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Breakfast is served at CJ’s Cafe on Pico.
Breakfast is served at CJ’s Cafe on Pico.
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15 Wonderfully Unfussy Breakfast Joints in Los Angeles

Start the day with eggs, pancakes, and coffee

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Breakfast is served at CJ’s Cafe on Pico.
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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.

The Little Red Hen Coffee Shop

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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.

Eat'n Park Restaurant

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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.

Nat's Early Bite

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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.

Foxy’s Restaurant

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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.

Clark Street Diner

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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.

Fred 62

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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.

Lisa's Coffee Shop

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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. 

Swingers

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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.

House of Breakfast

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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. 

CJ's Cafe

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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.

Fried chicken from CJ’s Cafe in Los Angeles, California
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S & W Country Diner

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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.

The Serving Spoon

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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.

Watts Coffee House

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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.

Off Street Cafe

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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.

Country Touch Cafe

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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
Country Touch Cafe
Country Touch Cafe website

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The Little Red Hen Coffee Shop

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.

Eat'n Park Restaurant

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.

Nat's Early Bite

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.

Foxy’s Restaurant

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.

Clark Street Diner

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.

Fred 62

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.

Lisa's Coffee Shop

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. 

Swingers

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.

House of Breakfast

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. 

CJ's Cafe

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.

Fried chicken from CJ’s Cafe in Los Angeles, California
CJ’s Cafe
Mona Holmes

S & W Country Diner

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.

The Serving Spoon

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.

Watts Coffee House

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.

Off Street Cafe

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.

Country Touch Cafe

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.

Omelette, coffee, and hash browns at Country Touch Cafe in Torrance, California
Country Touch Cafe
Country Touch Cafe website

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