Monday, April 28, 2008

Where to eat breakfast in Los Angeles and maybe a few places to avoid...

Now that we've been here nearly two months, I thought it only fair to share our culinary learning's and help you find where to eat out in L.A. and maybe a few places that may not be to your liking.

So if you're planning a trip or just want to dine out in a different part of Los Angeles, I hope my own dining experiences at various bars, cafes and restaurants will be of help. Today a few ideas of where to go for Breakfast!


Aroma Cafe - 4360 Tujunga Ave, Studio City. Aroma Cafe on Tujunga Avenue
This is fast becoming a favourite of ours for Sunday morning breakfast. It's open 6am Monday to Saturday and 7am on Sunday. There's a great breakfast menu to choose from that's served until 2.30pm (plus a further lunch/dinner menu served until 11pm daily). There's also lots of space to eat outside, which is quite sheltered from the sun and they have a very dog-friendly policy.

I recommend the omelette's and my latest personal favourite ingredients are - sun-dried tomato, asparagus, feta cheese and smoked salmon. The portion sizes are not too overwhelming, plus all their cakes look amazing!

Alcove Cafe - 1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Feliz.

The Alcove Cafe & Bakery describes itself as a strategic partner and as drawing their inspiration from Aroma, and you can see the similarities in food choice and dining style. As with Aroma you queue to order your breakfast and then tak
e your drinks and a number to your table.
Again there's great outdoor space and friendly atmosphere. Open Monday to Wednesday 6am until 11pm, Thursday to Saturday 6am until Midnight and 7am until 11pm Sundays.

Mel's drive-in - 1660 N Highland, Hollywood.
Mel's Drive-in sign
This nostalgic American diner is definitely a tourist attraction and can be conveniently found across the street from the Kodak Theatre, site of the Oscars.

So it's handy to see the local Hollywood sites, but I didn't think the food or service was particularly anything special. However, another bonus is that it's open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday for all you night owls!

Asia de Cuba at The Mondrian, 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood.
Poolside at Mondrian Sky Bar
One of L.A.'s hottest restaurants at night serving nouveau Asian-Latino fusion cuisine, their breakfast menu is pretty tasty to. I was fortunate to stay at the Mondrian for a few nights and enjoyed their breakfast offering. The service is fantastic and you can either dine inside in the chic white interior or on the gorgeous open air patio with stunning views of L.A.

As they say, you get what you pay for and if it's a sophisticated way to start the day or a place to meet for a chic business breakfast (or if you have so much money it hurts), then this is the place for you!
Jason relaxing at Sky Bar

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