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Here's Where the New York Times Thinks You Should Have Breakfast in LA

A semi-comprehensive list.

Inside the morning kitchen at La Mascota
Inside the morning kitchen at La Mascota
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

As if right on cue, the New York Times has decided to cover all things breakfast. Foregoing the fact that, well, it's been done, the East Coast newspaper of record decided to spend some time on the sunnier side, exploring L.A.'s prodigious morning food scene. And yes, they wasted no time in citing Instagram and 'shamanic healing' as two normal aspects of everyday Angeleno life.

Thankfully, they also came up with a reasonably strong list of hometown breakfast favorites, citing spots like Republique and Sqirl as morning mainstays. Here's the full list of where the Times says you should eat every morning:

  • The Original Pantry Cafe: They call the place an 'ancient war horse'.
  • Republique: Where an 'artists' colony' is making your breakfast.
  • Gjelina/Gjusta: Travis Lett says breakfast shouldn't be precious.
  • Sqirl: Sorrel pesto rice! Tartines!
  • Trois Familia: OK, OK, 'wake-and-bake mash-ups' is pretty clever.
  • Cofax: Get the breakfast burrito.
  • Leona: Ditto the Korean latkes (weekend brunch only).
  • Post & Beam: A solid, often unheralded brunch pick. Get the short rib and eggs.
  • Willie Jane: Quinoa alert.
  • Jon & Vinny's: Everyone's favorite new restaurant, where olive oil fried eggs rule the morning. They also want you to know that the place serves a breakfast pizza, thank you very much.
  • Eggslut: In case you didn't know, there's a line.
  • Knead & Co.: Another decent pick, considering the place just opened for breakfast last week.
  • Moon Juice: They serve shots of 'ocean minerals.' Ugh.
Of course they couldn't make it everywhere at once (no Rutt's in Culver City, no La Mascota in Boyle Heights), so this list will have to do for East Coasters needing a breakfast pocket guide the next time they're in the City of Angels. For the rest of us, last week's extensive breakfast coverage here on Eater will do nicely.