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14 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 an outdoor seat or order food to-go at one of these well-worn and dependable eateries for morning fare that easily satisfies. From eggs to toast and blueberry pancakes, here now are the 14 essential unfussy breakfast joints in Los Angeles.

Removed: Gaffey Street Diner, John O’Groats, Millie’s Pasadena, the Original Pantry Cafe

Added: CJ’s, Fred 62, S&W Country Diner, the Serving Spoon, Swinger’s

A number of LA restaurants have resumed on-site dining service. However, this map should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fox's Restaurant

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2352 Lake Ave
Altadena, CA 91001
(626) 797-9430
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The team at Eagle Rock’s Cindy’s continues Fox’s tradition of big-plate breakfasts and low-key staples served everyday from morning through dinner. It’s hard to go wrong with two eggs, house potatoes, and toast for just over $7. 

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. When indoor dining reopens, savor the puffy red booths and just the right amount of kitschy signage. Everyday breakfast basics like pancakes and eggs that keep the community fueled is still available for to-go or outdoor dining.

3. Nat's Early Bite

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14115 Burbank Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
(818) 781-3040
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Pre-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. It’s still busy, but come for reasonably-priced breakfast favorites and the delicious house-made muffins.

4. Peach Cafe

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141 E Colorado Blvd
Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 599-9092
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Peach Cafe is a Monrovia go-to, the kind of well-loved local haunt right off the main downtown drag that every small community needs. The place operates with simplicity, letting diners grab breakfast burritos, two-egg combo plates, and an outstanding chilaquiles crunch wrap, while serving as a natural neighborhood conversation hub for locals hovering over coffee.

5. 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 and eggs dish on the menu that never fails to please.

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 with Denver omelettes, steak and eggs, and breakfast enchiladas, perfect for post-pandemic 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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After closing in early 2020, new owner Stephanie Wilson reopened this iconic restaurant, where the classic diner pancakes, eggs, and chilaquiles can be washed down with a coffee milkshake.

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9. Mary and Robbs Westwood Cafe

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1453 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 478-3822
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Expect families, out-of-town types, and students to all be congregating at Mary & Robb’s. Opened in 1977, the diner doesn’t try to do anything fancy and instead focuses on serving up dependable takes on scrambles, breakfast burritos, and blueberry pancakes.

10. House of Breakfast

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

This Koreatown staple is 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. 

11. C J's Cafe

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5501 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 936-3216
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A Pico Boulevard favorite, CJ’s Cafe is a reliable option for Mexican-American or soul food diner fare. That might include big wet burritos for dinner, chorizo and eggs in the morning, chilaquiles any time, or the solid fried chicken.

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12. S & W Country Diner

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9748 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 204-5136
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Staff will hand over an impossibly long menu, but it’s easy to see the classics at S&W Country Diner. This 22-year-old Culver City spot has outdoor seating, chocolate chip pancakes, and perfectly crispy hash browns.

13. 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.

14. 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 cooks heartfelt eggs and more with a dining room that feels straight out of the 1980s. 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. Fox's Restaurant

2352 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

The team at Eagle Rock’s Cindy’s continues Fox’s tradition of big-plate breakfasts and low-key staples served everyday from morning through dinner. It’s hard to go wrong with two eggs, house potatoes, and toast for just over $7. 

2352 Lake 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. When indoor dining reopens, savor the puffy red booths and just the right amount of kitschy signage. Everyday breakfast basics like pancakes and eggs that keep the community fueled is still available for to-go or outdoor dining.

2517 W Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

3. Nat's Early Bite

14115 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

Pre-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. It’s still busy, but come for reasonably-priced breakfast favorites and the delicious house-made muffins.

14115 Burbank Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

4. Peach Cafe

141 E Colorado Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016

Peach Cafe is a Monrovia go-to, the kind of well-loved local haunt right off the main downtown drag that every small community needs. The place operates with simplicity, letting diners grab breakfast burritos, two-egg combo plates, and an outstanding chilaquiles crunch wrap, while serving as a natural neighborhood conversation hub for locals hovering over coffee.

141 E Colorado Blvd
Monrovia, CA 91016

5. 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 and eggs dish on the menu that never fails to please.

206 W Colorado St
Glendale, CA 91204

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 with Denver omelettes, steak and eggs, and breakfast enchiladas, perfect for post-pandemic 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
A tilted view of Swingers Diner, shown on the corner with wraparound signage.
Swingers
Swingers

After closing in early 2020, new owner Stephanie Wilson reopened this iconic restaurant, where the classic diner pancakes, eggs, and chilaquiles can be washed down with a coffee milkshake.

8020 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. Mary and Robbs Westwood Cafe

1453 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Expect families, out-of-town types, and students to all be congregating at Mary & Robb’s. Opened in 1977, the diner doesn’t try to do anything fancy and instead focuses on serving up dependable takes on scrambles, breakfast burritos, and blueberry pancakes.

1453 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

10. House of Breakfast

3728 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

This Koreatown staple is 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

11. C J'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

A Pico Boulevard favorite, CJ’s Cafe is a reliable option for Mexican-American or soul food diner fare. That might include big wet burritos for dinner, chorizo and eggs in the morning, chilaquiles any time, or the solid fried chicken.

5501 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

12. S & W Country Diner

9748 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Staff will hand over an impossibly long menu, but it’s easy to see the classics at S&W Country Diner. This 22-year-old Culver City spot has outdoor seating, chocolate chip pancakes, and perfectly crispy hash browns.

9748 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

13. 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

14. 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 cooks heartfelt eggs and more with a dining room that feels straight out of the 1980s. 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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