10 Best Breakfasts: Out of the Bowl and Into a Brioche
Day in and day out, many of us are hooked on the following routine: the drape over the kitchen sink to slurp up our cereal, or the dodging of speed bumps and monitoring of traffic signals between spoonfuls of yogurt or--if we're stuck in the 80s--cottage cheese. It's easy to forget that breakfast can actually be imaginative, full of flavor and, like lunch and dinner, a real meal.
As proof, here are 10 L.A. spots - listed in no particular order - that offer terrific renditions of breakfast dishes, from the exquisite to the playful to the traditional. We can do so much better than drive-thru or cereal out of a box.
1. 3 Square: Contemporary, stylish cuisine is made extra special by the addition of authentic German and Austrian pastries, breads and sausages at this Abbott Kinney corner café owned and run by the Rockenwagner enterprise. The Meusli with whole crème and chopped fruit is like cereal from the gods, and dishes like the plate size apple pancake and pitch perfect organic eggs served with pretzel rolls are fit for royalty. Just add the piping hot freshly brewed Julius Meinl coffee, and your palate will awaken and be thoroughly satisfied. 1121 Abbott Kinney Blvd; Venice; (310)399-6504
2. Bloom Cafe: Pico, between Fairfax and La Brea, never tasted so good. Breakfasts at the sun filled and modern Bloom have tremendous flavor with creative twists, like the Winter Scramble with butternut squash, garlic confit, spinach and marscapone, the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes or Roasted Potato Bacon Omelette with sour cream and scallions. Plus, there's a major lean towards the organic and the tastiest aspects of health nuttiness. (e.g.: excellent tasting green juices, power packed acai granola bowls). 5544 w. Pico Blvd; Los Angeles; (323)934-6900
3. Cecconi's: This West Hollywood hot spot makes breakfast a quiet, glamorous retreat. Even eating morning staples here, like oatmeal with strawberry marmalade with coffee (LA Mill poured out of real silver), feels like a special occasion. The menu is perfectly balanced with fresh squeezed juices, beautiful, housemade pastries, interesting sides like stewed fruits with crème fraiche, sophisticated versions of eggs, and a richly flavored but delicately presented waffle. 8764 Melrose Ave; West Hollywood; (310) 432-2000
4. Du-Par's: The ultimate classic, Du-Par's has been bringing breakfast joy to diners in Los Angeles for more than six decades, meaning you can definitely get your retro fix here if you like. Buttermilk short stacks, Blue Plate Specials and Denver omelette orders are no strangers here, nor should they be; all are lip-smacking, tried and true recipes that deliver the original breakfast flavors and aromas of Americana. Bonus: if you want to have your morning fruit in the form of pie, Du-Par's makes at least seven to ten varieties a day. 6333 W. 3rd Street; Los Angeles; (323)933-8446 and 12036 Ventura Blvd; Studio City;(818)766-4437
5. House Café: A newbie to the mid-city dining scene, House stands out with a streamlined menu of quality, upscale casual dishes with a gourmet twist, like a nice, chewy bagel with burrata cream cheese and pancakes with hints of orange. House Café also boasts the most exciting breakfast around - the Turkish Breakfast. This dish brings together several components, both savory and sweet - a Turkish sesame bread ring, soft boiled egg, a scoop of plain yogurt, marinated feta, julienned cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, olives, and cherry jam are all on one plate making it fun to mix and match however you desire. 8114 Beverly Blvd; Los Angeles; (323)655-5553