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Nicole Adlman

16 Wonderfully Unfussy Breakfast Joints in Los Angeles

Start the day with eggs, pancakes, and coffee

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Eggs, sausage, and home fries from Ronnie’s Diner.
| Nicole Adlman

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 neighborhood eateries for morning fare that easily satisfies. From jammy eggs to thick slices of butter-streaked toast to griddled blueberry pancakes, here are the 16 unfussy breakfast joints to check out in Los Angeles.

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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. Drop by 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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On any given weekend, 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 might always be busy, but it’s worth coming through for reasonably priced breakfast favorites and spongey muffins.

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 works for late-night bites and early morning eats alike.

Lisa's Coffee Shop

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It’s impossible to find someone who doesn’t adore this throwback diner out in Covina. 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. 

House of Breakfast

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This Koreatown staple sometimes gets long weekend lines, sporting a 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. More easygoing weekdays are the best move.

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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John O' Groats

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Rancho Park’s longstanding daytime spot John O’ Groats feels a bit like a country cottage placed right into an LA neighborhood. The biscuits are a major draw here, served in various forms ranging from bacon cheddar and chocolate chip, while pancakes and eggs tend to dominate the rest of the morning fare. Pull up to the counter, order some coffee, and maybe pull out a book to soak in a relaxed breakfast.

Rae's Restaurant

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Googie architecture is a beloved part of the LA landscape, and this Santa Monica greasy spoon is a perfect example of the style, with its midcentury signage, teensy red booths, and mint green and blue color scheme. Westsiders flock here for under-$10 waffles, hot cakes, omelets, and breakfast specials, like buttermilk biscuits with gravy.

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, like the chocolate chip pancakes and crispy hash browns, at this over two-decade-old Culver City institution.

Ronnie's Diner

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This bright, airy diner in Marina del Rey serves the standard pancakes, eggs, French toast, and coffee in thick mugs. But the menu goes above and beyond with a section labeled “Healthy Things” that offers honey-spiked gluten-free pancakes and the Veggie Royale (three egg whites scrambled with veggies over brown rice).

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, while the cooking is familiar and solidly executed. It’s 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 in Torrance 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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Eat at Joe's

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Open since the late 1960s, this Redondo Beach breakfast spot gets pretty busy on weekends, a credit to its homey service and big portions of scrambles, pancakes, and omelettes. The place feels more like a New England breakfast joint than somewhere in the South Bay, which is a good thing.

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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. Drop by 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

On any given weekend, 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 might always be busy, but it’s worth coming through for reasonably priced breakfast favorites and spongey muffins.

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 works for late-night bites and early morning eats alike.

Lisa's Coffee Shop

It’s impossible to find someone who doesn’t adore this throwback diner out in Covina. 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. 

House of Breakfast

This Koreatown staple sometimes gets long weekend lines, sporting a 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. More easygoing weekdays are the best move.

CJ's Cafe

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

John O' Groats

Rancho Park’s longstanding daytime spot John O’ Groats feels a bit like a country cottage placed right into an LA neighborhood. The biscuits are a major draw here, served in various forms ranging from bacon cheddar and chocolate chip, while pancakes and eggs tend to dominate the rest of the morning fare. Pull up to the counter, order some coffee, and maybe pull out a book to soak in a relaxed breakfast.

Rae's Restaurant

Googie architecture is a beloved part of the LA landscape, and this Santa Monica greasy spoon is a perfect example of the style, with its midcentury signage, teensy red booths, and mint green and blue color scheme. Westsiders flock here for under-$10 waffles, hot cakes, omelets, and breakfast specials, like buttermilk biscuits with gravy.

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, like the chocolate chip pancakes and crispy hash browns, at this over two-decade-old Culver City institution.

Ronnie's Diner

This bright, airy diner in Marina del Rey serves the standard pancakes, eggs, French toast, and coffee in thick mugs. But the menu goes above and beyond with a section labeled “Healthy Things” that offers honey-spiked gluten-free pancakes and the Veggie Royale (three egg whites scrambled with veggies over brown rice).

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, while the cooking is familiar and solidly executed. It’s 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

This humble roadside diner in Torrance 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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Eat at Joe's

Open since the late 1960s, this Redondo Beach breakfast spot gets pretty busy on weekends, a credit to its homey service and big portions of scrambles, pancakes, and omelettes. The place feels more like a New England breakfast joint than somewhere in the South Bay, which is a good thing.

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