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Ledlow, Downtown
Elizabeth Daniels

The Ultimate Guide to Weekday Breakfast in Los Angeles

Because it's not always about weekend brunch.

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Ledlow, Downtown
| Elizabeth Daniels

Brunch is always a welcome retreat on the weekends, but it's a little bit harder to find places that serve a great breakfast during the week. Since this city hosts so many people who work from home or get to enjoy odd hours (read: actors, writers, etc), there seems to be demand for those looking to enjoy the morning meal at someplace better than the corner diner. Here's a helpful guide to the best weekday breakfast spots in L.A., from once-in-a-while splurges to everyday routines.

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Square One Dining

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Though ownership has changed over the years, the overall quality at this beloved East Hollywood breakfast nook (with a delightful patio) has remained the same, which means expert eggs benedict (smoked salmon is an option), and terrific omelets, steel-cut oatmeal, and grits. There's Intelligentsia coffee to boot.

Cora's Coffee Shoppe

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Bruce Marder's casual breakfast and lunch spot is the "affordable" way to get access to the ingredients and cooking of next-door Capo, the high-end Italian restaurant. The lovely wrap-around patio suits the high-quality plates coming out of the kitchen, like a Wagyu steak and eggs plate, artichoke tarragon omelette, vegetable frittata, and blueberry buckwheat pancakes.

Millie's Cafe

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This classic Silver Lake breakfast spot serves the essentials, like the Hangtown fry, corned beef hash, chilaquiles, and chicken-fried steak, to go along with all the usual egg and scramble dishes. Service daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Neal Fraser's enduring all-day restaurant on Beverly still does a respectable breakfast (bld stands for breakfast, lunch and dinner). There's a number of different benedicts, like the Ode to Butterfield's, which is a flat-iron steak with poached eggs and a cabernet hollandaise. The house-made turkey sausage works well in the frittata.

Cecconi's

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This classy West Hollywood Italian restaurant does inspired dishes like the baked eggs "arrabiata," porchetta ham benedict, panettone French toast (sort of a weird contradiction), and a spinach and pancetta frittata to go along with a slew of fresh juices, tea, and coffee.

Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery

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This instant-classic of a bakery and cafe in Santa Monica tends to endless crowds, especially on the weekends. Daily breakfast favorites include the fried egg sandwich, green eggs and ham (using arugula and pesto), brisket hash, and a house-cured salmon platter with all the deli-style fixin's. Of course the usual array of pastries and breads, along with Caffe Luxxe coffee, is available.

Farmshop

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Perhaps the most high-end breakfast spot in the city, Farm Shop serves near-perfect versions of dishes like French toast with blueberry marmalade, rolled omelets with soft herbs and fried potatoes, and pastrami and eggs served with green tomato ketchup.

Clementine

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This beloved Century City cafe does great pastries and other quick-bites that work well for office denizens in nearby towers, as well as local Westside residents. The house-cured gravlax, poached eggs, breakfast scrambles with smoked ham & leeks; and homemade granola are good picks.

Milo and Olive

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This bright, airy spot by the Huckleberry and Rustic Canyon folks does a fantastic breakfast with wood-fired asparagus with sunny-side up eggs, breakfast pizza with house sausage and potatoes, or a baked eggs skillet with pepperonata.

Maison Giraud

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Though there's a near-perfect croissant available at chef Alain Giraud's casual Palisades spot, there's also a full breakfast daily, including roasted chicken apple sausage, eggs benedict with either Canadian bacon or smoked salmon, French toast with homemade brioche, and of course a croque monsieur or madame (topped with egg).

John O'Groats

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This old-time Westside diner does massive portions of favorites like pancakes, ham & eggs, huevos o'Groats using a biscuit-dough tortilla, a variety of egg scrambles, and of course signature Irish oatmeal.

Nickel Diner

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This new-school diner in Downtown is known for their bacon doughnut, but they also make blueberry pancakes, ham & leek egg scrambles, huevos rancheros, and a hangover helper, a useful thing in this part of town.

Tavern Restaurant

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This elegant Brentwood restaurant by chef Suzanne Goin has a few egg dishes like butter-crumbled eggs with parmesan and polenta, pancakes, French toast, as well as anything from the Larder, like croissants and muffins.

Little Dom's

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This Eastside Italian restaurant does a great daily breakfast, with dishes like the Nutella panino, oven-roasted French toast souffle, smoked salmon pizza, and black kale frittata with onions and goat cheese leading the way. There's a breakfast pizza with speck, mozzarella, tomato sauce and sunny-side up egg, naturally.

The OP Cafe

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This Santa Monica favorite on the border of Sunset Park has been serving hearty breakfast dishes to Westside locals, like buttermilk pancakes, the affordable 2+2+2 with eggs, bacon or sausage, and two pancakes, and a Diablo burrito with chorizo, bacon, black beans, and home fries wrapped in a tortilla and served with a spicy sauce.

Josef Centeno has a tight breakfast menu at his newest Downtown restaurant inside the former Pete's. Try the granola or avocado and cream cheese toast.

Jon & Vinny's

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This brand new restaurant from Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal and Son of a Gun has one surprise element: breakfast. While things like breakfast pizza show up on the menu, find their version of avocado toast, granola, and other various Italian-American-slanted sweets on the morning bill of fare.

