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Breakfast at The Serving Spoon in Inglewood
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26 of the Best LA Breakfast Restaurants by Neighborhood, Winter 2018

From Malibu to the South Bay

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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 looking for the first meal of the day, it’s never a long drive to get a morning breakfast fix. Thankfully, within each neighborhood and small city, there's a fantastic eatery waiting for hungry diners. Here now, Eater editors have collaborated on where to find the best morning meal in each neighborhood, presented from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Santa Monica: Cora's Coffee Shoppe

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1802 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-9562
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Bruce Marder's casual breakfast-y spot is the more affordable (although that may be a stretch) way to get access to the cooking of neighboring Italian eatery Capo. The lovely wrap-around patio suits the quality plates coming out of the kitchen, like Wagyu steak and eggs.

2. Palos Verdes: Catalina Kitchen

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100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 265-2836
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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.

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3. Sherman Oaks: Nat's Early Bite Coffee Shop

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14115 Burbank Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
(818) 781-3040
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Cruise down Burbank Blvd on Sunday morning and 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.

4. Westwood/Century City: 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 congregating at Mary & Robb's. Dating to 1977, the throwback diner-style establishment doesn't try to do anything fancy, instead focusing on serving up hot scrambles, breakfast burritos, and big blueberry pancake plates.

5. Culver City: Destroyer

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3578 Hayden Ave
Culver City, CA 90232

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.

6. Pasadena: Russell's

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30 N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 578-1404

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.

7. Burbank: Bea Bea's

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353 N Pass Ave
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 846-2327
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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.

8. West Hollywood: Salt's Cure

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1155 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 465-7258
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A few years after moving from its original Santa Monica Blvd address to a larger Highland location, Salt’s Cure has returned to its original home to open a spinoff concept, Breakfast. As the name would intimate, it’s an all-day morning favorites spot where you can get those famed oatmeal griddle cakes with eggs and housemade sausages.

9. Koreatown: Bonjuk La

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3551 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 380-2248
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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.

10. Torrance: The Original Pancake House

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1756 Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 543-9875
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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.

11. Venice: Gjusta

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320 Sunset Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 314-0320
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Few restaurants are more representative of the current state of Venice than Gjusta, what may be the best breakfast on the Westside. With an outstanding selection of morning viennoiserie and smoked fish that can be had as a plate or on a bialy with pickled onions and herbs, it is well worth fighting through the hipster massive to snag your seat.

12. San Pedro: Gaffey St. Diner

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247 N Gaffey St
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-6964
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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.

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13. Manhattan Beach: Uncle Bill's Pancake House

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1305 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5177
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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.

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14. Beverly/Fairfax: Jon & Vinny's

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412 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 334-3369
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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.

15. Mid Wilshire: Republique

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624 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 362-6115
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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.

16. Los Feliz: Square One Dining

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4854 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 661-1109
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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.

17. East Hollywood: Sqirl

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720 N Virgil Ave #4
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 284-8147
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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.

18. Silver Lake: Millie's Cafe

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3524 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 664-0404
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Silver Lake loves Millie's, and rightfully so. The place is closing in on the 100-year mark fast, while still playing to longtime local crowds, new hip types, and tourists alike. Service is brisk and portions are big, just as it should be from one of the city's most iconic and enduring breakfast gems.

19. Highland Park: The Highland Cafe

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5010 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 259-1000
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This quaint café with eclectic décor opens at 8 each morning to feed the neighborhood its go-to red or green chilquiles and breakfast burritos that are served all day.

20. Glendale: 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 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

21. Mid City: Olympic Cafe: House of Breakfast

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

Koreatown pancake staple Olympic Cafe sure doesn't make it easy sometimes. The place routinely sports long lines (particularly on weekends), doesn't take credit cards, and is closed right in the middle of the work week. Still, a trip inside is more than necessary when some of the city's finest pancakes can be found for a song — and that's to say nothing of rest of the staple breakfast menu. Just remember: No substitutions.

22. Beverly Hills: Tarte Tatin Bakery & Cafe

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200 S Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(424) 777-0033
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It isn’t always easy to find a well-priced, quality breakfast in the bougie confines of Beverly Hills. The relatively new bakery and cafe Tarte Tatin offers an Israeli-leaning menu that kicks off with breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Best believe that includes everything from shakshuka to an over-clocked Jerusalem bagel toast, with a nice variety of pastries, too.

