Breakfast or coffee near Omni downtown w/question about terrain
I have friends staying at the Omni Hotel downtown this Sat. & Sun. who would like to meet up there for breakfast/brunch or even just coffee. They would prefer something w/in a comfortable walking distance from the hotel. I'm not familiar with the Omni, but website says it's located on former Bunker Hill, so am I correct in thinking everything nearby (Grand Central Market, etc.) will involve a big walk downhill? (Or am I an idiot....?) Any suggestions would be welcome. I would try to talk them onto the subway to expand our options, but I doubt they'll be up for that.
Where are your friends coming from? Or what do they consider a comfortable walk?
If they wouldn't be opposed to a mile, that expands your options quite a bit. Cafe Demitasse in Little Tokyo for coffee, Semi-Sweet Bakery for pastries, Baco Mercat for lunch if you go late enough.
Pete's inedible slop.
For coffee, Spring Street Coffee, but it's a far walk.
For breakfast, I'd recommend Local Express right down the hill, but it's not very tasty. I would recommend MF Gourmet, but that lovely concept/pastry shop/bakery already closed. Skip Grand Central all together for reasons which shall be discussed by next Tuesday.
Nickel Diner is also a far walk so... and I hate to do this: Bottega Louie for bottomless coffee & some decent pastries, and then LEAVE before the crowd comes. I mean, like. LEAVE.
Go to Pete's Cafe & Bar for a great breakfast. It's on 4th & Main, a mere 5 minutes' mostly downhill walk. Your friends will probably be going downhills on 4th Street.
On your way back to the Omni, I'd highly advise you (as a tourist must-see) to use the legendary "Angel's Flight" tramway, a tourist attraction in itself, located just across the street from the entrance of the Grand Central Market (btw. 3rd & 4th on Olive), which will ferry you back up the hill to the Omni.