Breakfast in Los Angeles: From the Sweet to the Sublime

Breakfast has been taken to an art form in Los Angeles, for this is the place that invented the "power breakfast." But you don't need to be meeting the head of a Hollywood movie studio or a key player in the military-industrial complex that thrives in Southern California to treat yourself to a great morning meal. From classic diners to gorgeous bakeries all the way to posh hotels where the power brokers meet to eat, L.A. has everything a breakfast-loving foodie could ask for. Pancake lovers will find decadent versions of those fluffy pillows at Du-par's and Cici's Cafe; if it's the best baked breakfast morsels on the planet that make a morning complete, then get thee straight to Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop and Pitchoun! For the perfect SoCal experience, head to The Kettle in Manhattan Beach, indulge in their famed Breakfast Potato Nachos, then walk it off along the sand, watching the waves crash against the shore. That's California breakfast at its best.

Manhattan Beach
The Kettle
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The Kettle has been a 24-hour fixture in Manhattan Beach, Calif., since 1973. Perched just up the steep hill from that city's famed pier and just steps from the ocean, The Kettle is a classic breakfast/Sunday brunch place, with an outdoor patio...  Read More

Bottega Louie Restaurant, Gourmet Market and Patisserie
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The lure of Bottega Louie is obvious from the moment you step through the doors. Suddenly, your senses are assaulted by the brilliant colors of a bakery case chock full of French Macaron cookies, gorgeously displayed. Keep walking and you'll see...  Read More

Sweet Butter Kitchen
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Breakfast is served all day at Sweet Butter Kitchen, but there are a few special treats that chef-owner Leslie Danelian and her talented employees only whip up for a few hours. Think Egg in a Cup, an egg baked in a ramekin filled with Mama Lil's...  Read More

Cici's Cafe
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Cici's Cafe in the San Fernando Valley is a place where pancake lovers converge. Sure, this homey place makes all your breakfast favorites " think Eggs Benedict, French Toast, omelettes, bacon and eggs " but it really is all about the...  Read More

Miracle Mile/Fairfax District
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It doesn't matter what time of day or night you are ready for breakfast, Du-par's is open and ready to feed you. Since 1938, this homey diner has been satisfying just about any craving you could have, with a hearty breakfast of fresh eggs, their...  Read More



Regulars at The Griddle Cafe are used to long lines and a distinct lack of atmosphere, but with delights like chili-and-cheese omelettes or Apple Cobbler French Toast in mind, patrons wait contentedly for tables. Portions are truly enormous, so...  Read More

Pitchoun! French Bakery Cafe
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At Pitchoun! French Bakery Cafe, Frederic and Fabienne Soulies prepare everything from scratch using their family's traditional recipes. The couple migrated from France to Downtown Los Angeles in order to bring those unique French boulangerie...  Read More

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
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Wolfgang Puck took over Hotel Bel Air's food and beverage operations after an extensive 2-year renovation and overhaul of the entire property. Reopened in Fall 2011, the onsite restaurant features healthy California cuisine, with Mediterranean...  Read More



KIngs Road Cafe, with its adjoining bakery, is an inviting place to linger over a cup of their famous coffee and a platter of breakfast foods cooked to perfection. The sidewalk patio affords excellent people-watching opportunities (yes, people...  Read More

Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop
Photo courtesy of Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop, photo by Ryan Tanaka


Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop wants you to return to your childhood breakfast memories. Start with the ultimate childhood treat, one made with first-class ingredients, instead of coming out of a cardboard box. Claudine's Nutella Poptart...  Read More


Meet Jenny Peters

Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good...  More About Jenny