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15 Wonderfully Unfussy Breakfast Joints in Los Angeles

Start the day with eggs, pancakes, and coffee

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The most important meal of the day doesn’t have to be a complicated affair. Grab a seat at one of these well-worn and dependable eateries for morning fare that easily satisfies. From jammy eggs to thick slices of butter-streaked toast and griddled blueberry pancakes, here are the 15 essential unfussy breakfast joints in Los Angeles.

Added: Watt’s Coffee House, Off Street Cafe, Clark Street Diner, the Little Red Hen

Removed: Peach Cafe, Mary and Robbs Westwood Cafe, Fox’s Restaurant

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Little Red Hen Coffee Shop

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2697 N Fair Oaks Ave
Altadena, CA 91001
(626) 791-1614

Barbara Shay runs this beloved neighborhood spot where locals come in for the hefty “Hen Special,” which includes a choice of protein (bacon, sausage, chicken patty, beef hotlink); two eggs; a choice of grits, home fries, or hash browns; and a biscuit, toast, or English muffin on the side. Also terrific are Shay’s cheesy shrimp and grits that can heal all that ails.

2. Eat'n Park Restaurant

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2517 W Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 953-9302

Eat’n Park is a Burbank mainstay that has endured since 1982. With indoor dining back again, now’s the time to savor the puffy red booths and just the right amount of kitschy signage. Everyday breakfast basics like pancakes and eggs keep the community fueled.

3. Nat's Early Bite

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14115 Burbank Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
(818) 781-3040
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Prior to the pandemic, one could cruise down Burbank Boulevard on Sunday morning to find a packed parking lot of diners waiting for their turn to tuck into heaping plates of chilaquiles and pancakes. Nat’s Early Bite is still busy, but come through for reasonably priced breakfast favorites and spongey housemade muffins.

4. Foxy’s Restaurant

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206 W Colorado St
Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 246-0244
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This A-frame building in the heart of Glendale remains as timeless as ever. Foxy’s has an unbeatable old-school vibe and a stellar carne asada with eggs that never fails to please.

5. Clark Street Diner

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6145 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 848-4438

Hollywood’s celebrated 101 Coffee Shop is now called Clark Street Diner and the homey cooking is as good as ever. In the kitchen is chef Juan Pablo Garcia who’s turning out stacks of blueberry pancakes, unbeatable patty melts, and a killer corned beef hash.

6. Fred 62

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1850 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-0062
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It’s impossible to miss the electric green exterior of Fred 62. It’s a familiar Los Feliz sight on Vermont Avenue, with an incredibly relaxed and easy breakfast menu of Denver omelettes, steak and eggs, and breakfast enchiladas. Fred 62 is perfect for late-night bites and early morning eats alike.

7. Lisa's Coffee Shop

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1530 W San Bernardino Rd
Covina, CA 91722
(626) 339-2014
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It’s impossible to meet anyone who doesn’t adore this throwback diner. From its dependably good cooking to its retro style, Lisa’s has a way about it. The thing to get is the aptly named Filler Up that comes with eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and a choice of biscuits and gravy, a short stack of pancakes, or French toast. 

8. Swingers

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8020 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 591-0046
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Owner Stephanie Wilson reopened this iconic restaurant after it closed under different ownership in early 2020, so come in for classic diner-style pancakes, eggs, and chilaquiles that should be washed down with a strong coffee milkshake.

9. House of Breakfast

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3728 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 731-5405

This Koreatown staple can be mildly fussy with its long weekend lines, cash-only policy, and erratic schedule, but it all seems worth it when digging into some of the city’s finest pancakes and breakfast staples. 

10. CJ's Cafe

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5501 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 936-3216
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Pico Boulevard favorite CJ’s Cafe is a reliable option for Mexican American and soul food diner fare. Here you’ll find chorizo and eggs in the morning, super-sized wet burritos for dinner, and seriously solid chilaquiles and fried chicken that’s perfect for any time of day.

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11. S & W Country Diner

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9748 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 204-5136
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Don’t be intimidated when the server hands over a winding menu at S & W Country Diner. Hone in on the classics at this 22-year-old Culver City institution, like the chocolate chip pancakes and crispy hash browns.

12. The Serving Spoon

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1403 Centinela Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302
(310) 412-3927
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Inglewood’s longtime favorite diner was struggling to stay open in 2020 until the LA community and Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and his wife Melissa donated $50,000 to help Serving Spoon stay open. Every portion is generous and the old-school French toast is a keeper.

13. Watts Coffee House

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1827 E 103rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90002
(323) 249-4343

Watts Coffee House has been feeding the neighborhood dependably good breakfast staples and soul food comforts like fried chicken, smothered pork chops, and buttermilk biscuits since 1997. Owner Desiree Edwards’s warm hospitality keeps the crowds coming back time and again.

14. Off Street Cafe

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11020 Artesia Blvd
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 402-9665
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It’s no wonder this woman-operated restaurant has been thriving since 1996. The service is fast yet warm, the cooking is familiar and solidly executed. Open every day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. with everything from chicken-fried steak with homemade biscuits to veggie skillets on the menu.

15. Country Touch Cafe

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3717 W 190th St
Torrance, CA 90504
(310) 323-5614
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This humble roadside diner prepares eggs and more with care in a dining room that feels straight out of the ‘80s. Service is homey and warm, while prices are incredibly reasonable, making this a true South Bay gem.

