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10 Croque Madames for a Hearty French Breakfast in LA

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While brunching in LA, there are plenty of staple dishes that pop up in most breakfast menus. One in particular that stands out among the rest is the classic French sandwich, the croque madame.

The croque madame is exactly the same as the monsieur: decadent béchamel sauce loaded on top of a buttery ham and cheese sandwich. The only difference? The sunny side egg. Cut it in half, and this crunchy bread and cheese ratio with the yolky perfection just might cure all hangovers (and perhaps even other woes). Here are 10 places in LA that crush the croque madame game for your next breakfast or brunch session.

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République

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Like most dishes, the croque madame at Republique doesn’t disappoint. Here, you’ll get house-cured ham, fresh bread made in-house and of course the fried egg on top. Get there early on the weekends; otherwise the lines can get pretty long. And as a perk, it’s available daily for a mid-week treat for breakfast.

Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery

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As part of the Rustic Canyon team, Huckleberry boasts the freshest ingredients featuring organic and GMO free products. So feel good about ordering the croque madame made with delicious country bread from sister restaurant Milo and Olive. Here, Niman Ranch ham, cave-aged Gruyere and béchamel are used for a rich and creamy setup.

Dudley Market

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Dudley Market in Venice has a charming vibe with its exposed brick, open floor plan and great natural light, and is a go-to spot for breakfast. For an extra decadent croque madame using Lodge Bread, this one incorporates mornay sauce made with béchamel, gruyere and egg yolk for the ultimate breakfast.

The Hart + The Hunter

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Nestled inside the Palihotel on Melrose, The Hart and The Hunter’s cute interior and casual home-style Southern cooking will please out-of-towners and locals alike. After ordering bottomless mimosas, make sure and ask for the fluffy biscuits, but save space for the croque madame made with sourdough, to pace you on your conquest of endless mimosas.

Little Next Door

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For a romantic vibe, Little Next Door has you covered. For a “healthier” take on the French ham and cheese sandwich. This one is made with whole wheat bread, French white ham, béchamel and gruyere. It only lists a croque monsieur on the menu, but just ask for an egg on top to make it a madame.

Petit Trois

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While French chef Ludo Lefebvre makes a killer omelet at Petit Trois, he puts forth the same delicious dedication into creating his croque madame. This sandwich oozes gruyere cheese and béchamel sauce in every bite, in addition to its tender ham, soft interior and crusty bread. You may need a nap afterwards, but you’ll be dreaming about this one for a while.

Terrine

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For another great date spot, Terrine delivers rustic dishes consisting of French classics. One of the many brunch cocktails, the Mr. Menotti Cold Coffee Grog with three rums, cold brew and a vanilla fernet whipped cream pairs perfectly with the smoked ham croque madame for an ideal brunch-time centerpiece.

The Tasting Kitchen

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Abbot Kinney’s Tasting Kitchen is a popular Westside brunch spot, so make sure to make reservations prior to walking in. The croque madame here is another classic and receives bonus points for being served with fries, for a tasty carb overload.

The Sycamore Kitchen

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The Sycamore Kitchen offers a deviation to the breakfast staple by using Swiss cheese in place of Gruyere. The classic combination of ham and melted Swiss offers your palate a subtle change from the typical croque madame, and pairs well the fried egg and béchamel sauce nestled between grilled country bread made in- house.

Sweet Butter Kitchen

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If you're ever in Sherman Oaks and craving a croque madame, Sweet Butter Kitchen has you covered. The decor is quite charming, making it the ideal place to enjoy the French sandwich covered in béchamel and gruyere. Word on the street is that Chef Ludo once visited Sweet Butter and taught the chefs how to make the perfect croque madame.

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République

Like most dishes, the croque madame at Republique doesn’t disappoint. Here, you’ll get house-cured ham, fresh bread made in-house and of course the fried egg on top. Get there early on the weekends; otherwise the lines can get pretty long. And as a perk, it’s available daily for a mid-week treat for breakfast.

Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery

As part of the Rustic Canyon team, Huckleberry boasts the freshest ingredients featuring organic and GMO free products. So feel good about ordering the croque madame made with delicious country bread from sister restaurant Milo and Olive. Here, Niman Ranch ham, cave-aged Gruyere and béchamel are used for a rich and creamy setup.

Dudley Market

Dudley Market in Venice has a charming vibe with its exposed brick, open floor plan and great natural light, and is a go-to spot for breakfast. For an extra decadent croque madame using Lodge Bread, this one incorporates mornay sauce made with béchamel, gruyere and egg yolk for the ultimate breakfast.

The Hart + The Hunter

Nestled inside the Palihotel on Melrose, The Hart and The Hunter’s cute interior and casual home-style Southern cooking will please out-of-towners and locals alike. After ordering bottomless mimosas, make sure and ask for the fluffy biscuits, but save space for the croque madame made with sourdough, to pace you on your conquest of endless mimosas.

Little Next Door

For a romantic vibe, Little Next Door has you covered. For a “healthier” take on the French ham and cheese sandwich. This one is made with whole wheat bread, French white ham, béchamel and gruyere. It only lists a croque monsieur on the menu, but just ask for an egg on top to make it a madame.

Petit Trois

While French chef Ludo Lefebvre makes a killer omelet at Petit Trois, he puts forth the same delicious dedication into creating his croque madame. This sandwich oozes gruyere cheese and béchamel sauce in every bite, in addition to its tender ham, soft interior and crusty bread. You may need a nap afterwards, but you’ll be dreaming about this one for a while.

Terrine

For another great date spot, Terrine delivers rustic dishes consisting of French classics. One of the many brunch cocktails, the Mr. Menotti Cold Coffee Grog with three rums, cold brew and a vanilla fernet whipped cream pairs perfectly with the smoked ham croque madame for an ideal brunch-time centerpiece.

The Tasting Kitchen

Abbot Kinney’s Tasting Kitchen is a popular Westside brunch spot, so make sure to make reservations prior to walking in. The croque madame here is another classic and receives bonus points for being served with fries, for a tasty carb overload.

The Sycamore Kitchen

The Sycamore Kitchen offers a deviation to the breakfast staple by using Swiss cheese in place of Gruyere. The classic combination of ham and melted Swiss offers your palate a subtle change from the typical croque madame, and pairs well the fried egg and béchamel sauce nestled between grilled country bread made in- house.

Sweet Butter Kitchen

If you're ever in Sherman Oaks and craving a croque madame, Sweet Butter Kitchen has you covered. The decor is quite charming, making it the ideal place to enjoy the French sandwich covered in béchamel and gruyere. Word on the street is that Chef Ludo once visited Sweet Butter and taught the chefs how to make the perfect croque madame.

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