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Nov 14, 2013 01:57 PM

Break of Dawn Report - Wow

I finally got around to going to this place. I want to shoot myself for having not done so before.

I ended up ordering the goat chili (because I am sucker goat anything, and I wanted something with protein).

This was probably one of the best breakfast dishes I have ever had. It combined the complexity of some of the best mole I have had, with the gaminess of goat (both in tender sausage chunks, and funky, creamy goat cheese), with the best flavors and textures of huevos rancheros, and a bit of Vietnamese hint with lime juice...

So many things about the dish have to be described as genius because of their subtlety. The bit of goat cheese accenting the chocolate of the chili, and the heat of the hot sauce. The wedge of lime, which, when squeezed into the chili, caused a mellifluous burst of flavors to effervesce from the concoction, the fatty, and funky flavors of the goat sausage (which one rarely sees anywhere)...and the perfectly poached egg, which was a complete surprise. It may have been the best surprise I have had in a long time. The gorgeous yolk erupting into the asphotic chili was so beautiful I almost cried.

The rice on the side was perfectly fluffy, and when piled in with the yolk, the chili, and some of the hot sauce was simply insane. Chocolatey, fatty, citrus hints, with that rich yolk, and fluffy rice; the interplay of textures, and flavors was off the charts.

I will be back to try the creme bruleƩ french toast, and...heck, probably everything else on the menu.

I am sure everyone is aware of this already, so just take it as a report that the place is still as good as ever for those who already know. But for me, I was expecting it to be good, even great, but for some reason I was not expecting it to be so mind-blowing. The place is so utterly unassuming that it doesn't prepare you for it. If this place existed in LA, it would be the talk of the town, celebrities would be dining there daily, and you'd have to wait an hour to get in.

My only "complaint" is that I wish they did dinner, too.

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    1. re: Wayno

      Laguna Hills right off of the 5 at El Toro.

      1. re: Wayno

        Wayno, it's the best place in OC and LA for a great, exceptional lunch.

        Thoough I also have a soft spot for the Ramos House Cafe, though that may have a little something to do with the fact that it's firmly ensconced an areas reminscent of pastoral old fashioined bliss.

        1. re: kevin

          "Wayno, it's the best place in OC and LA for a great, exceptional lunch."

          When do they switch to lunch? It appeared to be all breakfast when I was there around 11:30.

      2. Glad you enjoyed it.

        And who said OC did not have greeeeeeeat food ??????

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        1. More like two hours to fucking get in.

          Even the crappy places in LA have one and a half hour waits on the weekend.

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          1. re: kevin

            Only if you try to eat between the hours of 7-9:30 pm. Which I never do.


            I can't believe people wait that long to get in anywhere. I never have in LA. Not even at the hottest places...Bestia, Animal, Bucato, Rustic Canyon, Alma, Baco...

            Probably I waited 20-30 min at Baco once, that was the worst I've ever had it be for me, and I like walking around downtown, so not really an issue for me.

            1. re: Stravinsky

              Go to one of even the crappy breakfast joints on fashionable West 3rd and waits galore.

              1. re: kevin

                Why would you ever go to any of those? They're all pointless.

                1. re: Stravinsky

                  By 'pointless' I assume you mean not worth it?

                  You 'like walking around downtown' so it's 'not really an issue' for you.

                  So, enjoy downtown. There are plenty of us who like some of the food on West 3rd.

                  1. re: latindancer

                    I like the food in that are. I lived in that area for a long time. But the popular breakfast places are pretty mediocre there.

                    If you enjoy mediocrity, so be it. That's how I use the term 'pointless'. Waiting an hour in line for mediocre food.

                    1. re: Stravinsky

                      I'm a fan of Joan's on 3rd.

                      I like the food, the atmosphere and the all 'round vibe.
                      There's never a wait, of course, but I think I might be inclined to wait if I had to.

                      Oh, and BTW, who enjoys mediocrity? Certainly not I. Food is subjective and personal and what I find stellar someone else may find otherwise.

            2. re: kevin

              I would not wait an hour to get in heaven or for 100 virgins ( no offense intended to any virgin chows).

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