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flowergirl Jun 18, 2013 06:57 AM

You would think someone would open a restaurant on or near Sawtelle that serves breakfast. I do not know of anything with the exception of Lemon Moon on Olympic and Bundy and the mediocre at best Café 50's on Santa Monica Boulevard. I have heard of Nellie's near the Trader Joe's at Barrington and Olympic. Any ideas of places for breakfast very close to Sawtelle and Olympic? Looking for something closer than John O'Groats. With all of the offices on Olympic between Sawtelle and Barrington, you would think there would be something.

  1. Servorg Jun 18, 2013 07:11 AM

    Big Tomy's at the NE corner of Pico and Sawtelle (open 24/7) does breakfast, but not all day. Just a few blocks east on Pico and you find Norm's (another 24/7 joint) that does breakfast anytime and not too much farther east is Lenny's Deli (replacing the old Junior's) on Westwood Blvd. just barely N of Pico). Finally, I think the closest place to grab breakfast is at the Champagne French Bakery Cafe http://www.champagnebakery.com/home/ in the mall on the SE corner of Olympic and Sawtelle.

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    1. re: Servorg
      chowbee Jun 28, 2013 07:24 AM

      The breakfast burrito (no meat) at Tomy's with their salsa is all I would ever need for breakfast. My only complaint is they don't serve it all day.

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      maudies5 Jun 18, 2013 07:27 AM

      Good Stuff at Olympic and Bundy

      1. wienermobile Jun 18, 2013 09:04 AM

        A little farther west I like Snug Harbour and it's throwback diner feel of the 1940's on Wilshire and 23rd & their comfort breakfasts. Patio too.

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        1. re: wienermobile
          Servorg Jun 18, 2013 09:17 AM

          Closer to Sawtelle there is also the 2nd location (the other one is on Pico at 23rd in Santa Monica) of the Lazy Daisy http://lazydaisycafebrentwood.com/ on Wilshire at Westgate and just west of that Literati Cafe http://www.literaticafe.com/ and then Amandine http://www.amandinecafe.com/ just past that by a couple of blocks.

          1. re: Servorg
            Servorg Jun 18, 2013 07:11 PM

            One more suggestion if you like a good Mexican breakfast. Juquila on Santa Monica Blvd. very close to Sawtelle. You can see their menu here: http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta...

            1. re: Servorg
              lil mikey Jun 29, 2013 07:01 AM

              I've had many good breakfasts at Juquila, and they have a delicious hot chocolate.

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          ilysla Jun 18, 2013 11:27 AM

          Does it need to be w/i walking distance? If not, Rae's Restaurant (Pico west of Centinela) is a good (very) greasy spoon. I tried Colony Cafe (Pico/Kelton) many moons ago. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't memorable, either.

          1. J.L. Jun 18, 2013 12:42 PM

            In Little Osaka, Ketchy's II (next to Mizu 212) serves a good breakfast burrito, if memory serves.

            Also, down the street, you can grab a great cuppa' joe and a tasty pastry at Balconi Coffee Company.

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              Thor123 Jun 18, 2013 04:17 PM

              The Colony Cafe is pretty cool.


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              1. re: Thor123
                J.L. Jun 18, 2013 10:39 PM

                I always thought it was meh.

                1. re: J.L.
                  chrishei Jun 19, 2013 10:52 AM

                  But at least you'll get to check out all the beautiful people there...

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                    ilysla Jun 19, 2013 11:02 AM

                    Really? Then something has changed since I tried it (perhaps 4 yrs ago?), since I was the only there! Maybe they're coming in from the Wellsbourne....

                    1. re: ilysla
                      chrishei Jun 19, 2013 11:12 AM

                      I'm basing this off a visit w/ coworker from 2-3 years ago - there were a lot of beautiful women there that day at lunch (my coworkers have said this on various occasions though).

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                        ilysla Jun 19, 2013 04:27 PM

                        Fascinating. Day and time can also affect clientele, I imagine. I never understood why my partner kept talking about all the young-ish, muscular men at Literati.... Until I realized that the clientele on a Sunday morning (when he usually goes) is VERY different from when I usually go (weekend evening).

                        Maybe the models at Colony Cafe should meet the models at Literati. ::snort::

                        Too bad the food at The Colony Cafe or Literati isn't better....

                    2. re: chrishei
                      Thor123 Jun 19, 2013 02:46 PM

                      I was only there for lunch and it was good (for basic food). Looked like they had a nice breakfast menu. Didnt see any of the Victoria's Secret models there though. They must have been at Mr. C.

                2. Xericx Jun 18, 2013 07:03 PM

                  I usually get a lox and bagel at western bagel next to nook. Not a full breakfast though.

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                    bulavinaka Jun 18, 2013 10:46 PM

                    Breakfast places tend to be pretty slim in Japanese enclaves, Sawtelle being one of them. Japanese folks are home bodies when it comes to breakfast. It's hard to look graceful eating natto on one's gohan...

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                    1. re: bulavinaka
                      J.L. Jun 18, 2013 10:50 PM

                      I just want me a $25 slice of that incredible Japanese musk melon I had at Sembikiya in Tokyo.

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                        bulavinaka Jun 18, 2013 11:05 PM

                        I guess I won't whine for paying $75 USD-equiv for a whole melon in Kyoto. Such a deal!

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                          J.L. Jun 18, 2013 11:09 PM

                          (John) They charged JPY33,000 for a top musk melon specimen on my last trip in March 2013. No joke.

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                            bulavinaka Jun 19, 2013 02:12 PM

                            It's funny - Japanese complain about how our produce sucks in a relative sense. We get floored by how much some in Japan are willing to pay for perfection.

