In the last few weeks I have had some great breakfast around town at various restaurants. I will list my favorite and not so favorite picks. These are some great places that mainly serve organic produce. I will not recommend a place based on trend, it is all about the food.
AXE located on Abbott Kinney is a great place for breakfast with great food. I had fried eggs with mozzarella, chopped basil and tomatoes with ricotta with grilled bread. It had just the right amount of mozzarella, fresh creamy ricotta and fresh crunchy bread. Great coffee too!
http://www.axerestaurant.com/ 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291-3372 (310) 664-9787
URTH CAFE I enjoy the Mexican Omelet which has three eggs topped with Roma tomatoes, mild green chilies, red onions, jack cheese, cilantro served with an organic mixed greens salad dressed in urth vinaigrette (tangy) and fresh crunchy sourdough bread. It has a great myriad of flavors: the mild heat of the chilies, the fresh salsa and the right amount of gooey cheese flavor in your mouth. I love this dish, I recommend it with egg whites in order to taste the different tones of flavors in your mouth. Another dish to try is the two eggs poached with Parmesan cheese and fresh cracked pepper, served with fresh baguette. This is a great dish when done medium, simple with great flavor. Unfortunately sometimes the dish comes out too well done and then the dish is worthless. This is the place for true coffee lovers. They have traditional Italian roasted espresso. I am all about the pastries, I recommend you try the cinnamon twist and the croissant. www.urthcaffe.com 8565 Melrose Avenue, (310) 659-06288
LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN Parmesan & Pesto Omelet is a must. I enjoy the nutty flavor of the Parmesan combined with the fresh pesto, yum. Don't leave with out having the hot chocolate and dip your pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) inside your drink. The hot chocolate is not too sweet and perfect with the flaky, light, crunchy and creamy croissant. I would say they have one of the best chocolate croissants in LA... outstanding. You can always order the bread basket and spread the noir chocolate spread all over your bread and you will be in heaven. It is too bad this restaurant lacks variety in their menu. Otherwise I would frequent it more often. http://www.lepainquotidien.com/
HUCKLEBERRY CAFE in Santa Monica is a great addition to the 'hood. I like the pastries and they always have different varieties to choose from. I love the coffee, which is from CAFFE LUXXE... strong European Italian coffee, espresso and cappuccinos. I have yet to find a breakfast item (othe than the pasties) I like at Huckleberry, but I haven't given up.
http://www.huckleberrycafe.com 1014 Wilshire BlvdSanta Monica, CA 90401 (310) 451-2311
CAFFE LUXXE on Montana has great Italian coffee and they serve Bread Bar's pastries. Great place for a pick me up.
http://www.caffeluxxe.com 925 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403 (310) 394-2222
AMANDINE PATISSERIE it is a European influenced patisserie with Japanese influence. It is a great place for a large variety of baked goods, rolls, bread, pastries and cakes. Dive into their delectable pastries, which are always flaky, crispy, light and delicious. The croissants and the coco twists are a must. Unfortunately the coffee is just OK.
http://amandinecafe.com 12225 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 979-3211
LA GRANDE ORANGE: I have been there several times and they just miss the mark each time for breakfast. The egg dishes are just OK, coffee OK. The restaurant is fairly new and perhaps they will get it together at some point. I love the build out and the feel of the place. I would recommend it for a drink and appetizers prior to hitting the town at night.
www.lagrandeorangesm.com 2000 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1010 (310) 396-9152
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