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Crystal Coser

25 of the Best LA Breakfast Restaurants by Neighborhood, 2017

From Malibu to the South Bay

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| Crystal Coser

Los Angeles is a massive city, with its reach stretching from Malibu and Santa Monica in the west to Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley in the east down to San Pedro in the south.

When you're looking for your first meal of the day, you often don't want to drive too far to get your morning fix. Thankfully, within each neighborhood and small city, there's a fantastic breakfast spot waiting for you. In this update, the South Bay is broken up into Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, and San Pedro, adding some great options for residents of the Southland. A Thai breakfast hotspot in West Hollywood makes the list, as does new options in Koreatown, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, La Canada, Century City, Pasadena, Burbank, Venice, and Downtown.

Here now, Eater editors have collaborated on where to find the best morning meal in each neighborhood. Did we miss a spot? Hit the comments and we'll add it to our next edition.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Santa Monica: Milo and Olive

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With an expanded dining area, Milo & Olive is instantly one of the most popular places to get breakfast in Santa Monica, other than perhaps Huckleberry, which fields crowds virtually every day of the week. With wonderful pastries and a hefty but shareable breakfast pizza, Milo & Olive remains one of the best morning meals on the Westside.

Palos Verdes: Catalina Kitchen

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There is little argument that Terranea’s Catalina Kitchen is the most lavish brunch in the South Bay. With a newly remodeled interior that flows from the open kitchen to expansive patio, stunning views of the Palos Verdes bluffs, and extensive brunch offerings that include everything from a sushi station to seafood buffet, a breakfast here also doubles as a quick weekend getaway with strong Mediterranean vibes.

Downtown: Ledlow

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Though the place has shrunk since first opening to make room for P.Y.T., Josef Centeno's enduring all-day restaurant still has fantastic, reliable breakfasts with quality ingredients. It's a bit tough for those who can't walk here, but for anyone who can brave Downtown morning traffic, this is a welcome spot.

Cruise down Burbank Blvd on Sunday morning and you’ll find an aggressively packed parking lot of diners waiting for their turn to tuck in to heaping plates of chilaquiles and pancakes from Sherman Oaks staple Nat’s Early Bite. Come for reasonably priced breakfast favorites, and don’t forget to order an indulgently delicious housemade muffin.

Westwood/Century City: Clementine

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This cheerful little cafe in Century City prepares some of the best homemade comfort food in town, with enough style and finesse to make it a bit of a Westside destination. Make sure to take some baked goods home with you afterwards.

Culver City: Destroyer

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You'll be hard pressed to find a more tucked away breakfast spot in Culver City, but those willing to make the trek (and find parking) will be handsomely rewarded with some of the most thoughtful, delicious, and fulfilling breakfast in town. The diminutive space makes it tough when the weather's awry, but sit outside amidst the architecture monuments by starchitect Eric Owen Moss, and you'll feel like you're one of LA's very own creative types.

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Pasadena: Russell's

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Russell’s is an all-day bistro classic, working an AM menu through to French-influenced dinnertime fare daily. Pushed right into the heart of Old Pasadena, the place is full of upscale casual charm, and usually carries a crowd on weekends.

Burbank: Bea Bea's

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Bea Bea’s is a classic Burbank spot, situated just off the 134 freeway and truly catering to the surrounding neighborhood. The comfortable destination offers counter seating and a run of tables down the middle, but regardless of your seat you’re going to want to order up a pile of pancakes. They’re the best for miles, and perfect for an early winter breakfast.

West Hollywood: Otus Thai Kitchen & Coffee

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Those looking to break away from the standard pancakes and bacon morning meal will be happy to find Otus, West Hollywood’s sleek Thai coffee shop with some pretty hard-to-find breakfast fare. Here you are noshing on traditional Thai breakfast dishes like sweet or savory roti, grilled pork, and kai-kata, or Thai-style egg with sweet sausage and baguette.

Koreatown: Bonjuk

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Koreans love eating rice porridge, or juk, for breakfast, and this hidden Koreatown restaurant along Wilshire Blvd's main drag has the widest variety in town. The abalone juk is the one to get if it's your first time, but venture into one of the other types, like pumpkin, for something different.

Torrance: The Original Pancake House

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This South Bay staple is the local hot spot for puffy Dutch baby pancakes with lemon and powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar-glazed apple pancakes, and the go-to chocolate chip. Be sure to arrive as early as possible to avoid lines that will take up half your morning.

Venice: Rose Café-Restaurant

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Looking for a wide open space to enjoy breakfast in Venice? The Rose is your ideal pick. Though Gjusta was our previous pick (with excellent morning fare on its own), it just doesn't have the space to spread out like Jason Neroni's all-day spot. Try some house-made bread and pastries and then bite into the pork-laden breakfast sandwich.

San Pedro: Gaffey Street Diner

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Long before this neighborhood eatery rose to fame thanks to an alliteration-heavy show by Guy Fieri, Gaffey Street Diner was already a local favorite for its generous portions of American breakfast classics, that is homemade biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and the popular John Wayne, an eggy behemoth with tortillas, sausage, and Spanish sauce.

Manhattan Beach: Uncle Bill's Pancake House

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There’s nothing quite like the quaint beach bungalow-turned pancake house Uncle Bill’s. The Manhattan Beach mainstay is quite the local hangout, with serious weekend lines. But when your morning flapjacks come with ocean views, who can really complain.

