Whether you’re an early riser or a late AM snoozer, we can all agree that a delicious breakfast is one of the best motivators for getting out of bed every morning.
And luckily for us, Los Angeles has some of the yummiest and most creative morning treats around. From specialty pancakes to egg sandwiches, burritos to rice bowls and BLTS, the endless list of options can be kind of overwhelming.
So where to start?
Well, allow us to help pare down your choices with a handy selection of the top places to get your breakfast on in L.A.
It’s not necessarily an exhaustive list of every great breakfast spot in our city, but we feel the mentions below have to be at the top of any Los Angeles breakfasting bucket list.
Rundown numbered for reference, in no particular order.
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This Downtown LA restaurant has plenty of morning treats on its menu. The Breakfast combo comes with fried eggs, duck fat potatoes, and crispy pork belly. The menu also includes coddled eggs Benedict and avocado and cream toast.
2. C&M Cafe
This Palms spot offers up some of the most amusing breakfast creations west of La Brea. If you’re looking for a sweet ‘n’ savory pick-me-up, order the legendary BAM sandwich, made with a French toast cinnamon bun. Want to go full-on savory? Check out the stacked-high and mighty Enjoy Guys! burger. You can’t go wrong with breakfast served all-day, every day.
From 8:00am-4:00pm, this hip Silver Lake cafe serves breakfast in the form of delicious rice bowls, several different kinds of yummy toasts (including avocado toast), rice porridges, and other seasonal specials. We won’t judge you if you order everything that has Sqirl’s famous jams on it either.
4. Rae’s Restaurant
If you’re looking for the most famous biscuits and gravy in town, then look no further than this Santa Monica mainstay. Open since 1958, Rae’s also cooks up a mighty corned beef hash with three eggs and a slice of pineapple. They’re cash-only, so make sure to stop by the ATM first.
5. Blu Jam Cafe
With locations in Studio City and Melrose, you can consume a delectable all-day breakfast from the Valley to Hollywood. Blu Jam Cafe’s breakfast menu is everything you could want, craving elbow macaroni for breakfast? Order Kamil’s Breakfast. Feeling like a Carbonara dish? Order the Brunch Carbonara. Keeping it healthy? Take a gander at the Health and Fitness menu. It’s all in there!
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6. Egg Slut
With a name like that, the eggs better be good — and the wildly popular Grand Central Market stand does not disappoint. There’s a line for this one, too, but Egg Slut makes it all worth it with a menu of delicious eggy sandwiches on brioche buns like The Fairfax and egg and cheese combos with either bacon or sausage.
This Venice favorite serves up delicious dishes all the time — including during their 8:00am- 11:00am breakfast hours. Wake up with a 6-grain porridge with fruits and buckwheat honey, lemon buckwheat ricotta pancakes, Moroccan baked eggs, and so much more.
Take your breakfast cravings to Santa Monica for delectable French toast, house-made pastrami and poached eggs, and the Farmer’s classic. Make sure you’re up early since breakfast is 7:30am – 10:30am Monday through Friday while brunch runs 8:00am – 2:00pm on weekends.
Walk in, take in Repulique’s gorgeous courtyard, and then take a look at the Hancock Park spot’s delicious breakfast menu, which is served until 3:00pm. Favorites include the kimchi fried rice (yup, for breakfast — just go with it), Croque Madame, Anson Mills Corn Waffle Ranchero, and so much more.
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10. Eat This
Follow the request of this Hollywood restaurant’s name and indulge in some bottomless mimosa, a truffle egg and cheese sandwich, mini-cinnamon rolls, and corned beef hash topped with fried eggs. Then, you can find out if Eat This should add the word “Definitely” to its name.
11. Little Sister
With locations in Downtown L.A. and Manhattan Beach, Little Sister brings its A-game to the DTLA breakfast scene with its Vietnamese-style breakfast plate, Chinese savory doughnuts, breakfast congee, Vietnamese sticky lotus rice with pork, and more all on one plate!
12. Griddle Cafe
If a hearty breakfast on the Sunset Strip is just what you need, than the wait at this popular Sunset Boulevard restaurant will be worth it. The portions are huge, the pancakes come in wacky flavors like Oreo filled and Red Velvet, plus the coffee is French pressed, can’t go wrong there.
13. The Grub
Two words: Crack Bacon. How could you not answer a wake-up call like that? Get to Hollywood and devour that delicious bacon on its own or you can get it cooked inside The Carnivore B.F.P. (Big Flippin’ Pancake), included in the Omelet Opera, or just as part of the Kevin Bacon plate. The choice is yours. Breakfast on weekdays is served starting at 11:00am and weekends starting 9:00am.
The letters may stand for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (get it?), but consider concentrating on the B when you pay this Beverly Boulevard restaurant a visit. Served until 3:00pm, BLD’s breakfast menu features ricotta blueberry pancakes, a fried egg sandwich, and seven different types of Benedicts, including a vegan option.
15. Nick’s Coffee Shop
Who says L.A. doesn’t have diners? This Pico-Robertson eatery has a huge menu that’ll satisfy even the most picky of the bunch. The extensive breakfast service includes a list of “Traditional Breakfasts,” like whole ham steak and eggs, grilled pork chops, eggs and applesauce, Spam and eggs, and more.
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16. Jon & Vinny’s
I know, I know. Jon & Vinny’s is known for their pizzas and pastas, but breakfast is pretty fantastic at the Fairfax diner, too. You wouldn’t want to miss out on Nutella toast, breakfast pizza, and a BLT served on Gjusta Ciabatta would you?
Where are your favorite spots for breakfast in Los Angeles? Let us know in the comments below!