If I absolutely HAD to pick my favorite meal of the day it would probably have to be breakfast. I can definitely take down a breakfast burrito or some crispy hashbrowns and bacon with over-easy eggs at anytime – day or night. Aside from a massive breakfast being the best hangover cure in the world, I think there’s no better way to get a nice kick-start to your day (as long as you don’t eat too much and slip into a food coma…)
Based on a mix of personal experiences and restaurant recommendations by some of my trusted fellow foodies – I’ve compiled a One Delish Dish list of the 5 best places in LA to get a great breakfast:
BLD = Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Clearly this place serves all three meals, but BLD really shines in the breakfast/brunch department. Their blueberry ricotta pancakes are amazingly fluffy, moist and flavorful and their chorizo home fries are the best, especially when they’re cooked extra crispy!
2. Salt’s Cure
This famous West Hollywood spot has excellent brunch that’s served out of an open kitchen so customers can get an insider’s peek into the culinary magic. With most of the menu changing weekly, the consistent customer favorites are the Duck Hash, 2x2x2 plate, famous house-made sweet rolls and the house-cured thick-cut bacon.
3. Blu Jam Cafe
Blu Jam on Melrose is always packed on the weekends and has an extensive menu that’s sure to please the sweet or savory palate. From their Crispy French Toast to their famous Blu Jam and Salmon eggs benedicts, this place is definitely a breakfast must have around LA.
For me, Gjelina lives up to its hype as the dinner spot to hit up in Venice. But in addition to dinner, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Gjelina’s unique and gourmet twist on a standard Sunday brunch. Some great brunch dishes at Gjelina are the fried egg sandwich, poached egg over polenta w/bacon, smoked salmon and asparagus scramble and my personal favorite, a crispy fried egg w/prosciutto, romesco, arugula and lemon.
This low-key breakfast spot in Venice has all the classic breakfast staples, a great Acai bowl for all the LA health nuts AND my fave… some tasty breakfast sandwiches that are exploding with great flavors and textures. Their famous Super Cro-Jo sandwich is complete with soft scrambled eggs, gooey melted Gouda cheese, thick crisped bacon, fresh greens and tomatoes, all on a fluffy croissant. Flake’s diehard customers agree that the best part of this sandwich is the spicy sauce - an irresistible Sriracha mayo concoction that you could pretty much eat with a spoon.
Now that I’ve sufficiently made myself hungry, I think I’ll either find a restaurant that serves breakfast for dinner or go make myself a nice hearty veggie, cheese and chicken apple sausage scramble with a side of hashbrowns – topped off with Tapatio of course.
Where’s your favorite place to grab a big and tasty weekend breakfast?