10 Best Breakfasts in the West San Fernando Valley: Neighborhood Grub Crawl
The phrase "breakfast in the west San Fernando Valley" may not have quite the same ring to it as, say, "springtime in Paris." But if you're bleary-eyed, hung-over or just plain hungry, the suburbs can provide some great meals to start your day. Whether it's a classic dish like eggs and hash browns, or something more exotic, such as spicy shakshuka, the SFV offers an array of praise-worthy breakfast choices. Coffee and a little something sweet? A plate with a meal to keep you fueled all day? We started at the far west end of Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills and worked our way east into Tarzana, taking a detour to check out some places off the main drag. Turn the page.
E. Dwass Karlos and Kokes' Oaxacan Eggs Benedict
10. Bobby's Coffee Shop:
E. Dwass Bobby's Ranch Breakfast
The crowd outside the door on weekends attests to the popularity of this modest SFV landmark, where customers have been lining up since 1949. "We have people who have been coming here since before I was born," says owner Joe Shabbouei, who took over five years ago. There are from-scratch buckwheat and buttermilk pancakes, plus extra-thick French toast. But the Ranch Breakfast is ranked the number one selection by far, with two eggs, homemade hash browns, bacon, coffee, toast and endless coffee. Presiding over the grill is Juan, who has been there for 25 years. When we visited, he had already cracked 400 plus eggs that morning. 22821 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; 818-225-1325.
9. Doan's Bakery:
E. Dwass Doan's Bakery Cinnamon Roll
Karen Doan started out three decades ago, baking for a friend's restaurant. 16 years ago, she and her son, Eric, opened their bakery storefront to the public. There's a comfortable vibe here, where you can sit inside or out and linger over the paper, drinking coffee and indulging in something sweet. The cinnamon rolls are highly recommended. When you order, your roll is heated up in the oven, which creates sinfully gooey swirls of sticky syrup. The muffins and scones also are customer favorites -- and who says you can't have cupcakes for breakfast. 22526 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; 818-591-9236.
8. Leo & Lily:
E. Dwass Leo & Lily's French Toast
When this café opened in 2011, it became an instant hit with locals. "The whole concept here is eating organic and fresh," says owner Guy Zaradez of the menu, which fuses European and Mediterranean flavors. For breakfast there are many savory and sweet choices, including four kinds of egg benedicts, borekas and an oatmeal muesli with figs, pistachios, anise and raisins. A top customer pick is brioche French toast, coated with corn flakes and plated with puddles of banana butterscotch mousse over nutella crème. There's seating inside or on a patio out front. 22420 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; 818-222-6622.
22821 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA