Ah, breakfast. The most important meal of the day. Whether you’re in the mood for the most incredible, life-changing, must-be-5-million-calories French toast that’s bigger than your head, or deliciously spicy huevos rancheros that come with spectacular views of the Pacific, we’re dishing on the best breakfast places around Los Angeles.
The Griddle Cafe – 7916 W. Sunset Blvd, Hollywood CA 90046
There’s a reason for the two-hour wait outside the door of this absurdly cramped cafe: the bigger-than-the-plate Mom’s French Toast that’s so good it doesn’t even need the 100% Vermont maple syrup that comes with it. (Did we mention the melty pool of butter in the center of the toast?) And then there’s the enormous red velvet pancakes and over-the-top Poached Y Papas Benedict served on potato skins instead of the typical English muffin. It’s all about Willy Wonka-esque breakfast here. All day long. www.thegriddlecafe.com
Penthouse at the Huntley – 1111 Second St, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Wow, what a view. The only thing that’ll take your attention away from the views outside this penthouse-level restaurant at the Huntley Hotel is the well-edited menu of lovely-to-look-at-and-even-better-to-eat breakfast dishes. Our must tries: The surprisingly spicy huevos rancheros served with black beans and queso fresco, the amazingly delicious and not-too-sweet bananas foster (gotta love dark rum & brown sugar) and the unusual, vegetarian-friendly tomato avocado benedict. www.penthouserestaurant.com
Blu Jam Cafe – 7371 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Just a few doors down from the uber-popular Village Idiot is where you’ll find this other popular Melrose joint. But rather than plowing through brews on tap, this place is where you’ll get drunk on the loads of breakfast options that are served all day. Two can’t miss dishes? The Rancheros, fried eggs served over a perfectly crispy corn tortilla piled high with bell peppers, chipotle, cilantro, lettuce, black beans, cheddar, roasted tomato salsa, fresh avocado and sour cream. (Not to mention a huge side of potatoes.) And then there’s the French toast, which folks just can’t seem to get enough of. On weekends you can get the crispy version: toast rolled in corn flakes and served with vanilla bean sauce instead of syrup. Come hungry. www.blujamcafe.com
Bottega Louie – 700 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Downtown LA’s coolest restaurant is also one of the best places to snag breakfast. The gourmet shop and bakery is where you can get a fresh cup of Lamill coffee along with homemade macaroons (don’t leave without trying the raspberry if you can) and other delicacies like pistachio eclairs and breakfast sandwiches, all priced at $6 or less. On weekends, a full brunch menu is offered in the enormous dining space with edibles like eggs arrabbiata and lemon ricotta pancakes. As for that feeling of having breakfast in some impossibly chic commissary in Europe? That won’t cost you a thing. www.bottegalouie.com
Alcove Cafe & Bakery – 1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Feliz CA 90027
This place has the best patio in Los Feliz, hands down. But even more than its laidback and lush outdoor space lined with umbrella’d tables and pretty foliage are the countless breakfast options to get your day going. There’s the breakfast tostada, shrimp & crab omelet with tarragon-spiked hollandaise), “Big Bens” (i.e. Benedicts) like the gotta-try smoked salmon stack served atop two potato pancakes, and crepes. Yes, the food is a bit on the pricey side, especially for an Eastside spot, but you can always just hang out with a cup o’ joe and homemade pastry. www.alcovecafe.com
Mogan’s Cafe – 548 Palisades Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Less is more. At least when it comes to a certain dish at this bustling breakfast-served-all-day joint hidden in a sleepy Palisades strip mall. Yes, there’s a mile-long breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. But the real star of this show is the deceptively simple Avocado Toast–whole wheat topped with fresh avocado and tomato slices drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with cracked black pepper and salt. It tastes even better outside on the quaint patio decked out with a little fountain and free WiFi. www.moganscafe.com
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