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Best breakfast during the week near Santa Monica?

lovesfood11 Dec 25, 2012 04:06 PM

I'm looking at M Street Kitchen.

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    yogachik Dec 25, 2012 04:09 PM

    Near Santa Monica or in Santa Monica? There are so many great places in Santa Monica itself! M Street is one, Urth is another, Omelet Parlour is an old favorite of mine, all of Main Street has great breakfast places, it's basically about taking your pick! Then, near the Promenade, there's Jinky's, Jack and Jills, Le Pain Quotidian, and much more.

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    1. re: yogachik
      lovesfood11 Dec 25, 2012 05:00 PM

      Well we are shopping at the 3rd Street Promenade, but are willing to drive as well.

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      veggielover Dec 25, 2012 04:50 PM

      we had breakfast at Cora's Coffee Shop twice a month ago when we were in the area. Fabulous huevos rancheros and great orange pancakes. I would seek out the restaurant any time I am back there.

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        foodiemahoodie Dec 26, 2012 12:09 AM

        I go to Cora's fairly often and highly recommend it. It's well executed and create comfort food. It is a Bruce Marder restaurant - who also owns Capo.

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          lapizzamaven Dec 26, 2012 07:48 AM

          Cora's was better before Marder bought it! one of the great greasy spoons evah! now an egg breakfast is $15!

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            foodiemahoodie Dec 27, 2012 12:59 AM

            Ah...you jest! If you prefer that kind of food - you can get that at Norm's. Or Denny's. Or IHOP. But if you like the funkiness - Snug Harbor is your joint.

            Cora's breakfast offerings are kinda awesome. Check it out. For a grand breakfast, this is one my favs. Slap your hangover into submission with a big breakfast at Cora's, followed by a nap. My only complaint are the lines on Sundays. So I go during the week.


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              veggielover Dec 27, 2012 04:09 PM

              I agree the portions are huge. Couldn't finish breakfast either day, but so worth it.

            2. re: lapizzamaven
              westsidegal Dec 27, 2012 08:28 AM

              cheap, greasy spoon, meals are ubiquitious.
              finding decent food for under $20/pp out-the-door is more difficult.

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            Dirtywextraolives Dec 26, 2012 01:31 PM

            A little bit farther north and west of M street are two really good bakeries, Huckleberry and Milo & Olive both on Wilshire Boulevard.


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              Dirtywextraolives Jan 2, 2013 09:21 PM

              Correction, that should read east.....

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                willworkforcheese Jan 11, 2013 11:21 AM

                +1. My two favorites.

              2. wienermobile Dec 26, 2012 01:40 PM

                I love Sung Harbor on Wilshire near 23rd St. Great 1940's style diner with good food and the very nice people who run it. Open at 6am daily.

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                  foodiemahoodie Jan 7, 2013 01:03 AM

                  I know it's a typo - but that's Snug Harbor (in case someone tries to track down Sung Harbor which sounds like a Chinese restaurant).

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                    wienermobile Jan 7, 2013 09:33 AM

                    sorry and thanks.

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                  flowergirl Dec 27, 2012 07:08 AM

                  Uncle Bill's in Manhattan Beach is the best if you do not mind taking a pleasant ride down the coast.

                  1. westsidegal Dec 27, 2012 08:31 AM

                    milo and olive.
                    2723 Wilshire Blvd.
                    Santa Monica, CA 90403
                    p 310.453.6776

                    1. NikkiW Dec 27, 2012 05:35 PM

                      Cafe 50's
                      838 Lincoln Blvd
                      Venice, CA
                      Open's at 7am

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                        westsidegal Dec 27, 2012 09:37 PM

                        respectfully disagree with the recommendation of Cafe 50's

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                          Michelly Jan 28, 2013 07:40 AM

                          +1 with the respectable disagreement.

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                        nosh Dec 27, 2012 09:26 PM

                        My favorite is Amandine, technically in W.L.A. (Brentwood) a block and a half west of Bundy on the north side of Wilshire. Their omelettes are ok, but the things to order here are the quiche (great crust, really light but rich custard, good fillings, very inexpensive) or the french toast (thick brioche, slow-griddled, two big pieces) -- better still, go with someone who will split and share. Supplement with the best croissant I've found on the westside (haven't made it to Maison Giraud yet) and finish with a slice of a superior cream pie (berries, chocolate -- my current favorite is the lemon).

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                          ilysla Dec 27, 2012 11:50 PM

                          Hmmm.... Maybe that's why I haven't been impressed w/ Amandine (despite the fact that I only live a block from the place); I've only tried the omelette (which I thought was meh for the price) and the croissant (really tasty, although one cannot live on croissants alone).

                          Will def try the french toast and cream pie....

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                            taoman58 Jan 10, 2013 05:22 PM

                            Gotta second Amandine for fine croissants. Discovered this joint when I was working a few blocks away at a tax office and first thing I tried was a Croque Madame sandwich and was so impressed that I went back trying everything down the line. The baked goods are the bomb.

                            Try out baked goods La Monarca at Euclid and Wilshire too. Some of the best coffee around.I'm told the pan dulce is excellent, but I wouldn't now--never cared for Mexican pastry much.

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                              bulavinaka Jan 10, 2013 05:45 PM

                              La Monarcha's pan dulce are excellent.

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                            New Trial Dec 28, 2012 01:22 AM

                            You need to get to Maison Giraud.

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                              Dirtywextraolives Dec 28, 2012 10:17 AM

                              Yes, you do, if you are a croissant lover.....

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                                foodiemahoodie Jan 7, 2013 01:03 AM

                                Or their fantastic caneles - which I think they only have on Sundays.

                          3. ipsedixit Dec 27, 2012 09:33 PM


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                              AlkieGourmand Jan 1, 2013 02:45 PM

                              My choices would be Huckleberry and Fig.

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                                Bruce Kerr Jan 1, 2013 10:46 PM

                                My favorite is Sauce on Hampton - (nr Rose/Main) Great food, priced right.

                                1. Michelly Jan 6, 2013 01:25 PM

                                  You're in the Promenade area?

                                  Try Jinky's on Second St. between Sta. Monica Blvd. and Broadway. They have an extremely varied menu and make six different types of chili every day (incl. one veggie).
                                  There's also the Crepe Cafe on the Promenade/Broadway (warning: the service is nice, but the interior is dark and has some posters of scantily-clad French revue girls on the wall), so we sit outside and usually share the spinach/egg/feta crepe with crispy bacon added, then a cinnamon sugar/almond one for dessert.

                                  I also vehemently second M Street further south on Main Street; their baker is THE BEST on the Westside (have a morning bun and try to argue with me). The english muffins are baked in-house, and the french toast comes with a crunchy cinnamon-sugar topping, and the hash brown benedict is wonderful.

                                  We used to go to the Omeletter Parlor, but they've dumbed down their coffee, which is vital to a good breakfast for us.

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