25. Kitchen Mouse
All your friends — and all their dietary restrictions — are welcome at Kitchen Mouse, where you’ll find tasty options for those who go gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, and nut-free. There are breakfast salads and brown rice bowls, but also snickerdoodle pancakes, because balance is important in life.
26. Best Girl
Providence’s Michael Cimarusti is behind the makeover at Ace Hotel’s lobby restaurant, named for a 1920s comedy that was first screened at the theater next door. Charred hanger steak with cipollini onions and the seared peekytoe crab cakes are unfussy but showcase the chef’s fine-dining precision. Cocktails like a briny Gibson or strawberry shandy offer cool throwbacks.
27. Lavender & Honey
Avocado toast gets all the attention, but it’s not the only thing on sliced bread. Lavender & Honey has a “toast bar” featuring several specialities, including a peanut butter, banana, and honey toast, and a goat cheese, honey, and lavender toast, among others. Oh, and they make really good avocado toast, too.
Opening at 6:30 a.m., this is an early-riser’s dream spot. It also seems to be every food Instagrammer’s dream spot, too, thanks to the cute, patterned tables, a large, leafy patio, and food that’s often as pretty to look at, as it is tasty to eat.
29. Little Dom’s
Your favorite pasta haven is also a secret breakfast destination. Pop in for Italian-leaning specialities like ricotta cheese pancakes with fresh blueberries, scrambled egg bruschetta, and breakfast meatballs with poached eggs.
Have you ever eaten a cinnamon roll that was larger than your head? If not, your time has finally come. Sure, there are other baked goods and composed dishes, all of them delicious, but… those cinnamon rolls.
31. Lunetta All Day
This adorable Santa Monica café has all you need to start your day (or keep it going, the menu runs through 4 p.m.). The breakfast bowl is filled with stir-fried wheat berries, freekeh, faro, marinated greens, blistered red onion, lemon-herb vinaigrette, pepita romesco, and poached egg. There is creamy polenta with shiitake mushroom, deep dish quiche, and lemon-ricotta pancakes with roasted blueberry butter. We want it all.
Mardi bills itself as a “festive al fresco dining experience,” and it’s right on. Gather your crew for a patio breakfast of chia seed overnight oats, polenta and baked eggs, and avocado toast on Bub & Grandma’s bread.
33. Milo & Olive
Treat yourself to a carb-fest at this Santa Monica favorite where the hearth-baked bagels, breads, and pastries are all worthy options and are perfect accompaniments to a coffee program featuring locally-roasted Luxxe Coffee beans.
34. Mixed Company
Mixed Company is bringing English muffins back, and using them to bind together some pretty terrific breakfast sandwiches. One has roasted fennel, avocado, radish, mint salsa verde, tomato, sesame aioli, and shaved collard greens. Another has merguez, harissa, arugula, confit tomato, aioli, and shaved red onion. All are delicious.
35. Nickel Diner
Nickel Diner is your classic, old-school diner, if your diner made home-baked pop tarts with seasonal fruit fillings, maple-glazed bacon-encrusted doughnuts, and tofu scrambles with roasted garlic and goat cheese.
One of you wants a waffle, and the other wants khao man gai? Get you a café that can do both. Otus is that café. The menu mixes Thai dishes and western breakfast dishes, and they’ll put ice cream on your French toast, so really what more could you want?
The menu at this Australian import changes often, meaning you’ll always find something new to love, but one constant is The Paramount, a sandwich of egg, Hook’s aged cheddar, chili jam, and worcestershire mayo on a house-baked English muffin. Enjoy it with a cup of excellent coffee from a rotating collection of artisan roasters.
38. Poppy & Rose
Poppy & Rose brings some Southern and soul food touches to dishes like pulled pork hash, rib-tip breakfast burritos, and their signature, buttermilk fried chicken and waffles with smoked honey butter.
You may have to wait in line, but good things come to those who wait. These good things include some of the most delectable bistro-inspired breakfast dishes and perfect pastries you’ll find. Worth it.
40. Rose Café
Since 1979, this beloved spot has been satisfying the day-to-night needs of Venice locals and visitors. Stop by in the morning for service from a full Verve Coffee espresso bar paired with a morning sandwich of Wexler’s salmon pastrami or avocado toast with fried duck eggs.
Sqirl chef Jessica Koslow literally wrote the book on Everything I Want to Eat, and that title could have easily described the menu at her charming café. Look for California-modern takes on everything from porridge to eggs and, of course, that famous toast.
42. Square One
Silver Lake and East Hollywood
Head to this breakfast specialist for seasonal takes on morning comfort foods, including some of the best pancakes in town.
They say we eat with our eyes first, and BBCM (as the long-named café abbreviates itself) certainly caters to visual tastes, from the bright decor to the rainbow-colored lattes and adorable pastries. Luckily, the flavor follows through when you get around to eating with, you know, your mouth.
Technically an import from NYC, this airy, beachy spot seems so at home on Abbot Kinney we tend to forget. The food here is vegetarian and largely vegan, with healthy touches and an array of “wellness lattes.”
The Larder at Burton Way has your morning cravings covered. In the mood for challah French toast? Maybe you want a triple-pork burger with manchego cheese and romesco sauce? They have you covered for both and everything in between.
46. The Rustiq Table
This Southern-accented eatery has all the comforts you could want, but the destination-worthy order might be their sunrise take on a club sandwich, with chicken, broccoli slaw and a tamarind and Louisiana hot sauce dressing, bacon chips and chili aioli, all on fluffy waffles.
From the owners of Odys & Penelope, there is a lot of wood-oven baking going on here. We’ll take a basket of the breads and pastries, but you might also go for a benedict with honey-sherry-glazed pancetta and fried rosemary, or a warm wheat berry bowl with lentils, chicken, and roasted green chilies.
48. Trois Familia
French-Mexican fusion is on the rich menu at this Silver Lake outpost of the Jon-and-Vinny-and-Ludo empire. Where else can you have potato tacos, crepes Suzette, and a beet tartare totstadas with cornichon and avocado crema, all at the same meal?
Winsome is one of the loveliest-looking places to eat in the city, but the morning menu would be worth a trip even in a blander setting. Try a duck egg toast with ‘nduja, raclette cheese, and oregano, if you want to indulge, or keep it light with a dish of crispy meiji tofu, marinated peppers, thai bails, and puffed wheat berries.
This expansive Arts District market-café-bar-dining room complex has something for everyone — except for those folks dead-set on having meat for breakfast, as Zinc is all-veg. That said, plenty of omnivores have failed to notice the absence of animals, distracted by heaps of satisfying egg dishes and even a creative breakfast bahn mi sandwich that gets it’s protein power from egg crepe and seitan.