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 15 unfussy breakfast joints to check out in Los Angeles.Read More
15 Wonderfully Unfussy Breakfast Joints in Los Angeles
Start the day with eggs, pancakes, and coffee
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
Find a parking lot full of diners waiting for their turn to tuck into heaping plates of chilaquiles and pancakes on any given weekend morning at Nat’s Early Bite on Burbank Boulevard. The restaurant might always be busy, but it’s worth enduring crowds for reasonably priced breakfast favorites and appealingly spongey muffins.
Andy's Coffee Shop
Andy’s Coffee Shop isn’t exactly a hidden gem given its location on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, but it’s still off the usual diner maps thanks to its tiny storefront and mid-block storefront. The breakfast basics are best here, so opt for the omelets, crispy bacon and hash browns, and pancakes — which can be ordered individually, so there’s no need to share with the table. Best of all, Andy’s Coffee Shop is free from those pesky lines found at hip brunch places in town.
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 omelets, steak and eggs, and breakfast enchiladas. Fred 62 works for late-night bites and early-morning eats alike.
Lisa's Coffee Shop
From its dependably good cooking to its retro style, Lisa’s Coffee Shop is adored among those who reside in Covina and beyond. The thing to get at this throwback diner 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.
Whether seated at a table outside covered by a tent or perched on a stool at the counter inside, there’s no such thing as a bad table at Nick’s Cafe. Regulars know to order the griddled ham that’s glazed in brown sugar with a side of eggs and hash browns. This 75-year-old LA institution on the outskirts of Chinatown is open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pico Boulevard's 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.
John O' Groats
Rancho Park’s longstanding daytime spot John O’ Groats feels a bit like a country cottage transported to LA. The biscuits are a major draw, served in various forms ranging from bacon cheddar to chocolate chip, while pancakes and eggs dominate the rest of the morning fare. Sidle up to the counter, order some coffee, and pull out a book for a wonderfully relaxed breakfast.
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.
The Serving Spoon
Opened in 1982 by Harold E. Sparks, the Serving Spoon is a full-service diner serving Southern classics in a brightly-lit and energetic room. Today, the restaurant is run by Sparks's daughter and son-in-law. Cookie’s Wings & Waffle combines well-seasoned and expertly fried chicken with a cinnamon-dusted waffle. Also spectacular is the fried catfish, a boneless fillet battered and beautifully browned.
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.
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Uncle Bill's Pancake House
Seaside breakfast joint Uncle Bill’s regularly draws weekday and weekend lines in Manhattan Beach for ample platters of eggs, hash browns, and of course, the restaurant’s namesake pancakes, which come loaded with things like chocolate chip, blueberry, and banana-nut. On warmer mornings, patrons sit out on the patio with views of the water or come inside for a bustling country cafe-style atmosphere replete with coffee-slinging servers and diners of all types.
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 chicken-fried steak with homemade biscuits and 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.