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The A.M. diners at this sunny 1920s bungalow know they’re in on a great secret. Brunch dishes—most under $10—are hearty and entirely house made, from the bowls of French vanilla oatmeal topped with caramelized banana to the giant egg scrambles served with well-seasoned potatoes to the tangy blueberry lemonade. (Even the drinks are turned out on the premises.) » 911 N. Seward St., Hollywood, 323-203-1136.
The Los Feliz offshoot of the popular Dominick’s works from the premise that smaller is better, with a host of perfectly proportioned brunch dishes (most from $5-$7): Blueberry pancakes are elevated with fresh ricotta, herbs infuse a diminutive pot of eggs-to-order, and wild boar bacon gives earthy depth to a Parmesan fritatta. Stained glass and the piped-in strains of Lena Horne lend a civilized are to the first meal of the day. » 2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, 323-661-0055.
Original Pantry Cafe
There’s nothing fancy about this 85-year-old institution, where the linoleum floors, schoolhouse lamps, and wood-pneled walls have been around as long as some of the wait-staff. The service is rapid-fire, the coffee is hot, the prices are greasy=spoon low, and the airy, golden, dinner-plate-size pancakes are the pinnacle of doughy goodness. Cash only. » 877 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213-972-9279.