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May 4, 2012 02:17 PM

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'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.