhile since I moved, but it was yummy! lot's of cheese on just about everything. Great potatoes. And you could get these little biscuits with sausage gravy for dipping....help....heart attack!!

                                                                                  1. Ooh, one more--Sidestreet Cafe in Costa Mesa. Funky little place with pictures of the family and kids all over the table tops and the walls, and great, home-cooked food. The best (not the crap in the can) corned-beef hash I've ever encountered, and try the corn pancakes! The lunch stuff is good there as well.

                                                                                    Memphis, also in Costa Mesa, serves a pretty good brunch on the weekends as well.

                                                                                    1. ONLY if you order from my short list, DINAH'S FAMILY RESTAURANT

                                                                                      order either:
                                                                                      the german pancake (or it's smaller cousin the dutch oven baby)
                                                                                      or the
                                                                                      baked apple pancake (either size)

                                                                                      i also like their sweedish pancakes served with lingonberry butter.

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                                                                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                        dinah's is adorable and another one for the list. their chicken and waffles are AS good as roscoes!

                                                                                      2. Love Good Earth's ten grain pancakes or spinach omelette.

                                                                                        Mega love for Brent's Deli's oat bran pancakes and super fluffy and delish scrambled eggs - they taste great w/o butter or oil.

                                                                                        Mimi's cafe has very nice oatmeal w/all the accoutrements.

                                                                                        1. For a great, hearty breakfast at really good prices, Headlines in Sherman Oaks can't be beat. Nothing fancy, but good solid food. They have a branch in Westwood also.

                                                                                          1. Some duplicates, but mine depend upon what I want...

                                                                                            For egg-white omelettes, Jinky's (good pancakes and chili too), Hugo's, and (gasp!) Jerry's Deli (great dry omelettes and veggies on the side...), EatWell, and The Flowering Tree.

                                                                                            For sweet stuff, Doughboys, Toast, The Griddle Cafe, and Little Next Door.

                                                                                            1. I enjoyed the pancakes and the Chicago Skillet (corned beef hash, potatoes, eggs, cheese) at Flappy Jack's in Glendora. The pancakes were very fluffy and the corned beef was tasty.