Omelette, coffee, and hash browns at Country Touch Cafe in Torrance, California
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1. The Little Red Hen Coffee Shop

2697 N Fair Oaks Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

Barbara Shay runs this beloved neighborhood spot where locals come in for the hefty “Hen Special,” which includes a choice of protein (bacon, sausage, chicken patty, beef hotlink); two eggs; a choice of grits, home fries, or hash browns; and a biscuit, toast, or English muffin on the side. Also terrific are Shay’s cheesy shrimp and grits that can heal all that ails.

2697 N Fair Oaks Ave
Altadena, CA 91001

2. Eat'n Park Restaurant

2517 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Eat’n Park is a Burbank mainstay that has endured since 1982. With indoor dining back again, now’s the time to savor the puffy red booths and just the right amount of kitschy signage. Everyday breakfast basics like pancakes and eggs keep the community fueled.

2517 W Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

3. Nat's Early Bite

14115 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

Prior to the pandemic, one could cruise down Burbank Boulevard on Sunday morning to find a packed parking lot of diners waiting for their turn to tuck into heaping plates of chilaquiles and pancakes. Nat’s Early Bite is still busy, but come through for reasonably priced breakfast favorites and spongey housemade muffins.

14115 Burbank Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

4. Foxy’s Restaurant

206 W Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91204

This A-frame building in the heart of Glendale remains as timeless as ever. Foxy’s has an unbeatable old-school vibe and a stellar carne asada with eggs that never fails to please.

206 W Colorado St
Glendale, CA 91204

5. Clark Street Diner

6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hollywood’s celebrated 101 Coffee Shop is now called Clark Street Diner and the homey cooking is as good as ever. In the kitchen is chef Juan Pablo Garcia who’s turning out stacks of blueberry pancakes, unbeatable patty melts, and a killer corned beef hash.

6145 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. Fred 62

1850 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

It’s impossible to miss the electric green exterior of Fred 62. It’s a familiar Los Feliz sight on Vermont Avenue, with an incredibly relaxed and easy breakfast menu of Denver omelettes, steak and eggs, and breakfast enchiladas. Fred 62 is perfect for late-night bites and early morning eats alike.

1850 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

7. Lisa's Coffee Shop

1530 W San Bernardino Rd, Covina, CA 91722

It’s impossible to meet anyone who doesn’t adore this throwback diner. From its dependably good cooking to its retro style, Lisa’s has a way about it. The thing to get is the aptly named Filler Up that comes with eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and a choice of biscuits and gravy, a short stack of pancakes, or French toast. 

1530 W San Bernardino Rd
Covina, CA 91722

8. Swingers

8020 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Owner Stephanie Wilson reopened this iconic restaurant after it closed under different ownership in early 2020, so come in for classic diner-style pancakes, eggs, and chilaquiles that should be washed down with a strong coffee milkshake.

8020 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. House of Breakfast

3728 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

This Koreatown staple can be mildly fussy with its long weekend lines, cash-only policy, and erratic schedule, but it all seems worth it when digging into some of the city’s finest pancakes and breakfast staples. 

3728 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

10. CJ's Cafe

5501 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Fried chicken from CJ’s Cafe in Los Angeles, California
CJ’s Cafe
Mona Holmes

Pico Boulevard favorite CJ’s Cafe is a reliable option for Mexican American and soul food diner fare. Here you’ll find chorizo and eggs in the morning, super-sized wet burritos for dinner, and seriously solid chilaquiles and fried chicken that’s perfect for any time of day.

5501 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

11. S & W Country Diner

9748 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Don’t be intimidated when the server hands over a winding menu at S & W Country Diner. Hone in on the classics at this 22-year-old Culver City institution, like the chocolate chip pancakes and crispy hash browns.

9748 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

12. The Serving Spoon

1403 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302

Inglewood’s longtime favorite diner was struggling to stay open in 2020 until the LA community and Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and his wife Melissa donated $50,000 to help Serving Spoon stay open. Every portion is generous and the old-school French toast is a keeper.

1403 Centinela Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302

13. Watts Coffee House

1827 E 103rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90002

Watts Coffee House has been feeding the neighborhood dependably good breakfast staples and soul food comforts like fried chicken, smothered pork chops, and buttermilk biscuits since 1997. Owner Desiree Edwards’s warm hospitality keeps the crowds coming back time and again.

1827 E 103rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90002

14. Off Street Cafe

11020 Artesia Blvd, Cerritos, CA 90703

It’s no wonder this woman-operated restaurant has been thriving since 1996. The service is fast yet warm, the cooking is familiar and solidly executed. Open every day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. with everything from chicken-fried steak with homemade biscuits to veggie skillets on the menu.

11020 Artesia Blvd
Cerritos, CA 90703

15. Country Touch Cafe

3717 W 190th St, Torrance, CA 90504
Omelette, coffee, and hash browns at Country Touch Cafe in Torrance, California
Country Touch Cafe
Country Touch Cafe website

This humble roadside diner prepares eggs and more with care in a dining room that feels straight out of the ‘80s. Service is homey and warm, while prices are incredibly reasonable, making this a true South Bay gem.

3717 W 190th St
Torrance, CA 90504

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