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                      JudiAU Jun 19, 2013 01:21 PM

                      Catering from Clementine is pretty common.

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                        peterzachos Jun 27, 2013 10:57 PM

                        <edit: like an idiot, I failed to read more closely your OP, and instructions on proximity to Olympic and Sawtelle. I hope you can forgive me, and elect to try these spots anyway on a weekend or day off. -pz>

                        Flowergirl... here are my picks:

                        1. Roll & Rye - Culver City's premiere jewish deli is also one of the oldest establishments in the city, having moved locations from its original spot in 1956 to the current location in the plaza where Sepulveda & Jefferson merge, next to Pavilions market. Super friendly staff and excellent food, ranging from favorites like blintzes, bagels and fried matzo to standard (but nonetheless awesome) huge omelettes, quickbreads and meats. I've been going for 15 years and I consistently fail in my attempts to resist ordering a bagel, and I don't plan to stop.

                        2. Ronnie's - The owner actually is named Ronnie and he's a swell guy. Unassuming diner spot in a strip mall in Mar Vista, on Culver Blvd just before hitting the 90 freeway offramp; you'd never guess this would be the home of one of the best breakfasts in town, but it is. They're serious about quality here, and the freshness of everything shows. The menu has some mexican influence as well, so a sublime chorizo & eggs shares the page with french toast and omelettes. Some of the best freaking bacon in town; order it crispy! Coffee's a cut above the big chains too, strong and rich, imparting deep and complex notes that kick your sinuses right in. A must try.

                        3. Joni's, Marina Del Rey. The owner actually is named Joni and she's a peach. She strolls happily through her establishment and inclines over you, cheerfully but watchfully, to make sure you are incalculably happy. She's not immune to parking herself in a chair at your table for a few minutes to chat. Joni's uniqueness is partially the old-world decorum (replete with ancient cutlery and a real, honest-to-goodness late 19th century coffee-roaster installed right in the dining room), and partially the service, which is of the "order at the counter, get a number card, grab silverware, condiments and napkins and sit at your table" variant. Food quality is paramount here; Joni's is notorious for utilizing a state-of-the-art water filtration system that they employ in every aspect of their cooking, including brewing individual mugs of superlative coffee. Get the half belgian waffle combo with eggs and thick bacon. Pour syrup over everything, You won't notice anyway if Joni's chatting with you.

                        Honorable Mention: Champagne Bakery in the Palms area, but only when you've gone way too long since your last insulin crash; pastries and other carbloaders abound. Go on a day you plan to sleep a lot.

                        ~ Peter Zachos

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                        1. re: peterzachos
                          ilysla Jun 27, 2013 11:57 PM

                          Well, there's a Champagne Bakery on Sawtelle just south of Olympic.... ;)

                          1. re: ilysla
                            peterzachos Jun 28, 2013 12:07 AM

                            Right you are...thanks for the reminder!

                            1. re: ilysla
                              Servorg Jun 28, 2013 04:04 AM

                              As I noted in the very fist reply to the OP on this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9060... (re. the Champagne Bakery) basically at the corner of Sawtelle and Olympic.

                              1. re: Servorg
                                ilysla Jun 28, 2013 07:48 AM

                                Ahem. Deepest-felt apologies for not remembering your post from 10 days ago. ;)

                                1. re: ilysla
                                  Servorg Jun 28, 2013 08:05 AM

                                  I've gotten breakfast from Champagne once over the years. Got to say it's not bad but nothing truly memorable. Their breakfast potatoes (IIRC) are really not crisped the way I prefer them. I also guess I like to sit down and have table service when I go out for breakfast

                                2. re: Servorg
                                  peterzachos Jun 28, 2013 09:07 AM

                                  Yes, I saw that. I've just never been to that Champagne Bakery, and I'd never recommend a place that I hadn't experienced personally, even if it' s part of a chain or shares a parent company.

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                              JayAS Jul 3, 2013 01:41 PM

                              Have to respond to the person who recommends Roll n Rye (whatever their name is). When I last ate there (1st and last time) it was awful. EXTREMELY expensive. very thin sandwich and not worth even going there. Forget Bret's as well. I have to eat it on the holidays every year and it borders on inedible. I grew up eating at Nate 'n Al's in Beverly Hills and think it's the only real deli in this vast wasteland of Los Angeles. It is, however, very, very expensive. But if you're going to spend a lot - and the ones I've mentioned are all expensive - at least don't throw good money after bad. Go where it's good and you definitely get your money's worth.

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                              1. re: JayAS
                                Servorg Jul 3, 2013 01:45 PM

                                If you think Brent's is inedible that just leaves me shaking my head in total disagreement and disbelief. I've never had a better Reuben and their food is head and shoulders above among most of the other Deli's in the LA area, including Nate 'n Al's (except for Langer's pastrami and rye which rules the roost).

                                1. re: JayAS
                                  bulavinaka Jul 3, 2013 03:25 PM

                                  Brent's as well? I don't think so.

                                  1. re: JayAS
                                    peterzachos Jul 3, 2013 03:31 PM

                                    Hi jayas, my name is Peter.

                                    The OP was searching for breakfast. Therefore my recommendation was for Roll & Rye's breakfast menu. Breakfast is mostly all I ever get there. I've have a sandwich or two there and a burger and they were fine, nothing spectacular, and nothing to write a review about. Which is why I didn't.

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                                      flowergirl Jul 4, 2013 08:16 AM

                                      Thanks all - looking for breakfast closer to Olympic and Barrington - Sawtelle area

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                                    alz Jul 8, 2013 12:08 PM

                                    Try New York Bagel on San Vicente. Brentwood. The best Bagels and freshly made.

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