Kings Road Cafe

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This classic Beverly Blvd. destination roasts their coffee in house, which gives the place a cheerful, everyday quality. Find excellent french toast, eggs florentine, and benedict, among other popular dishes. And if the weather permits, hang out on that swell patio overlooking Beverly.

The Griddle Cafe

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This uber-popular Hollywood breakfast specializes in pancakes, with varieties like red velvet and Oreo cookie being some of the more popular types. The place is jammed packed all the time, so get there early.

Betty Fraser's enduring breakfast spot in a hidden part of Hollywood still makes a bit of an oasis, and neighborhood favorite. Placed in a 1920's bungalow, dive into a hearty breakfast burrito or croissant French toast for the ideal weekday morning.

République

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Possibly the most pleasant place to have breakfast in Los Angeles, the glorious light entering Republique in the mornings is hard to beat. Throw in pitch perfect pastries and bread from Margarita Manzke, plus a slew of other favorites like croque madame and wild mushroom toast, and you have a weekday winner for breakfast.

Sqirl Kitchen

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Jessica Koslow's perpetually busy spot opens every morning at 6:30 a.m., with just coffee and pastries, then ventures on to classics like ricotta toast and sorrel pesto rice at 8 a.m., which works great for early bird Eastsiders. Don't miss that crispy rice salad, either.

Viviane

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Little Sister

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Sangers & Joe

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The Rose Cafe-Restaurant

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Lodge Bread Co

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Trois Familia

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Paramount Coffee Project

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Square One Dining

Though ownership has changed over the years, the overall quality at this beloved East Hollywood breakfast nook (with a delightful patio) has remained the same, which means expert eggs benedict (smoked salmon is an option), and terrific omelets, steel-cut oatmeal, and grits. There's Intelligentsia coffee to boot.

Cora's Coffee Shoppe

Bruce Marder's casual breakfast and lunch spot is the "affordable" way to get access to the ingredients and cooking of next-door Capo, the high-end Italian restaurant. The lovely wrap-around patio suits the high-quality plates coming out of the kitchen, like a Wagyu steak and eggs plate, artichoke tarragon omelette, vegetable frittata, and blueberry buckwheat pancakes.

Millie's Cafe

This classic Silver Lake breakfast spot serves the essentials, like the Hangtown fry, corned beef hash, chilaquiles, and chicken-fried steak, to go along with all the usual egg and scramble dishes. Service daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BLD

Neal Fraser's enduring all-day restaurant on Beverly still does a respectable breakfast (bld stands for breakfast, lunch and dinner). There's a number of different benedicts, like the Ode to Butterfield's, which is a flat-iron steak with poached eggs and a cabernet hollandaise. The house-made turkey sausage works well in the frittata.

Cecconi's

This classy West Hollywood Italian restaurant does inspired dishes like the baked eggs "arrabiata," porchetta ham benedict, panettone French toast (sort of a weird contradiction), and a spinach and pancetta frittata to go along with a slew of fresh juices, tea, and coffee.

Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery

This instant-classic of a bakery and cafe in Santa Monica tends to endless crowds, especially on the weekends. Daily breakfast favorites include the fried egg sandwich, green eggs and ham (using arugula and pesto), brisket hash, and a house-cured salmon platter with all the deli-style fixin's. Of course the usual array of pastries and breads, along with Caffe Luxxe coffee, is available.

Farmshop

Perhaps the most high-end breakfast spot in the city, Farm Shop serves near-perfect versions of dishes like French toast with blueberry marmalade, rolled omelets with soft herbs and fried potatoes, and pastrami and eggs served with green tomato ketchup.

Clementine

This beloved Century City cafe does great pastries and other quick-bites that work well for office denizens in nearby towers, as well as local Westside residents. The house-cured gravlax, poached eggs, breakfast scrambles with smoked ham & leeks; and homemade granola are good picks.

Milo and Olive

This bright, airy spot by the Huckleberry and Rustic Canyon folks does a fantastic breakfast with wood-fired asparagus with sunny-side up eggs, breakfast pizza with house sausage and potatoes, or a baked eggs skillet with pepperonata.

Maison Giraud

Though there's a near-perfect croissant available at chef Alain Giraud's casual Palisades spot, there's also a full breakfast daily, including roasted chicken apple sausage, eggs benedict with either Canadian bacon or smoked salmon, French toast with homemade brioche, and of course a croque monsieur or madame (topped with egg).

John O'Groats

This old-time Westside diner does massive portions of favorites like pancakes, ham & eggs, huevos o'Groats using a biscuit-dough tortilla, a variety of egg scrambles, and of course signature Irish oatmeal.

Nickel Diner

This new-school diner in Downtown is known for their bacon doughnut, but they also make blueberry pancakes, ham & leek egg scrambles, huevos rancheros, and a hangover helper, a useful thing in this part of town.

Tavern Restaurant

This elegant Brentwood restaurant by chef Suzanne Goin has a few egg dishes like butter-crumbled eggs with parmesan and polenta, pancakes, French toast, as well as anything from the Larder, like croissants and muffins.