Malibu: Lily's Cafe & Pastries

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A tight morning spot that can feel very 'locals only' at times, Lily's churns out some of the area's best breakfast burritos and always plays host to at least one group of older chatty men sipping coffee in a corner. The rest of the seating is basically meant to be squeezed in and shared, but you could always order ahead and pick up for a morning meal at the beach nearby.

Beverly Hills: Mickey Fine Pharmacy & Grill

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Tucked away behind a pharmacy in the heart of Beverly Hills, this humble greasy spoon churns out reliable breakfast and diner classics, from ham & eggs to pancakes. It's the place where the rest of the 99% percent prefer to get their breakfast in the 90210.

Beverly/Fairfax: Jon & Vinny's

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Fairfax is as hopping as ever, though the morning hours tend to be a bit reserved. That's also just about the only time you can actually squeeze into Jon & Vinny's anymore, as the all-day spot has become impossible otherwise. Good news for you though, because their strong list of olive oil fried eggs, pastries, and breakfast pizzas are just as good as anything on the evening menu.

Mid-Wilshire: Republique

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Republique is one of those restaurants that is so much better enjoyed in the day. The airy space that boasts a pastry counter worthy of the pages of Saveur also offers just about everything you could want on a breakfast menu, from that outstanding example of French toast to poached egg-topped kimchi fried rice.

Los Feliz: Square One Dining

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A hipkid brunch institution, Square One on Fountain is notorious for its long weekend waits. Yes, the food is good enough to deserve it, but there's also something so charming about sitting causally in that garden patio, under the eye of the Scientology Building, wiling away a few hours over some coffee and high quality pancakes with friends.

East Hollywood: SQIRL

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SQIRL is a concept album rather than a breakfast joint. The limited seating, long lines, and ambitious menu don't sound like hits at first, but one dive into the sorrel pesto rice bowl or avocado toast and you start to understand why every other eater around you bobbing their head, slowly, feeling the groove.

Silverlake: Millie's

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Even though Trois Familia is the one with the intense media interest and the sign-yourself-in clipboard of waiting names, it's Millie's around the corner that Silver Lakers still love. Sturdy, relatively inexpensive plates whizz past on the sidewalk with reckless abandon as young couples with dogs, tight families, and ambitious first daters all squeeze together outside for a bit of sun with their next eggs benedict.

South LA: Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop

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A Googie diner legend no more than a couple miles from LAX, Pann's is something special. Sure you can come for the chicken and waffles or the easygoing egg plates, but the charm of Pann's will always be about just being there, sitting at the long counter, getting topped up on cheap black coffee, and soaking in the memories from all those morning breakfasts gone by.

East LA/Boyle Heights: La Mascota Bakery

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Tenuous regulars of La Mascota in Boyle Heights are realizing their fears of change following the sale of the 65 year old institution have been unfounded. The favorites (pan dulce, tamales) are still alive and well, but the updated menu board now also boasts dense morning tortas laced with egg, specialty coffees, and — the best surprise of all — some decent seating inside.

Highland Park: Kitchen Mouse

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This vegetarian cafe has plenty of appeal for everyone: gluten free pancakes, vegan sausage patties with eggs, and a mean breakfast sandwich. With an expanded dining room, it's the place to hang out every morning in burgeoning Highland Park.

Glendale: Foxy's Restaurant

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This A-frame building in the heart of Glendale remains the same despite plenty of real estate developing around it. With toasters placed at every table, it has the old school feel your parents would enjoy. The carne asada and eggs might be on every table, and it should be on yours too.

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Santa Monica: Milo and Olive

With an expanded dining area, Milo & Olive is instantly one of the most popular places to get breakfast in Santa Monica, other than perhaps Huckleberry, which fields crowds virtually every day of the week. With wonderful pastries and a hefty but shareable breakfast pizza, Milo & Olive remains one of the best morning meals on the Westside.

Palos Verdes: Catalina Kitchen

There is little argument that Terranea’s Catalina Kitchen is the most lavish brunch in the South Bay. With a newly remodeled interior that flows from the open kitchen to expansive patio, stunning views of the Palos Verdes bluffs, and extensive brunch offerings that include everything from a sushi station to seafood buffet, a breakfast here also doubles as a quick weekend getaway with strong Mediterranean vibes.

Downtown: Ledlow

Sherman Oaks: Nat's Early Bite Coffee Shop

Cruise down Burbank Blvd on Sunday morning and you’ll find an aggressively packed parking lot of diners waiting for their turn to tuck in to heaping plates of chilaquiles and pancakes from Sherman Oaks staple Nat’s Early Bite. Come for reasonably priced breakfast favorites, and don’t forget to order an indulgently delicious housemade muffin.

Westwood/Century City: Clementine

This cheerful little cafe in Century City prepares some of the best homemade comfort food in town, with enough style and finesse to make it a bit of a Westside destination. Make sure to take some baked goods home with you afterwards.

Culver City: Destroyer

Matthew Kang

You'll be hard pressed to find a more tucked away breakfast spot in Culver City, but those willing to make the trek (and find parking) will be handsomely rewarded with some of the most thoughtful, delicious, and fulfilling breakfast in town. The diminutive space makes it tough when the weather's awry, but sit outside amidst the architecture monuments by starchitect Eric Owen Moss, and you'll feel like you're one of LA's very own creative types.

Matthew Kang

Pasadena: Russell's

Russell’s is an all-day bistro classic, working an AM menu through to French-influenced dinnertime fare daily. Pushed right into the heart of Old Pasadena, the place is full of upscale casual charm, and usually carries a crowd on weekends.