Okay, let's face it. Pasty, mushy oatmeal is never enough to stop that stubborn stomach from dreaming of a morning a little more sunny-side up.
Whether you're in the mood for a platter of hotcakes or just a more ambient environment to drink your coffee or tea, here's a list of the top five places in Los Angeles to satisfy your most troublesome breakfast cravings at any time of day.
#5 - Bagel Nosh (Santa Monica, CA)
While not as decadent or aesthetically unique as the other restaurants on this list, Bagel Nosh's personal charm and friendly staff make it a great place to grab a bite. Famous for their bagel variety and quality, it's been a local landmark for almost 40 years and counting; their diner aesthetic has been modernized since its beginning in 1978, but it still holds its classic roots with dedicated family service and consistently delicious meals for all ages.
#4 - Bru's Wiffle: A Waffle Joint (Santa Monica, CA)
Located in Santa Monica, this quaint-looking, homestyle restaurant is more than meets the eye. Their fried chicken and waffle is a signature delight, and with gluten-free options, the possibilities are endless for enjoying great tasting treats. One bite of their stuffed french toast and their variety of sweet and savory menu items will inspire future visits. Located beside the beautiful Douglas Park, Bru's Wiffle is a must-taste for tourists and locals alike.
#3 - Cafe Gratitude (Venice Beach, CA)
Located at the border of Venice Beach and Santa Monica, Cafe Gratitude is a unique and trendy spot for those with a more delicate stomach. Their healthful menu contains gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free options, saving you from complicated substitutions in your order. They're creative with their use of cashew milk in both their making of ice cream and milkshakes, and have a variety of food options from southwestern to asian. With a daily question and menu items named after trendy personality traits, you'll walk out feeling grateful for the great service you received. Those with an itch to try something out-of-the-box and a unique experience should check this place out for dinner parties or a casual lunch. (WARNING: ask employees about their nut-free options before ordering).
#2 - Literati Cafe (Santa Monica/Los Angeles, CA)
If you need somewhere other than Starbucks to get some work done and have a snack, Literati Cafe is the place to go. The cafe/restaurant offers breakfast all day, and is known for their scrumptious grilled cheese sandwiches every Tuesday night. Their big wooden tables and comfortable couches give the restaurant an ambient lounge aesthetic, and their covered patio boasts the privacy of a secret garden complete with a waterfall fountain. Great for meetings with clients, classmates, or just a cool hangout spot, Literati is a coffee shop-style gem in the heart of a bustling city.
#1 - The Griddle Cafe (Hollywood, CA)
You'll never go back to Bisquik after a visit to The Griddle Cafe. With flapjacks the size of hubcaps and flavor combinations unheard of at your local diner, it's no wonder the line is out the door every day of the week. On the iconic Sunset Boulevard, dine with Hollywood's hungriest stars on peanut butter french toast, red velvet pancakes, or even classic buttermilk. If sweet sugar comas isn't your thing, they have a marvelous selection of savory breakfast items available as well as a killer lunch menu.