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Off the Beaten Path Breakfasts

Hi Everyone,

I'm on the hunt for some amazing breakfast spots in the LA/OC/Santa Barbara area. Definitely want to stay away from anything touristy or commercial. Open to all kinds of different interpretations of "breakfast" too. Please let me know your favorites!

Thanks so much!

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  1. Best Pancakes in LA are at The Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach on PCH. Dutch Babies, giant apple pancakes and my favorite are their chewy 49'er flapjacks. Worth a visit.

    Also Uncle Bill's Pancakes in Manhattan Beach for their wonderful Cheddar Bacon Waffles,

    and Martha's 22nd st Grill for their great one of a kind scrambles like their white corn and harvarti.
    25 22nd St
    Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Thank you so much for the recommendations!

      1. re: wienermobile

        you speaketh the truth wienermobile, AMEN!!! Life at breakfast begins and ends with 49ers and Dutch Baby's and it is no secret.

          1. re: wienermobile

            german pancake

            jagerhouse in anaheim

          2. I love the Hickory Maple Waffle from the Peach Cafe in Monrovia. I especially love their Hickory Maple Waffle Benedict that they do on weekends. Not the most healthy, but delish!

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            1. re: WildSwede

              Also, I love the lox and bagel plate at Plate 38 in Pasadena. They deep fry their capers!
              The Chilaquiles at El Matador on Irwindale Bl in Irwindale is also really good. I also see a lot of people buying their Menudo, but not being a fan, I cannot comment on it.
              The German Pancake at Flappy Jack's in Glendora is amazing!

              1. re: WildSwede

                I may have asked you this in the past, if so, forgive me. Is this the same El Matador that also has a truck parked at 101 and the Western off ramp? It is usually there after 5pm?

                Also, do you think the chilaquiles are as good as Pepy's Galley?

            2. Filipino breakfast Long-si-log at Max's in Glendale. Its Filipino sausage, garlic fried rice and an egg fried over easy.

              Nick's Cafe at Pico and LaCienega. Old fashion greesy spoon fair.

              Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock. Great brunch spot.

              Chorizo and eggs at Cacao in Eagle Rock.

              1. Our favorite breakfast is at Johny Reb's in Bellflower (Also Long Beach). Great place to get brisket and eggs, grits, amazing pancakes, and for special occasions like Mardi Gras or Father's day they have beignets, Prime rib n eggs, and shrimp-n-grits (which I like for breakfast).


                1. Since you mentioned Santa Barbara I am assuming Ventura works as well. Love the Sunday brunch at Tutti's Off Main. Abeautiful patio to sit on and enjoy the early summer weather. Great egg dishes, lox and bagels and I even think pizzas if you are in the mood.

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                  1. re: Hughlipton

                    Monecito's loss and Ventura's gain. I really miss this spot in Montecito.
                    You're right....it's wonderful

                    1. re: latindancer

                      The one that was in Montecito was quite special but had very limited seating as opposed to their new place in Ventura.

                  2. Dim sum means breakfast to many people in the southern parts of East Asia: Try King Hua, Elite, Sea Harbour...

                    Chinese breakfast (NOT dim sum) available at Huge Tree Pastry in Monterey Park...

                    Chinese breakfast also available at Four Seas in San Gabriel...

                    Hawaiian breakfast at Aloha Cafe, Little Tokyo...

                    Just donuts: The Donut Man in Glendora & Primo's in West LA...

                    Breakfast burrito: (this should have a thread all its own devoted to it) available at many food trucks all over - L.A. excels at this stuff...

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                    1. re: J.L.

                      The breakfast burrito at either Lucky Boy or Wonder Burger in Pasadena is really good!

                    2. Hawaiian breakfast - ono kine grindz. Typical breakfasts will hold you to dinner. Loco moco, Portuguese sausage & rice, spam any which way... Kalua pork or lau lau counts as breakfast food to me.

                      1033 W Gardena Blvd
                      Gardena, CA 90247
                      (310) 323-9112

                      1. Definitely Nick's on Pico, also try Ed's on Robertson just south of Melrose, not open Sundays. We just went to Flappy Jacks in Glendora it was very good and the service was excellent, wouldn't necessary go on weekends unless it's early. Cayenne on Beverly Blvd opens at 11 during the week but earlier on weekends, good Mediterranean. Gilberts El Indio on Pico in Santa Monica. Eat at Joe's in Redondo Beach. El Tepyac in Boyle Heights.

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                        1. re: paprkutr

                          Thanks everyone for the great responses! Really appreciate it and can't wait to try some of the suggestions!

                          1. re: paprkutr

                            Bob's Hawaiian Style on Vermont Ave Gardena and Gardena Bowl on Vermont also.
                            Fukagawa on Redondo Bch Blvd Gardena for Jjapanese Style Breakfast

                          2. The egg bahn mi at Siagon Bakery.

                            Sliced hardboiled eggs, still warm, with mayo, then cilantro, and pickled veggies. Awesome. So so good and then after that, go to the gal who makes filled pancakes in front of the San Gabriel Superstore and get a few for "dessert". The coconut ones are addictive.

                            1. For my money, there's just no better breakfast than at Cora's Coffee Shop in Santa Monica.

                              1. One of my favorite Sunday brunches in LA is the one hidden away in at The Saddle Peak Lodge.

                                  1. Cold Springs Tavern in an old Wells Fargo stage station in the hills before Santa Barbara is a classic and does a really good breakfast. One of a kind venue. Link is below.


                                    Another great spot is Inn of the Seventh Rey in Topanga Canyon. They too do very good breakfast/brunch is a very pretty outdoor setting.


                                    1. I'm a big fan of Cici's Cafe for breakfast/brunch in Tarzana. Incredible pancakes, egg dishes, and their scalloped potatoes are decadently delicious!

                                      I also love Nat's in Sherman Oaks. Their chilaquiles are excellent!

                                      Cici's Cafe
                                      18912 Ventura Blvd
                                      Tarzana, CA 91356

                                      Nat's Early Bites
                                      14115 Burbank Blvd
                                      Sherman Oaks, CA 91497

                                        1. re: Kalivs

                                          2nd Eat. Their "Ned's Shreds" and garlic hot sauce are awesome!!!

                                        2. If you're in the north valley, Emle's in Northridge is a Lebanese-owned diner that's been around for a million years, and does a very unusual take-off on French toast.

                                          Joe's Cafe in Granada Hills also does an excellent breakfast.

                                          And don't forget weekend carnitas at Metro Balderas. Multiple locations, including the original in Northridge.