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Culver City Breakfast

I just recently moved to Culver City and am currently home on maternity leave. I'm looking for some breakfast options. I need something that has a great brunch, but is not too fancy. I used to eat at places like Food and Clementine when I lived in Westwood. I'm hoping there is something similar nearby. It needs to be family-friendly, as I have a 2 yo and a newborn. We would mostly go to it on weekends as a whole family. We've been to Metro Cafe, but I just wasn't that impressed. Maybe we ordered wrong?

I'm also looking for a place that has a really amazing breakfast sandwich. This can be a completely different place, preferably one pretty close to the intersection of Sawtelle and Sepulveda. I would go to this place on weekday mornings with my newborn just to eat some good eggs and have a change of scenery.

Thanks!

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  1. Pepe's Galley...chiliquiles verde...but everything is good!

    1. What did you order to Metro Café?

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      1. re: ilysla

        It was a while ago, but I think my husband got a spinach feta omelette. The ratio of feta and spinach to egg was way off.

        1. re: DanielleW

          I like the chevapchichi sandwich there.

      2. There aren't any places near the intersection of Sawtelle and Sepulveda that are similar to Clementine, IMO.

        For what it's worth, we're neighbors -- that intersection and Metro Cafe are within a mile of my house.

        One very kid friendly place for breakfast close to the S/S intersection is George's. But, keep in mind, this is a total hole in the wall, very, very inexpensive, full of families and regular customers. They do your regular breakfast type foods but since it's owned by a nice Korean family they also have bulgogi and eggs. We eat there all the time, but again, it's a hole in the wall and that's what we like.

        My real recommendation is Ronnie's Diner, though I wouldn't associate that place with Clementine, either. Ronnie's, also very family friendly, has very good breakfasts, with the chorizo bowl being a favorite of many, including some on this message board. It's only open for breakfast and lunch and can get a little crowded on weekends. They do healthier/cleaner versions of typical diner fare, it's really good.

        J. Nichols in the Marina Marketplace might work for you, and there is a branch of Le Pain Quotidien there as well.

        I haven't had breakfast at the new Superba (only been there for dinner) and it's a few miles from Culver City on Lincoln in Venice, but it is, to me, more in the Clementine vein in a way.

        So, for great, family friendly breakfast I rec Ronnie's on Culver Boulevard on the west end of Culver City.

        For hole in the wall breakfast recommended because it is close to Sawtelle/Sepulveda it's George's -- which is nothing like Clementine. (on the positive side, your kids can get loud and stuff and no one will care)

        Possibilities for slightly "nicer" breakfast spots I'm tossing out J. Nichols and Superba (where I have not tried the breakfast).

        P.S. -- I don't care for Metro Cafe either.

        P.S.S. -- S&W Diner in Culver City also does a good breakfast. Cash only. But not like Clementine either.

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        1. re: PaulF

          For a hearty breakfast, I love S & W. Combos with two eggs done accurately any way you order them, a main item (such as corned beef hash either homemade or from a can, sausage, bacon or ham, meat loaf -- which i found disappointing, pork chop, a bunch of others) and a choice of side -- 2 pancakes (my favorite), hash browns and toast, a waffle, and more. A LOT of food served piping hot for well under $10. On the south side of Washington just west of where it intersects with Culver, east side of Culver City.

          1. re: Servorg

            Good idea.

            Closer to what the OP would like compared to my recs.

          2. Was going to suggest Bistro Laurent (I think I've gotten some of their pastries from the Farmer's Market b/f, but I've never to the restaurant)... and then I realized that they're moving.

            http://www.bistrolaurentla.com/

            Still, might be worth checking out once they re-open.

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            1. re: ilysla

              I definitely would have suggested BL -- we went all the time.

              But we were the only one's who did. They've been "re-opening" for a while.

              Just a warning: BL is not associated with the similarly named Cafe Laurent on Overland. Similar names, similar menus and a distantly-shared history. But CL is not a place I'd recommend.

            2. Been a while since I lived over there but near to you I'd do Green Peas or LA Spice. A little further Curious Palate and Earl's Gourmet Grub are the closest to Food and Clementine in the area.

              Metro is fine for what it is, I never saw why it got so much credit for being anything more than a neighborhood breakfast/lunch spot. It is very kid friendly though.

              1. Café Vida on Culver Blvd just east of Duquesne in downtown Culver City. It's not really close to Sawtelle and Sepulveda, but it's 'breakfast melt' aka breakfast sandwich is one of the best I've had.

                Per their description, "2 organic eggs over medium, cheddar, bacon, tomato, lettuce, onion, avocado and basil mayo on toasted multigrain or sourdough. served with fresh fruit or organic greens salad."

                http://www.cafevida.net/

                Also around the corner, almost literally, is S&W Diner. Straightforward diner food done well. Low-key scene and friendly, if not slightly hurried, staff. There will be a wait on weekends (though I've never waited over 20mins). Cash only.

                http://www.swdiner.com/

                1. C&M Cafe on Motor in Palms has a handful of excellent breakfast sandwiches.

                  Gjelina Take Away has a great spread of breakfast items and one of the best breakfast sandwiches as well.

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                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    If we are going to send them to Gjelina we might as well direct them to the John O'Groats http://www.ogroatsrestaurant.com/ on Pico in Rancho Park. John O's is at least a mile closer to the focal point that our OP asked for, Sawtelle and Sepulveda.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      In that case we might as well send them to Pann's.

                      After all, it's Culver City adjacent right ??????

                      1. re: kevin

                        Good call. Let's throw in the Serving Spoon http://www.theservingspoon.net/ too as it will be within the area.

                      2. re: Servorg

                        I go by travel time. GTA is easy to get to in the AM - straight shot down Venice - and parking is still available.

                        Same with C & M. Straight up motor to National. Both of these places have delicious breakfast food. Ingredients are of high quality and the kitchen in both places do a great job.

                      3. re: bulavinaka

                        I actually went by C&M a couple months ago, but it was closed. Then I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder. I'm in this area pretty often because of its proximity to my daughter's school.

                      4. Here's another rec that is Culver City-adjacent. Playa Provisions recently opened at the end of Culver Blvd in Playa del Rey. Easy shot down Culver Blvd in the AM - take the 90-west and exit at Culver if you're coming from Sepulveda/Sawtelle area. I had their breakfast sandwich. It's nine clams, but it's a hefty sandwich. It's been four hours since I ate it and I have no appetite for lunch. I lost the menu but I recall turkey, "bacon sausage," avocado, cheese, vinegar-braised kale and a sunnyside-up egg drizzled with pickled habanero chile sauce. It's in a big rectangular ciabatta that appears to tough to bite through, but actually is just pliant and supple enough to bite without issue. This is a delicious sandwich and only a stone's throw from the beach, bike path and park. The OP might find this convenient as the park has a nice kiddy playground area.

                        Playa Provisions is the most recent creation by Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (The Tripel up the street and Hudson House in RB). They are still working on completing the building but the cafe/ice cream counter portion is done and is open. Didn't try the ice creams yet, and I grabbed some great looking pastries - waiting for the family to get home before trying them. This place is worth keeping on one's radar.

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                        1. re: bulavinaka

                          Sounds good. I like Brooke Williamsom.

                          She's a good chef and easy on the eyes to boot.

                          The pickled habanero sauce sounds pretty dope.