23. Downtown: The Original Pantry Cafe

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877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 972-9279
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Those who like their breakfasts served with a side of nostalgia will find a happy home at The Original Pantry Café. This no-fuss 24/7 diner opened back in 1924, and has been an early morning standby ever since for its massive flapjacks and reliable breakfast classics.

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24. East LA/Boyle Heights: Super Tortas Luisitos

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1908 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 261-8384

These are the magic words at Super Tortas Luisito: breakfast all day. This family-owned East LA cafe seems like they have been making breakfast tortas de huevos, chilaquiles, smoothies, and weekend caldos for decades, but they have only been in operation since 2013. What is most surprising is the cost. Multiple items can run less than $10 dollars. Super Tortas Luisitos serves menudo aka the Mexican breakfast of champions, every day.

25. Malibu: Lily's

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29211 Heathercliff Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 457-3745
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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.

26. Inglewood: The Serving Spoon

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1403 Centinela Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302
(310) 412-3927

The exterior of the Serving Spoon is underwhelming. The unremarkable Inglewood shopping center is as LA as it comes, but the food isn’t. Breakfast and lunch have been served here since 1982. Weekdays are an ideal choice, because the weekend wait is downright long, especially on Sundays after church. The savory, salty, Southern options are endless, like cheese grits with catfish and eggs, collard greens, candied yams, and chicken and waffles. They pay homage to black celebrities on the menu, with the Raphael Saadiq good morning special, or Mo’nique special.

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1. Santa Monica: Cora's Coffee Shoppe

1802 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Bruce Marder's casual breakfast-y spot is the more affordable (although that may be a stretch) way to get access to the cooking of neighboring Italian eatery Capo. The lovely wrap-around patio suits the quality plates coming out of the kitchen, like Wagyu steak and eggs.

1802 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. Palos Verdes: Catalina Kitchen

100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
David Rhein

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.

100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

3. Sherman Oaks: Nat's Early Bite Coffee Shop

14115 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

Cruise down Burbank Blvd on Sunday morning and 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.

14115 Burbank Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

4. Westwood/Century City: Mary and Robbs Westwood Cafe

1453 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Expect families, out-of-town types, and students congregating at Mary & Robb's. Dating to 1977, the throwback diner-style establishment doesn't try to do anything fancy, instead focusing on serving up hot scrambles, breakfast burritos, and big blueberry pancake plates.

1453 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

5. Culver City: Destroyer

3578 Hayden Ave, Culver City, CA 90232

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.

3578 Hayden Ave
Culver City, CA 90232

6. Pasadena: Russell's

30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

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.

30 N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

7. Burbank: Bea Bea's

353 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

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.

353 N Pass Ave
Burbank, CA 91505

8. West Hollywood: Salt's Cure

1155 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

A few years after moving from its original Santa Monica Blvd address to a larger Highland location, Salt’s Cure has returned to its original home to open a spinoff concept, Breakfast. As the name would intimate, it’s an all-day morning favorites spot where you can get those famed oatmeal griddle cakes with eggs and housemade sausages.

1155 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

9. Koreatown: Bonjuk La

3551 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

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.

3551 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

10. Torrance: The Original Pancake House

1756 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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.

1756 Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

11. Venice: Gjusta

320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Few restaurants are more representative of the current state of Venice than Gjusta, what may be the best breakfast on the Westside. With an outstanding selection of morning viennoiserie and smoked fish that can be had as a plate or on a bialy with pickled onions and herbs, it is well worth fighting through the hipster massive to snag your seat.

320 Sunset Ave
Venice, CA 90291

12. San Pedro: Gaffey St. Diner

247 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731
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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.

247 N Gaffey St
San Pedro, CA 90731

13. Manhattan Beach: Uncle Bill's Pancake House

1305 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House

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.

1305 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

14. Beverly/Fairfax: Jon & Vinny's

412 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

412 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

15. Mid Wilshire: Republique

624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

624 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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16. Los Feliz: Square One Dining

4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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.

4854 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029

17. East Hollywood: Sqirl

720 N Virgil Ave #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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.

720 N Virgil Ave #4
Los Angeles, CA 90029

18. Silver Lake: Millie's Cafe

3524 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Silver Lake loves Millie's, and rightfully so. The place is closing in on the 100-year mark fast, while still playing to longtime local crowds, new hip types, and tourists alike. Service is brisk and portions are big, just as it should be from one of the city's most iconic and enduring breakfast gems.

3524 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

19. Highland Park: The Highland Cafe

5010 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042